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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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    J. 11-11-16
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    "Life's Wisdom ... in easy-to-listen, parable form!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    A young shepherd (former divinity accolyte) whose ambitions exceed his birthright, and the journey that leads him to realize his "dreams beyond the horizon".

    Filled with quotable quotes, this short novel is a welcome work of everyday wisdom, written in easy-to-listen, parable form. For the person who seeks to find his/her "true self" & own life's purpose.


    What other book might you compare The Alchemist to and why?

    A cross between "The Little Prince" (Antoine de St.-Exupery) & the writings of Carlos Castaneda (esp. earlier works like, "The Teachings of Don Juan" & "Journey to Ixtalan") but more readily "accessible" for the less-than-enlightened


    What about Jeremy Irons’s performance did you like?

    Jeremy Irons gives a masterful & nuanced performance of the various characters that gradually reveal a series of life's lessons, throughout this tale. His dramatic reading adds clarity to Coelho's gems of wisdom, which are generously sprinkled throughout the book.


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    dinomatic 11-11-16
    dinomatic 11-11-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Take it in"

    Simply amazing. Excellently done narration. Story is timeless a pleasure to read and listen to.

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    Victor 11-10-16
    Victor 11-10-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Achieving Dreams comes with a price"

    It was a great reminder that there is a price to pay to achieve your Dreams and goals.

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    Michael 11-10-16
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    "enlightening story!"

    I've learned to follow my heart, and I'll discover myself on the journey, enlightening story

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    "Very nice Fable!"

    I really think the acting was too notch and the story was very good as well. The idea of a character in search of his true legend and his observations of the world were very fun. All is well that ends well.

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    Michael 11-08-16
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    "Smiling"

    Wow. Love. Absolutely love. Jeremy Irons did well, though I wish there were a few other voices, (he gave each one a different sound, and by the 9th character he had run out of ideas). Incredible nonetheless. Thanks Paulo. Muchos gracias.

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    Travis B. 11-07-16
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    "life in a book"

    one of the best books I've ever read. I'm sure it will have different meanings to different people and will impact you differently based on your stage of life.

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    Ben Palm 11-04-16
    Ben Palm 11-04-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Riveting!"

    This was fun, entertaining, humorous, fascinating, thought-provoking, insightful, deep, mysterious, and so much more. An easy read, but also an enrapturing read! DEFINITELY give it a look!

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    songbird4jc 11-03-16
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    loved it! a must read ...exciting & couldn't wait to reach the end.... a story of faith, endurance & courage!



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    Tommy 11-03-16
    Tommy 11-03-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Great Book for religious, spiritual and skeptics"

    Absolutely love the story and the narration only adds to the wonderful effect this book can and will have on you

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