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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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    "Great book to listen to while driving long trips"
    What did you love best about The Alchemist?

    The story line was captivating


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

    finding that what he was looking for was back where he started his journey


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    Lin S NW Pennsylvania 11-30-11
    Lin S NW Pennsylvania 11-30-11

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    "A good read"

    This story is a parable and talks about the "soul of the world", teaching that the universe conspires to make dreams come true.

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    Deborah Atlanta, GA, United States 11-29-11
    Deborah Atlanta, GA, United States 11-29-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Thumbs up!"

    I enjoyed this audible tremendously. I read the book a few years ago, but find the audible version very entertaining.

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    Natasha Bloemfontein, South Africa 11-29-11
    Natasha Bloemfontein, South Africa 11-29-11
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    "Self discovery"

    This was truly an amazing and life changing book!

    A true "page turner" i could not wait to put on my audio to listen to it every chance i got!

    The amount of life lessons and the simple and practical manner in which they are conveyed kept my attention on the story the entire listen through!

    I have gained so much from this book and like always Mr Coelho creates images that have remained in my mind far longer than the words have remained in my hears.

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    Allen United States 11-23-11
    Allen United States 11-23-11 Member Since 2011
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    "a nice and simple straight forward feel good story"

    I can see why some people feel this to be simplistic. Compared to other works, it probably is.
    That said, it's real easy to connect with the characters and to be drawn into the story. How much a story moves you depends on how much you are willing to be moved by it. If you expect this book to cause life changing mental shifts, you're probably missing the point. Take this for what it is, a simple story about a boy following his dreams. It does, however, have the power to point you in a path to self awareness if you are brave enough to go that rout but that depends on you. Let go and give yourself to this story, allow yourself to feel his adventure and I think you'll walk away with a smile to say the least!

    Jeremy Irons Rocks!!!

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    Mike Canada 11-23-11
    Mike Canada 11-23-11

    Stumbled upon audio books a little while ago and I enjoy them now. I mostly listen to books related to science, Buddhism, and some fantasy.

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    "An inspirational classic"

    What else is there to say? One of the most highly sold book in the world for a good reason.

    Narration is also top notch, and a great choice for this book.

    Belongs in everyone's library.

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    Iceworm72 Wasilla, AK, United States 11-22-11
    Iceworm72 Wasilla, AK, United States 11-22-11 Member Since 2003
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    "A Story that has Modivated me to Sell my Sheep!"

    There are few stories that I listen to that have as much power to change the listener as well as entertain. Most often when an author attempts to teach the preacher overrides the storyteller and the result is mush! The Achemist is a rare gem! It places many concepts that I have been exposed to into perspective and emphasizes the obligation we have to lose sight of the shore as we seek our fortunes in life. I am giving this in book to my preteen son for Christmas.

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    Nadia Washington, DC, United States 11-11-11
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    "Such an enchanting narrator!"

    The story is magical and the narrator is simply brilliant! I can't imagine anyone have a more appropriate voice for this beautiful tale. Jeremy Irons is a natural fit for the novel. It's thoroughly enjoyable!

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    Ocean Girl South Maui 10-31-11
    Ocean Girl South Maui 10-31-11

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    "A favorite"

    First, I enjoy Jeremy Irons voice, Second, I think the story is important, Third, I listen almost daily and still gather new insights and information

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    Joshua Edwardsville, IL, United States 10-25-11
    Joshua Edwardsville, IL, United States 10-25-11
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    "Wonderful life advice and a delightful story"

    It starts off a bit slow, but the book offers wonderful life advice. It also provides great insight into the powers to be to achieve your life dream. The last 1/3 of the book was great so you must keep listening. The narration was great as well.

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