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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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    It made me think about what there was to understand about belief and faith.


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    It is worth the listen more than once.

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    Brenda West Jordan, UT, USA 06-26-09
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    I loved this book sometimes its hard to get out of our comfort zone so we don't try new things
    great listen my husband even enjoyed it and he doesnt listen or read anything that doesnt have to do with history it helps you think and come a live

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    Roxanne Marrero, LA, USA 05-27-09
    Roxanne Marrero, LA, USA 05-27-09 Member Since 2010
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    "Nice allegory tale"

    Enjoyable. Insightful. Will be reading/listening to more by this author Good narrator.

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    Bonnie Bellmore, NY, United States 07-31-08
    Bonnie Bellmore, NY, United States 07-31-08 Member Since 2013

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    "I bought this in large print"

    I'm visually impaired, however after I heard the reading I had to have this in print. Moving and so simple. I can only recommend that every one listen to this at least once in their life

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    Scott United States 02-10-08
    Scott United States 02-10-08 Member Since 2011
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    "Jeremy Irons Over the Top in The Alchemist"

    Bravo for yet another superlative Audio presentation from Audible! The Alchemist may be Paulo Coelho's best work, and Jeremy Irons' exquisite voice rendering is no less than impeccable. Throw away your paperback version and download this treasure now!

    Highly Recommended

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    Eric Maui, Hawaii, United States 08-22-11
    Eric Maui, Hawaii, United States 08-22-11 Member Since 2011

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    "75% Self Improvement, 25% Harry Potter."

    This is an enjoyable audiobook, and Jeremy Irons does an excellent job narrating. It's a simple, almost children's book with a herky jerky prose, probably due to being translated. The Alchemist contains many familiar new-age self-help themes, which seem to be invalidated by the magical sourcery. No, The Alchemist isn't a metaphor - the book really has a character that uses a magic potion to turn lead into gold. So much for taking responsibility and empowerment.

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    Gilbert Torrance, CA, USA 10-09-09
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    This book has a great message, but by about the midway point it starts to veer away from a subtle message and becomes preachy. OK I get it, lets focus back on the story and less preaching.

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    Paul Milford, PA, USA 04-05-09
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    "The greatest treasure"

    The Alchemist is a true jewel wrapped in a childrens fable. This by far is the best book I come across in a long time.

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    Sarah Jarvie, Alberta, Canada 10-16-08
    Sarah Jarvie, Alberta, Canada 10-16-08
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    "Fantastic"

    A thought provoking look into your own soul, a self help book and vivid novel wrapped into one. Right from the start Jeremy Irons draws you in with his smooth melodic voice. After listening to this novel it felt like someone took a brilo pad and soap to my soul and I came out feeling fresh and on track, focused on whats important. Well done.

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    L. Donigan Torrance, Ca USA 05-15-09
    L. Donigan Torrance, Ca USA 05-15-09 Member Since 2011
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    "Boring and Stupid!!"

    I'm sorry but I just didn't get it. The story just kept going on and on about nothing. Did he even find his treasure? I just finished listening to it and for the life of me I cant remember what this book was about. Oh yeah NOTHING! I can't remember the name of any of the characters... Hmmm.. This was a huge waste of time and money.

    5 of 14 people found this review helpful
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