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Manuscript Found in Accra

Narrated by: Jeremy Irons
Length: 2 hrs and 28 mins
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Summary

The incredible new novel from internationally bestselling author of The Alchemist.

After lying undiscovered for over 700 years, a manuscript holding the answers to a city’s final questions is unearthed from a cave in Cairo. Centuries before, on the eve of the invasion of Accra, the citizens gathered. A man stood before them and invited the people share their fears that he might offer hope and comfort. His extraordinary insights on courage, solitude, loyalty and loss were transcribed and passed on. A timeless and powerful exploration of personal growth, everyday wisdom and joy.

©2013 Paulo Coelho (P)2013 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic reviews

"One of the few to deserve the term 'publishing phenomenon'." ( Independent on Sunday)
"His books have had a life-enhancing impact on millions of people." ( The Times)
"His writing is like a path of energy that inadvertently leads readers to themselves, toward their mysterious and faraway souls." ( Le Figaro)
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Top Notch Narration is the only reason to listen

Sadly this book is not a story, it is not a novel, it is a collection a translated parables which constantly contradicted itself.

If it was an actual manuscript then it would have been translated. If it was supposed to be a novel, then surely we have the right to expect an actual story? I have up to now enjoyed most of Paulo Coelho's work without reservation, this one however, no, I was always waiting to get past the lecture and on to the real story, which never came. An awful lot of the anecdotes and parables were strung together, many of which the author has told before in other stories. It was also very short and ended abruptly.
I do not recommend this book at all.

Considering the hype attached to this book, I expected better, maybe Mr Coehlo needs to spend more time on his work than on social networking for his next book.

The narration however, I cannot fault, Jeremy Irons' voice is like honey, he keeps you listening purely for the pleasure of listening to his narration. It was pure joy to hear his voice, sadly the author could have done better with his book

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Ok not great

I would probably have abandoned this audio book, but for the velvety tones of Jeremy Irons :)

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Fantastic book

This book doesn't tell a story. This book talks about Life and its values.

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Excellent

Really enjoyed this as I’m working my way through the works of Paulo Coelho. The alchemist was the first I read narrated by a Jeremy Irons and simply outstanding 💫

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Nothing new, cliche narrative

I bought this largely due to the narrator and I had hoped some of the reviews were unfounded. The approach followed is unhealthy, you are required to constantly judge yourself and your actions, rather than accept the moment. I could never recommend this book for any purpose and after reading the Alchemist recently, the understanding is that these publications are as failed as religion, judgement, no acceptance and belief in a higher being. I know people will still buy this book, but when you compare the positive healthy approach by Tolle, this is shameless profiteering with no compassion and yes, didn't like it.

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Unique topics and brilliant reading

I have heard this audio several times very interesting perspective and Jeremy’s reading ability is mesmerising! My favourite book. Thank you for this book.

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Thought provoking and wonderful.

From start to finish a truly wonderful listen. I would highly recommend this and one that encourages reflection and purpose.

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Endless life messages in a story

This is such a beautiful story and the way it is read makes it even more beautiful. Thank you x namaste dear ones x 🙏

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fantastic story! truly inspiring!

a great story as always! Very Inspiring story from Paulo again. well recommended to anyone.

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Wonderful

A nice simple, straightforward, thought provoking book. Read in the style and character which truly suited the message and the time it was conveying