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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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    Patti L. Jacobs Goshen, OH USA 05-29-16
    Patti L. Jacobs Goshen, OH USA 05-29-16 Member Since 2014
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    I couldn't stop listening. what an amazing story
    about the journey to enlightenment. I highly recommend it.

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    Dalena Phoenix, AZ 05-28-16
    Dalena Phoenix, AZ 05-28-16
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    "Jeremy Irons' voice is absnwiakqv"

    I own the Alchemist and can say it is my favorite book, I signed up for a free trial of Audible and got this as my first audible. I have to say that Jeremy Irons' voice is entrancing and it is a beautiful reading. So glad I decided to get this audible!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Anthony Locue 05-28-16 Member Since 2016
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    "great story that you can apply to life."

    I will be reading this again. Absolute classic. This should be read in school. Loved it

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    Daniel Vining 05-26-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Exquisite"

    From start to finish an amazing journey. No matter what you've heard it's better than that.

    Enjoy.

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    TWS 05-26-16
    TWS 05-26-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Loved it!"

    The Alchemist is one of the most influential books ever! it is and always has been one of my best reads of all time!

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    Ruth Robins 05-26-16
    Ruth Robins 05-26-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Great Wisdom in his stories"

    I loved the way he told stories. To teach a lesson. He referenced many religions. But never suggested one the reader should follow.

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    Nina 05-25-16
    Nina 05-25-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Great moral story"

    A story that reminds you of legendary childhood fables. Great moral and relaxing read. The world helps those that follow their personal legend.

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    Cindy 05-24-16
    Cindy 05-24-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Beautiful"

    What a wonderful story!! I could not put it down. Finished the audiobook in a day.

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    Amber 05-24-16
    Amber 05-24-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Not for me"

    I see how a person would love this. I'm not religious and found this really repetitive and kind of annoying. The voice actor is fabulous.

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    Barton Dove Canyon, CA, United States 05-22-16
    Barton Dove Canyon, CA, United States 05-22-16 Member Since 2011
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    "An amazing inspiring story"

    More than once I paused the audio and reflected on my life and how I could improve it and pursue my personal legend.

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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.

    24 of 25 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.

    13 of 14 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.


    3 of 3 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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Thomas
    4/14/15
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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.

    4 of 4 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.


    2 of 2 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 .

    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 2 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.

    4 of 6 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.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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