©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]
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.
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.
Top- Number 1- This is a very thought provoking book. Very profound.
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.
The Oasis. It's a pivotal point. It reminds me how easily we are side tracked from our true purpose.
Malchezadek and or the Alchemist. Malchezadek was insightful and funny, as was the Alchemist.
Read it and keep it. And re-read it. Great insight to finding your own Personal Legend.
I'm not interested in reading another book by this author.
Lovely narration, terrible book.
I don't see this book as salvagable.
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.
Once, I worked until my hands bled...
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!
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.
"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.
"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.
"This story moved me."
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.
"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.
"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.
Just amazing, my life has begun a new chapter, I've quit my job and I'm moving abroad in 3 weeks.
"Soft, easy and inspiring"
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.
The ending, the characters.
Irons made the experience absolutely better.
"Great Story - Great Narrator"
This was recommended to me by a friend and I really enjoyed it. The narration was 1st class.
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.
I can not stop listening over and over and have shared it with many people.. So many amazing life lessons.
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