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The Alchemist: A Fable About Following Your Dream | [Paulo Coelho]

The Alchemist: A Fable About Following Your Dream

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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    Jack Corunna, MI, United States 08-12-11
    Jack Corunna, MI, United States 08-12-11
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    "Greatest Story Ever"

    This book gives me more incites into life every time I read or hear it. I listened to this book 6 times now.

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    Shannon Miami, FL, United States 07-27-11
    Shannon Miami, FL, United States 07-27-11 Member Since 2011
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    "A Must Hear"

    The Alchemist is a wonderful story that you can listen to over and over again no matter where you are on you life's journey. ...and Jeremy Irons tells it well.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Anna Genoa, IL, United States 06-12-11
    Anna Genoa, IL, United States 06-12-11 Member Since 2008

    I love books.

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    "Excellent listen!"

    I already loved this story after reading it years ago. Jeremy Irons narrates this story absolutely perfectly, and hearing it read aloud made it even better for me. It is not very long, but I would highly recommend this to nearly everyone.

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    Robert Ann Arbor, MI, United States 04-26-11
    Robert Ann Arbor, MI, United States 04-26-11
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    "Possibly the best book ever!!!"

    I loved this book. It is short but crams all kinds of wisdom into it. Highly regarded!!!

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    GABRIELA Miami, FL, United States 04-18-11
    GABRIELA Miami, FL, United States 04-18-11 Member Since 2008
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    "Simply magical!"

    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!

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    Sheryl DECATUR, GA, United States 03-11-11
    Sheryl DECATUR, GA, United States 03-11-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Good Story"

    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.

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    RNeill 01-31-11
    RNeill 01-31-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Beautifully told and beautifully read."

    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!

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    Red Skokie, Illinois, United States 11-01-10
    Red Skokie, Illinois, United States 11-01-10
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    "inspiring, motivating me to embark on my own legen"

    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...

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    Dr. Free 10-26-10
    Dr. Free 10-26-10 Member Since 2008
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    "Liked reading it...loved hearing it"

    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.

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    Phillip Elkridge, MD, United States 08-17-10
    Phillip Elkridge, MD, United States 08-17-10
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    "Inspiring"

    This was a great story about going after your dreams. It's very well narrated and kept my interest on my commutes home.

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