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Eleven Minutes | [Paulo Coelho]

Eleven Minutes

A chance meeting in Rio takes Maria to Geneva, where she dreams of finding fame and fortune, yet ends up working the streets as a prostitute. In Geneva, Maria drifts further and further away from love while at the same time developing a fascination with sex. Eventually, Maria's despairing view of love is put to the test when she meets a handsome young painter. In this odyssey of self-discovery, Maria has to choose between pursuing a path of darkness or risking everything to find her own 'inner light'.
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Publisher's Summary

A chance meeting in Rio takes Maria to Geneva, where she dreams of finding fame and fortune, yet ends up working the streets as a prostitute. In Geneva, Maria drifts further and further away from love while at the same time developing a fascination with sex.

Eventually, Maria's despairing view of love is put to the test when she meets a handsome young painter. In this odyssey of self-discovery, Maria has to choose between pursuing a path of darkness, 'sexual pleasure for its own sake', or risking everything to find her own 'inner light' and the possibility of sacred sex, sex in the context of love.

A daring modern fable about the nature of love and sex.

©2004 Paulo Coelho; (P)2004 HarperCollins Publishers

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    Cyndi United States 01-02-13
    Cyndi United States 01-02-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Ugh....I liked what i read by Paulo Coelho until"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I didn't really think it was all that great of a story. I loved his other stories, but this one, i got bored with, I couldn't wait for it to be over.


    What could Paulo Coelho have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Not have wrote it.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Emilia Fox and Derek Jacoby ’s performances?

    hopefully not.


    Was Eleven Minutes worth the listening time?

    At first it was, then it seemed to be drawn out with sexual fantasies and sexual awareness, blah blah, pleasure vs pain kinda thing, I just got bored.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Apollo Nassau, Bahamas 12-14-11
    Apollo Nassau, Bahamas 12-14-11
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    "Beautiful Story & A Good Example Of Determination"
    What made the experience of listening to Eleven Minutes the most enjoyable?

    This is my second book by Paulo Coelho and it can only be discribe with one word PERFECT. Great story line, good examples of using the natural laws of the universe, just PERFECT.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kimberly United States 06-25-13
    Kimberly United States 06-25-13 Member Since 2012
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    "A fantastic story!!!!!!!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely. This book is not your classic love story and its full of wise words. After reading The Alchemist by this author, I thought I would see if his other works are as good. No disappointment at all!!!! Beautifully written story.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    All of them. The narrators do an excellent job of bringing the characters to life.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The scene towards the end where the main characters finally see what true love is through a sexual experience.


    Who was the most memorable character of Eleven Minutes and why?

    Ralph, by far. The way he deals with Maria and how he wins her is special.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is a great listen. I guarantee anyone who can appreciate a good story will love it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    E. Wright South Africa 04-20-13
    E. Wright South Africa 04-20-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Good start - became boring."

    I enjoyed the first chapters of this book and rather liked the narrators. I found the concept interesting but it was as if Paulo Coelho ran out of inspiration and decided to write about sexual fantasy. I found some of it fairly nauseating and otherwise was simply bored. I really wanted the book to end. I would not really recommend this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mallory LOS ALTOS, CA, United States 11-24-12
    Mallory LOS ALTOS, CA, United States 11-24-12
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    "The narrators killed it for me..."
    What disappointed you about Eleven Minutes?

    Less than thoughtful plot and the narrator's voice is super creepy. Especially when he gets to the sexual scenes. Just awful!


    Would you ever listen to anything by Paulo Coelho again?

    I hear other novels are good, but thats what I heard about this one too...


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Entirely


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

    Complete disappointment


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    captaindestroy Utah 08-13-12
    captaindestroy Utah 08-13-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Great!"

    This book is awesome! Love Coelho! Aside from The Alchemist this is my next favorite Coelho book.

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    Allie Otago, New Zealand 01-30-12
    Allie Otago, New Zealand 01-30-12
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    "Sensual and enchanting story"

    I love this author. I purchased this book because it was written by him and I thought it might be interesting. I found it to be very sensual and thought-provoking. It is a love story that looks at true human spirit and not fantasised versions that we think we should follow. It will make you think. You may be shocked, you might be outraged but if you digest the story and think about what the author is trying to portray, you will be a better person for having heard it.
    Having the two narrators makes for fantastic reading!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Beth Hertford, NC, United States 10-06-11
    Beth Hertford, NC, United States 10-06-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Powerful stuff"

    This is the most sensual, sensitive and alluring book I have ever read on this topic. This book will change the way you think about "sex" forever.....

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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  • Lisiane
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    2/16/11
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    "Good book. Bad choice on the reader."

    I like Paulo Coelho a lot, but didn't like the reader of this book. Very think and pompous accent. He gave a sense of distance from the character. Perhaps if it would have been a woman... The story is very interesting from the main characters point of view about sex, sexuality and prostitution.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Jennifer
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    4/9/13
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    "Inspiring and memorable"

    Time slips past when listening to Eleven Minutes has an eventful and unexpected life journey of Maria unfolds. Maria's character is brought to life through the intense delivery given by Emilia Fox which stays with you after the story has ended. Eleven Minutes, my second Coehlo read, has encouraged me to go on to read many more.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Karen
    Petersfield, United Kingdom
    10/15/11
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    "Amazingl look in to a not-so-alternative lifestyle"

    I selected this book based on a recommendation. I had serious reservations about it before starting .... but quickly I was drawn in. The writing style, the guidance of explaining how a 'regaulr' girl can get involved in something so extrememe via rational/a small steps is amazing. Fantastic descriptions of the life of an '11 minute girl' with many insights/high and lows...

    I wished it could have gone on longer... shame that there's not an unabridge version. I shall certainly be seeking out the "full" version in paperback...

    Highly recommended.

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