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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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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.

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Beautiful Story

Beautiful story with deep, meaningful and important messages. One of Paulo Coelho's classics - a must read.

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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.

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so disappointed

I love the book but couldn't listen to it. I found the narrator sounded like he was reading to children

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Comfort Zone Destroyed

This book is completely out of my comfort zone and a genre I have never tackled before. I read this on advice of a friend and absolutely loved it from cover to cover.
We need to understand each other more!

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Unexpected

Unexpected given my Mum gave me this as a present in my twenties, which I never read until now. Feel writer is leading you somewhere but very subtly,

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Read the book it’s better

The narrator was too monotone for this story...he lost all the emotion in this story. I think there should have been a female narrator.

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  • 12-04-19

Revolutionary

Should be required reading in all high schools it'll change your love life , your love of life.

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2nd time listened to the book enjoyed both times

The voices suit the characters throughout the story, smooth and easy to listen to. One of my favourites of paulo coelho’s

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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.

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  • Apollo Butler
  • 14-12-11

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.

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  • Lariza
  • 17-04-15

so true

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

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  • E. Wright
  • 20-04-13

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.

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  • Monique
  • 19-03-19

Dangerously intoxicating novel!

Your mind will race with emotions and thoughts triggered by Maria's journey. The novel allows you to sort out the differences between sex, love, passion, morality and inner voice! Beautifully written,every chapter more captivating than the next!

“The true experience of freedom: having the most important thing in the world without owning it.”
― Paulo Coelho, Eleven Minutes
#11minutes #MustRead

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  • Alexandra
  • 19-06-18

Best book in many years

This is best book i have read in many years, it fills you up, energizes and gives answers. I am in love with the story and Coelho's talent to express the magic of love, desire and search for inner harmony in his unique and captivating way. The story touches, brings all of the inner hidden desires and thoughts to the surfaces and acts as a mirror by looking at which you see a reflection...

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  • Bucatini lover
  • 23-06-20

its Pablo so of course its good

great listen with different narrated parts. it took me away from the sad world for a while.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-03-20

loved it!

Narrator was great. Marias voice was well suited. Love this author. Its the kind of book you cant put down.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 19-08-19

I have listened to this THRICE ALREADY!

My goodness! This is a beautiful celebration of life that didn't falter at any point. Perfect through and through! 😍
I don't care for the Brazilian accented narration of the letters though.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 29-10-20

my first erotic novel

I was not sure what to expect and I'm quite mixed up inside about what I hust heard. I am trying to understand someone who is into these kinds of books, hopefully through discussion it will make sense.

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  • adamk
  • 19-06-20

uh?

I loved the book, the choice of words, the narrator, the diaries, the unfolding of events, the flipping of destinies. what a book!

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