©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]
The hype that follows this story. It wasn't really a let down. It just kind of went thud. The story is very simple and can be told just as effectively in an even shorter version. I also don't buy into following your dream at all costs. The reality of life is, we all have people, obligations, baggage, etc. that accompany us. This story invokes being selfish at every turn in order to find your treasure.
Shorten it and not rely so much on Islam. I understand the story takes place in that region of the world, but he's redundant in many of it's customs.
Jeremy Irons did a pretty good job. He wasn't really a distraction. His performance was really the only thing that kept me somewhat engaged.
Absolute, complete disappointment. As I mentioned already, the hype surrounding this story is very much unwarranted in my opinion. I'm sure some people like their "self help" books in fictional stories. Personally, I don't.
Yes, it's just an amazing book with a very positive message
This is a wonderful story, and the insights are priceless. Jeremy Irons reading makes a great book even better.
Interesting read, a bit short though, could be considered somewhat anti christian in its message in that it provided an alternate reality to christian thought.
This is absolutely one of my favorite books. I first discovered it on youtube and from that day I cannot get enough. I listen to it over and over again and it always feel like I'm hearing it for the first time. I just had to purchase it, as I didn't want rely on youtube just in case.
The journey that the young lad had to take in order to realize his dream.
I Love his voice.....he is Grrreat!
Everyone was memorable. They all work together to bring this story alive.
I wish I had this book 20 years ago! Love, Love, Love, Thank You!
Familiar with ebooks and paperback, this was one of the first buys on Audible since I do a lot of driving. I've heard amazing things about this book and couldn't wait to dive in. But I found myself wishing I had just went ahead and drowned about 3 chapters in. I don't recommend listening while on a road trip particularly if you're a driver for it will cause you to fall asleep at the will. The reading voice is much to dull and drawn making it difficult to get and remain engaged into the book. I learned my lesson. Always always sample no matter how accredited a work is.
None, it is in a class of it's own!
All of them, so well read! Best narration!
Incredible. Loved it.
I am an Entrepreneur, coach, mentor, interventionist, certified hypnotherapist, Husband and Father of four and catalyst for good change!
A fun and great listening experience, with good life lessons contained too.
Jeremy Irons seems to be enjoying reading Paul Coelho's The Alchemist. Jeremy brings accents, tone, feeling and vibration to the story and you can imagine the different characters by just shutting your eyes, enjoying and laying back and immersing yourself into this very fine audio book. And you will come away having experienced a story which may help you change your life in a good way, if you just listen, yes just listen and let the legend of your life call you….then follow and create that legend..that's right, enjoy!
I will look for other Jeremy Irons audio books based on his fine performance here.
The Old King is a wonderful character, he is the little difference that is all the difference, after you have listened to the book and look forward and back you will find the Kings lessons are strong in the foundation of life legend, your life legend perhaps too.
This book has helped many, and it can help you too if you choose to listen, enjoy and benefit. Good Karma and good luck wished to you
Wade & Enjoli
The magic of trusting your dreams, getting to know yourself and the world in a new way
Honestly, The voice is almost too soothing, and the accent. I had a hard time listening and getting into the book at times.
The Boy - He totally let his dream and the world guide him, very inspiring
It was an engaging story that was skillfully recorded and I couldn't wait to get in my car to listen more. Some recordings have phrases that are accidentally repeated, disturbing the flow of the book, I didn't find this with this book.
It was inspiring, using themes that were familiar to me but retold.
I thought this was a good book. It is well-written and mostly easy to listen to. At times it gets a bit too existential, but the story itself is a good one: A young boy has a dream of a secret treasure and sets out on a long journey to find it. What follows changes him in ways he never would have thought possible.
Irons' narration is good, fitting for such a deep subject. This is a tale about stepping out of your comfort zone and having faith enough that you will withstand whatever comes after. The book contains parables within parables and most are easy to understand and apply to everyday life. Some are a little more obscure. But the message is clear enough.
When the book focuses on telling the story of the boy's adventure, it is a delightful listen. It's only when it starts prattling on about the "soul of the world" and speaking the "language of the universe" that it gets a bit too abstract. But it's worth a listen.
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