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The Valkyries: A Magical Tale About Forgiving Our Past and Believing in Our Future | [Paulo Coelho]

The Valkyries: A Magical Tale About Forgiving Our Past and Believing in Our Future

A masterful blend of the exotic locales, dramatic adventure, and magical storytelling, for which Coelho's fictional works are renowned, this true-life account is at once a modern-day adventure and a metaphysical odyssey.
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Publisher's Summary

The enchanting, true story of The Valkyries begins in Rio de Janeiro when author Paulo Coelho gives his mysterious master, J., the only manuscript for his book The Alchemist. Haunted by a devastating curse, Coelho confesses to J., "I've seen my dreams fall apart just when I seemed about to achieve them." In response, J. gives Coelho a daunting task: He must find and speak with his guardian angel. "The curse can be broken," he replies, "if you complete the task."

Rising to the challenge, Paulo and his wife, Cristina, drop everything, pack their bags, and take off on a 40-day adventure into the starkly beautiful and sometimes dangerous Mojave Desert - where they encounter more than they bargained for.

A masterful blend of the exotic locales, dramatic adventure, and magical storytelling, for which Coelho's fictional works are renowned, this true-life account is at once a modern-day adventure and a metaphysical odyssey.

©1992 Paulo Coelho; (P)2009 HarperCollins Publishers

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"Coelho's gripping tale of his adventures...reads like a suspense novel." (San Mateo Times)

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    E. Gilda andrade Ley Mexico 09-21-09
    E. Gilda andrade Ley Mexico 09-21-09 Member Since 2009

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    "Totally Unexpected!"

    I was intrigued by this audiobook because I never saw it before in any bookstore. As I read the editor´s comment I found it "suitable" and decided to download it but without great expectations. So wrong... this book reflects the human face of Coelho himself, its an interesting "biography" of the man behind the magician with many intimate and personal details. If you have read some other titles from Coelho you´ll find many references in this book and will give you some insight on himself as a human looking for perfection. The message of the book is so inspiring: unconditional love in so many expressions. The plot is full of unexpected turns and very interesting and strong characters.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    DGM 03-12-10
    DGM 03-12-10 Member Since 2007

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    "Very satisfying"

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book and recommend it to anyone who enjoys Coehlo's work and anyone who is interested in personal growth. This book really gives you some things to think about.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Jonelle Coeur D'Alene, ID, USA 07-21-13
    Jonelle Coeur D'Alene, ID, USA 07-21-13 Member Since 2007
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    "One of Coelho's best books."
    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, too much detail and information to take in during one listening. A good book to take in slowly.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    captaindestroy 08-13-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Pretty good story. Narrator is kinda boring."

    I've listened to The Alchemist and 11 minutes and both books are amazing. This one is good but the other two are much more interesting.

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    Steven New York, NY, United States 02-05-14
    Steven New York, NY, United States 02-05-14
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    "Read everything by this author"
    What made the experience of listening to The Valkyries the most enjoyable?

    The understanding of life, our journey and what is important. All of Paulo Coelho's books help to put our life in perspective.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Re-living past pain and mistakes.


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