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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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    Ado 08-22-14
    Ado 08-22-14 Member Since 2005
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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.

    15 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    Debbie 08-22-14
    Debbie 08-22-14 Member Since 2014
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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.

    14 of 15 people found this review helpful
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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 2001

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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.

    4 of 4 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 2012
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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 2 people found this review helpful
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    Stefanie Jensen 09-22-14 Member Since 2013

    I love listening to books and I despise bad narrators.

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    "I despised this narrator"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A better narrator could have helped the book greatly.


    Would you be willing to try another book from the authors? Why or why not?

    No, because just no.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The narration was over dramatic, breathy and just plain obnoxious. I wanted to slap the narrator. That is how bad she was.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Annoyed


    Any additional comments?

    There is a freak, unexpected anal sex scene that I didn't see coming. It was disgusting, uncalled for and it made the story lose all credibility. Worst off all, I was browsing for kids clothes at TJ Maxx when the scene began and it ruined the shopping excursion completely. I think this author is full of untapped potential, which just leaves an overrated author. Never again for me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Linda 09-19-14
    Linda 09-19-14 Member Since 2014
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    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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