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The Alchemist: A Fable About Following Your Dream | [Paulo Coelho]

The Alchemist: A Fable About Following Your Dream

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.
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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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    SHANIE BABE LOLLLLLLLZZZZ 02-21-15 Member Since 2014
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    "The Alchemist"

    The Alchemist was a very inspirational adventure, I loved it from start to finish, absolutely!

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    Justin McBride 02-19-15
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    "Excellent book and story!"

    The narrator did an incredible job, he even gave different voices for different characters. This book is considered a classic in my opinion

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    joseph romain 02-17-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Amazing"

    I only regret that I have just found this book! A must read for everyone pursuing a dream. Great book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    ABDULHAKK JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia 02-17-15
    ABDULHAKK JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia 02-17-15 Member Since 2013
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    "wow.. "

    65 million people have purchased this book. no wonder.
    I love that's the story ...
    I love the narrator.

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    Sheri 02-16-15
    Sheri 02-16-15 Member Since 2013

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    "Outstanding."

    I really enjoyed this story. The narrator was fantastic and really told the story well. This fable is a great metaphor for life.

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    William H Marshall Point Pleasant, NJ United States 02-15-15
    William H Marshall Point Pleasant, NJ United States 02-15-15 Member Since 2012
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    "a true gem."

    well read. easy to follow. great book for a long trip with the family.

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    Aron 02-15-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Great book great narator"

    Jeremy Irons gives the story the heart warming sympathy that is surpassed only by the deep insights and thoughtful dialogs.

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    Jason CA, CA, USA 02-14-15
    Jason CA, CA, USA 02-14-15 Member Since 2001
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    "Wonderful fable"

    I have listened to this fable a number of times. I highly recommend it. Shows you can accomplish anything if you believe and never quit.

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    Kate 02-12-15
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    This was totally not what I expected and is unbelievably thought provoking. Would totally recommend Love love love this novel

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    MELISSA S. 02-11-15
    MELISSA S. 02-11-15 Member Since 2015
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    "wonderful adventure"

    loved it. a great life lesson for all ages.
    listened over and over . loved it.

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  • Bev
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    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.

    15 of 15 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.

    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • S
    KENT, United Kingdom
    4/4/12
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    "Great Story - Great Narrator"

    This was recommended to me by a friend and I really enjoyed it. The narration was 1st class.

    3 of 3 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.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A. Collins
    Southampton, UK
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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.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Natalie
    ASHBY DE LA ZOUCH, United Kingdom
    6/24/12
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    "Beautiful reading"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Brendan
    5/24/15
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    "Now one of my favourite ever books!"

    Insightful and philosophical. This book has helped me look at my woes as a necessary evil on the road to my personal legend lol. Loved it

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • nina
    Long Island City, NY, United States
    5/18/15
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    "Best book ever"

    Absolutely brilliant!!! highly recommend it ... I couldn't put it down , had to read/hear it in one go .....great story about life.

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  • Claudia Gomes
    4/14/15
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    "5 *"

    brilliant and inspiring as only Paulo Coelho can be
    outstanding performance by Sir Jeremy Irons

    0 of 0 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.

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