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The Alchemist Audiobook
The Alchemist
Written by: 
Paulo Coelho
Narrated by: 
Jeremy Irons
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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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    Kyria Astoria, NY, USA 01-04-06
    Kyria Astoria, NY, USA 01-04-06
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    "Wonderful!"

    This is everything you want in an audiobook: a gorgeous story, beautifully read. I could listen to Jeremy Irons for hours... in fact, I did!

    42 of 52 people found this review helpful
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    Jes Hobart, IN, United States 06-05-14
    Jes Hobart, IN, United States 06-05-14 Member Since 2011
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    "What the Dream Give tried to be meant"

    When I first started reading this book I thought I was reading a part of the Count of Monte Cristo. Then as it progressed I felt I was reading the ‘Dream Giver’ and realized this book is what Brian Wilkins was trying to achieve when he wrote his book. The Alchemist was written 20 years earlier and it a great story. The ‘Dream Giver’ always left me wanting more. Here the author give us more and then some. This book ties in very well with ‘Infinite Possibilities by Mike Dooley’ extremely well as well as ‘Excuse Me Your Life Is Waiting by Lynn Grabhron’. Here we meet a young man who thinks he has it all and is content with life, but his dreams tell him there is more out there. He pursues it and the story begins. After reading it I’ve removed the ‘Dream Giver’ from my recommended list and have replaced it with this book instead.

    10 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Kenny Hogan 10-29-14
    Kenny Hogan 10-29-14 Member Since 2013

    A musician and songwriter from the Boston area. I like "Regular Guy" books. No chick Lit, no zombies, or vampires please. No politics.

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    "A Disappointing Fable"

    This is a book that tries hard to be full of inspirationally motivated lessons in life. The narration was good, but the story itself was geared more to an adolescent mindset. I had hoped for some sort of spiritual uplifting, but it just didn't accomplish that for me.

    Nothing profound here.

    I'd say it's overrated, and a bit long.

    It's pleasant enough to read and these simplistic fables and philosophies are nice to think about, but as a story it's not too exciting.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Sunshine COLUMBUS, OHIO, US 07-19-15
    Sunshine COLUMBUS, OHIO, US 07-19-15
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    "Life Lessons"

    I'm going through a rough patch in my life. I've lost someone special. My brother Bryan Keith Wilkey. This book although a fable helps you see things from a different perspective. It is indeed worth reading more than once. It somehow gave me hope. Odd.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Lynn 10-19-11
    Lynn 10-19-11
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    "Entertaining"

    If you are interested in classical literature that will keep its value, this book isn't it. If you want deeply drawn characters, this will disappoint. If you want an entertaining listen for a long drive, this may well be your choice! It is filled with thoughtful moments and insights into the human condition. It is filled with "religious" references, but that will not kill the story, but add to it. It is just a good listen.

    13 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    Micah Woods Cross, UT, United States 08-08-12
    Micah Woods Cross, UT, United States 08-08-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Personally, I did not care for it"

    This book was very little story surrounded by lots of rather ill-conceived philosophy. The little story there was is very simple with every small conflict easily resolved within a few 'pages'.

    I also did not agree with several aspects of the 'follow your dreams at all costs' theme that the writer espoused. I don't want to put in any 'spoilers' but the writer put way too much emphasis on the 'personal legend'. I was sick of that phrase by the end...

    Be warned it is VERY judeo-christian based, so if that kind of thing offends you, then stay away. I am a Christian, but still found the way the author used religion to be heavy-handed.

    Perhaps if you are looking for inspiration you might enjoy it, but I left it feeling uninspired and wishing I had spent my credits elsewhere.

    PS: Jeremy Irons did a good job with the reading, no complaints there.

    42 of 57 people found this review helpful
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    EW Corydon,IN 10-21-11
    EW Corydon,IN 10-21-11 Member Since 2010

    Tell us about yourself!

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    "Eh....."

