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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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    Marcos Caceres 11-21-16 Member Since 2009
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    "Garbage"

    Religious sexist dribble and base story. Avoid it. It's really quite bad. Go read some proper history about the Middle Ages instead.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Paul 11-21-16
    Paul 11-21-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Themis"

    A beautiful woman recommended this book to me. I hope to recapture my personal legend

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    Phil Worster 11-19-16
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    "Where do we find God"

    This books simplicity of unwriting style leads to complexity of of God Christ and the layers of faith it takes to pursue your faith path!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    joseph 11-18-16
    joseph 11-18-16
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    "Amazing!"
    What did you love best about The Alchemist?

    "Listen to what your heart is saying"

    Makes you think about what you really want to do in life.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Laura 11-18-16
    Laura 11-18-16 Member Since 2017
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    "just love it"

    she has such a soothing voice for such a lovely book. I've listened to this over and over again and I will continue to do so

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Julie W. Capell Milwaukee, WI USA 11-17-16
    Julie W. Capell Milwaukee, WI USA 11-17-16 Member Since 2007

    The audio books I get tend to be either 1) scifi or 2) things for my husband and me to listen to on long road trips--humor or history

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    "I need more "meat" in my books"

    There’s so much hype around this book, I finally took a crack at it. I can see why people really like it, but it was really not my cup of tea. I have been accused of being very literal and logical, and this book was very allegorical and fantastical so maybe that explains my less-than-enthusiastic reaction.

    I prefer more “meat” on the bones of what I am reading, so even though this audio book was only 4 hours long, I was still somewhat bored and finished feeling like I wanted more practical takeaways. This novel might give the reader a warm feeling about living one’s dreams but it was woefully short on practical advice.

    [I read this as an audio book performed by Jeremy Irons with just the right amount of wonder and awe.]

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    Cascadiapnw 11-17-16
    Cascadiapnw 11-17-16
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    "Simple Folktale, Metaphor for Life's Journey"
    Where does The Alchemist rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I could see the story in my mind's eye and like a painting, it was colorful and, at the same time, somewhat flat.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Alchemist?

    Dramatic moment when the alchemist and boy are captured and the boy is expected to call the wind.


    Any additional comments?

    This setting for this story is exotic- mostly in North Africa. The people are also of a different place and time, and mythical. While I found the story interesting, I wish the characters and their relationships had been developed more. It was a bit "life lesson' and "metaphor" heavy for my taste.

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    Annonymous 11-16-16
    Annonymous 11-16-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Entertaining"

    I enjoyed this story. It made me think about decisions I have made. It's entertaining yet shorter than I expected.

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    Janice 11-16-16
    Janice 11-16-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Bored and couldn't finish..."

    So boring I had to stop the book - it seemed to take a lifetime. Can I return it?

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    Jack Irwin 11-15-16
    Jack Irwin 11-15-16
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    "Beautiful Story"

    I found myself always coming back here to listen to the next chapter. Jeremy Irons reading of this novel was beautifully done.

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  • Bev
    London, United Kingdom
    10/5/11
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    "Mr Irons makes this reading beautiful"

    Whilst a lot of people may debate aspects of the book and its content in their review, I would like to comment on the extraordinary power and beauty of the reading by Jeremy Irons. His voice made this story a real joy to hear, I am going to search and see if he narrates any more on here. Having read the book before I can honestly say that Jeremy Irons' reading surpassed my reading by far. His dynamic tone and characterisation truly transport you on the magical journey of wonder that this book is all about. Thank you Audible, thank you Mr Irons, a beautiful 4 hours indeed.

    26 of 27 people found this review helpful
  • Scharfschutze
    10/19/15
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    "Pregnant with wisdom"

    The Alchemist stirred questions within me. It revealed wisdom that had been staring me in the face, which I had failed to recognise.

    The story of the Centurion struck a deeply personal nerve, at a most vulnerable time, bringing tears to my eyes .

    Jeremy Irons made the words leap of the page, as though they have a life of their own. I would recommend this book to anyone who is afraid of failure.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Thomas
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    "Life changing"

    Just amazing, my life has begun a new chapter, I've quit my job and I'm moving abroad in 3 weeks.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • jen
    Westbury on Trym, United Kingdom
    12/9/13
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    "This story moved me."
    Would you listen to The Alchemist again? Why?

    This is a wonderful and thought-provoking tale. I wanted to listen again as soon as it was finished! It really invites you to read between the lines and reflect upon your own life story. Highly recommended.


    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • g
    St Helens, United Kingdom
    10/7/11
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    "Such an inspiring story"

    This was recommended by Will Smilth during an interview on his ideas of success.
    It's a simple and interesting tale with lots of twists and thought provoking ideas.
    Highly recommended to anyone, especially those interested in "the way" or personal development.

    17 of 19 people found this review helpful
  • A. Collins
    Southampton, UK
    7/2/13
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    "Soft, easy and inspiring"
    What made the experience of listening to The Alchemist the most enjoyable?

    This book is all it's hyped to be. A warming and inspiring story with great characters and intrigue. A nice twist too ;)

    Jeremy Irons really enhanced the story for me too. His accents were apt and sometimes amusing; his voice acting top notch.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The ending, the characters.


    Have you listened to any of Jeremy Irons’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    I've not.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Irons made the experience absolutely better.


    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • N. Drennan
    Cheshire , England
    7/10/16
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    "Fantastic read ( and listen)"

    What a fantastic book. A really complete story. Fantastic detail and insight into a world of mystery. Highly recommended .

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Jacob
    10/18/15
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    "Excellent - definitely recommend"

    totally engrossing, brilliantly narrated and I would recommend this to anyone with a bit of time on there hands. it's a short story with a big impact.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Alison Readhead
    Slough, Berks United Kingdom
    12/24/16
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    "I don't understand the fuss over this"

    Jeremy Irons was great. However I am either not intelligent enough to 'get' this story or it's just a case of the emperor's new clothes. I found it hard to want to listen to it so took a while to finish it. I haven't really taken much from it. It did have a certain dreamlike style.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • lilac
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    12/3/16
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    "Not a book for feminists!"

    This is a really unusual and imaginative book which is very well read by Jeremy Irons. I enjoyed a lot of the story and the overall idea, but I found the story horribly sexist.

    The whole story is based around a boy who goes in search of his personal legend (basically his life purpose) this involves many adventures, exciting discoveries, meeting new people (almost exclusively men) who help him discover new aspects of himself and life.

    Meanwhile he meets a grand total of two women. We aren't told anything about the life purpose of the first woman but the second does have a life purpose. It is to sit at home and wait until a man comes along to complete her and then to wait (at home) while he goes and pursues his dreams!!!!!!! The very fact that she has met him means her life is complete, even if he doesn't bother to come back.

    On top of that the whole story is filled with lines like "when a man goes in search of his dreams . . ." "a man must follow his destiny . . ." I'm really not sure if the author actually meant this only applies to men or if he was using "men" when he should have said people. Either way I was getting angrier and angrier listening.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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