©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 broken my back twice and 24 surgeries just herniated disc my most recent surgery was last week and I went back to this book and every time I listen to it inspires anymore Mort to strive to keep pressing forward for what my true purpose is when the most wonderful and uplifting positive mindset book I have read and listen to many times I'm 29 and I would use this book Ishmael and how to win friends and influence people everyday of my life and will continue to do so till the day I die.
what is more important, the message or the Messenger? the God or the believer? the heart or the soul?
in a world that I find to be so alien and strange, this book was such a pleasant surprise. I could really care less for the content of the alchemist. what really matter is what has always matter. it the emotions this story makes you feel. My heart is whole, my mind is rested and I'm completely content.
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!
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! :)
"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.
"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.
"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.
Just amazing, my life has begun a new chapter, I've quit my job and I'm moving abroad in 3 weeks.
"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.
"Fantastic read ( and listen)"
What a fantastic book. A really complete story. Fantastic detail and insight into a world of mystery. Highly recommended .
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 - Great Narrator"
This was recommended to me by a friend and I really enjoyed it. The narration was 1st class.
"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.
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