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Eleven Minutes Audiobook

Eleven Minutes

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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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    Lisiane LondonUnited Kingdom 16/02/2011
    Lisiane LondonUnited Kingdom 16/02/2011
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    "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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ezri Dax 16/03/2016
    Ezri Dax 16/03/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer BRENTWOOD, United Kingdom 09/04/2013
    Jennifer BRENTWOOD, United Kingdom 09/04/2013
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    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Karen Petersfield, United Kingdom 15/10/2011
    Karen Petersfield, United Kingdom 15/10/2011
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    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Lariza
    17/04/15
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    "so true"

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

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Apollo Butler
    Nassau, Bahamas
    14/12/11
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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.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • E. Wright
    South Africa
    20/04/13
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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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A. Santos
    USA
    25/10/16
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    "11 minutes mean more then ever"

    I liked how Maria perfectly described her thoughts about love, sex and relationships. Coelho captured perfectly her world and entices his readers until the very end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jose B.
    03/10/16
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    "poetic and charming..."

    it was a unique story of all that could be although it was only within a year... it was love... finding love...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Miss
    29/09/16
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    "I loved it."

    Love, sex, & the oh-so-common bastardization of the two. A beautiful story of the the spiritual growth & thoughtful revelations of a prostitute named Maria. She found herself living happily ever after once learning to love without expectation & to suffer without fear. Amazing. I'll be reading it again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Brookline
    09/09/16
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    "Not what I expected"

    This is definitely not what I expected, it can almost be categorized as soft porn. I'm disappointed. It is hard to believe that the same author who wrote the alchemist wrote this book. Now I'm hesitant to read any of his more recent books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • buddynina
    19/07/16
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    "Loved it!!"

    This was a great listen... It kept me coming back for more. Paulo has done it again... The story was edgy yet classy!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Clemente Quinones
    14/04/16
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    "Interesting Story"

    The story gives an interesting look into the various views and thoughts of love through the eyes and the struggles of a prostitute in Geneva. It's a bit slow paced but great overall

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • cynthia
    09/04/16
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    "I Love this book"

    This is My third time listening to the book and it's truly mind changing, everytime I hear it, it puts life into perspective! Amazing read!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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