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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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    Robert Weiss 11-02-16
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    "Great writing, great reading"

    This is a very powerful and intriguing story of one boys journey to find a treasure that allows him to gain more then riches.

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    Patti W. U.P.Michigan 11-02-16
    Patti W. U.P.Michigan 11-02-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Wonderfully simple"

    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.

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    s.l.bloom 11-01-16
    s.l.bloom 11-01-16 Member Since 2016
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    "getting to know the elements on life's journey"

    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

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    Jason Masciarelli Florida 11-01-16
    Jason Masciarelli Florida 11-01-16 Member Since 2013
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    "A fantasy filled with life lessons"

    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.

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    Grant Canfield 11-01-16
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    "Wonderful life lessons"

    My sons will read this book. I will send it to them with much love

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    Jon Crawfurd ST PETERSBURG, FL USA 10-31-16
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    "A Fantasy stored for those not into Fantasy"

    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.

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    MVellia VT 10-30-16
    MVellia VT 10-30-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Story to think about"

    The Alchemist tells a wonderful travel tale of a boy following his own personal legend. inspiring to contemplate.

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    Lizzieb Houston, TX 10-30-16
    Lizzieb Houston, TX 10-30-16 Member Since 2015

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    "? What drew me ?"

    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.

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    Svitlana 10-27-16
    Svitlana 10-27-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Must read"

    Such an inspiring book, perfect for anyone who loves a good story and wants to be inspired at the same time

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    The Infinite 10-27-16 Member Since 2016
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    "AMAZING!!!!"

    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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