©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 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.
Student, husband, youth director
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.
My favorite character is the boy. It his journey and self discovery that we as readers get to follow.
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.
The Alchemist- Journey to the Soul of the World
I recommend this book highly.
I really loved the message of the whole book. It is really nice to have a book that teaches a great message as well as entertain at the same time!
I wasn't sure what to expect when I downloaded this book and I must say that I was pleasantly surprised. The story is different, almost like a parable, and it keeps your interest. The narration is exceptional - I am surprised Jeremy Irons does not narrate more books. I really enjoyed listening to this book and would recommend it.
Yes, Jeremy Iron's narration is sublime. The story itself being a fable comes to life when told to you. I would consider this the definitive version of The Alchemist.
The pacing was just outstanding. Never preachy or slow the story just flows.
Every scene is outstanding.
Santiago is a perfectly realized character.
A perfect audiobook, it's as simple as that.
The book an an amazing tale of a boy following his dream. It is wonderfully narrated by Jeremy Irons. There is absolutely no way one could not enjoy the story or the recording in my opinion. Terrific work and terrific presentation!
The Alchemist is a wonderful story that you can listen to over and over again no matter where you are on you life's journey. ...and Jeremy Irons tells it well.
I love books.
I already loved this story after reading it years ago. Jeremy Irons narrates this story absolutely perfectly, and hearing it read aloud made it even better for me. It is not very long, but I would highly recommend this to nearly everyone.
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