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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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    Meena Newark, NJ, United States 11-19-08
    Meena Newark, NJ, United States 11-19-08 Member Since 2010
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    "A great listen!!"

    Listening to this book was a real great experience. Many a times I could relate it to my life - positive omens and how to understand and take advantage of them. A well narrated audiobook.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    N. Speroni 04-21-08
    N. Speroni 04-21-08
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    "Meaningful"

    "The Alchemist" is full of treasures...a must read!! Jeremy Iron's interpretation is excellent. [I wish he did more book narration]

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Juan San Diego, CA, USA 03-07-10
    Juan San Diego, CA, USA 03-07-10
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    "Nice story"

    Its a really fascinating story about how to pursue your dreams. Sometimes your dreams just lie right in front of our eyes.

    1 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Alejandro Lopez Miami FL 08-15-12
    Alejandro Lopez Miami FL 08-15-12 Member Since 2012

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    "Aweful Translation"
    Would you try another book from Paulo Coelho and/or Jeremy Irons?

    Yes but not translated


    Would you recommend The Alchemist to your friends? Why or why not?

    Yes in its original language or Spanish. Otherwise its a book without a soul


    What about Jeremy Irons’s performance did you like?

    I didn't


    Did The Alchemist inspire you to do anything?

    Yes read the original again


    Any additional comments?

    Some books just don't work translated. this is one of them.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Maria Hawthorn East, Australia 04-11-12
    Maria Hawthorn East, Australia 04-11-12 Member Since 2012
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    "A marvellous Fable"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Alchemist to be better than the print version?

    I would not consider the audio edition to be better but superior in terms of narration and ease.
    Being a busy person myself I can now say that I went to bed with Jeremy Irons - narrating this wonderful fable and putting me to sleep.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked the metaphors presented in the story, the wisdom and the choice in us all.


    Have you listened to any of Jeremy Irons’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No I haven't however I would love to listen to other books he narrates. I loved it!


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

    Definately Yes!


    Any additional comments?

    I am hooked to Audio Books now. Can't get enough and I have a diverse library to get me from the self development to a world of fantasy and dreams.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Claire East Brisbane, Australia 04-06-12
    Claire East Brisbane, Australia 04-06-12
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    "Loved it!"

    Great story, great narrator. Loved the length - managed to listen to the whole thing while cleaning the house.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Ruth United States 04-05-12
    Ruth United States 04-05-12

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    "Truly inspirational"
    Would you listen to The Alchemist again? Why?

    A fable I will always remember - one I need to listen to again and will pass on to others. The thought of seeking my personal legend is a life-changer. Jeremy Irons is the perfect voice to hear this inspiration in my mind over and over again.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    “Seek you personal legend


    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Simone Beverly Hills, Australia 03-19-12
    Simone Beverly Hills, Australia 03-19-12
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    "Not to be forgotten."
    Would you listen to The Alchemist again? Why?

    I have read the hard copy and was stoked to find it as an audio. It's an inspiring and easy book to immerse the self in. I will gladly listen to this again and again!


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

    Expression and feeling.


    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    David Hervey Bay, Australia 03-16-12
    David Hervey Bay, Australia 03-16-12

    Be the master of your fate; the captain of your soul.

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    "A great listen for those seeking personal growth."

    Many great messages brilliantly woven into a timeless story. I have listened to it a few times and each time pick up new lessons to ponder. As your life changes a another listen will reveal more secrets to you. A must listen and re-listen for the novice and the advanced spiritual adventurer.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    K.D. Keenan Northern California 03-16-12
    K.D. Keenan Northern California 03-16-12 Member Since 2004

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    "It's OK"

    The story should have enchanted me. It's told like a fairy tale. It's full of interesting situations and characters. It is beautifully written. But for some reason, I just wasn't that into it. Jeremy Irons should have been able to make it gripping, but--for me, anyway--it just kind of fell flat.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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