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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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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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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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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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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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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.

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Excellence

Unadulterated excellence! From start to finish, worth listening to more than once! Perfect reading ... Recommend

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Great read

This book is definitely worth the four hours I spent on it. Great philosophical debate. I normally don't but this book is so much more

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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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Thought provoking

I enjoyed all of the characters and the struggle they went through to figure out who they are.

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Mind blowingly relevant to our current state of the Union.

Utterly speechless after listening to this book. After a weekend with two mass shootings in one day, I can’t help but to think that we are in Viskos. And our President, the stranger.