©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]
Jeremy Irons does a great job. He brings all the characters to life. It is an interesting story
that I only read because of other listeners gave it great reviews. Not sorry at all.
Yes, This is a must read for all those looking for something within.
The change within the boy as the story moves forward.
Excellent speaker. His performance makes you feel like your hearing a story and not just hearing a book being read.
The Journey of Inner Dreams.
An audible addict:)
The fact that all people can associate with this book
This book compares with the Dreamgiver by Bruce Wilkinson
I love the story and how it was read.
I dont think i can compare any book i have read so far to The Alchemist because this a story with everything from love to passion to your personal legend. Just a great book
How he read the whole book and changed his voice and made it seem like i was in the story.
The Greatest Book Ever Written
Absolutely! Because the message touches your soul
The shepherd because he listened to his soul and not his head even against all things logical.
I cannot imagine any one else reading this tale of transformation
There is no other name for it. Would you change the name of the statue of David?
Everyone who is struggling with matters of the soul should read this miraculous tale
Jeremy was PERFECT for this!
I had really no idea why I selected this book - it's not what I normally go for (I thought) but I couldn't put it down and at the end - I totally GOT IT & it WAS all I wanted & SO MUCH MORE!! I LOVE books with meaning!
Having not read the book version I purchased, I did enjoy the audio edition narrated by Jeremy Irons which made it very enjoyable to listen to
THe selling of his flock
A beautiful voice, full of expression and depth
This book had many moving moments, I would recommend this audio book as a good listen!
I have only listened to a few audiobooks, but this has hooked me for more. So I would rank it in the top 5
The mystery of the
It's hard to name a favorite scene since so many are compelling. However if I had to pick one I would say the meeting with the old man that sets him on his journey stayed with me throughout the book.
The most memorable character aside from the narrator was the man who convinces the narrator to go on the journey for his personal legend.
The reader, Jeremy Irons, made all the difference. I don't typically like to be read
Probably not. It's power is in its first expression and the revelations it brings to light. The prose is soothing and rhythmical, but not beautiful in and of itself.
I would recommend it to friends who show and live a strong spiritual side. This is not a story for pragmatists. It is a beautiful philosophy that unfolds from layers to offer some sense in looking at the great questions of life. It doesn't preach; it doesn't proselytize; it isn't facile or have all the answers. It simply helps calm the noise in our heads.
Separately, Jeremy Irons' performance is as mystical and engaging as the story itself.
Don't want to reveal it.
The Boy is both hero and messenger in a book that builds a philosophical foundation for living amid the world's chaos.
Master tale! Jeremey Irons was superb voicing the different characters of the book. I imagined, as the book went on, what it must have felt like to have listened to storytellers of old - around a campfire.
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The emotions of the characters. The boy's voice, the gruffness of those left behind, and the gentleness of Fatima.
The main character. His perserverence and belief in what he was doing - following his personal legend - was wonderful.
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