©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]
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This is an enjoyable audiobook, and Jeremy Irons does an excellent job narrating. It's a simple, almost children's book with a herky jerky prose, probably due to being translated. The Alchemist contains many familiar new-age self-help themes, which seem to be invalidated by the magical sourcery. No, The Alchemist isn't a metaphor - the book really has a character that uses a magic potion to turn lead into gold. So much for taking responsibility and empowerment.
This book has a great message, but by about the midway point it starts to veer away from a subtle message and becomes preachy. OK I get it, lets focus back on the story and less preaching.
A thought provoking look into your own soul, a self help book and vivid novel wrapped into one. Right from the start Jeremy Irons draws you in with his smooth melodic voice. After listening to this novel it felt like someone took a brilo pad and soap to my soul and I came out feeling fresh and on track, focused on whats important. Well done.
I'm sorry but I just didn't get it. The story just kept going on and on about nothing. Did he even find his treasure? I just finished listening to it and for the life of me I cant remember what this book was about. Oh yeah NOTHING! I can't remember the name of any of the characters... Hmmm.. This was a huge waste of time and money.
Awful. Bad writing, worse characterization. I have no idea why this book has done so well. It reads a like a tacky junior high story super-imposed on a self-help for dummies book. The characters' way of thinking and talking in this book is anachronistic to say the least. It almost made me feel awkward listening to the painfully tacky writing. Besides it was boring. Perhaps my opinion is skewed after reading G.K. Chesterton's brilliant "The Man Who was Thursday," though.
This rank's in my top 5 'listened' books.
Yes - the basic teachings and life reflections are always part of our journey.
Fine narrator - easy, warm style but with professional character and depth when needed.
NO. I BELIEVE TO ENJOY IT COMPLETELY, YOU WOLD HAVE TO BE BETWEEN 10 AND 14 YEARS OLD.
I WOULD NOT HAVE CHANGED THE STORY.
GETTING TO THE OASIS.
Absolutely loved it! Definitely great for all ages! Highly recommend this book!
The back and forth between present day and the future.
Easier to imagine the state of mind of the characters.
The Old Wise Man, he's a God-like figure.
Am now 80 and been avid reader since childhood. Have 3 children, 7 grandchildren. Narrated Talking Books for Vision Australia 35 yrs.
I have to admit I am not a patient reader of long descriptive passages in any book or even of 'fables' per se, but when narrated in the mellifluous tones of Jeremy Irons, I was transported and listened avidly to the end, enjoying this gentle story. I would defy anyone to turn him off.
That is why I am such a fan of listening as opposed to reading as I carry my phone everywhere I go and turn it on at every opportunity plus am offered such a diverse variety of choices. There is never time to actually sit and read during the day so can get most chores done without guilt. Thank you.
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