    Well I thought I would really like this book but didn't like it much at all. The story on the surface is very plain. The plot takes the main character in a big circle and back to square one with no "happy" ending (really it feels like no ending at all). It does have a deeper meanings that you can read into some but still not an exciting read. If I hadn't been one of those people who has to finish a book once it is started I would have put it down early rather than finishing.

    9 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    ninjac Washington, DC, United States 07-25-11
    ninjac Washington, DC, United States 07-25-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Narration adds to ho-hum story"

    I joined a book club and this was the first book they chose to do. I wouldn't have read this book otherwise. But I really enjoyed Jeremy Irons reading this. You will like this book if you like new age religious themes.

    18 of 25 people found this review helpful
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    C. Gaylord Arbor Vitae, WI USA 03-20-15
    C. Gaylord Arbor Vitae, WI USA 03-20-15 Member Since 2013
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    "A mesmerizing tale."

    A shepherd learns the secret of listening to his heart and is well rewarded for following his dream. There is a lesson there. This is one of the most imaginative stories that I have ever heard. The author caused me to suspend reality almost without noticing it. The narrator is spot on.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    T DeMon Spencer North Carolina, USA 02-11-15
    T DeMon Spencer North Carolina, USA 02-11-15 Member Since 2011

    Socially Urban is absolutely the best blog EVER!

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    "Heavy-handed But Effective"

    This was pretty good overall. A very inspirational message that everyone can understand and relate to.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • Adam Digby
    7/29/16
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    "instant favourite"

    Lots of powerful metaphors that make you think about what you really want out of life

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • m
    7/26/16
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    "enchanting and touching"

    Jeremy Irons has a deep melodic voice that perfectly recounts this bewitching and thought provoking tale. I don't think I have fully grasped it and may listen to it again!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mr
    7/25/16
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    "Brilliant!!"

    I had purchased the hard copy of the book about 2 years ago. Read one third but didn't return to it. Loads of hidden gems in this book. A must read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • gary
    6/28/16
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    "Brilliant"

    Really does open your mind to new ways of thinking and how each culture is different in a good way. Its not all doom and gloom.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • G D DYER
    6/20/16
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    "Loved it"

    I really loved this book
    Full of love and wise words
    It makes you think about life

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lance Johnson
    Ilford, United Kingdom
    6/16/16
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    "An excellent and inspiring listen"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. The Alchemist is a book about how one has a dream and how to go about making it a reality. It does this by using a story narrative. The story begins when a shepherd sleeping in an abandoned church in Spain has a dream of treasure at the Pyramids in Egypt. Being inspired, his journey to the Pyramids involves adventures and lessons, which includes, mentors, setbacks, the ability not to settle for less than your dreams, to go beyond your limits, to learn from other peoples' journey you meet in your life, and the importance of going through struggles to achieve your goals - and the transformative changes in you it results in.


    What other book might you compare The Alchemist to, and why?

    Never read a book like it.


    What does Jeremy Irons bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    Well spoken and engaging, changing his voice to suit the character and the scene.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    I got this after having read the book. It is a great for all, even if you have or have not read it. Jeremy Irons does a great job of narrating, and I feel that listening once in a while gives an excellent reminder of the books core lessons.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • c0nv1ct
    Birmingham
    5/27/16
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    "A truly amazing story"

    A book on fables that intertwines The journey of a boy with the important lessons in life. Written in a way that is understandable to anyone of any age. A must read

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Simas
    5/26/16
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    "worth buying it"

    lovely book. enjoyed every second listening to this book. narrator did a very good job.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Benedikt
    5/23/16
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    "On point"

    Great story and on point. Easy to listen to with a good message. . .

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Nishil
    5/21/16
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    "Terrific book, well read."

    Terrific book, well read. Deeply metaphorical with wisdom in each sentence. Strongly recommend this book, you may want to listen to it for the rest of your life.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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