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Publisher's Summary

The enchanting, true story of The Valkyries begins in Rio de Janeiro when author Paulo Coelho gives his mysterious master, J., the only manuscript for his book The Alchemist. Haunted by a devastating curse, Coelho confesses to J., "I've seen my dreams fall apart just when I seemed about to achieve them." In response, J. gives Coelho a daunting task: He must find and speak with his guardian angel. "The curse can be broken," he replies, "if you complete the task."

Rising to the challenge, Paulo and his wife, Cristina, drop everything, pack their bags, and take off on a 40-day adventure into the starkly beautiful and sometimes dangerous Mojave Desert - where they encounter more than they bargained for.

A masterful blend of the exotic locales, dramatic adventure, and magical storytelling, for which Coelho's fictional works are renowned, this true-life account is at once a modern-day adventure and a metaphysical odyssey.

©1992 Paulo Coelho; (P)2009 HarperCollins Publishers

Critic Reviews

"Coelho's gripping tale of his adventures...reads like a suspense novel." (San Mateo Times)

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This Book Changed My Life - Seriously

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I have recommended this to dozens of people YES YES YES

What did you like best about this story?

When he talks about the pact he had made with defeat.

What about Sean Runnette’s performance did you like?

Not memorable for me - like Jeremy Irons' with the Alchemist, however Irons would not have fit with this story. Fact is, since this was Autobiographical I would have preferred the author to read this, or at least someone with his accent. But that is not a big deal - this is an EXCELLENT BOOK - I have listened to it several times!

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Change Your Life!

Any additional comments?

If you are on a journey of changing your life, this might be your next step.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Very satisfying

I thoroughly enjoyed this book and recommend it to anyone who enjoys Coehlo's work and anyone who is interested in personal growth. This book really gives you some things to think about.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Totally Unexpected!

I was intrigued by this audiobook because I never saw it before in any bookstore. As I read the editor´s comment I found it "suitable" and decided to download it but without great expectations. So wrong... this book reflects the human face of Coelho himself, its an interesting "biography" of the man behind the magician with many intimate and personal details. If you have read some other titles from Coelho you´ll find many references in this book and will give you some insight on himself as a human looking for perfection. The message of the book is so inspiring: unconditional love in so many expressions. The plot is full of unexpected turns and very interesting and strong characters.

8 of 9 people found this review helpful

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One of Coelho's best books.

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

No, too much detail and information to take in during one listening. A good book to take in slowly.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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A big departure from this Authors other writings..

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I bought this book because I love The Alchemist. After reading that book, I wanted to get into his other works. This book was number two on my list. To be quite honest, I'm not exactly sure how I feel about this book. It is part autobiography, part allegory, and extremely spiritual. I consider myself to be spiritual, but there were a few parts where I was a bit lost. Overall, there were some amazing takeaways in this book and portions so dense with wisdom, I replayed them several times. I may give this another listen to see if I can take away a bit more. I got the major themes, but don't necessarily feel that I've grasped all I can from it. It's a very different book than The Alchemist and I suppose my expectation was more along that line.

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reminds me of my brother

I met someone who said he is from same town as Paulo, but never met him. This book is my first real meet with him.

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Great read

Would you consider the audio edition of The Valkyries to be better than the print version?

Another great book from Paulo Coelho

What other book might you compare The Valkyries to and why?

I wouldn't compare this book to another it stands alone.

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Good Story

Very thought provoking story. I found myself stopping and thinking about the parallels on this story and my own.

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A journey through eons

For those touched, the desire to join the tradition is ower-flowing. A spiritual text so blessed.

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My Heart is humbled..

where do I begin? I had anticipated the book to be more of a fantasy of a fertile imagination and what I got was a humble story of faith. A search for one's Angel is a daunting task for sure. I know this is a story that I will listen to again and again. Many Blessings!