©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]
It made me think about what there was to understand about belief and faith.
It is worth the listen more than once.
I loved this book sometimes its hard to get out of our comfort zone so we don't try new things
great listen my husband even enjoyed it and he doesnt listen or read anything that doesnt have to do with history it helps you think and come a live
I'm visually impaired, however after I heard the reading I had to have this in print. Moving and so simple. I can only recommend that every one listen to this at least once in their life
Bravo for yet another superlative Audio presentation from Audible! The Alchemist may be Paulo Coelho's best work, and Jeremy Irons' exquisite voice rendering is no less than impeccable. Throw away your paperback version and download this treasure now!
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This is an enjoyable audiobook, and Jeremy Irons does an excellent job narrating. It's a simple, almost children's book with a herky jerky prose, probably due to being translated. The Alchemist contains many familiar new-age self-help themes, which seem to be invalidated by the magical sourcery. No, The Alchemist isn't a metaphor - the book really has a character that uses a magic potion to turn lead into gold. So much for taking responsibility and empowerment.
This book has a great message, but by about the midway point it starts to veer away from a subtle message and becomes preachy. OK I get it, lets focus back on the story and less preaching.
A thought provoking look into your own soul, a self help book and vivid novel wrapped into one. Right from the start Jeremy Irons draws you in with his smooth melodic voice. After listening to this novel it felt like someone took a brilo pad and soap to my soul and I came out feeling fresh and on track, focused on whats important. Well done.
I'm sorry but I just didn't get it. The story just kept going on and on about nothing. Did he even find his treasure? I just finished listening to it and for the life of me I cant remember what this book was about. Oh yeah NOTHING! I can't remember the name of any of the characters... Hmmm.. This was a huge waste of time and money.
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