©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]
This book helped reinforce the notion that we do not live in a cold world. We live in a kind world, where those who knock will get an answer. Paulo Coelho creates a veil of fiction about a boy to help us re-discover youth within us.
The performance is excellent. This was my first audio book I fell in love with, and the format is fitting for the story.
"When someone sees the same person everyday as it was in the seminary, they wind up being a part of that persons life, and they want the person to change .If someone isn't what others want them to be, the others become angry. Everyone seems to have a clear idea as to how others should lead their lives, but none as to how to live his or her own" Paulo COELHO
An extraordinary story that captures the heart and mind of the reader. A piece of art that reflects the journey of life
Yes, it can be re-read and mined for wisdom
The king of salem
The interaction with the king of Salem. That is when the book hooked me.
There is a lot of good stuff in here. Books don't need to be 20+ hours to tell a great story. The performance was very fitting and memorable. I have listened to this one many times and is probably the first book I would recommend for a good read.
Thought-provoking. A journey through life and it's many trials and experiences. A reminder to hold onto your dream, set your course, and always be ready to learn and grow along the way. All the universe conspires to help the man who desires to accomplish his dream.
I love every minute of it. This audiobook keeps me in check with my goals and gives me hope. This is one of my life's fuel. Pure Wisdom from beginning till end. Thank you Paulo! My favorite author. And thanks Jonathan for the best audiobook narration I have ever heard!
It's is honestly at the top of my list!
"The Little Prince."
I say this simply because it is a book about seeing what is truly important. It helps the reader (listener) look at the world around them differently. Both books were favorites growing up, and both continue to influence my personal views on life and society.
He had beautiful inflection. His characters were unique, his emotion was on point. Irons' voice has an unearthly quality that allows for the magic of the story to be conveyed.
While Santiago (the boy) or the Alchemist are an obvious choices, I must say the Englishman. He couldn't see past the end of his nose, no matter how many times Santiago (and other characters) pushed him to do so. His story is tragic and cautionary to the reader.
Beautiful. If you love the story, or are simply interested, please pick this one.
This story has changed my thinking. It has helped point me in the direction that I truly wish to travel. I've listened/read this countless times. A personal classic.
The true meaning and power of this book seems to be hidden, from reading other reviews online. The story focuses on one boys travels as he searches for treasure. During he travels he discovers something greater: the power of belief and faith.
This is a beautiful tale that I have reread multiple times. I never grow tried of the words, the voice of the narrator, or the tale. An amazing listen.
A beautiful story but one cannot help but see the deliberate inclusion of Christianity, Muslim and all other faiths and beliefs so as to appease all. This leads to politically correct but non committal book non risky but commercially viable story...... No Pulitzer or Nobel here
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