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December 5, 2014 / Leslie

Review: Adultery by Paulo Coelho

A Rapid Review

AdulteryAdultery by Paulo Coelho

Publisher: Random House Audio | August 2014
Format: Audio Download | 8 hours | Rating: 3 stars
Audio Listening Level: Easy – Intermediate

A woman in her 30s begins to question the routine and predictability of her days. In everybody’s eyes, she has a perfect life: happy marriage, children, and a career. Yet what she feels is an enormous apathy. All that changes when she encounters a successful politician who had, years earlier, been her high school boyfriend…

I could not relate to Linda, the main character – not because she was unhappy, we all experience unhappy times, but because her solution was so extreme. A degrading affair? Yes, I thought it was a bit raw and unfulfilling. This was not a romance; this man was using her. And then she would have these long, soul-searching conversations with her husband. Really? Too often I felt like I was listening to man’s view of a women having a mid-life crisis.

I kept listening partly because the audio was good and I was hoping it would get better, but in the end I was left underwhelmed.

Audio production:
Susan Denaker narrates the story using quiet, even tones and steady pacing. The story is written in the first person and she did a nice job capturing the flat, depressed sounding Linda.

Audio Sample:

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  1. Suko / Dec 5 2014 1:07 pm

    Leslie, thanks for sharing your honest thoughts about this audiobook. It sounds kind of depressing.


    • Leslie / Dec 6 2014 9:16 am

      Yeah, that kind of sums it up.


  2. BermudaOnion / Dec 5 2014 7:53 pm

    Sorry to see this was a stinker.


  3. Beth F / Dec 6 2014 7:39 am

    Hummm. I was going to give this try. Now, I might pass.


  4. lenna-jennie / Dec 6 2014 10:43 am

    I haven’t read this one, but I did enjoy Manuscript Found in Accra quite a bit.


  5. Sheila (Book Journey) / Dec 6 2014 11:44 am

    Thanks for the reviewing. This is one that I had considered but I am glad I did not listen to it as what you say here is what concerned me. 🙂


    • Leslie / Dec 6 2014 12:44 pm

      The writing and the audio were good. The character wasn’t believable. Not that a woman wouldn’t initiate an affair, but the way she went about it – ugh. I don’t want to give any spoilers, but you’ll know in the first hour of listening if this one is right for you! I suggest a library copy. 🙂


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