©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]
I haven't read the book and I don't think I can now. The narrator artfully brings the story to life in a way that I couldn't have done by reading the book. For me, reading the book would be like eating pizza without the cheese.
It's one of those books you have to read a few times to really sink in all the lessons and wisdom. It kept me very engaged and I couldn't put the book down once I started it! The audible version is amazing and the speaker really paints the picture well with his different voices. It's a really great book!
I was really enjoying the beginning very much, I found the story less interesting toward the end.
It started out mysterious and spiritual in the beginning but got a little too predictably religious in the end. I would have preferred a less cliché ending.
He read the book very well and has a great voice. I thoroughly enjoyed his performance.
Probably not, unless it was visually beautiful and had a better ending.
Will Smith told me to read this book and now I see why. Awesome!! Find your personal legend and don't stop fighting for it
"Great story, shame about the performance."
I love this story, read it a few times. It's one of my favourite books. However, the performance spoilt it for me. It was not very good. Some of the characters accents was not fitting with the back drop of the environment and the setting of the story.
"Enjoyable the 2nd time around"
I read the story of The Alchemist many years ago, back then, I kind of got the jest of it and that life is a journey. Fast forward several years later and instead of picking up the book, I listened to the book. The audible story transformed me to another place that the book version wasn't able too at that time. I listened to the story over two days and was drawn in with the experiences throughout the book.
I also suspect that I, myself, was at a place to truly understand the story. Worth the read and worth the thoughts that one has while listening to the story. Recommended Read!
Jeremy Irons has a good voice that doesn't take away from the words being expressed, he's able to capture the characters and the story where one is intrigued to keep listening and can't quite stop the audiobook.
Emotional reaction, doesn't have to involve laughter or tears, instead I was greeted with a higher awareness of things, daily things, one take for granted. My emotion was more meaningful and one of thought.
Life is a journey as it has been said many times. This book is about a journey, I believe it can help one to stop and think for a while and observe ones own life. To look at the individual belief system and ask questions that deep down each of us knows the answer.
its just a different way to absorb the message. Both book and audio were very enjoyable
No one particular part... I liked the whole book
No, I liked listening to it during my stretching sessions
This book was extremely disappointing. It was very cheesy and sentimental drivel. Badly written, repetitious and juvenile in style. The characters are one dimensional and in being so lacks depth. Despite it crossing various parts of the world, it fails to describe any of the beauties or otherwise of the places. In summary, this is a very badly written self-help book. The only good thing I can say about the book is that it is short ...
I would not recommend this book to anyone - just a waste of time and money!
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