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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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    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.

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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


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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.

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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.

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    Amelia 03-12-12
    Amelia 03-12-12
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    "One of the best books I have listened to"
    Where does The Alchemist rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top of the list


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

    When the boy travels to Egypt and meets the Alchemist.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When he meets the King and he gets the two stones for fortell his future.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    His love for the girl in the village and his love for his sheep.


    Any additional comments?

    I loved hearing the reader, whose voice is so well known and carries the book to greater heights.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Debra Jenkins 03-05-12 Member Since 2010

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    "Loved this allegory"
    Where does The Alchemist rank among all the audiobooks you???ve listened to so far?

    A very pleasant listen from Jeremy Irons and the story is very thought provoking. I would recommend this book.


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    Lynn Gloucester, MA, United States 03-05-12
    Lynn Gloucester, MA, United States 03-05-12
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    "Sublime Work of Art/Bad Design of Audio Product"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Alchemist to be better than the print version?

    Jeremy Irons brings this book to life. I listened while reading along and found the combination to be wonderful.


    Any additional comments?

    Audible.com does not take the time to break this selection down into chapters. With this book, you get four hours of material broken into to huge chunks of two hours each. It makes it very hard to navigate through the audio.

    I have purchased other Audible.com selections and found the SAME PROBLEM! HUGE audio files without chapter selections. I have had to wade through hours of audio, making my own notes about chapters, just to be able to navigate the audio.

    I have written to Audible with my concerns about this and have never heard back from them. They might be saving time and money for themselves in the short run, but, it is not fair to the listener to give us such huge audio files without chapter markers.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Maurice JONESBORO, GEORGIA, United States 03-01-12
    Maurice JONESBORO, GEORGIA, United States 03-01-12 Member Since 2011

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    "A Journey Of Wisdom And Pure Gut Instinct"

    I love books that convey important life-lessons artistically molded within the backdrop, or woven within the heart of a great fictional piece. The Alchemist is a story that I found very adventurous, thrilling, and emotionally moving; yet it's packed with those small and big lessons you will learn while on your journey toward any goal you set-out to undertake. With this journey you come face-to-face with various kinds of people, and run into those familiar arch-types you are bound to cross-paths with on that important life-quest. Through out this story, you go with the main character and experience how important it is in anything you do, to follow your heart, and heed both those subtle and powerful urgings you get from your: gut, instinct, intuition, psyche, subconcious, heart - whatever you love to call it. While also making good use of the knowledge and wisdom you gain along the way. You'll love this journey.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Christopher DALLAS, TX, United States 03-01-12
    Christopher DALLAS, TX, United States 03-01-12 Member Since 2012

    Student, husband, youth director

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    What made the experience of listening to The Alchemist the most enjoyable?

    This book provides incredible perspectives on how we as human beings view the world and how we should view the world. Its almost a self help book except it does so in novel form. The characters, the revelations, are all things that anyone can relate to and be transformed by.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    My favorite character is the boy. It his journey and self discovery that we as readers get to follow.


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

    Jeremy Irons was a fantastic reader. His voicing of characters and richness of inflection brings the story to life in a way that is not possible when reading it inside your head.


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

    The Alchemist- Journey to the Soul of the World


    Any additional comments?

    I recommend this book highly.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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