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The Devil and Miss Prym

A Novel of Temptation
Narrated by: Linda Emond
Length: 4 hrs and 30 mins
4 out of 5 stars (290 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

A community devoured by greed, cowardice, and fear. A man persecuted by his painful past. A woman searching for happiness. In one eventful week, each of them will face questions of life, death, and power, and each will choose their own path. Will they choose good or evil?

The remote village of Viscos is the setting for this extraordinary struggle. A stranger arrives, carrying with him a backpack containing a notebook and 11 gold bars. He comes searching for the answer to a question that torments him: Are human beings, in essence, good or evil? In welcoming the mysterious foreigner, the whole village becomes an accomplice to his sophisticated plot, which will forever mark their lives.

Paulo Coelho's stunning novel explores the timeless struggle between good and evil and its relevance to our everyday dilemmas: to dare to follow our dreams, to have the courage to be different, and to master the fear that prevents us from truly living.

©2006 Paulo Caelho (P)2006 HarperCollins Publishers

Critic Reviews

"Philosophical questions are posed by Coehlo in the same mesmerizing, lyrical style he employed in The Alchemist." (Booklist)

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  • Kourosh
  • Laguna Niguel, CA, United States
  • 11-21-07

Classic.

I enjoy this author and have read many of his books but I must admit that after listening to this book, I realized that the book was written to be read out loud. I found it very enjoyable and was disappointed that audible only carried one other book--"the alchemist"--by this author. I loved it!

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Terrible, although not as bad as The Pilgrimage

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

Anyone who says "I'm not religious, but I'm spiritual." Fans of the Twilight Zone episode "The Hunt."

Would you ever listen to anything by Paulo Coelho again?

This is the second Paulo Coelho book I've read and it was better than the first (the truly terrible Camino de Santiago book) so maybe if I read another one it will be even better and I'll eventually like Paulo Coelho as much as everyone else seems to?

But the kind of woo-woo spirituality (much love to all abrahamic faiths but special shout out to Catholicism) on display is a lot for my skeptic mind to deal with.

What three words best describe Linda Emond’s performance?

Doing her best.

Any additional comments?

Rip-offs of the Twilight Zone and Shirley Jackson's The Lottery are packed into a relatively short book but it still seemed too long. It could have been a 40 page short story.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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A battle between goog and evil

Well read. However, it would have been better to have a male narrator as well. This book captures the timeless battle between good and evil. The author uses his right once more to delve into the mystic to illustrate his point. Enjoyable listen

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The Art of Storytelling

This is classic storytelling, and it is well done. Good vs. Evil with the hero/heroine facing a moral delima. The ending is not quite what I had wished, but if everything were as we expect, where is the suspense?

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So confused it can’t distinguish evil from suffering

I don’t know who this book was written for. Church or temple-goers with any knowledge of the Biblical stories carelessly name-dropped, especially that of Job, will see that Coelho slept through whatever Biblical education he received. Meanwhile secular readers with at least a high school education’s worth of ethics classes will find his confusion between evil and suffering grating to the intellect. Perhaps it’s for pot

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A wonderful story

I love this author. He is always mysterious and insightful. He writes the kinds of stories that reverberate through my life for years after I read them.

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  • Carls
  • Minneapolis, MN, United States
  • 10-17-18

Tried to hard but couldn't finish it.

I rarely leave books unfinished but this one just didn't capture me at all. It's a basic "are humans good or evil?" and I couldn't be entertained by it. I had to turn it off to stay awake while driving but it was useful in putting me to sleep once I got in bed.

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The music between chapters was distracting and annoying. Especially when it was played over the narration.

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interesting, thought provoking revelation

the revelations of the human condition found on this story are poinient, we can all learn from this.

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A story from the collective consciousness of man.

the Battle of Good and Evil. what happens when a man comes into town offering every person's hearts desire if they do the one thing that their soul could be destroyed for......