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The Alchemist Audiobook
The Alchemist
Written by: 
Paulo Coelho
Narrated by: 
Jeremy Irons
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The Alchemist Audiobook

The Alchemist: A Fable About Following Your Dream [Audiobook]

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Publisher's Summary

Paulo Coelho's enchanting novel has inspired a devoted following around the world. This story, dazzling in its simplicity and wisdom, is about an Andalusian shepherd boy named Santiago who travels from his homeland in Spain to the Egyptian desert in search of treasure buried in the Pyramids. Along the way he meets a Gypsy woman, a man who calls himself king, and an Alchemist, all of whom point Santiago in the direction of his quest. No one knows what the treasure is, or if Santiago will be able to surmount the obstacles along the way But what starts out as a journey to find worldly goods turns into a meditation on the treasures found within. Lush, evocative, and deeply humane, the story of Santiago is art eternal testament to the transforming power of our dreams and the importance of listening to our hearts.

©1988 Paulo Coelho; (P)2005 HarperCollins Publishers

What the Critics Say

"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]

What Members Say

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    N. Alexzander Smith 02-20-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Powerful Message!!!"

    This is such a captivating story! Jeremy Irons is an amazing storyteller! The messages that I've learned in this book is lifelong and enduring. Highly recommended!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 02-19-16
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    "Wow!"

    A story that has more to do with life than I would have ever known. So glad I read this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Gowtham 02-17-16
    Gowtham 02-17-16 Member Since 2016
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    "About Narration"

    Enjoyed the narration a lot, It helped me to imagine the surroundings and differentiate characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ted Buhrman 02-17-16
    Ted Buhrman 02-17-16 Member Since 2014
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    "thought provoking"

    I re listen to this book several times throughout the year. It warms your heart when you know you're going in the right direction

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Daniel Beresh 02-14-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Incredible"

    The best book. The best reader. Even if you've read it, check out the audiobook.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Carlyn Gilmore 02-14-16
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    "I periodically read it over and over"

    applicable, and always delightful...I love the narration by Jeremy Irons...perfect for the storyline and each character.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Natanael 02-12-16
    Natanael 02-12-16 Member Since 2016
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    "worth it"

    Loved the story but also the voice of the narrator. finished the book in one day.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Aubrey CUT OFF, LA, United States 02-12-16
    Aubrey CUT OFF, LA, United States 02-12-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Good read and thought provoking"

    This was really good and thought provoking. It is about a boy and his quest to realize his dream. The lessons he learns on his journey are the lessons of life. This book should be on every school list! :)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    elisa balderas 02-11-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Be the dreamer of action!"

    I learned the importance of sacrifices needed to succeed in life and that the journey to the destination is the most valuable experience to enjoy at time of happiness.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jim 02-09-16
    Jim 02-09-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Growth in discomfort"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, This is a great story about finding your personal vocation.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It really made me part of the journey and made me question my own choices.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes - it's fairly short and I finished it over 3-4 sittings.


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  • Bev
    London, United Kingdom
    10/5/11
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    "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.

    22 of 23 people found this review helpful
  • g
    St Helens, United Kingdom
    10/7/11
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    "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.

    12 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • jen
    Westbury on Trym, United Kingdom
    12/9/13
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    "This story moved me."
    Would you listen to The Alchemist again? Why?

    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.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Scharfschutze
    10/19/15
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    "Pregnant with wisdom"

    The Alchemist stirred questions within me. It revealed wisdom that had been staring me in the face, which I had failed to recognise.

    The story of the Centurion struck a deeply personal nerve, at a most vulnerable time, bringing tears to my eyes .

    Jeremy Irons made the words leap of the page, as though they have a life of their own. I would recommend this book to anyone who is afraid of failure.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Thomas
    4/14/15
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    "Life changing"

    Just amazing, my life has begun a new chapter, I've quit my job and I'm moving abroad in 3 weeks.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A. Collins
    Southampton, UK
    7/2/13
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    "Soft, easy and inspiring"
    What made the experience of listening to The Alchemist the most enjoyable?

    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.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The ending, the characters.


    Have you listened to any of Jeremy Irons’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    I've not.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Irons made the experience absolutely better.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • N. Drennan
    Cheshire , England
    7/10/16
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    "Fantastic read ( and listen)"

    What a fantastic book. A really complete story. Fantastic detail and insight into a world of mystery. Highly recommended .

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Natalie
    ASHBY DE LA ZOUCH, United Kingdom
    6/24/12
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    "Beautiful reading"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • S
    KENT, United Kingdom
    4/4/12
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    "Great Story - Great Narrator"

    This was recommended to me by a friend and I really enjoyed it. The narration was 1st class.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Jacob
    10/18/15
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    "Excellent - definitely recommend"

    totally engrossing, brilliantly narrated and I would recommend this to anyone with a bit of time on there hands. it's a short story with a big impact.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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