©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 have read the book many times in the past and never thought I could catch the energy of the book on audio. Well, I could not have been more wrong! Jeremy Irons simply sings the story and transports you through word by word. I have listen to it now more than I have read it before. It is simply magical!
The narrator's voice lulled me to sleep in a couple of places but the story was interesting enough to keep me awake through most of the book.
I first heard this version about 4 years ago, and have listened to it many times since. It is a such a wonderful tale and Jeremy Irons voice makes it all the more wonderful. Enjoy!
this has inspired me to continue in my journey to realize my dream and to find myself in a journey of knowing myself...it has inspired me to hold on my goals and dreams amidst all the opposition, trials and challenges. great book especially that the reader is able to tell the story well with his great voice. its like you're watching a movie within your mind when you listen to this.
its really the joy of listening to audiobooks..i just hope audiobooks get a little cheaper...
Let me just state that I recognize that the story is a bit preachy. So what! I love this book, it's beautiful and a wonderful reminder of just how to be true to yourself, your love ones, and to the universe. In this world of violence and apathy, this book is just the kind of "pick me up" you need.
I (along with both my daughters) have read this book and I lovvvvve this book. I have recommended it to all my friends and family. I just had to have the audio version. You will love this book it's one you keep or give as a gift.
What an inspiring book. The reader is amazing, the many voices he does inmerses you in the book. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to listen to a great story.
Jeremy Irons voice is SO soothing to listen too.
I really enjoyed this and I usually only read non-fiction.
"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.
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.
"Enjoyable the 2nd time around"
I read the story of The Alchemist many years ago, back then, I kind of got the jest of it and that life is a journey. Fast forward several years later and instead of picking up the book, I listened to the book. The audible story transformed me to another place that the book version wasn't able too at that time. I listened to the story over two days and was drawn in with the experiences throughout the book.
I also suspect that I, myself, was at a place to truly understand the story. Worth the read and worth the thoughts that one has while listening to the story. Recommended Read!
Jeremy Irons has a good voice that doesn't take away from the words being expressed, he's able to capture the characters and the story where one is intrigued to keep listening and can't quite stop the audiobook.
Emotional reaction, doesn't have to involve laughter or tears, instead I was greeted with a higher awareness of things, daily things, one take for granted. My emotion was more meaningful and one of thought.
Life is a journey as it has been said many times. This book is about a journey, I believe it can help one to stop and think for a while and observe ones own life. To look at the individual belief system and ask questions that deep down each of us knows the answer.
"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.
its just a different way to absorb the message. Both book and audio were very enjoyable
No one particular part... I liked the whole book
No, I liked listening to it during my stretching sessions
"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.
This book was extremely disappointing. It was very cheesy and sentimental drivel. Badly written, repetitious and juvenile in style. The characters are one dimensional and in being so lacks depth. Despite it crossing various parts of the world, it fails to describe any of the beauties or otherwise of the places. In summary, this is a very badly written self-help book. The only good thing I can say about the book is that it is short ...
I would not recommend this book to anyone - just a waste of time and money!
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