The story should have enchanted me. It's told like a fairy tale. It's full of interesting situations and characters. It is beautifully written. But for some reason, I just wasn't that into it. Jeremy Irons should have been able to make it gripping, but--for me, anyway--it just kind of fell flat.
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When the boy travels to Egypt and meets the Alchemist.
When he meets the King and he gets the two stones for fortell his future.
His love for the girl in the village and his love for his sheep.
I loved hearing the reader, whose voice is so well known and carries the book to greater heights.
A very pleasant listen from Jeremy Irons and the story is very thought provoking. I would recommend this book.
Jeremy Irons brings this book to life. I listened while reading along and found the combination to be wonderful.
Audible.com does not take the time to break this selection down into chapters. With this book, you get four hours of material broken into to huge chunks of two hours each. It makes it very hard to navigate through the audio.
I have purchased other Audible.com selections and found the SAME PROBLEM! HUGE audio files without chapter selections. I have had to wade through hours of audio, making my own notes about chapters, just to be able to navigate the audio.
I have written to Audible with my concerns about this and have never heard back from them. They might be saving time and money for themselves in the short run, but, it is not fair to the listener to give us such huge audio files without chapter markers.
I love books that convey important life-lessons artistically molded within the backdrop, or woven within the heart of a great fictional piece. The Alchemist is a story that I found very adventurous, thrilling, and emotionally moving; yet it's packed with those small and big lessons you will learn while on your journey toward any goal you set-out to undertake. With this journey you come face-to-face with various kinds of people, and run into those familiar arch-types you are bound to cross-paths with on that important life-quest. Through out this story, you go with the main character and experience how important it is in anything you do, to follow your heart, and heed both those subtle and powerful urgings you get from your: gut, instinct, intuition, psyche, subconcious, heart - whatever you love to call it. While also making good use of the knowledge and wisdom you gain along the way. You'll love this journey.
Student, husband, youth director
This book provides incredible perspectives on how we as human beings view the world and how we should view the world. Its almost a self help book except it does so in novel form. The characters, the revelations, are all things that anyone can relate to and be transformed by.
My favorite character is the boy. It his journey and self discovery that we as readers get to follow.
Jeremy Irons was a fantastic reader. His voicing of characters and richness of inflection brings the story to life in a way that is not possible when reading it inside your head.
The Alchemist- Journey to the Soul of the World
I recommend this book highly.
I really loved the message of the whole book. It is really nice to have a book that teaches a great message as well as entertain at the same time!
I wasn't sure what to expect when I downloaded this book and I must say that I was pleasantly surprised. The story is different, almost like a parable, and it keeps your interest. The narration is exceptional - I am surprised Jeremy Irons does not narrate more books. I really enjoyed listening to this book and would recommend it.
Yes, Jeremy Iron's narration is sublime. The story itself being a fable comes to life when told to you. I would consider this the definitive version of The Alchemist.
The pacing was just outstanding. Never preachy or slow the story just flows.
Every scene is outstanding.
Santiago is a perfectly realized character.
A perfect audiobook, it's as simple as that.
The book an an amazing tale of a boy following his dream. It is wonderfully narrated by Jeremy Irons. There is absolutely no way one could not enjoy the story or the recording in my opinion. Terrific work and terrific presentation!