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The Alchemist Audiobook

The Alchemist: A Fable About Following Your Dream [Audiobook]

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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    Alisha 07-02-15
    Alisha 07-02-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Remarkable Tale"

    Beautiful story and one that whispers the voice of the universe if you're listening quietly enough.

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    DENISHA 07-01-15
    DENISHA 07-01-15 Member Since 2011
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    "I was ready to hear this !"

    Started this book almost a yr ago, and it simply felt too slow to keep my attention then, but now as I read it, given the most current events in my life, The timing could not have been more perfect. Refreshing and almost brought me to tears except that I could not smiling and squealing with delight as the realizations illuminated with in me.

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    Judy Thompson 07-01-15 Member Since 2002
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    "My second time listening"

    So many lessons so much interesting food for thought.I plan to listen to this again since there is so much in the book to contemplate.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    lalo Antlers, OK, United States 07-01-15
    lalo Antlers, OK, United States 07-01-15 Member Since 2012
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    "I only read because it was required for Humanities"
    Where does The Alchemist rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top- Number 1- This is a very thought provoking book. Very profound.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The life lesson. It helped me in my life at the time. This was a required reading for a class. I was doubting on whether I should have even gone back to school- college. So glad this was required.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The Oasis. It's a pivotal point. It reminds me how easily we are side tracked from our true purpose.


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

    Malchezadek and or the Alchemist. Malchezadek was insightful and funny, as was the Alchemist.


    Any additional comments?

    Read it and keep it. And re-read it. Great insight to finding your own Personal Legend.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Scott 07-01-15
    Scott 07-01-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Reflective and centering"

    Great story with many layers which you can apply to your own life. Audible narrator was very enjoyable and entertaining.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    annieh4 06-30-15
    annieh4 06-30-15 Member Since 2009
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    "Quite a surprise"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Not sure.


    Has The Alchemist turned you off from other books in this genre?

    I'm not interested in reading another book by this author.


    What three words best describe Jeremy Irons’s performance?

    Lovely narration, terrible book.


    What character would you cut from The Alchemist?

    I don't see this book as salvagable.


    Any additional comments?

    After reading this book, I described to friends my surprise re the poor wiriting, and the boring superficial narcissistic male centered perspective, and the dumb story. It turns out that others share this view. I enjoy almost all of the books I read on audible, but Jeremy Irons narration could not save this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Dustin A. Wiggins 06-30-15 Member Since 2016

    Once, I worked until my hands bled...

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    "Amazing principles taught in an engaging story."

    The biggest theme for me was, enjoy the journey towards your dream and learn some amazing lessons along the way. I'll listen and read again!

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    Charlie Hill 06-28-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Tedious"

    Could hardly make it through this pseudo philosophical crap. Not a recommendation for any other reader. Not certain how this was published.

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    Andriana 06-28-15
    Andriana 06-28-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Wonderful message within a great tale."

    First - Jeremy Irons was amazing! I would listen to any book he performs.

    Second - I began listening to this book as I was finishing college and transitioning into a new career. This was the perfect time for me to hear the message about finding your personal legend.

    Lastly - I highly recommend this book! It is a great story and if you are ready to receive the message, it's there for the taking.

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    Tyler 06-28-15
    Tyler 06-28-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Great book!"

    Great book about achieving your personal legend, following the signs in life and making the sacrifices to realize your own potential in life.

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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.

    17 of 17 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.

    11 of 12 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
  • 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 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
  • 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 5 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
  • pip01
    1/16/16
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    "Brilliant"

    I can not stop listening over and over and have shared it with many people.. So many amazing life lessons.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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