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The Alchemist Audiobook
The Alchemist
Written by: 
Paulo Coelho
Narrated by: 
Jeremy Irons
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The Alchemist Audiobook

The Alchemist: A Fable About Following Your Dream [Audiobook]

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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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    Erik Petersen 04-11-16
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    "life changing"

    loved it! could make a book of inspirational quotes from this book. ha ha ha

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jose 04-11-16
    Jose 04-11-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Absolutely Amazing!"

    This is a treasure amongst treasues. A must read for anyone seeking their way towards completion.

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    Itzalia 04-09-16
    Itzalia 04-09-16
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    "Very evocative!"

    Loved it! I read this book eight years ago and found it humbling. Listening to it on audible these past couple of days was refreshing. Paolo Coelho is the best! Jeremy Irons is a smooth narrator! Thank you Audible!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Dexter A. Blancett Theed 04-08-16
    Dexter A. Blancett Theed 04-08-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Thank you!"

    To sum this up: Jeremy Irons turned an enjoyable read into an even more enjoyable listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Andrew Obryan dayton oh 04-08-16
    Andrew Obryan dayton oh 04-08-16

    andrew

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    "Great book"

    Jack Canfield recommended this book in something of his on YouTube it has all kinds of new age self help God stuff up in here I truly love it

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Clemente Quinones 04-07-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Amazing"

    A great take on the pursuit of happiness! It helps give perspective to chasing one's own dreams.

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    Jasmine 04-06-16
    Jasmine 04-06-16 Member Since 2014
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    "True Story!"

    There were so many Universal truths in this story. Loved it! we are all in this story.

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    Amazon Customer 04-06-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Aw provoking"

    This book is simply beautiful. The Alchemist is a breath of truth and wisdom that makes the reader (or listener) wonder and think. The way Paul Coelho writes is genius and easy to understand. Jeremy Irons' performance in this audio was never dull and always kept my attention. I highly recommend this book to anyone out there who is a deep thinker. If you're a deep thinker but also very busy like me, then I highly recommend this audio book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Breanna Henderson Santa Monica, CA 04-06-16
    Breanna Henderson Santa Monica, CA 04-06-16 Member Since 2016

    Ayo Breezy

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    "Best audio book ever"

    Jeremy irons voice is perfect for this tale. My favorite book. A story that gives over and over

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    tamika 04-05-16
    tamika 04-05-16 Member Since 2016
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    "love the audio version!"

    Great narrative, looking forward to hearing other works by Coelho. shorter to hear than taking months to read!

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  • Bev
    London, United Kingdom
    10/5/11
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    "Mr Irons makes this reading beautiful"

    Whilst a lot of people may debate aspects of the book and its content in their review, I would like to comment on the extraordinary power and beauty of the reading by Jeremy Irons. His voice made this story a real joy to hear, I am going to search and see if he narrates any more on here. Having read the book before I can honestly say that Jeremy Irons' reading surpassed my reading by far. His dynamic tone and characterisation truly transport you on the magical journey of wonder that this book is all about. Thank you Audible, thank you Mr Irons, a beautiful 4 hours indeed.

    22 of 23 people found this review helpful
  • g
    St Helens, United Kingdom
    10/7/11
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    "Such an inspiring story"

    This was recommended by Will Smilth during an interview on his ideas of success.
    It's a simple and interesting tale with lots of twists and thought provoking ideas.
    Highly recommended to anyone, especially those interested in "the way" or personal development.

    12 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • jen
    Westbury on Trym, United Kingdom
    12/9/13
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    "This story moved me."
    Would you listen to The Alchemist again? Why?

    This is a wonderful and thought-provoking tale. I wanted to listen again as soon as it was finished! It really invites you to read between the lines and reflect upon your own life story. Highly recommended.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Scharfschutze
    10/19/15
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    "Pregnant with wisdom"

    The Alchemist stirred questions within me. It revealed wisdom that had been staring me in the face, which I had failed to recognise.

    The story of the Centurion struck a deeply personal nerve, at a most vulnerable time, bringing tears to my eyes .

    Jeremy Irons made the words leap of the page, as though they have a life of their own. I would recommend this book to anyone who is afraid of failure.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Thomas
    4/14/15
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    "Life changing"

    Just amazing, my life has begun a new chapter, I've quit my job and I'm moving abroad in 3 weeks.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A. Collins
    Southampton, UK
    7/2/13
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    "Soft, easy and inspiring"
    What made the experience of listening to The Alchemist the most enjoyable?

    This book is all it's hyped to be. A warming and inspiring story with great characters and intrigue. A nice twist too ;)

    Jeremy Irons really enhanced the story for me too. His accents were apt and sometimes amusing; his voice acting top notch.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The ending, the characters.


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

    I've not.


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

    Irons made the experience absolutely better.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • N. Drennan
    Cheshire , England
    7/10/16
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    "Fantastic read ( and listen)"

    What a fantastic book. A really complete story. Fantastic detail and insight into a world of mystery. Highly recommended .

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Natalie
    ASHBY DE LA ZOUCH, United Kingdom
    6/24/12
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    "Beautiful reading"

    As the first audiobook I have listened to, I worried about the narrative voice blurring my own appreciation of a wonderful story. Irons' narration, however, is expressive and clear and brings a real authority to the reading.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • S
    KENT, United Kingdom
    4/4/12
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    "Great Story - Great Narrator"

    This was recommended to me by a friend and I really enjoyed it. The narration was 1st class.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Jacob
    10/18/15
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    "Excellent - definitely recommend"

    totally engrossing, brilliantly narrated and I would recommend this to anyone with a bit of time on there hands. it's a short story with a big impact.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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