©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 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.
Beowoulf. Searching for ...
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.
Uplifting Must Read
I think this was the best voice over I have heard heard. He distinguishes each character very well, and his story telling skills keep the story easy to follow.
I think the whole story moved me. It just reminded me to dream again.
Very enjoyable. My workouts lasted 2-hours long because I could not stop listening to the story. I enjoyed it so much, I'm buying all of the author's books.
"Sometimes life is hard, and you have to laugh your way through it." ... Madea by Tyler Perry
What a wonderful thing is to have such a talented actor narrating this amazing book!
The story completely captured me and it thought me a lot of things. Paulo Coelho is like a wizard, and the ultimate magic of this book is the narrative.
It had to be an actor! What a way to act, it is as if you are next to him ... Lovely!
A lot of lessons for my life just within this one book...!
I love the journey of the main character and his unfolding realization of the power of the law of attraction.
I have read this book a couple of times and also gave it away as gifts before. In several years, I have rediscovered it in audible format. It was a delight. I was so grasped that I almost listened to the whole book in one seating.
I like the story and I find Jeremy's performance very entertaining. Jeremy really put his emotions into the different roles and brings the story to life. I found myself relating to the story more than when I was reading the book, wondering what comes next and smiling when I reach a good part. Jeremy is a great storyteller.
I'm sure I'll find myself listening to it again sometime. Makes me feel like a child again.
Perhaps it was the mood I was in when I listened to this... I've read the book, and wasn't particularly thrilled with it, but the chance to hear Jeremy Irons read it - Couldn't miss that!
The tale is nice, and the "Personal Legend" is nice enough, but it got very repetitive quickly. I got the gist of the story in the first hour, the reset was just reinforcement with little movement. That being said that actual parts of the story that did go places were lovely.
Near the top.
I used to live in southern Spain so I was immediatly interested.
The adventure of it all was fun!
Follow your dreams!!!
The story line was captivating
finding that what he was looking for was back where he started his journey
"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.
"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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