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The Alchemist Audiobook

The Alchemist: A Fable About Following Your Dream [Audiobook]

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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    Jason 07-08-15
    Jason 07-08-15 Member Since 2015
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    "A noble read"

    A story of patience, persistence, faith and fulfillment. Beautiful and enchanting. It made me cry once.

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    Kathy 07-08-15
    Kathy 07-08-15 Member Since 2008
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    "The Best"

    A must read for all. If you are depressed or stuck, this is a great way to awaken your soul.
    Great performance. Overall 5 stars!!

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    Linda 07-07-15
    Linda 07-07-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Loved this performance!"

    I have read the book several times over the years. This was a stunning rendition!

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    Heetendra 07-07-15
    Heetendra 07-07-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Jeremy Irons brings the story to life."
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Alchemist to be better than the print version?

    Yes , Oh yes


    What did you like best about this story?

    Fast paced. Concise and very well read


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The ending


    If you could take any character from The Alchemist out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    The King


    Any additional comments?

    I put this book off for a long time. So glad I read it. Excellent.

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    MMA 07-06-15
    MMA 07-06-15
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    "listened to it 3x in a row!!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Alchemist the most enjoyable?

    Every time you listen to it, you hear and learn something new


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

    the end


    Which scene was your favorite?

    all of them


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    Lisa 07-06-15
    Lisa 07-06-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Doesn't get better than this"

    This book is delightful in the many ways that fill me up. Lots of small morsels to chew on. So much depth yet so simple. Can't wait to listen to it again...

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    T. Lawrence 07-04-15
    T. Lawrence 07-04-15
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    "Inspiring"

    I really enjoyed this book. It is choked full of life lessons without being over the top. I will definitely listen to it again.

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    Aaron 07-03-15
    Aaron 07-03-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Great read"

    Very good, learned some lessons that will stick with me forever. I highly recommend it

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    Alisha 07-02-15
    Alisha 07-02-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Remarkable Tale"

    Beautiful story and one that whispers the voice of the universe if you're listening quietly enough.

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    DENISHA 07-01-15
    DENISHA 07-01-15 Member Since 2011
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    "I was ready to hear this !"

    Started this book almost a yr ago, and it simply felt too slow to keep my attention then, but now as I read it, given the most current events in my life, The timing could not have been more perfect. Refreshing and almost brought me to tears except that I could not smiling and squealing with delight as the realizations illuminated with in me.

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