©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]
Raked highly and I recommend it to everyone
Every time things seemed to be going wrong, there was seismic shift in consciousness that lead to a new perspective and a new goal.
Narrated beautifully, one could close your eyes and live the adventure through all the ups and downs of the story. I suggest this book to someone who is unsure about what their purpose is in life and what life really means. This book doesn't attempt to answer these questions but provide a new angle/ perspective to look at things. So in summary this book is perfect for everyone.
I liked the story around the main theme. I want to listen to this story several times because there's quite a bit of profound statements made throughout that make sense to me... As this is basically the way my father raised us as his children. We were and still are all alchemists. Amazing...
The story is so profound and so meaningful, anybody can easily connect to the story. It is a real eye-opener and will help you see the world through a different perspective in such a positive way. Also, they couldn't have chosen a better narrator!
Jeremy Irons delivers an excellent performance. Overall, decent motivational tale...one that resonates. Worth checking out for Irons performance alone, really.
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