©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]
It's is honestly at the top of my list!
"The Little Prince."
I say this simply because it is a book about seeing what is truly important. It helps the reader (listener) look at the world around them differently. Both books were favorites growing up, and both continue to influence my personal views on life and society.
He had beautiful inflection. His characters were unique, his emotion was on point. Irons' voice has an unearthly quality that allows for the magic of the story to be conveyed.
While Santiago (the boy) or the Alchemist are an obvious choices, I must say the Englishman. He couldn't see past the end of his nose, no matter how many times Santiago (and other characters) pushed him to do so. His story is tragic and cautionary to the reader.
Beautiful. If you love the story, or are simply interested, please pick this one.
This story has changed my thinking. It has helped point me in the direction that I truly wish to travel. I've listened/read this countless times. A personal classic.
The true meaning and power of this book seems to be hidden, from reading other reviews online. The story focuses on one boys travels as he searches for treasure. During he travels he discovers something greater: the power of belief and faith.
This is a beautiful tale that I have reread multiple times. I never grow tried of the words, the voice of the narrator, or the tale. An amazing listen.
A beautiful story but one cannot help but see the deliberate inclusion of Christianity, Muslim and all other faiths and beliefs so as to appease all. This leads to politically correct but non committal book non risky but commercially viable story...... No Pulitzer or Nobel here
I love sharing wisdom with others in search of self improvement, we shall never stop growing and learning
This is the kind of book teachers should be assigning to children to read, it's inspiring, fun to read or listens to and full of wisdom
I loved the deeper meaning that was found throughout the entire story!
I particularly enjoyed the happenings during his days with the crystal merchant.
I haven't heard others of Jeremy Iron's but I really loved the sound of his voice.
I cried during several moments of the story. There was so much symbolism that anyone can relate to in their lives. This rang true to my heart and my life experience.
"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.
"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.
"Great Story - Great Narrator"
This was recommended to me by a friend and I really enjoyed it. The narration was 1st class.
"This story moved me."
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.
"Soft, easy and inspiring"
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.
The ending, the characters.
Irons made the experience absolutely better.
As the first audiobook I have listened to, I worried about the narrative voice blurring my own appreciation of a wonderful story. Irons' narration, however, is expressive and clear and brings a real authority to the reading.
"The hairs on my neck stood up!"
What a fantastic book. I'm only sorry i didn't read it years ago.... this is now my number one favourite. Jeremy Irons voice is mesmerising.
Zero characterisation, pedestrian writing, and the "lessons" it pretends to teach are trite. The reading wasn't bad though.
Loved every moment of this journey and have stolen a few quotes and life lessons.
"The power of belief"
Exceptional story which relates strongly to the power of self belief and realisation. Throughly enjoyed this audio book!
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