©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]
A wonderful journey.
This is read by one of the most engaging performers I have come across in years of Audible membership. A compelling story and top-notch performance combine to create an experience I was hesitant to pause.
I have not. However, if he is always this good, I should be looking for others which he has performed.
Fatima, a "desert woman." Not wanting to give anything away, I will try to explain. Her role is critical even if not referred to often. Her part of the story is powerful and provokes thought.
It seems too often that a book about the life journey of a person, real or not, gets caught up and filtered by race, religion, geography, time, and so on. Those very filters probably keep many people from reading great stories because they are turned off or away if not lined up with their personal beliefs. This story transcends those filters by being uplifting, curious, and, if you want it to be, very deep and moving, without running into those issues. By not crafting this as a story told from a strict age, place, race, or religion, the author has produced an exciting journey that can be enjoyed by all.
The narrator does a great job telling the story.
The narrator's voice brings the novel to life through his acting.
Yes. Luckily, it is short enough that you can do that!
Yes. The narrator, Jeremy Irons, has a voice that is exceptionally rich and mesmerizing. The only other narrator I can think of who may be on par w/Irons is Simon Prebble. Prebble could have done just as fantastic a job as Irons does in this work.
The King. The King is a character who is introduced very near to the beginning. Although he doesn't get too many lines, he's the backbone of this story.
Aha, that rich, multi-layered tone of his voice. I am especially fond of what I believe is a barely discernible speech impediment which causes his S's to be ever-so-slightly slurred. Seriously, I could listen to Irons read a grocery list and be enchanted. His reading of Lolita is magnificent.
The King. I'd love to be in the presence of someone so wise. Perhaps some of the wisdom would rub off on me.
This book is one of the most important books I've read in my life. I am 66 years old and have read thousands of books. This is, without doubt and hands down one of my favorites. In fact, I'm going to buy a hard copy of this book.
I would, it's a timeless tale of adventure and fun.
When Santiago falls in love with Fatima.
I've never listened to one of his other book performances, but I have seen him on TV and his acting was always superb.
Melchizedek, he was so interesting from the way he was introduced to the way he exited, the dressing down to look poor only to reveal his gold chest plate was a very cool part of the story
Great message within the story, makes you think of your own legend to chase also if you listen to your own heart, you will able to find that legend. But at the end, surprisingly I didn't enjoy Jeremy Irons narration. I thought Jeremy Irons would of done a better job but I found myself drifting away.
Yes, if only the friend has time to sit down and listen to the message. If you are on the move and usually listen to audiobooks as a convenient way to listen while doing other things, I found it difficult to stay focus on the story. With Jeremy Irons tone, I tend to drift off while listening.
Jeremy Irons narration was a bit dry for my liking. Didn't do well switching back and forth between characters.
Well, I actually can apply some of the messages of the book to my life now. Starting a new career and not shying away on finding how everything will benefit me in the long run. Not having the fear of failing during this new part of life.
Well, the narrator gave me the Lion King's villain "Scar" feel , and i always enjoy a good villain !! The whole idea of the story was very powerful , to basically not give up on your dreams and to keep pushing forward, & i am all for the inspirational tales, however, this book does not go under one of my faves
I'm quite fond of this story and this particular narration - to be honest, what 90s kid wouldn't be thrilled to listen to Jeremy Irons tell a story (for those of you who aren't familiar, Irons voiced the iconic villian Scar from Disney's The Lion King)? His voice is perfectly suited for the overall tone and theme of this story. The writing style is simplistic in nature, given the fact that this book has been translated from its original Portuguese, but it certainly doesn't detract from the plot. If anything, coupled with (in my opinion) the soothing tone of Irons's voice, this makes for an altogether satisfying experience.
The shopkeeper/crystal merchant was my favorite character, primarily due to his placement within the story. His purpose - though unwittingly - was to warn the boy of what could happen if he chose to stay with his flock as opposed to traveling to Egypt. He is self-aware of his fears and, despite him being a good person, still comes across as lacking because he has never made his pilgrimage to Mecca.
Not to be vague, but I really did appreciate the times in the story in which the boy would ruminate about his flock of sheep. Clearly, Coelho meant for the sheep to be symbolic of lives not fully lived.
I absolutely love how The Alchemist comes across more so as a fable than a novel. Coelho takes several opportunities to weave smaller stories within the overarching fabric of the plot, all of which teach the protagonist important lessons as he goes about finding his own destiny.
I cannot think of what to say about myself.
It reminds me a little bit of The Hobbit. Not so much with the content but more in that they are both books about someone discovery more about themselves through a grand adventure. Though the nature of the adventure in these two books are very different.
I really enjoyed the story and narration of The Alchemist. It did have a bit of a slow start. The story at times could get a little dry and I wish it would pick up faster. The narration is what really sold it for me. Jeremy Irons does a great job. He really sells the story, and the world it is taking place in. I also enjoyed the subtle changes he would make to his voice to differentiate characters. It was not over done but just enough so you always knew who was speaking.
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I like the message in which the author was trying to convey in the story, that you should follow your dreams and be persistent regardless of what type of test are placed in your path. What I liked least was the narration and production, I feel that the narration did not allow me to be engaged as much as I thought it would.
Like I stated before I loved the message basically telling readers to follow your dreams and don't be afraid to take chances as well.
Scar from Lion King, Deep, Powerful.
It inspired me to keep thinking the way I already think, which is that regardless of what it is when you put your mind to it, it will be accomplished.
Good listen, don't know if I would listen to it again though.
A fellow Bookworm. :-) Bookworms unite!
"And, when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.” - Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist.
This is just one among many beautiful quotes featured in this inspiring story about a boy who sets out to find his own personal treasure a continent away in the Egyptian desert! Following a simple dream, the trials and tribulations which he faces along the way truly tests whether he truly wants to achieve his dreams - even if it means getting robbed along the way, having a few close calls to death, and a lot of self-doubt.
The irony of the ending will teach you that you just never know where you will find your treasure. So keep an open mind! But without a doubt there will be blood, sweat, and tears along the way.
The Audiobook itself is an experience to the senses. The narrator voices The Englishmen and Alchemist perfectly. Its also very easy to distinguish when an individual character is speaking as he distinguishes the voices very well. So kudos to the narrator for getting a young boys voice down!
This novel should be on everyones bucket list. It doesn't matter whether you're spiritual or religious, Christian or Muslim, young or old - there will be something that resonates with you because at the end of the day aren't we all dreamers?
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