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Hippie

Narrated by: Graham Halstead
Length: 7 hrs and 52 mins
Categories: Fiction, Literary
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Summary

Random House presents the audiobook edition of Hippie by Paulo Coelho, read by Graham Halstead.

In Hippie, his most autobiographical novel to date, Paulo Coelho takes us back in time to relive the dream of a generation that longed for peace and dared to challenge the established social order - authoritarian politics, conservative modes of behaviour, excessive consumerism, and an unbalanced concentration of wealth and power. 

Following the 'three days of peace and music' at Woodstock, the 1969 gathering in Bethel, NY that would change the world forever, hippie paradises began to emerge all around the world. In the Dam Square in Amsterdam, long-haired young people wearing vibrant clothes and burning incense could be found meditating, playing music and discussing sexual liberation, the expansion of consciousness and the search for an inner truth. They were a generation refusing to live the robotic and unquestioning life that their parents had known.

At this time, Paulo is a young, skinny Brazilian with a goatee and long, flowing hair who wants to become a writer. He sets off on a journey in search of freedom and a deeper meaning for his life: first with a girlfriend on the famous 'Death Train to Bolivia', then on to Peru and later hitchhiking through Chile and Argentina.  

His travels take him further, to the famous square in Amsterdam, where Paulo meets Karla, a Dutch woman also in her 20s. She convinces Paulo to join her on a trip to Nepal, aboard the Magic Bus that travels across Europe and Central Asia to Kathmandu. They embark on a journey in the company of fascinating fellow travellers, each of whom has a story to tell, and each of whom will undergo a transformation, changing their priorities and values along the way. As they travel together, Paulo and Karla explore their own relationship, an awakening on every level that brings each of them to a choice and a decision that sets the course for their lives thereafter.

©2018 Paulo Coelho (P)2018 Random House Audiobooks

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Dull

I usually love Paulo Coelho, but for some reason I found this dull even the bits that should have been exciting. I had to keep coming back to it over and over because it just wasn’t holding my attention unfortunately

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Good book but an abrupt ending.

Listened to other paulo books and enjoyed them all aswel as this one. however, I was really hoping to hear about Nepal but paulo chooses another destination and the story ends rather abruptly. It is a nice moral of unconditional love that can be free of ownership.

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  • Erbora
  • 29-08-19

Nice book

Pretty nice book, especially if you identify yourself in one of characters. I liked it. Maybe I would have preferred not to listen to the epilogue but it's a personal choice.
Love you Daniel! ♡:*
Ps: the interpretation was perfect, fantastic! The best I've encounter here in audible!