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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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    This was a great book and having Jeremy Irons as the narrator was an added plus!!

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    "A personal favorite"

    I have read it in 2 languages and listened to this version 3 times. Jeremy Irons is amazing. I'm a Paulo Coelho fan, so for me it's easy to love the book. Many critique his beliefs and accuse him of using God, religion and or spirituality too much. I'm not a religious person, yet I enjoy his points of view and it's abundance doesn't bother me one bit. It's an emotional roller-coaster that ends with a soft kiss. Enjoy :)

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    "Deep story with a deeper message"

    Great book, and while it took me a bit to get use to Jeremy Irons narration , it eventually grew on me. There will be parts of this book where you will rewind it 30 sec. Just to hear some of the beautiful words that are poetic and life affirming at the same time.

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    just amazing! fantastic read. I'm so happy to finally have read this book. life changing! I would recommend to anyone!

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    This story was great and ended with a timeless lesson to be learnt. I will prob read it again.

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    "I've heard it 4 times, read it 8."

    I come back to this book at least once a year and every time take with me fresh energy, new hopes, and a soul. Lessons are all over the story for those who have the time to learn them in silence. Thank you audibles and to the narrator for narrating it so beautifully and calmly.

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    The Alchemist provided insight and guidance for our spiritual journey. While as human beings we are all on the journey to experience our personal legend.

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    Maria 01-30-15

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    So very enjoyable to listen to this narrator. He made the story come alive and I want to hear it again!

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    So rich ... Its story, its imagery, an it's multitude of insights. The narrater held a perfect pace and tenor. Thank you.

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    "Philosophy in novel form!"

    If you have someone that likes philosophy but is bored by it. This book is perfect it presents personal development philosophy in an entertaining manner. Also the narrator was phenomenal!!! Loved it

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