©1988 Paulo Coelho; (P)2005 HarperCollins Publishers
"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]
I loved this story! Presented in a way that shows the thought processes the boy uses to work his way through his life. He progresses forward, always learning new ways to live his live. Each step in the process is a building block aimed at giving him an understanding of how he achieved it and why it was important for future growth.
Jeremy Irons' narration truly made the story come alive.
had a hunch, but was wrong ... kept it interesting ... drifted to the end to soak it in ... not to be read fast .... enjoyed the journey
Well narrated story with a wealth of learning for daily living. The real alchemy is turning this fiction into actions to move you toward your personal legend.
The story gets a little winded at times, and the plot is held together with unbelievable connections, but I would listen to Jeremy Irons read anything this side of the phone book.
The title. My former friend once called me an Alchemist. I had taken a pattern & made a beautiful quilt. The fabric had come from my collection. I opened the door of the closet & began to pull fabric out to audition. From there came together the fabrics of the "correct" colors for the quilt. She said it was like I took "iron & turned it into GOLD". This was a wonderful story about a young man travels of learning of himself & "the World". Excellent. One I will listen to again & again.
I can't begin to describe what a fantastic experience I had with this audiobook;
First and foremost, the allegorical lessons behind every single paragraph are unimaginable.
The story itself is so well written and exceptional, you can't help but get sucked into it from the get go.
Lastly, the narrator is literally the best I have ever heard on audible.
If you've read any of the self development books out there, you will begin to see where all of their gems come from. And they're all disguised under the many anecdotes within this storyline.
Truly something special. Highly highly recommended!
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