That Ray Guy
Yes, this is much better than print - an admitted rarity.
Letting go of pre-conceptions with the faith that reality will be more fulfilling.
The Alchemist - his presence, even when not spoken of, was pervasive.
Fiction is not my forte. Factual matters trump the make believe, but not the dream. This is my favorite fiction and I have listened to it many times, each time taking away another bit of its reality. The words are powerful. The story complex and complete. But the performance is spectacular.
I did not read the print version, but Jeremy Irons' delivery is just perfect. He's so into it. He does such a great job, and cares about the story very much. The tone of his delivery lets you know he loves a fable, and knows just how to tell one.
No, but now I will
This is an all-around wonderful tale. While keeping to simple language and themes, it goes right to the heart of many of the key issues in life.
The book reads like a snowball rolling down a hill. The actions of a young man in Spain lead him on a journey across the dessert and within himself. The author builds a strong argument into letting go of ones desires and following their heart or their true 'legend.' With all of the ups and downs the book keeps the readers attention throughout the whole book.
Great read. Great reader. Great story.
Realizing life's dreams
Santiago's ability to review his life choices and decided what his focus should be, stood out the most.
I have not listened to any of Jeremy Irons's other performances, but I found him a good story teller with a comforting voice in "The Alchemist"
The King, who I have come to believe is his inner voice was my favorite character. He challenge Santiago to pursue his dreams and not settle.
Santiago went after his dreams, however at several points during the story and ultimatly he decides that the life of a sheep herder is what he really wants.
This book has incredible wisdom packed into a well-told story. Listening to Santiago's journey helps you understand the simple truth that all things are one and that we are connected through this invisible energy. I have learned a great deal about taking control of creating my destiny and the power of learning from struggle in this book.
My favorite scene was when Santiago simply decided to clean the crystals for the shop keeper. It reminded me that there is always something that we can do to make our lives better.
Yes! I listened to this book in one sitting and then listened again and again.
This is a classic that anyone interested in creating their right future and pursuing their dreams should read.
The narration. Jeremy Irons is the best. I could listen to him all day, even if he was simply reading lists of names from a phone book. Fortunately, this is a great story, worthy of his talent.
The alchemist. (Hard to choose among so many intriguing characters.) The alchemist personified so many fascinating qualities--wisdom born of experience, strength within gentleness, inspiration rather than leadership.
Absolutely would not rename this book. The title reflected the contents perfectly.
The only reason I gave this story four stars instead of five was that it ran a bit long for a fable, and there were a few redundancies that I thought were unnecessary. Overall, I enjoyed the listening experience and the inspiration I received to follow my own dreams.
It makes you think about your own personal beliefs and God
The Alchemist, he is wise and all seeing
when Santiago turned himself into the wind
it is awesome
Yes great narration
All of them
Uplifting and inspiring
This should be a book for a college English class.
Discovering the Power of Reading by Listening !
Umim and Thurim, the alchemist himself came across as a magical person.
I felt it was not worth all the hype. Perhaps readers of the book will differ in their view compared to listeners.
The hype that follows this story. It wasn't really a let down. It just kind of went thud. The story is very simple and can be told just as effectively in an even shorter version. I also don't buy into following your dream at all costs. The reality of life is, we all have people, obligations, baggage, etc. that accompany us. This story invokes being selfish at every turn in order to find your treasure.
Shorten it and not rely so much on Islam. I understand the story takes place in that region of the world, but he's redundant in many of it's customs.
Jeremy Irons did a pretty good job. He wasn't really a distraction. His performance was really the only thing that kept me somewhat engaged.
Absolute, complete disappointment. As I mentioned already, the hype surrounding this story is very much unwarranted in my opinion. I'm sure some people like their "self help" books in fictional stories. Personally, I don't.