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3.2 out of 53.2 out of 53.2 out of 53.2 out of 53.2 out of 5 3.20 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Paulo Coelho Narrator: Fran Tunno Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2009 ISBN: 9780061845642
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Twenty-four-year-old Veronika seems to have everything -- youth and beauty, boyfriends and a loving family, a fulfilling job. But something is missing in her life. So, one cold November morning, she takes a handful of sleeping pills expecting never to wake up. But she does -- at a mental hospital where she is told that she has only days to live.

Inspired by events in Coelho's own life, Veronika Decides to Die questions the meaning of madness and celebrates individuals who do not fit into patterns society considers to be normal. Bold and illuminating, it is a dazzling portrait of a young woman at the crossroads of despair and liberation, and a poetic, exuberant appreciation of each day as a renewed opportunity.

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Quotes & Awards

  • Girl, Interrupted meets Catcher in the Rye

    Mademoiselle

  • “Like any great storyteller, Coelho has used the realm of fiction to magically infiltrate and alter the realm of reality.” 

    Amazon.com editorial review

  • “In this deceptively unadorned tale, narrated in a charmingly ironic style, Paulo Coelho plumbs the profoundest depths of mores, madness, and meaning. A marvelous achievement!

    Lou Marinoff, PhD, author of Plato, Not Prozac!

  • “Employing his trademark blend of religious and philosophical overtones, Coelho focuses on his central question: why do people go on when life seems unfair and fate indifferent? The simple, often banal prose contrasts Veronika’s bleak inner landscape with the beautiful contours of Slovenia, gradually culminating in an upbeat ending with the message that each day of life is a miracle. Coelho’s latest will appeal to readers who enjoy animated homilies about the worth of human existence.”  

    Publishers Weekly

Listener Opinions

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Juliana_mendes | 5/19/2011

    " Definitivamente, seu estilo não me agrada. Leitura pobre. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rinaldi | 5/19/2011

    " when you're verdicted to die soon, will you find what veronika does in this book? coelho is a beacon that help us to find truth. "

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

    " Really into this! Has very good character development. I am intrigued by her. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Swati | 5/17/2011

    " its a very very interesting book.once you start reading it,you will not get a chance to leave it in between till it finishes "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amine | 5/14/2011

    " A great story with many unexpected realities about the human being acting.
    A new way to discover "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ross | 5/14/2011

    " Didn't think I would like this. It looked insipid and corny. I was taken in by it, and it took me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carrie | 5/9/2011

    " I absolutely loved this one. It makes me question what "normal" really is. Very inspiring. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bianca | 5/8/2011

    " Paulo Coelho takes moments of his own life and inserts into this haunting tell of a girl who feels she has nothing else to live for. I thought the book was brilliant, because it questions what is right and wrong. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary-Kriss | 5/8/2011

    " Opens up a whole new perspective on living every day like it's your last...Really inspiring... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ankan | 5/7/2011

    " was the first book i read by paulo coelho.wat interested me in was his way of thinking and since then have been a great fan of his ^_^ "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Laura | 5/4/2011

    " I really disliked this book. The way it was written, the characters, everything. It took me forever to finish reading it. I found out afterwards that there is a movie based on the book too. Perhaps the movie is better.. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 ? stellar | 5/2/2011

    " so damn deep. everybody in this world are insane, truly. :D "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tamo | 5/1/2011

    " I could find the same matches about myself in some stories ,its never been said publicly coz its only my personal world I live in,Im pleased Paulo could help me to see half myself in others in this book. "

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