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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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    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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    "Perception of Life"
    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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    Amazon Customer 01-26-12 Member Since 2008
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    "This was a surprisingly great listen!!!"

    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!

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    Mark C Walker Toney, AL United States 01-26-12
    Mark C Walker Toney, AL United States 01-26-12 Member Since 2005
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    "different, but entertaining"
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    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.

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    Lane RIO RANCHO, NM, United States 01-16-12
    Lane RIO RANCHO, NM, United States 01-16-12 Member Since 2011
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    "A beautiful story beautifully told"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Alchemist to be better than the print version?

    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.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The pacing was just outstanding. Never preachy or slow the story just flows.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Every scene is outstanding.


    Who was the most memorable character of The Alchemist and why?

    Santiago is a perfectly realized character.


    Any additional comments?

    A perfect audiobook, it's as simple as that.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jay Jersey City, NJ, United States 01-13-12
    Jay Jersey City, NJ, United States 01-13-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Everything was perfect about book and recording!"

    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!

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    Jack Corunna, MI, United States 08-12-11
    Jack Corunna, MI, United States 08-12-11
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    "Greatest Story Ever"

    This book gives me more incites into life every time I read or hear it. I listened to this book 6 times now.

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    Shannon Miami, FL, United States 07-27-11
    Shannon Miami, FL, United States 07-27-11 Member Since 2011
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    "A Must Hear"

    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.

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    Anna Genoa, IL, United States 06-12-11
    Anna Genoa, IL, United States 06-12-11 Member Since 2008

    I love books.

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    "Excellent listen!"

    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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