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The Alchemist: A Fable About Following Your Dream | [Paulo Coelho]

The Alchemist: A Fable About Following Your Dream

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.
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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]

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    Sharlene Provilus 04-04-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Excellent, Excellent, Excellent!"

    This is worth the listen. An inspiring story that will cause you to reconsider the pursuit of your greatest dreams.

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    Melissa 04-04-15
    Melissa 04-04-15 Member Since 2015
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    "A hypnotically enchanting journey"

    I didn't know what to expect when I first started listening to this story, except to be mesmerized by the sound of Jeremy Irons' mellifluous voice. But I soon found myself waking and falling asleep to it, as it seeped into the cracks of my consciousness, breathing life into a dormant and depreciating spirit. I'm so spellbound by this tale that I can't help but feel it IS a spell - one which evokes the magic within each and every one of us - that we can then use to manifest our dreams and live the fairy tales we've secretly nurtured since childhood.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Teddy 04-04-15
    Teddy 04-04-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Best book EVER!!!"

    This should be textbook reading for elementary school. Absolutely a life-transforming piece. Thanks again, Paulo Coelho, for another gem!

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    Phyllis Thrush 04-03-15 Member Since 2014
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    "When you need to get back on track"

    I've been going through a really bad year - my darling husband of 35 years died then I was diagnosed with breast cancer. Feeling pretty low and sorry for myself. I read this charming fable and felt that in spite of everything I could continue. I needed this. Not too theoretical - gets the message across.

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    "Great Story"

    This was definitely an entertaining and inspiring story lots of lessons about life that are some times overlooked.

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    Lindsey 04-03-15
    Lindsey 04-03-15
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    "Inspiring"

    It lived up to the hype. Amazing take full of life lessons and quotes that stick with you! Good audible narrator

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    victor 04-02-15
    victor 04-02-15 Member Since 2015
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    "great narration!!!!"

    Jeremy Irons was the ideal person to narrate this masterpiece..... already on my 3rd time listening to it.....

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    Ellen-Birgitte Zorn 04-02-15 Member Since 2014
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    My favorite book! And I love Jeremy Irons' voice. Everybody should read this book - it gives a true image of what spirituality really is.

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    Yoklo 04-02-15
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    "Great story"

    This was a great listen and nice narration. It was easy to listen to and follow along. Would definitely recommend

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    "Great performance, slim story"

    This isn't really a story, but more of a parable, intended to be inspirational. The message isn't too suble, but the prose is lyrical and direct. Beautifully read by Jeremy Irons.

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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.

    15 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • g
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    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.

    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • S
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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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • jen
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    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.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A. Collins
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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.


    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
  • Luke Mooney
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    "The power of belief"

    Exceptional story which relates strongly to the power of self belief and realisation. Throughly enjoyed this audio book!

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  • Hannah Jackson
    6/6/15
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    "Exceptional, beautiful and really helpful"

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book as I'm totally down on my luck at the minute and in search of my own personal legend. I happened by chance to fall upon The Alchemist and after realising it was narrated by the legendary Jeremy Irons knew it was a must buy! A life changing book for sure!

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  • Brendan
    5/24/15
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    "Now one of my favourite ever books!"

    Insightful and philosophical. This book has helped me look at my woes as a necessary evil on the road to my personal legend lol. Loved it

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  • nina
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    5/18/15
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    "Best book ever"

    Absolutely brilliant!!! highly recommend it ... I couldn't put it down , had to read/hear it in one go .....great story about life.

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