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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 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.

©1998 Paulo Coelho (P)2009 HarperCollins Publishers

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  • Sue
  • 2020-09-11

great story true to life

this book has opened my eyes to my life and how I have to go back to my authentic self.

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  • Simone
  • 2016-06-03

Different

Well, that certainly was original take on ideas of love, death, sanity and finding meaningful purpose in life.

It started off intriguing, became quite thought-provoking, veered into bizarre, detoured into WTF!, then back to interesting again.

I liked it.

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  • kk_vacay
  • 2014-08-03

Can't stand this narrator

What did you like best about Veronika Decides to Die? What did you like least?

So far, I don't think this is the best Coelho I've read yet. The text gets repetitive and jumps from one point to another. Frankly though, this animosity is largely because of the narrator of this book. I should've stuck with reading it instead of listening. What a disservice to Paulo Coelho. I like the existential questions though and am curious to see how it unfolds.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Fran Tunno?

This narrator sounds like a robot. You know those corporate videos that you have to watch at orientation before you start a new job? That's how the narration and the dialogue sound like here, it has that sing-song lilt that's supposed to keep new hires from falling asleep on their first day. It doesn't work here. Not with Paulo Coelho! Goodness. I am returning this audiobook and just reading the text from the book. I think American female narrators in general need to listen to English narrators, they seem to know what they're doing. I would rather listen to Juliet Stevenson or Susanah Harker.

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  • Charles
  • 2018-08-20

Very hard to get through

I usually love Paulo's books (The Alchemist is my all time favorite!), but this was hard to get through.

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  • North_Texas_Prime
  • 2015-05-25

Who is crazy?

This book explores sanity as a construct and as a choice. The characters were a little distant to me. The narrator was pleasant, but not really engaging. Good but not great imho.

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  • rouia
  • 2015-03-06

Love it

This girl thinks like me
I can hear myself agreeing with every word she said since the start
And the ending is amazing
Brilliant doctor
Every character in this book is amazing
But in real life i thing edwardos are rare
I wish to find someone like him in life
And the ideas and statements in this book are just what i needed to hear in my life
Saving life by intelligence is our only salvation
I am in love with this book

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  • Kristi Shumway
  • 2015-02-25

Recommend overall

Interesting social commentary on finding meaning in the seemingly mundane. The ideas don't seem extremely profound, but they definitely resonate with me and I'm glad to have heard it.
I enjoyed the narration. She acted out the characters and flowed in and out of the dialogue well.

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  • moises
  • 2017-07-02

amazing,life lesson

was the best one I have reading. I feel myself like a hard person,but this book makes me enjoy and cry,as if I was in it. really loved it and wish lots of people can experience those feelings.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2020-10-01

Great book!

Decided to read this book, after the Alchemist and it did not disappoint. It reminds you to celebrate your life everyday by living it to the fullest.

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  • cynister25
  • 2020-02-12

Great story

Loved listening to this book and what a great story. The timing of the narrators greeting was perfect and I found this to be quite enjoyable!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2020-02-11

Excellent book

Love it; kept my attention until the last minute. Another perspective of what normal life means.