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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: Paul Boehmer, Paul Boehmer Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2009 ISBN: 9780061806209
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“[Coelho’s] special talent seems to be his ability to speak to everyone at once. The kind of spirituality he espouses is to all comers. . . . His readers often say that they see their own lives in his own books.”
New Yorker

From the bestselling author of The Alchemist, Paulo Coelho, comes an absorbing new novel that holds a mirror up to our culture’s obsession with fame, glamour, and celebrity.

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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 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 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 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 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Doc & Charly | 1/30/2014

    " Read in Spanish. Murder and mayhem at the Cannes Film Festival. Does not end well for the good guys. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nihad Arif | 1/30/2014

    " A good read. Could have done without some details about the surroundings, nature, atmosphere etc. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sandra | 1/21/2014

    " I did not like the ending! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Deborah | 1/8/2014

    " Still the same recurring themes: love, spirituality, religion and dreams. For once, Paulo Coelho explored the "negative" side of dreams...How though dreams are beautiful, sometimes they cost you more than you bargained for. His writing style is quite different compared to the other book. At the beginning I thought that I was reading a thriller though he did lay emphasis that this book is not a thriller from the very start. Still, The Winner Stands Alone, was as engaging as his other books. It made me realise a couple things about myself. Yet, the ending did not meet my expectations... "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Lynette Gerber | 12/26/2013

    " i did not enjoy this book at all. That's all "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Barb | 12/14/2013

    " I can't believe this is the same author that wrote the alchemist. I guess I didn't relate to the high fashion and crime world at all so it wasn't very meaningful to me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nicey Nicey | 12/13/2013

    " cold..calculating..but gud enuf for me "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dhini | 10/7/2013

    " dgn mengangkat cerita ttg seorang suami yg mengusahakan segala cara utk mendapatkan istrinya lagi... para pembaca dibawa utk masuk dalam kehidupan di balik dunia entertain...yang penuh perjuangan, persaingan, motivasi termasuk hal2 buruk di dalamnya... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michael | 10/5/2013

    " This author explains things that he does not really fully understand. This is a good book, but also should be taken with a grain of salt. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leslie | 9/5/2013

    " Uno de mis libros favoritos de Coelho. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ursula Kibido | 7/12/2013

    " Brilliant writing, story all set in 24 hrs, and that's how I was kept at the edge of my seat, read it very quickly. Loved it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Aarushi | 7/1/2013

    " A fine read. Good reasearch been put into it. But Paulo has better work out there! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bea* | 6/13/2013

    " to be honest i found it boring and had too much information and ideas to reveal in just one book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Andrea | 4/19/2013

    " Overrated. The book basicly contains information about how the world of fashion works behind the cameras. Something that, except fanatic teenagers, everybody knows. I wish he would have focused more on the story of the serial killer. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Wuwun Wiati | 4/17/2013

    " pas mal. Cerita seorang pembunuh demi mendapatkan kembali istrinya dengan detail yang bagus festival Cannes. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jaret | 1/1/2013

    " naguguluhan ako..daming characters...patapos na pero di ko magets kung sino bida. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Eunice Ika | 12/10/2012

    " still don't understand why this man want to prove his love for a woman by killing other and the woman he love too... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mommyk8 | 8/26/2012

    " I was very disappointed in this book. A long time ago, Paulo Coelho was my favorite author, and I loved the Alchemist, the Pilgrimage, and the Valkyries. This book was not very well written, quite preachy and condescending, and worse yet, boring. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maha Al-balushi | 8/24/2012

    " Thrilling , enjoyable more like out of a hollywood screen ! its about a guy who does the unthinkble just to win back his ex-wife! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Patti | 8/10/2012

    " Terrifying to follow Igor's thought process and rationalizations. Coelho portrays the world of the Superclass as a kind of enchanting whirlpool that draws hopefuls in then swallows them. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Raheleh | 11/20/2011

    " well the story is somehow complicated.but i really wanted to see how it ends!and ofcourse at the end i was somehow shocked! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ossi | 10/10/2011

    " Another smart novel from Paulo Coelho "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Abdullah | 5/17/2011

    " What I liked about the book is the information it reveals about the fashion world !!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ana | 5/15/2011

    " A really wonderful book. An eye opener to people who thinks that the glamourous life is the fulfillment of their dreams. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Hakim | 5/10/2011

    " Paulo took us in a different approach, a sinful modern way. Thrilling characters, kept me going with them in a multi-dimensional vision. Predictable unique ending is his signature.
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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Angelica | 5/7/2011

    " really diferent from the others books but shows the author's Versatic. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rajendra | 5/6/2011

    " Though my rating is tentative, so far Mr. Coelho is Brilliant as usual "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Agus | 4/30/2011

    " Saya lebih tertarik pada tokoh Igor -seorang pengusaha- yg juga mengusai teknik bela diri dan berjuang untuk menemukan sesuatu yg layak mendapat pengorbanannya. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ishita | 4/30/2011

    " it's true in real life also!!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Punit | 4/28/2011

    " The book to go for if you're looking for an insight on a criminal mind. His thoughts, as well as those of his victims are laid bare. I enjoyed this one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Aris | 4/20/2011

    " versi Indonesia tapinya, apik wis.. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mazie | 4/15/2011

    " The cover and summary look promising, but the progression of the story was a bit repetitive... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hina | 4/13/2011

    " twas really good. must read material.! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 gaby | 4/7/2011

    " This is my least favourite of all Paulo Coelho's books. There is always a meaning to the stories that he writes but this one didn't seem to have one. I was not impressed "

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About the Author
Author Paulo Coelho

Paulo Coelho is a New York Times bestselling author. His books have sold more than 100 million copies worldwide and have been translated into 68 languages and published in 150 countries. He is the recipient of numerous prestigious international awards and was inducted at the Brazilian Academy of Letters in 2002. In 2007, he was named a United Nations Messenger of Peace by the UN Secretary-General.

About the Narrators

Paul Boehmer is an American actor best known for his numerous appearances in the Star Trek universe. Paul is a 1992 Masters of Fine Arts graduate of the Professional Theater Training Program at the University of Delaware.

Paul Boehmer is an American actor best known for his numerous appearances in the Star Trek universe. Paul is a 1992 Masters of Fine Arts graduate of the Professional Theater Training Program at the University of Delaware.