©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 story line was captivating
finding that what he was looking for was back where he started his journey
I enjoyed this audible tremendously. I read the book a few years ago, but find the audible version very entertaining.
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.
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!!!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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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