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Aleph | [Paulo Coelho]

Aleph

Transform your life. Rewrite your destiny. his most personal novel to date, internationally best-selling author Paulo Coelho returns with a remarkable journey of self-discovery. Like the main character in his much-beloved The Alchemist, Paulo is facing a grave crisis of faith. As he seeks a path of spiritual renewal and growth, he decides to begin again: to travel, to experiment, to reconnect with people and the landscapes around him. Setting off to Africa, and then to Europe and Asia via the Trans-Siberian Railway, he initiates a journey to revitalize his energy and passion.
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Publisher's Summary

Transform your life. Rewrite your destiny.

In his most personal novel to date, internationally best-selling author Paulo Coelho returns with a remarkable journey of self-discovery. Like the main character in his much-beloved The Alchemist, Paulo is facing a grave crisis of faith. As he seeks a path of spiritual renewal and growth, he decides to begin again: to travel, to experiment, to reconnect with people and the landscapes around him.

Setting off to Africa, and then to Europe and Asia via the Trans-Siberian Railway, he initiates a journey to revitalize his energy and passion. Even so, he never expects to meet Hilal. A gifted young violinist, she is the woman Paulo loved five hundred years before - and the woman he betrayed in an act of cowardice so far-reaching that it prevents him from finding real happiness in this life. Together they will initiate a mystical voyage through time and space, traveling a path that teaches love, forgiveness, and the courage to overcome life’s inevitable challenges. Beautiful and inspiring, Aleph invites us to consider the meaning of our own personal journeys: Are we where we want to be, doing what we want to do?

Some books are read. Aleph is lived.

©2011 Paulo Coehlo (P)2011 Random House Audio

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    Matt McKillip Kokomo, IN USA 03-20-12
    Matt McKillip Kokomo, IN USA 03-20-12 Listener Since 2009

    I read a lot and on most any subject!

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    "Not what I expected"

    I was disappointed in Aleph. Having loved the Alchemist, I thought Aleph might be as captivating but it was not. I do not recommend this one by Coelho.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Kathy Davis, CA, United States 11-22-11
    Kathy Davis, CA, United States 11-22-11 Member Since 2008
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    "Strangely compelling read"

    While reincarnation is not a subject that usually draws me in, I really enjoyed listening to Aleph, my first Coelho novel. I had to keep reminding myself it was a novel and not the author's true story. Characters were well-developed and their motivations fascinated me. Settings were described in a particularly visual manner, and I could picture this book as a movie playing in my mind. Not sure why Aleph was so compelling, but I thought about it often when not actually listening to it. Narration was excellent, too.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Pablo Thornhill, Ontario, Canada 10-27-11
    Pablo Thornhill, Ontario, Canada 10-27-11 Member Since 2004
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    "Good reading"

    It's a good, entertaining story (note that there is a sudden change in narrator towards the end of the book).

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Denise SPRING, TX, United States 07-18-13
    Denise SPRING, TX, United States 07-18-13 Member Since 2011

    Graphic and Web Designer, Native from South America. Love Audible!!!

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    "Mind-blowing"
    What made the experience of listening to Aleph the most enjoyable?

    GREAT BOOK!!!!!!!!!!!!! Could not stop listening to for 3 days straight!!!!! It''s just Coelho's BEST book. As all of his books are based on personal development, this books talks more about past lives and others ways to recognice your soul mate. Just great!


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    shoka 06-12-12
    shoka 06-12-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Amazing story i was obssessed with untill finished"
    What made the experience of listening to Aleph the most enjoyable?

    intriguing story from the beginning


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Hillal, the young lady who was determined to find the truth.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    katie Payson, UT, United States 10-20-11
    katie Payson, UT, United States 10-20-11 Member Since 2008
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    "better read"

    I don't know what it is to me about his books but i feel like i need to hold the book and read it and have the ability to write in the margins so audible just doesn't fit the need i have on this author but the work that they did was amazing just like the story

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    PRZEMYSL New Canaan, CT, United States 05-22-13
    PRZEMYSL New Canaan, CT, United States 05-22-13 Member Since 2012
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    "This book is BS"
    What disappointed you about Aleph?

    The story is so ridiculous and silly and there is just toooo much no sense... it is a waste of time


    Would you ever listen to anything by Paulo Coelho again?

    Nop... I try to understand why Paulo Coelho is so successful, and I don't get it... nothing personal, he is just not a good writer and I don't find his stories appealing at all... and I'm Brazilian, I can read the original writing, so it is no a "translation" problem.


    What didn’t you like about Mark Bramhall’s performance?

    It was ok.


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

    Boredom... it is just silly and not well written


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Dewey Mitchel 03-25-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Not enough stories shared so candidly as this..."
    Any additional comments?

    Paulo Coelho share's the gift of his life and all it's humanity a step further with his latest autobiographical piece. Rich in wisdom, dedication to the inner journey and living for the sake of the truth whatever it turns out to be...feeling gratitude for his continued willingness to share so candidly.

    Mark Bramhall does a marvelous job reading...excellent!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    vania Pittsburg, CA, United States 03-11-13
    vania Pittsburg, CA, United States 03-11-13
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    "Exquisite"
    If you could sum up Aleph in three words, what would they be?

    Amazing, beautiful, surprising


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Hilal because she is young and perseverant for her love no matter what


    Which character – as performed by Mark Bramhall – was your favorite?

    Paulo Coelho


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes that's for sure


    Any additional comments?

    No

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Wael Riyadh 01-11-13
    Wael Riyadh 01-11-13 Member Since 2012

    Curious, love philosophy, reading, polictics, social and Islam. فضولي ، أحب الفلسفة ، القراءة ، السياسة ، علوم الاجتماع ، والاسلام ex-Microsoft, ex-KFUPM (SWE).

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    "The story was great, but bad performance"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    if the author or someone really good, narrate this story.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The storyline is amazing the journey in Aleph.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The narrator was making voices to change characters and he tried to make some accents too. This was very bad attempt from him.

    Plus, there wasn't any energy. the performance of the Alchemist was way better and that person might be appropriate for this book too.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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