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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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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.

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Disappointing & Depressing!!!

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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.

21 of 23 people found this review helpful

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Voice sounded soo sad, perfect life but bored out of her mind

I heard about half of the book before I decided to stop torturing myself just to finish it and came to the conclusion that maybe I was not in the target audience because I couldn’t relate at all, the protagonist was in a depression, she couldn’t find anything to make her happy but she was also living in a life without struggles; rich, nice husband, good job, good kids

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The Voice Actor Was Terrible Ruined the Story

I will never really know if I would have liked this book better because the voice actor/narrator ruined the entire thing for me. Putting the va/narrator aside. The main character in the story was bat shit crazy and the kind of woman I would personally avoid at all costs regardless of her beauty. Her energy throughout the book was borderline psycho. Her struggle while I understood the point seemed trivial. She was unlikable on so many levels. This book unlike 11 Minutes which I thought was masterfully written by a man portraying a woman, fell flat for me and didn't feel authentic at all. The last few chapters where he attempted to redeem the previous 85 chapters felt rushed and silly like it was out of context. Everyone is allowed a least favorite book that an author has written and I just found mine for PC.

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Turns out that I love novels😃

This is one author's books that I'll NEVER RETURN...EVER!!! Took me in a really good journey🤔😃

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Adultery a pleasurable sin

It is a pleasure to read a truthful book. And, it is humbling to understand the truths within. Most importantly, to receive, understand and apply the truth to oneself, is redemption!

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this was a let down

I didn't see a point to the story and honestly the voices could have been done better.