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Publisher's Summary

The enchanting, true story of The Valkyries begins in Rio de Janeiro when author Paulo Coelho gives his mysterious master, J., the only manuscript for his book The Alchemist. Haunted by a devastating curse, Coelho confesses to J., "I've seen my dreams fall apart just when I seemed about to achieve them." In response, J. gives Coelho a daunting task: He must find and speak with his guardian angel. "The curse can be broken," he replies, "if you complete the task." Rising to the challenge, Paulo and his wife, Cristina, drop everything, pack their bags, and take off on a 40-day adventure into the starkly beautiful and sometimes dangerous Mojave Desert - where they encounter more than they bargained for.A masterful blend of the exotic locales, dramatic adventure, and magical storytelling, for which Coelho's fictional works are renowned, this true-life account is at once a modern-day adventure and a metaphysical odyssey.
©1992 Paulo Coelho; (P)2009 HarperCollins Publishers
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"Coelho's gripping tale of his adventures...reads like a suspense novel." (San Mateo Times)
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By DGM on 03-12-10

Very satisfying

I thoroughly enjoyed this book and recommend it to anyone who enjoys Coehlo's work and anyone who is interested in personal growth. This book really gives you some things to think about.

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5 of 5 people found this review helpful


By David Khachadoorian on 06-20-15

This Book Changed My Life - Seriously

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I have recommended this to dozens of people YES YES YES

What did you like best about this story?

When he talks about the pact he had made with defeat.

What about Sean Runnette’s performance did you like?

Not memorable for me - like Jeremy Irons' with the Alchemist, however Irons would not have fit with this story. Fact is, since this was Autobiographical I would have preferred the author to read this, or at least someone with his accent. But that is not a big deal - this is an EXCELLENT BOOK - I have listened to it several times!

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Change Your Life!

Any additional comments?

If you are on a journey of changing your life, this might be your next step.

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4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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