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The Alchemist Audiobook

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

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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    Scott 07-01-15
    Scott 07-01-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Reflective and centering"

    Great story with many layers which you can apply to your own life. Audible narrator was very enjoyable and entertaining.

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    annieh4 06-30-15
    annieh4 06-30-15 Member Since 2009
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    "Quite a surprise"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Not sure.


    Has The Alchemist turned you off from other books in this genre?

    I'm not interested in reading another book by this author.


    What three words best describe Jeremy Irons’s performance?

    Lovely narration, terrible book.


    What character would you cut from The Alchemist?

    I don't see this book as salvagable.


    Any additional comments?

    After reading this book, I described to friends my surprise re the poor wiriting, and the boring superficial narcissistic male centered perspective, and the dumb story. It turns out that others share this view. I enjoy almost all of the books I read on audible, but Jeremy Irons narration could not save this one.

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    Dustin A. Wiggins 06-30-15 Member Since 2016

    Once, I worked until my hands bled...

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    "Amazing principles taught in an engaging story."

    The biggest theme for me was, enjoy the journey towards your dream and learn some amazing lessons along the way. I'll listen and read again!

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    Charlie Hill 06-28-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Tedious"

    Could hardly make it through this pseudo philosophical crap. Not a recommendation for any other reader. Not certain how this was published.

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    Andriana 06-28-15
    Andriana 06-28-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Wonderful message within a great tale."

    First - Jeremy Irons was amazing! I would listen to any book he performs.

    Second - I began listening to this book as I was finishing college and transitioning into a new career. This was the perfect time for me to hear the message about finding your personal legend.

    Lastly - I highly recommend this book! It is a great story and if you are ready to receive the message, it's there for the taking.

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    Tyler 06-28-15
    Tyler 06-28-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Great book!"

    Great book about achieving your personal legend, following the signs in life and making the sacrifices to realize your own potential in life.

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    Dana 06-27-15
    Dana 06-27-15 Member Since 2014
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    "The Alchemist"

    Great story. You don't have to be religious to learn a life lesson from this book. I believe if you can read a book, be entertained and want to be a better person afterwards it is an amazing talent.

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    aldo 06-26-15
    aldo 06-26-15 Member Since 2015
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    "wow!"

    Not much to say. only that with an open mind and heart this book too can change your perception of perception.

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    Carlos R.Hernandez 06-26-15
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    "A book that can make you think about how to pursue your own legend"

    Great book that it tells you that in order to follow your dream. You have to listen to your heart throughout the process and journey. You will meet people on the way to pursuing your dream but it is the experience and knowledge of what you take from the journey more valuable then the end product. That is what I got from this book.

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    Myra Romero 06-25-15
    Myra Romero 06-25-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Enlightening"

    This is a thought provoking read! I am a fan of Jeremy Irons. He truly brings the story to life.

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