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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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    Julia Konovnitsyna Hollywood, FL 04-14-15
    Julia Konovnitsyna Hollywood, FL 04-14-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Simple and Beautiful"
    Where does The Alchemist rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Sometimes simplicity is just enough. The story is a basic lesson meant to inspire the yearning to live a more purposeful life and to trust in the journey. Paired with exquisite language, this lyrical masterpiece stirs the soul and makes you wonder about your own personal legend. No complexities, no pretense - just simple wisdom that we, adults somehow forget as we compete in our 'human race'.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Alchemist?

    The wind that brings Fatima's kiss atop Santiago's lips. Such vivid imagery.


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

    Couldn't stand to press pause


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Andeidra 04-13-15
    Andeidra 04-13-15
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    "Awesome sauce"

    this was intriguing! It was awesome. it makes you think. I wished I had read this book a long time ago but everything is in God's perfect timing.. love is the center

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    sam 04-13-15
    sam 04-13-15 Member Since 2015
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    "The Alchemist in you"

    A great story written with the intent that each committed reader might listen to their heart and pursue their own personal legend! . . .

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    chantal ORANGEBURG, SC, United States 04-12-15
    chantal ORANGEBURG, SC, United States 04-12-15
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    "My Fav"

    By far my favorite audio book. The story is awesome and I literally listen to it over and over.

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    Dayana 04-11-15
    Dayana 04-11-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Positive"

    No matter what keep following your dreams. It's what I learned from reading The Alchemist. A good read if your looking for positive reinforcement.

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    Deanna C. 04-11-15
    Deanna C. 04-11-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Enlightening"

    All the worlds strength and power lies within you! Amazingly I was praying for enlightenment when I heard of this book. I had no idea what it was about, but I ordered it anyway. It was meant for me to read it when I did. I believe for you too.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kristie 04-11-15
    Kristie 04-11-15 Member Since 2014
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    "AMAZING!"

    This is really a special book. It was given to me in paperback years ago, but I could never finish it. It finally resurfaced and so did audible, which gave me the chance to complete this omen. It redirected me and helped me to let go and read the omens around me. It's really a magical book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    James Powderly, KY, United States 04-11-15
    James Powderly, KY, United States 04-11-15 Member Since 2014
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    "An Amazing Adventure"
    Would you listen to The Alchemist again? Why?

    Yes. This is a very profound story.


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

    A voice that resonates inside your brain.


    Any additional comments?

    This is an amazing story. It's a blend of ideas that have been around for eons, but is told in such a way, it seems new.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    David 04-10-15
    David 04-10-15
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    "Good insights, generic story"

    Didn't like some of the wording - such as "Personal Legend". I found this took away from the otherwise insightful writing.

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    William 04-10-15
    William 04-10-15
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    "Simply terrific"

    A great story about staying on your path and never giving in to doubt or fear.

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  • Bev
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    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.

    15 of 15 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.

    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • S
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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.

    3 of 3 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.


    1 of 1 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.


    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
  • Emma
    8/17/15
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    "😍😍😍😍"

    Loved every moment of this journey and have stolen a few quotes and life lessons.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Luke Mooney
    7/21/15
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    "The power of belief"

    Exceptional story which relates strongly to the power of self belief and realisation. Throughly enjoyed this audio book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hannah Jackson
    6/6/15
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    "Exceptional, beautiful and really helpful"

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book as I'm totally down on my luck at the minute and in search of my own personal legend. I happened by chance to fall upon The Alchemist and after realising it was narrated by the legendary Jeremy Irons knew it was a must buy! A life changing book for sure!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Brendan
    5/24/15
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    "Now one of my favourite ever books!"

    Insightful and philosophical. This book has helped me look at my woes as a necessary evil on the road to my personal legend lol. Loved it

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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