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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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    Robert Ann Arbor, MI, United States 04-26-11
    Robert Ann Arbor, MI, United States 04-26-11
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    "Possibly the best book ever!!!"

    I loved this book. It is short but crams all kinds of wisdom into it. Highly regarded!!!

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    GABRIELA Miami, FL, United States 04-18-11
    GABRIELA Miami, FL, United States 04-18-11 Member Since 2008
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    "Simply magical!"

    I have read the book many times in the past and never thought I could catch the energy of the book on audio. Well, I could not have been more wrong! Jeremy Irons simply sings the story and transports you through word by word. I have listen to it now more than I have read it before. It is simply magical!

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    Sheryl DECATUR, GA, United States 03-11-11
    Sheryl DECATUR, GA, United States 03-11-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Good Story"

    The narrator's voice lulled me to sleep in a couple of places but the story was interesting enough to keep me awake through most of the book.

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    RNeill 01-31-11
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    "Beautifully told and beautifully read."

    I first heard this version about 4 years ago, and have listened to it many times since. It is a such a wonderful tale and Jeremy Irons voice makes it all the more wonderful. Enjoy!

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    Red Skokie, Illinois, United States 11-01-10
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    "inspiring, motivating me to embark on my own legen"

    this has inspired me to continue in my journey to realize my dream and to find myself in a journey of knowing myself...it has inspired me to hold on my goals and dreams amidst all the opposition, trials and challenges. great book especially that the reader is able to tell the story well with his great voice. its like you're watching a movie within your mind when you listen to this.

    its really the joy of listening to audiobooks..i just hope audiobooks get a little cheaper...

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    Dr. Free 10-26-10
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    "Liked reading it...loved hearing it"

    Let me just state that I recognize that the story is a bit preachy. So what! I love this book, it's beautiful and a wonderful reminder of just how to be true to yourself, your love ones, and to the universe. In this world of violence and apathy, this book is just the kind of "pick me up" you need.

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    Phillip Elkridge, MD, United States 08-17-10
    Phillip Elkridge, MD, United States 08-17-10
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    "Inspiring"

    This was a great story about going after your dreams. It's very well narrated and kept my interest on my commutes home.

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    valerie Crown Point, Indiana, United States 05-17-09
    valerie Crown Point, Indiana, United States 05-17-09 Listener Since 2008
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    "love this book"

    I (along with both my daughters) have read this book and I lovvvvve this book. I have recommended it to all my friends and family. I just had to have the audio version. You will love this book it's one you keep or give as a gift.

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    Akber North Miami, FL, USA 03-02-09
    Akber North Miami, FL, USA 03-02-09 Member Since 2009
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    "Incredible Book"

    What an inspiring book. The reader is amazing, the many voices he does inmerses you in the book. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to listen to a great story.

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    Oskar's Mom Tucson, AZ 12-04-08
    Oskar's Mom Tucson, AZ 12-04-08 Member Since 2007
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    "Great Story- Good Spiritual Lessons"

    Jeremy Irons voice is SO soothing to listen too.
    I really enjoyed this and I usually only read non-fiction.

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