The Winner Stands Alone

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Paulo Coelho

Narrated By: Paul Boehmer

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers

Date: April 2009

Duration: 12 hours 30 minutes


The beloved, bestselling international author of The Alchemist returns with another haunting novel'a thrilling journey into our constant fascination with the worlds of fame, fortune, and celebrity.

A profound meditation on personal power and innocent dreams that are manipulated or undone by success, The Winner Stands Alone is set in the exciting worlds of fashion and cinema. Taking place over the course of twenty-four hours during the Cannes Film Festival, it is the story of Igor, a successful, driven Russian entrepreneur who will go to the darkest lengths to reclaim a lost love'his ex-wife, Ewa. Believing that his life with Ewa was divinely ordained, Igor once told her that he would destroy whole worlds to get her back. The conflict between an individual evil force and society emerges, and as the novel unfolds, morality is derailed.

Meet the players and poseurs behind the scenes at Cannes'the "Superclass" of producers, actors, designers, and supermodels, as well as the aspiring starlets, has-been stars, and jaded hangers-on. Adroitly interweaving the characters' stories, Paulo Coelho uses his twelfth novel to paint an engrossing picture of a world overrun by glamour and excess, and shows us the possibly dire consequences of our obsession with fame.


  • Aly Palchixk

    Not the best book by Paulo Cohelo, the story continues to suggest that there will be something better... But once you get to the end you are left feeling as though you wished you had never gotten sucked into this book. Leaves a bitter taste in your mouth.

  • Anonymous

    The beginning was promising but went downhill as you went on. It became repetitive and it was hard to get sucked into the narrative as the author went off on tangents about the past or background info. In short, it continuously suggested a preview of something exciting to come along but falls short every time.