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The Alchemist Audiobook

The Alchemist: A Fable About Following Your Dream [Audiobook]

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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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    "Very nice Fable!"

    I really think the acting was too notch and the story was very good as well. The idea of a character in search of his true legend and his observations of the world were very fun. All is well that ends well.

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    Michael 11-08-16
    Michael 11-08-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Smiling"

    Wow. Love. Absolutely love. Jeremy Irons did well, though I wish there were a few other voices, (he gave each one a different sound, and by the 9th character he had run out of ideas). Incredible nonetheless. Thanks Paulo. Muchos gracias.

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    Travis B. 11-07-16
    Travis B. 11-07-16 Member Since 2016
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    "life in a book"

    one of the best books I've ever read. I'm sure it will have different meanings to different people and will impact you differently based on your stage of life.

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    Ben Palm 11-04-16
    Ben Palm 11-04-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Riveting!"

    This was fun, entertaining, humorous, fascinating, thought-provoking, insightful, deep, mysterious, and so much more. An easy read, but also an enrapturing read! DEFINITELY give it a look!

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    songbird4jc 11-03-16
    songbird4jc 11-03-16 Member Since 2012
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    "encouraged"

    loved it! a must read ...exciting & couldn't wait to reach the end.... a story of faith, endurance & courage!



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    Tommy 11-03-16
    Tommy 11-03-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Great Book for religious, spiritual and skeptics"

    Absolutely love the story and the narration only adds to the wonderful effect this book can and will have on you

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    "Loved This Story"

    The overall story was wonderful. I wish that the ending wasn't so abrupt. I felt there could be ao much more.

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    Robert Weiss 11-02-16
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    "Great writing, great reading"

    This is a very powerful and intriguing story of one boys journey to find a treasure that allows him to gain more then riches.

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    Patti W. U.P.Michigan 11-02-16
    Patti W. U.P.Michigan 11-02-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Wonderfully simple"

    I loved this story! Presented in a way that shows the thought processes the boy uses to work his way through his life. He progresses forward, always learning new ways to live his live. Each step in the process is a building block aimed at giving him an understanding of how he achieved it and why it was important for future growth.
    Jeremy Irons' narration truly made the story come alive.

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    s.l.bloom 11-01-16
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    "getting to know the elements on life's journey"

    had a hunch, but was wrong ... kept it interesting ... drifted to the end to soak it in ... not to be read fast .... enjoyed the journey

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  • Bev
    London, United Kingdom
    10/5/11
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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.

    26 of 27 people found this review helpful
  • Scharfschutze
    10/19/15
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    "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.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Thomas
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    "Life changing"

    Just amazing, my life has begun a new chapter, I've quit my job and I'm moving abroad in 3 weeks.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • jen
    Westbury on Trym, United Kingdom
    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.


    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • g
    St Helens, United Kingdom
    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.

    17 of 19 people found this review helpful
  • A. Collins
    Southampton, UK
    7/2/13
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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.


    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • N. Drennan
    Cheshire , England
    7/10/16
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    "Fantastic read ( and listen)"

    What a fantastic book. A really complete story. Fantastic detail and insight into a world of mystery. Highly recommended .

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Jacob
    10/18/15
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    "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.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Alison Readhead
    Slough, Berks United Kingdom
    12/24/16
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    "I don't understand the fuss over this"

    Jeremy Irons was great. However I am either not intelligent enough to 'get' this story or it's just a case of the emperor's new clothes. I found it hard to want to listen to it so took a while to finish it. I haven't really taken much from it. It did have a certain dreamlike style.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • lilac
    uk
    12/3/16
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    "Not a book for feminists!"

    This is a really unusual and imaginative book which is very well read by Jeremy Irons. I enjoyed a lot of the story and the overall idea, but I found the story horribly sexist.

    The whole story is based around a boy who goes in search of his personal legend (basically his life purpose) this involves many adventures, exciting discoveries, meeting new people (almost exclusively men) who help him discover new aspects of himself and life.

    Meanwhile he meets a grand total of two women. We aren't told anything about the life purpose of the first woman but the second does have a life purpose. It is to sit at home and wait until a man comes along to complete her and then to wait (at home) while he goes and pursues his dreams!!!!!!! The very fact that she has met him means her life is complete, even if he doesn't bother to come back.

    On top of that the whole story is filled with lines like "when a man goes in search of his dreams . . ." "a man must follow his destiny . . ." I'm really not sure if the author actually meant this only applies to men or if he was using "men" when he should have said people. Either way I was getting angrier and angrier listening.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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