Cant open Illustrator (ai & eps) files in CDR 9

I bought some vector graphics that have been saved as Illustrator (ai and eps files) and my CorelDraw version 9 will not open them.  CRAP !!   I really don't want to purchase X7 for $400 and don't use CorelDraw enough to justify that investment.  Is there some way I can get these Illustrator files open and back to CDR9 so I can edit them ?

I want to be able to select the parts and pieces in these vector files so I can change the fills, shapes, etc..

Any ideas ?

Thanks !