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The Alchemist: A Fable About Following Your Dream | [Paulo Coelho]

The Alchemist: A Fable About Following Your Dream

Paulo Coelho's enchanting novel has inspired a devoted following around the world. This story, dazzling in its simplicity and wisdom, is about an Andalusian shepherd boy named Santiago who travels from his homeland in Spain to the Egyptian desert in search of treasure buried in the Pyramids. Along the way he meets a Gypsy woman, a man who calls himself king, and an Alchemist, all of whom point Santiago in the direction of his quest.
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Publisher's Summary

Paulo Coelho's enchanting novel has inspired a devoted following around the world. This story, dazzling in its simplicity and wisdom, is about an Andalusian shepherd boy named Santiago who travels from his homeland in Spain to the Egyptian desert in search of treasure buried in the Pyramids. Along the way he meets a Gypsy woman, a man who calls himself king, and an Alchemist, all of whom point Santiago in the direction of his quest. No one knows what the treasure is, or if Santiago will be able to surmount the obstacles along the way But what starts out as a journey to find worldly goods turns into a meditation on the treasures found within. Lush, evocative, and deeply humane, the story of Santiago is art eternal testament to the transforming power of our dreams and the importance of listening to our hearts.

©1988 Paulo Coelho; (P)2005 HarperCollins Publishers

What the Critics Say

"The story has the comic charm, dramatic tension and psychological intensity of a fairy tale, but it's full of specific wisdom as well, about becoming self-empowered, overcoming depression, and believing in dreams." (Publishers Weekly)

"Yareli Arizmendi spins this marvelous tale of exotic adventure....[He] makes us feel the pain and joy of Santiago, the poor shepherd boy, as he tries to decide whether to seek a larger fortune or stay in the security of his job. Exuding softness and pathos, the narrator reminds that us most people who are unhappy failed to follow their dreams when young." [AudioFile]

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    Christopher. 05-14-15
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    "marathon on a sunny day"

    I am so glad I finally was able to listen to such an inspiring story.

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    Kat183 05-14-15
    Kat183 05-14-15 Member Since 2014
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    "So Wonderful!"
    Where does The Alchemist rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It's is honestly at the top of my list!


    What other book might you compare The Alchemist to and why?

    "The Little Prince."

    I say this simply because it is a book about seeing what is truly important. It helps the reader (listener) look at the world around them differently. Both books were favorites growing up, and both continue to influence my personal views on life and society.


    What about Jeremy Irons’s performance did you like?

    He had beautiful inflection. His characters were unique, his emotion was on point. Irons' voice has an unearthly quality that allows for the magic of the story to be conveyed.


    Who was the most memorable character of The Alchemist and why?

    While Santiago (the boy) or the Alchemist are an obvious choices, I must say the Englishman. He couldn't see past the end of his nose, no matter how many times Santiago (and other characters) pushed him to do so. His story is tragic and cautionary to the reader.


    Any additional comments?

    Beautiful. If you love the story, or are simply interested, please pick this one.

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    Courtney 05-13-15
    Courtney 05-13-15
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    "Simply Amazing"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely!
    This story has changed my thinking. It has helped point me in the direction that I truly wish to travel. I've listened/read this countless times. A personal classic.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The true meaning and power of this book seems to be hidden, from reading other reviews online. The story focuses on one boys travels as he searches for treasure. During he travels he discovers something greater: the power of belief and faith.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a beautiful tale that I have reread multiple times. I never grow tried of the words, the voice of the narrator, or the tale. An amazing listen.

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    Kimangu Miro 05-13-15 Member Since 2015
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    "The alchemist"

    A beautiful story but one cannot help but see the deliberate inclusion of Christianity, Muslim and all other faiths and beliefs so as to appease all. This leads to politically correct but non committal book non risky but commercially viable story...... No Pulitzer or Nobel here

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    Dulce Bay shore 05-10-15
    Dulce Bay shore 05-10-15 Member Since 2015

    I love sharing wisdom with others in search of self improvement, we shall never stop growing and learning

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    "Inspiring"

    This is the kind of book teachers should be assigning to children to read, it's inspiring, fun to read or listens to and full of wisdom

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    Cherry Wu 05-08-15
    Cherry Wu 05-08-15 Member Since 2014
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    "I read it so many times"

    My favorite book! Every time I read, can learn something new. Please try! I am on my way seeking my dream.

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    Joshua 05-07-15
    Joshua 05-07-15
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    "Great story"

    I thought the story was great. I did not like the narrator too much though, but this is definitely worth getting.

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    Diane Gracy Harbor Springs, MI United States 05-05-15
    Diane Gracy Harbor Springs, MI United States 05-05-15 Member Since 2014
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    "A favorite of all time book~"
    What did you love best about The Alchemist?

    I loved the deeper meaning that was found throughout the entire story!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Alchemist?

    I particularly enjoyed the happenings during his days with the crystal merchant.


    Have you listened to any of Jeremy Irons’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I haven't heard others of Jeremy Iron's but I really loved the sound of his voice.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I cried during several moments of the story. There was so much symbolism that anyone can relate to in their lives. This rang true to my heart and my life experience.


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    Leticia 05-05-15
    Leticia 05-05-15
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    "Glory to God."

    Have to have an open heart to understand the story being told...and how we may be living in alchemy.

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    william steele 05-04-15
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    "AMAZING"

    I loved this book. TOP 3 RIGHT HERE
    I loved every second of this book. MUKTUB to everyone reading this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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