©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]
The storyline is unpredictable for the most part with incredible analogies. The book caused me to think and find parallels in my own life. It's short, but stays with you long after finishing it.
From what other's have said, the story was really hyped. I expected some big epiphany @ the end, instead of something so simple. I imagine more epiphany comes , as time passes.
A trip to find what you want and what you think you want is a trip worth doing.
The style, the actual story is delightful, but the way Coelho tells it is just precious!
Clear like anybody else. My main language is not english (as you can read ^^) but his voice was just perfect. Even when I didn't know the meaning of a word or a phrase his expressive voice fills the gap! Magical!!!
Loved every second of it!
The description of how the women of the desert live love.
What are you waiting for? BUY IT!!! :-)
"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.
"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.
"Great Story - Great Narrator"
This was recommended to me by a friend and I really enjoyed it. The narration was 1st class.
"This story moved me."
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.
"Soft, easy and inspiring"
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.
The ending, the characters.
Irons made the experience absolutely better.
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.
"The hairs on my neck stood up!"
What a fantastic book. I'm only sorry i didn't read it years ago.... this is now my number one favourite. Jeremy Irons voice is mesmerising.
Zero characterisation, pedestrian writing, and the "lessons" it pretends to teach are trite. The reading wasn't bad though.
Loved every moment of this journey and have stolen a few quotes and life lessons.
"The power of belief"
Exceptional story which relates strongly to the power of self belief and realisation. Throughly enjoyed this audio book!
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