©1988 Paulo Coelho; (P)2005 HarperCollins Publishers
"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]
I read a lot and on most any subject!
Just read this book, The Alchemist, for the second time. The first time was about 18 years ago. It is even better the second time around. I highly recommend it. Read each line and think about what that line is teaching you!
Such a good book. I loved it. Jeremy Irons is a fantastic narrator. The book has such wonderful and subtle teaching moments about life and your own personal legend. Paulo Coelho is a great story teller.
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A gripping tale of love and honor and wonder. At times I was moved to tears. Beautiful language. Moves along apace. Well read by Jeremy Irons.
However, the narrator has an occasional whistle in his voice that sometimes brings one up short. Tends to distract the reader.
I was quite sceptical about this title when I downloaded it, but glad that I did. A mix of the modern and the mystical, it had me engaged throughout. Irons delivers a very good reading and found myself listening to the whole in one sitting. If you have four hours to spend watching the newest Potter movie, then you have enough time to polish off this little gem.
This is a great short story. I read this book several years ago and saw it on Audible so I had to grab it since I remembered I had liked it so much when I was younger. This is such a great story for younger people and kids as well since it teaches values and how to respect others along the way with finding your own path in life.
My favorite bedtime book. I go back to this every now and then and find something new and inspiring every time. This is book is one of my favorite gifts to give.
Jeremy Irons is an excellent narrator and does a terrific job capturing your attention and anticipation for the adventures to come to the young shepherd, Santiago. His voice reverberates the simple yet complex messages throughout the book making it an even more powerful story.
I highly recommend the book AND the audio book so that this story can be with you at any convenience. As much as I enjoy Jeremy Irons' narration, I also enjoy highlighting and writing in the margins. :)
This story has the characteristics of a fable with the proverbial and valuable life search for values. It was a preachy but enjoyable listen.
I love this book, it has helped me through a very difficult time and help me move forward to much better things
a simple story of living life to its fullest
was told by someone very close to me (Lauren Mara Freiman) that this was one of her favorite books of all time. I finally read it and completely understand why she was so captured by the book. It's a book that belongs in every persons personal library. It's meant to be read and re-read over various times in ones life. It reminds one to stay the course and live life happily, going for what you really want out of life. I really loved the way the author took a simple story into something that has truly been explained in so many complex ways. My grandfather, Jose Antonio Armijo, was a sheepherder--and so, I took the story to heart.
Listening to this book was a real great experience. Many a times I could relate it to my life - positive omens and how to understand and take advantage of them. A well narrated audiobook.
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