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Twenty-four-year-old Veronika seems to have everything -- youth and beauty, boyfriends and a loving family, a fulfilling job. But something is missing in her life. So, one cold November morning, she takes a handful of sleeping pills, expecting never to wake up. But she does -- at a mental hospital where she is told that she has only days to live.

Inspired by events in Coelho's own life, Veronika Decides to Die questions the meaning of madness and celebrates individuals who do not fit into patterns society considers normal. Bold and illuminating, it is a dazzling portrait of a young woman at the crossroads of despair and liberation, and a poetic, exuberant appreciation of each day as a renewed opportunity.

©1998 Paulo Coelho; (P)2009 HarperCollins Publishers

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Different

Well, that certainly was original take on ideas of love, death, sanity and finding meaningful purpose in life.

It started off intriguing, became quite thought-provoking, veered into bizarre, detoured into WTF!, then back to interesting again.

I liked it.

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Love it

This girl thinks like me
I can hear myself agreeing with every word she said since the start
And the ending is amazing
Brilliant doctor
Every character in this book is amazing
But in real life i thing edwardos are rare
I wish to find someone like him in life
And the ideas and statements in this book are just what i needed to hear in my life
Saving life by intelligence is our only salvation
I am in love with this book

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Can't stand this narrator

What did you like best about Veronika Decides to Die? What did you like least?

So far, I don't think this is the best Coelho I've read yet. The text gets repetitive and jumps from one point to another. Frankly though, this animosity is largely because of the narrator of this book. I should've stuck with reading it instead of listening. What a disservice to Paulo Coelho. I like the existential questions though and am curious to see how it unfolds.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Fran Tunno?

This narrator sounds like a robot. You know those corporate videos that you have to watch at orientation before you start a new job? That's how the narration and the dialogue sound like here, it has that sing-song lilt that's supposed to keep new hires from falling asleep on their first day. It doesn't work here. Not with Paulo Coelho! Goodness. I am returning this audiobook and just reading the text from the book. I think American female narrators in general need to listen to English narrators, they seem to know what they're doing. I would rather listen to Juliet Stevenson or Susanah Harker.

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amazing,life lesson

was the best one I have reading. I feel myself like a hard person,but this book makes me enjoy and cry,as if I was in it. really loved it and wish lots of people can experience those feelings.

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Recommend overall

Interesting social commentary on finding meaning in the seemingly mundane. The ideas don't seem extremely profound, but they definitely resonate with me and I'm glad to have heard it.
I enjoyed the narration. She acted out the characters and flowed in and out of the dialogue well.

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Enlightenment

I fount this is One of the best books I've ever read. Great story about value of life.

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Who is crazy?

This book explores sanity as a construct and as a choice. The characters were a little distant to me. The narrator was pleasant, but not really engaging. Good but not great imho.

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Slow, but interesting ideas

This book is filled with ideas and questions and sometimes answers and it is very intriguing. However, it is a very slow sort of tale and the narrator uses a voice that matches the melancholy of the story. Don't listen to it if you are sad haha good ending though

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  • Kori
  • Haleiwa, HI, United States
  • 03-25-14

For those who are Seeking or feel Lost...

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Beautifully written book that offers hope and inspiration for people who feel as if they have no purpose, or question their existance...If you have any sort of depression or confusion about your direction in life, this book helps.<br/><br/>However, if you are a well rounded, content person who enjoys life, then you won't need to be reminded about why life is awesome. The trick is to figure out if you are truly happy, or just THINK you are happy.<br/>

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A captivatingly interesting story...

Is there anything you would change about this book?

I was not at all pleased with the ending of the book. I would have liked to have heard more about Eduard and Veronika and how things worked out between them. And what Veronika's reaction was to finally knowing she was fully recovered.

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