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Adultery: A Novel | [Paulo Coelho, Margaret Jull Costa (translator), Zoë Perry (translator)]

Adultery: A Novel

A woman in her 30s begins to question the routine and predictability of her days. In everybody's eyes, she has a perfect life: happy marriage, children, and a career. Yet what she feels is an enormous apathy. All that changes when she encounters a successful politician who had, years earlier, been her high school boyfriend. As she rediscovers the passion missing from her life, she will face a life-altering choice.
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Publisher's Summary

In the latest novel from number-one best-selling author Paulo Coelho, a woman attempts to overcome midlife ennui by rediscovering herself in a passionate relationship with a man who had been a friend in her youth.

A woman in her 30s begins to question the routine and predictability of her days. In everybody's eyes, she has a perfect life: happy marriage, children, and a career. Yet what she feels is an enormous apathy. All that changes when she encounters a successful politician who had, years earlier, been her high school boyfriend. As she rediscovers the passion missing from her life, she will face a life-altering choice.

©2014 Random House Audio (P)2014 Paulo Coelho

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    Richard D. Shewman Erie, PA United States 09-01-14
    Richard D. Shewman Erie, PA United States 09-01-14 Member Since 2009

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    "a not uncommon vacation in hell"

    It is not uncommon for couples who have been married for about ten years to fall into a routine revolving around caring for children and building careers that can easily ignore their inner needs. Only a few years ago life seemed like a great adventure, filled with possibility. Now it seems like a trap that threatens to swallow you up and spit you out. There is a sense of desperation that drives one to do incredibly stupid things. My profession brings me into contact with many people who have been in this situation and struggled with this experience.

    Coelho book “Adultery” is an exploration of this vacation in hell. The focus is on the inner turmoil and the adultery itself is inly one expression of the protagonist’s struggle. The author does a good job of building the complexity of his main characters and allowing the reader/listener to enter into their perspectives. Stupid and desperate behavior is the hallmark of this experience and the author conveys this quite well.

    My frustration with the book was that the protagonist tended to show more insight at times than people in this situation can muster. It was as if Coelho voice and experience began to show through and the protagonist grew transparent for a few paragraphs, especially in the last few pages of the book.

    The narrator did a good job of interpreting the book. She was irritating in the beginning with the deliberateness and plodding rate of her reading but this was the part of the story where the protagonist is struggling to maintain control of a world that is spinning out of control. The narrator helped the listener to enter into the experience at a visceral level.

    13 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Debbie 08-22-14
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    "Disappointing & Depressing!!!"
    Any additional comments?

    This book was very disappointing. The main character was very entitled, spoiled and negative. I went through the entire book hoping there would be a point that things would around, however I grew to like it less and less as it progressed. It made me feel so down the entire time I read it. This was my least favorite audiobook that I have ever listened to.

    17 of 18 people found this review helpful
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    Ado 08-22-14
    Ado 08-22-14 Member Since 2013
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    "horrible narration, boring story"

    I could not relate to the problems of the main character. The story was depressing, boring and without any depth. The narration was just horrible: wrong accents and a voice sounding very old, while the story was told by a young woman. Just totally generationally wrong way to speak. I like Coelho, but did not enjoy this production and this story.

    19 of 21 people found this review helpful
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    Josh Einstein 01-28-15
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    "Book was OK, audiobook not so much"

    I read the first half of the book on Kindle, and I had some audible credits to use up so I decided to get the audio companion. I think the narrator was way over the top, even pretending to cry and inflecting far more emotion than I got from the text… not in a good way.

    As far as the story goes, I didn't connect with the main character. She seems to be cheating out of boredom, but develops an obsession over a guy who makes it pretty clear he isn't interested in her for anything other than sex. I know all too well that we can't help who we love, but there should at least be SOME point in the story where there's conditions for it.

    By the end, she rambles on and on about love, telling the reader of its utmost importance, yet she hasn't shown at all that she has even experienced it.

    Maybe it's a cultural difference, but as an American with my own adultery battle scars, this didn't at all feel like real life and at no point did I sympathize with anybody in the book.

    Having said all that, the first half of the book is not bad and it did look like it was getting into a more interesting storyline involving revenge plots and obsession. But by the second half, it was just rambling with some casual sex thrown in.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Linda 09-19-14
    Linda 09-19-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Not so good..."
    Would you try another book from the authors and/or Susan Denaker?

    I would try another book from Paulo Coelho but not the narrator.


    What was most disappointing about the authors’s story?

    It was such a boring story, it just felt so dramatic all the time.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The narrator doesn't not help. She's over dramatic even when she's talking about non-dramatic topics.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Nope.


    Any additional comments?

    The story was just flat, boring and very disappointing to be honest. I love Paulo Coelho and I have read most of his books, but this one is definitely not one of his best ones. The narrator was extremely dramatic all the time. I kept waiting for the book to get better but it never did.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Molly Grant EUGENE, OR, US 09-02-14
    Molly Grant EUGENE, OR, US 09-02-14 Member Since 2013
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    "self indulgent and trivial"
    What didn’t you like about Susan Denaker’s performance?

    The writing was banal and I could not relate to the privileged, self pitying, angst ridden characters. The performer made 30 somethings sound like 60 somethings on their deathbeds.


    What character would you cut from Adultery?

    The main character. She is so unsympathetic


    Any additional comments?

    This was my first Paulo Coelho novel. Why do people post his quotes on Facebook. His writing is so cliche.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    cirene 07-21-15
    cirene 07-21-15 Member Since 2015
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    "So disappointing!"
    What disappointed you about Adultery?

    The history was depressing and boring. I felt depressed also reading this book. I was waiting for something to happen that could make the history more interesting, but it did not happen. Looks like a predictable telenovela.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    something more meaningful


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    the performance was ok


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

    the narrators was ok.


    Any additional comments?

    I should have to listen the previous reviews, it was not good. Im going to return it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    DK 07-13-15
    DK 07-13-15 Member Since 2014
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    "A bit disappointing"

    The narration was great, but the story line and the inspiration I was expecting from the author were a bit lacking. Nevertheless, I enjoyed the listening experience.

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    Darlin 07-10-15
    Darlin 07-10-15 Member Since 2015
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    "It's slightly more than ok."

    Good ending message and some parts were interesting but I lost interest because I was not too fond of the narrator. For some reason her voice annoyed me.

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    butters 05-27-15
    butters 05-27-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Boring at times"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Not really, it's little bit boring and not much happens.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The narrator's voice sounds way older than the female character's. That makes the character seem lot older and more serious and boring.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Probably not.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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