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  • The Pilgrimage

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Paulo Coelho
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (141)
    Performance
    (85)
    Story
    (89)

    Step inside this captivating account of Paulo Coehlo's pilgrimage along the road to Santiago. This fascinating parable explores the need to find one's own path. In the end, we discover that the extraordinary is always found in the ordinary and simple ways of everyday people. Part adventure story, part guide to self-discovery, this compelling tale delivers the perfect combination of enchantment and insight.

    Benjamin Lupton says: "Hard-hitting and amazing"
    "Tortuous listening"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    It might be good for someone very spiritual & religious


    What was most disappointing about Paulo Coelho’s story?

    The reader was one of the 2 worst I've ever experienced with Audible.I assume his style was an attempt to add drama, suspense & mystery to the text, but it was horrendous: overly dramatic, full of lengthy pregnant pauses, affectation, pontification, etc.. The voice of the "teacher" was particularly bad. In addition to the problems previously listed, that character had a foreign accent which came & went. Between the reader's attempts at drama & a sustainable foreign accent, the outcome was dreadful. His interpretation of the narrator's voice was different but equally irritating. The entire work as read was a pretentious, portentous, overblown harangue. It made what is probably a fine book into an excruciating listening experience. I wanted to quit listening after the 1st chapter, but I optimistically forced myself to finish; there was very little improvement.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The book is probably a pleasant and illuminating read, but having heard it read thus, it is unfortunately difficult to separate the style from it's content.


    Any additional comments?

    I don't like giving bad reviews, but no way this one gets a pass.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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