©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 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.
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.
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.
"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.
"Great Story - Great Narrator"
This was recommended to me by a friend and I really enjoyed it. The narration was 1st class.
"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.
"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.
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.
"The power of belief"
Exceptional story which relates strongly to the power of self belief and realisation. Throughly enjoyed this audio book!
"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!
"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
"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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