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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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    Antonio Emil Collodi 01-08-15
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    "superbity"

    I love when the orator embellishes their voice to distinguish characters. It's extremely inviting and make the book easier to listen to.

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    Matt 01-08-15
    Matt 01-08-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Great story"

    Great story and Irons does a great job reading it. Easy to listen to and very applicable to everyday life.

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    Baker614 01-08-15
    Baker614 01-08-15
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    "Simply Excellent"

    I haven't read the book and I don't think I can now. The narrator artfully brings the story to life in a way that I couldn't have done by reading the book. For me, reading the book would be like eating pizza without the cheese.

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    Vanessa 01-05-15
    Vanessa 01-05-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Loved it!"

    It's one of those books you have to read a few times to really sink in all the lessons and wisdom. It kept me very engaged and I couldn't put the book down once I started it! The audible version is amazing and the speaker really paints the picture well with his different voices. It's a really great book!

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    Edith Beckett 01-04-15 Member Since 2006
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    "I have listened to this audiobook over and over"

    I love this story. Well told. Well written. Such a great story with a great message. Inspirational without preaching.

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    Quite easily the best book I have read! Pick it up and Yu won't put it down! Trust me on that!

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    Aamir 01-04-15
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    One of the best book, I've privileged to listen. Paulo, is really genius to put his thoughts in word that way.

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    KnowledgeMaster 01-03-15
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    "Excellent and wise story"

    For those seeking truth and enlightenment this story is perfect. Should be a high school mandatory read as it will help you find direction.

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    Pedro 01-02-15
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    "Just wow"

    This book taught me alot in the sense that one shouldn't stop till they achieve what the world offers them.

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    Jolly United States 01-02-15
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    "I found it interesting to start then not so much"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I was really enjoying the beginning very much, I found the story less interesting toward the end.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    It started out mysterious and spiritual in the beginning but got a little too predictably religious in the end. I would have preferred a less cliché ending.


    What does Jeremy Irons bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He read the book very well and has a great voice. I thoroughly enjoyed his performance.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Probably not, unless it was visually beautiful and had a better ending.


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  • Clay
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    "Great!"

    Will Smith told me to read this book and now I see why. Awesome!! Find your personal legend and don't stop fighting for it

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  • Maria
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    "Great story, shame about the performance."

    I love this story, read it a few times. It's one of my favourite books. However, the performance spoilt it for me. It was not very good. Some of the characters accents was not fitting with the back drop of the environment and the setting of the story.

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  • Amazon Customer
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    6/25/14
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    "Enjoyable the 2nd time around"
    What made the experience of listening to The Alchemist the most enjoyable?

    I read the story of The Alchemist many years ago, back then, I kind of got the jest of it and that life is a journey. Fast forward several years later and instead of picking up the book, I listened to the book. The audible story transformed me to another place that the book version wasn't able too at that time. I listened to the story over two days and was drawn in with the experiences throughout the book.

    I also suspect that I, myself, was at a place to truly understand the story. Worth the read and worth the thoughts that one has while listening to the story. Recommended Read!


    What does Jeremy Irons bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    Jeremy Irons has a good voice that doesn't take away from the words being expressed, he's able to capture the characters and the story where one is intrigued to keep listening and can't quite stop the audiobook.


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

    Emotional reaction, doesn't have to involve laughter or tears, instead I was greeted with a higher awareness of things, daily things, one take for granted. My emotion was more meaningful and one of thought.


    Any additional comments?

    Life is a journey as it has been said many times. This book is about a journey, I believe it can help one to stop and think for a while and observe ones own life. To look at the individual belief system and ask questions that deep down each of us knows the answer.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Paul
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    11/7/13
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    "Uplifting"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Alchemist to be better than the print version?

    its just a different way to absorb the message. Both book and audio were very enjoyable


    What did you like best about this story?

    No one particular part... I liked the whole book


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, I liked listening to it during my stretching sessions


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  • Alexis
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    "Very disappointing"

    This book was extremely disappointing. It was very cheesy and sentimental drivel. Badly written, repetitious and juvenile in style. The characters are one dimensional and in being so lacks depth. Despite it crossing various parts of the world, it fails to describe any of the beauties or otherwise of the places. In summary, this is a very badly written self-help book. The only good thing I can say about the book is that it is short ...

    I would not recommend this book to anyone - just a waste of time and money!

    3 of 20 people found this review helpful
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