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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (10,904 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Paulo Coelho Narrator: J. Paul Boehmer Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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The beloved bestselling author of The Alchemist returns with another haunting novel—a thrilling journey into our constant fascination with the worlds of fame, fortune, and celebrity.

A profound meditation on personal power and innocent dreams that are manipulated or undone by success, The Winner Stands Alone is set in the exciting worlds of fashion and cinema. Taking place over the course of twenty-four hours during the Cannes Film Festival, it is the story of Igor, a successful, driven Russian entrepreneur who will go to the darkest lengths to reclaim a lost love—his ex-wife, Ewa. Believing that his life with Ewa was divinely ordained, Igor once told her that he would destroy whole worlds to get her back. The conflict between an individual evil force and society emerges, and as the novel unfolds, morality is derailed.

Meet the players and poseurs behind the scenes at Cannes—the “superclass” of producers, actors, designers, and supermodels, as well as the aspiring starlets, has-been stars, and jaded hangers-on. Adroitly interweaving the characters’ stories, Paulo Coelho uses his twelfth novel to paint an engrossing picture of a world overrun by glamour and excess and shows us the possibly dire consequences of our obsession with fame.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A fabulous twenty-first-century tale...Coelho’s tone is intelligent and ironic, and his style is sharp and biting.”

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel 

  • “This tour de force demonstrates forcefully why Brazilian novelist Paulo Coelho is reputed to be the bestselling author in the world...Mixing social satire and sheer panic, this fast-paced thriller drives to its breathtaking conclusion, leaving us amazed that the author of The Alchemist would also be capable of this.” 

    Barnes and Noble editorial review

  • “Audie Award nominee Paul Boehmer’s rich renderings of the wonderfully complex secondary characters are the highlight of Coelho’s latest work, which is quite a departure from his trademark mystical parables.”

    Library Journal (audio review)

  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Ana Devecka | 2/10/2014

    " Did not like this one, it is nothing like The Alchemist. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Margaret Mccormick | 2/7/2014

    " Murderer in the name of love has never appealed to me, but this was strictly revenge. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Livia Stephenson | 2/5/2014

    " This is a book I will probably have to read again... in a year or two. It is dark but I put it down quite often: the main character, Igor, too much explanation spent on his obsessive love turning into justifiable evil but also I was not interested in the other characters. There's a lot of shifting in the narrative which did not help neither. Igor could have been interesting in all his quiet madness and still I did not care for him or any of the 5 other characters. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Cac | 2/4/2014

    " I feel that the author was looking for a vehicle to rant about certain issues and wrapped them around an interesting character study of a mad man. I wanted more of the story and less rants about why airlines don't let you turn on your cell phones. Although interesting their own, they didn't often advance the plot and I found them distracting. I had been wanting to read the Alchemist, but picked this up first, and now I don't know if I will bother to read it. "

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