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The Alchemist Audiobook
The Alchemist
Written by: 
Paulo Coelho
Narrated by: 
Jeremy Irons
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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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    Douglas Daninger 02-27-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Kind of boring until the end"

    The story took a really long time to develop but it did have a good ending.

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    Shelley Fulmes 02-27-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Really good read, listen "

    Enjoyed this story and narrative. It is good enough to listen again. Lots of good life philosophy.

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    Jennifer L. Routte 02-27-16 Member Since 2014
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    "A Must Read"

    This is a must read for all people who want a full and big life.

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    humilitee 02-26-16
    humilitee 02-26-16
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    "Great analogies....beautifully told. "

    I heard some of Bible references...and several of his quotes. Good story, and message. Loved it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Chantel Cornell 02-26-16 Member Since 2014
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    "a wonderful tale"

    I purchased the Audible of this story since I was having a hard time finding time to sit and read. I enjoyed the narrator and the message of the tale.

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    Scott 02-25-16
    Scott 02-25-16 Member Since 2016
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    "😍Jeremy Irons"

    Amazing story, phenomenal narration. I was in the desert with Jeremy Irons, smelling the blood in the wind from tribal wars.

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    Dai Manuel aka Coach Moose Vancouver, BC, Canada 02-22-16
    Dai Manuel aka Coach Moose Vancouver, BC, Canada 02-22-16 Listener Since 2006
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    "Live your legend starting NOW!"
    Where does The Alchemist rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top 10 for sure!


    Which character – as performed by Jeremy Irons – was your favorite?

    His personification of the Alchemist is classic!


    If you could take any character from The Alchemist out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    The Alchemist for sure.... so wise!


    Any additional comments?

    One of my favorite stories which I first read nearly twenty years ago. Only just to be rediscovered in the audiobook format... It was as amazing as the first time I read it and is a story to be shared with adolescents to adult. Live your legend and be happy with what life has in store for you. ;-) #WLFMroadtrip

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    "One of the all time great books"

    Loved every page. Simultaneously charming and profound. it touched a chord in me so deeply that I re-read it twice.

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    Ezra 02-21-16
    Ezra 02-21-16 Member Since 2015
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    "my go to book when I'm feeling down and out."

    I have broken my back twice and 24 surgeries just herniated disc my most recent surgery was last week and I went back to this book and every time I listen to it inspires anymore Mort to strive to keep pressing forward for what my true purpose is when the most wonderful and uplifting positive mindset book I have read and listen to many times I'm 29 and I would use this book Ishmael and how to win friends and influence people everyday of my life and will continue to do so till the day I die.

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    Andrew 02-21-16
    Andrew 02-21-16 Member Since 2016
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    "my life is better because of this story"

    what is more important, the message or the Messenger? the God or the believer? the heart or the soul?

    in a world that I find to be so alien and strange, this book was such a pleasant surprise. I could really care less for the content of the alchemist. what really matter is what has always matter. it the emotions this story makes you feel. My heart is whole, my mind is rested and I'm completely content.

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  • Bev
    London, United Kingdom
    10/5/11
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    "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.

    22 of 23 people found this review helpful
  • g
    St Helens, United Kingdom
    10/7/11
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    "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.

    12 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • jen
    Westbury on Trym, United Kingdom
    12/9/13
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    "This story moved me."
    Would you listen to The Alchemist again? Why?

    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.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Scharfschutze
    10/19/15
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    "Pregnant with wisdom"

    The Alchemist stirred questions within me. It revealed wisdom that had been staring me in the face, which I had failed to recognise.

    The story of the Centurion struck a deeply personal nerve, at a most vulnerable time, bringing tears to my eyes .

    Jeremy Irons made the words leap of the page, as though they have a life of their own. I would recommend this book to anyone who is afraid of failure.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Thomas
    4/14/15
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    "Life changing"

    Just amazing, my life has begun a new chapter, I've quit my job and I'm moving abroad in 3 weeks.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A. Collins
    Southampton, UK
    7/2/13
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    "Soft, easy and inspiring"
    What made the experience of listening to The Alchemist the most enjoyable?

    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.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The ending, the characters.


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

    I've not.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Irons made the experience absolutely better.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • N. Drennan
    Cheshire , England
    7/10/16
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    "Fantastic read ( and listen)"

    What a fantastic book. A really complete story. Fantastic detail and insight into a world of mystery. Highly recommended .

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Natalie
    ASHBY DE LA ZOUCH, United Kingdom
    6/24/12
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    "Beautiful reading"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • S
    KENT, United Kingdom
    4/4/12
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    "Great Story - Great Narrator"

    This was recommended to me by a friend and I really enjoyed it. The narration was 1st class.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Jacob
    10/18/15
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    "Excellent - definitely recommend"

    totally engrossing, brilliantly narrated and I would recommend this to anyone with a bit of time on there hands. it's a short story with a big impact.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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