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  • By: Paulo Coelho
  • Narrated by: Jeremy Irons
  • Length: 2 hrs and 28 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (163 ratings)

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Manuscript Found in Accra

By: Paulo Coelho
Narrated by: Jeremy Irons
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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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The things I do for Jeremy Irons

TBH, Jeremy Irons was the main reason I checked this book out. It sounded interesting from the blurb, but it is a meandering sermon of god knows what. I couldn't finish it.

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voice of jeremy made it even more enjoyable

The voice of jeremy made it even more enjoyable to listen. the book is brilliant

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very good story, loved it .

A bit like the Alchemist but a very enjoyable story & the insight to each topic from the audience in the story interesting.

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Sensational narration of Coelho’s personal philosophy

If you are looking for a story, this is not necessarily your thing.
It is more like the Alchemist has sat down to tell a long story about how he sees the world using a compilation of really short stories and nuggets that could be helpful if you are down, need a bit of inspiration or are looking to solve a problem:)

It seems like as creative way to share someone’s personal philosophy :)

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Too Boring for Words

Did not enjoy this book, could not get past chapter 5. Jeremy's voice was too soporific.

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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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