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Publisher's Summary

In his new novel, Paulo Coelho, best-selling author of The Alchemist and Adultery, brings to life one of history's most enigmatic women: Mata Hari. 

HER ONLY CRIME WAS TO BE AN INDEPENDENT WOMAN

When Mata Hari arrived in Paris she was penniless. Within months, she was the most celebrated woman in the city. 

As a dancer, she shocked and delighted audiences; as a courtesan, she bewitched the era's richest and most powerful men. 

But as paranoia consumed a country at war, Mata Hari's lifestyle brought her under suspicion. In 1917, she was arrested in her hotel room on the Champs Elysees, and accused of espionage.

Told in Mata Hari's voice through her final letter, The Spy is the unforgettable story of a woman who dared to defy convention and who paid the ultimate price.

©2016 Paulo Coelho (P)2020 Random House Audio

Critic Reviews

 "[The Spy is a] masterful new novel." (Bookpage)

"A striking novel.... By the end, readers will believe they've read [Mata Hari's] actual letters." (Publisher's Weekly

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Deeply insightful. Excellent to listen to

A commentary on the social norms and justice system that exists even today, across the globe. The story is sometimes slow but manages to hold your attention till the end

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Woman and vulnerability

19th and 20th century history , whether it is political or social , never ceases to evoke emotions in the readers of today. The Spy is one such novel written around a woman's saga of aspiring to live a better life in the men's world. The author even mentions that the sufferings and the tragedy meted out to the protagonist Mata Hari is all because of her only crime that she wanted to be an independent woman . This tells it all . She is betrayed in love , exploited for her beauty & mastery in dance and driven to become a prostitute to be finally accused to be a spy which leads to her capital punishment. Paulo Coelo , the author whose personal history itself can become a story of sort , has narrated well the story in The Spy . Surely it can evoke pity and compassion in the reader while presenting the 19th century saga of pre world war turmoil and how it affected an innocent life of a talented and beautiful woman . A good book to read.

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Not a spy story

Right off the bat, this is not a spy story. So if you are looking for spy stuff, this is note for you. Otherwise too, the story is bland and does not excite you in any way. I was actually surprised to see that the author is Paulo Coelho. I am disappointed.

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A good read

Loved it. Excellent narrators. Good story flow. Fascinating life and end of a person who loved life

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First & best experience!

picked it for the author & I wasn't disappointed.. best part is the beautiful narration! totally worth it.

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Touching the Soul

Good narration and excellent way of presentation, it really touch my inner soul. No words..

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Visual Treat.

It was an amazing 'experience ' as a listener.The narration sounded authentic and the dialect was spot-on.I love Paulo Coelho as a writer and this story is next level as I could visualize everything as if it was happening right in front of my eyes.Brilliant!