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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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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.

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so true

love is the answer to all questions
Excellent narrations. Enjoyed every line especially love making description.

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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.

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stinko vulgar offensive dirty book

very explicit, story isn't all that good. I definitely would not recommend it to others

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short but sweet

this was a short but insightful listen. it was hard to tell which character was speaking when sometimes. I had to rewind quite a bit. other than that it was a quick special story.

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Thoroughly Enjoyable

I could listen to Derek Jacoby all day. And the Latin accented Emilia Fox was just the perfect touch. Parts of it are graphic and somewhat explicit, but not raunchy. It's a love story that is very realistic.

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Best book in many years

This is best book i have read in many years, it fills you up, energizes and gives answers. I am in love with the story and Coelho's talent to express the magic of love, desire and search for inner harmony in his unique and captivating way. The story touches, brings all of the inner hidden desires and thoughts to the surfaces and acts as a mirror by looking at which you see a reflection...

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Adult Fairytale with Class

The taboo on sexuality by Victorian & bible views should be terminated in eleven minutes.

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Wow!

I didn't expect a book that is so sexual, but I loved it. Fairytales' are for everyone.

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Attention to detail

I too dance and do escort work. I am passionate and feel the need to have love and give the best to my clientele. This story was so very rewarding, as it not only revealed to me some concepts about pain and pleasure and why it has allured so many people; also I love how she found her pleasure!!!

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  • Lisiane
  • 02-16-11

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.

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  • kimmie cannon
  • 10-18-17

2nd time listened to the book enjoyed both times

The voices suit the characters throughout the story, smooth and easy to listen to. One of my favourites of paulo coelho’s

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  • Ezri Dax
  • 03-16-16

Interesting but unrealistic love story

I can see why the story is compared to a fairy tale. I prefer Veronica decides to die. The dark side the human experience isn't explored in this story leaving it a little unsatisfying. As always Coelho asks some thought provoking questions. This is a good read but not, in my opinion, his best work.

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  • Jennifer
  • 04-09-13

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.

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  • Karen
  • 10-15-11

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.