©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]
Sometimes simplicity is just enough. The story is a basic lesson meant to inspire the yearning to live a more purposeful life and to trust in the journey. Paired with exquisite language, this lyrical masterpiece stirs the soul and makes you wonder about your own personal legend. No complexities, no pretense - just simple wisdom that we, adults somehow forget as we compete in our 'human race'.
The wind that brings Fatima's kiss atop Santiago's lips. Such vivid imagery.
Couldn't stand to press pause
All the worlds strength and power lies within you! Amazingly I was praying for enlightenment when I heard of this book. I had no idea what it was about, but I ordered it anyway. It was meant for me to read it when I did. I believe for you too.
This is really a special book. It was given to me in paperback years ago, but I could never finish it. It finally resurfaced and so did audible, which gave me the chance to complete this omen. It redirected me and helped me to let go and read the omens around me. It's really a magical book.
Yes. This is a very profound story.
A voice that resonates inside your brain.
This is an amazing story. It's a blend of ideas that have been around for eons, but is told in such a way, it seems new.
"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.
"Great Story - Great Narrator"
This was recommended to me by a friend and I really enjoyed it. The narration was 1st class.
"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.
"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.
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.
Loved every moment of this journey and have stolen a few quotes and life lessons.
"The power of belief"
Exceptional story which relates strongly to the power of self belief and realisation. Throughly enjoyed this audio book!
"Exceptional, beautiful and really helpful"
I thoroughly enjoyed this book as I'm totally down on my luck at the minute and in search of my own personal legend. I happened by chance to fall upon The Alchemist and after realising it was narrated by the legendary Jeremy Irons knew it was a must buy! A life changing book for sure!
"Now one of my favourite ever books!"
Insightful and philosophical. This book has helped me look at my woes as a necessary evil on the road to my personal legend lol. Loved it
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