©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]
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.
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.
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.
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.
A musician and songwriter from the Boston area. I like "Regular Guy" books. No chick Lit, no zombies, or vampires please. No politics.
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.
This is a pleasant little story. And, it's one of those books that bears re-reading (or re-listening, if you did the audiobook format, such as I did)! I has the same sort of feel as "The Prophet" by Kahlil Gibran, or "Siddhartha" by Herman Hesse - and similarly carries a lot of subtle and overt life-messages in it's concise text. It is one of those stories that I'll ponder for quite a long time!
Jeremy Irons did a fantastic job with the narration - lots of variety in voices, and LOTS of emotion and feeling in the emphasis of dialogue!
This was a short, quick, and easy listen, and was very much worth my time!
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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.
Jeremy Irons does a wonderful job narrating this work. The story is an easy listen. It is packed with lots of meaning and there were times I wanted to stop the audio just to think about what was being said. Lessons on life, love and the way we see the world can be found in this wonderful story.
and a penny for your thoughts
Apparently this book is world renowned. I think it's a case of "The emperors new clothes" where one person said this was Jeep and nobody else wants to admit it could've been written by someone in third grade. A clumsily written story about a boy who moves through life and observes that nature is in harmony. Oh yeah, and some idealistic mumbo-jumbo thrown in with a Judeo Christian attitude.
If you get this as a deal of the day, it's worth a listen to know what the hype is about but I caution you against using a credit. You've probably heard better from Oprah.
Eclectic mixer of books of my youth and ones I always meant to read, but didn't.
This modern parable is a beautifully simple tale, beautifully read by Jeremy Irons. If you've read this before, then you won't be disappointed by this production. If you've not read it before, then do yourself a favour and listen to it now. Yes, it has a deep religious undercurrent, but you can take that in or just be swept along on the top of the wave of poetic language. So graceful. So peaceful. Truly enduring.
I have listened to over 60 books on audible including the likes of war and peace (Tolstoy), crime and punishment, a tale of two cities, Moby Dick, .... but this book, although small is the most amazing thing I ever listened to.
"My favourite book!"
Absolutely love the book...
It is filled with great metaphors and stories which help in the process of realising your dreams.
A must read for all young men and women in my eyes. Impossible not to feel great after finishing!
Immediately wanted to re-listen
What can I say that hasn't been said before? I have read this book many times, and always come back to it when in need of inspiration. Everyone should read The Alchemist (and all of Coelho's books!).
Such a wonderful story.
All ways wanted to read this, didn't disappoint.
Will read again.
Really inspiring book. It has a gripping storyline and very easy to relate to one's life.
"my 1st of many audio books"
1st time trying audible.
loved it. will definitely listen to it many more times. im not much of a reader so listening is far easier for me
I have read this book many times. Purchased this as an audible version for my road trips. Fantastic, recent five hour journey passed in no time. Recommended.
"A bit too religious for me"
I have been an atheist all my life, but now I'm learning more about spiritual enlightenment. This book is truly a gem! However, what I don't want to see is this fictional god that man has created. GOD is EVERYTHING. This book makes it seem like god is an immortal man living in the clouds. Great book though. Highly recommend.
"intriguing and captivating"
Nice story filled with useful lessons for a free mind. Will recommend this book anyday
"Great book, beautifully narrated"
A great book about following your dreams and finding courage. Beautifully narrated. highly recommend to all.
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