©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]
The story is a long fable for me. It could have been shorter and keep its value.
Satisfactorily read, although I think Jeremy Iron did a better job in Casual Vacancy.
The story did worth the time spent in it. I bought it in Kindle and Audible and part of it was a reading experience, parts of it a listening. I can squeeze better the meanings when reading, but appreciate having someone reading to me. I feel pampered.
It goes easy with the Audible version. Fast and clean.
I really enjoyed this story. The performance is spot on and the story is colorful, intriguing and full of adventure.
Yes, it had many little life lessons to learn and re-learn
The simple concept of wisdom
I think several reviewers have already said that this book would be enjoyed more if read in print. I didn't feel like I wasted my time, but I just couldn't get engaged with the story. I wanted to care about the characters, but found myself having a very difficult time doing so. I had heard really good things, so I was quite disappointed...
Probably. I think it would translate easily to film.
I have now listened to this book about 4 times, it reasonates with my soul.
Everything!!! The theme about following your dreams literally and finding your personal legend.
Not better, but a new dimension. A voice to your imagination.
The realization that his treasure was always right in front of him.
No, but I plan to.
I just follow the signs!
I read this book by chance before leaving on my Euro tour. It changed my life. Kept looking for signs and found them all over. had the most magical tour. Now still have the magical life...:)
The fact, that diamonds of life wisdoms were wrapped up in a beautiful, cute and easy little story.
When he, the boy, took the opportunities in the crystal shop.
No I haven't, but he performs wonderful.
Yes, but then I want to listen to it again and again, in bits, so I can "get it" .
This book is on the same line as "the richest man in Babylon " and " Who moved my cheese"
People have been telling me to read this book for years and years and years. I've purchased a paperback copy even but just never found the time.
WELL, I finally purchased it from Audible and listened to it last week and LOVED it. This book is for sure not necessarily a page-turner so for those looking for a thrill ride, you'll have to look elsewhere. This book is a slow-burn fable about the importance of being your best self and following your dreams. Without giving away too much, the main character sets out on a pretty shallow journey but along the way meets people, sees things and goes places that deepen his understanding on the way the world works, his place in it and gives him a spiritual awakening. Basically, a person's end goal isn't as important as what you gain along the way when you just TRY for the things that you want. Even if you don't achieve what you originally set out to achieve, it's the TRYING that brings you fulfillment and gets you closer to understanding yourself. Also, most importantly, he learns a ton from the people he meets along the way. If he hadn't tried to follow his dreams, he wouldn't have been on the path to meet people who imparted incredible wisdom to him.
In short (too late!), if you have ever had a dream that you are a) afraid to go after, b) have tried to go after but have fallen short or c) have achieved your dream, this book is for you. For me, it put into perspective the last few years that I have been chasing a dream. If I were pessimistic, I would say it didn't work out how I intended. If I'm realistic, I gained so much from the experience that I don't have the right to complain. This book helped to underline that I should remain realistic and realize that I really need to remain grateful.
Basically, everyone should give this book a listen at least once. Also, Jeremy Irons' narration was superb. He really brought a gravitas to the book that added to the beautiful story. Recommend!
Self-discovery fable falls.
Heavy handed, actually.
I loved the meeting with the King, and the crystal shop.
No. From reviews, I had rather expected to find another Little Prince gem of a story. This was more obvious and less charming than I was looking for.
WONDERFUL narration. Jeremy Irons could read a grocery list and I'd want to hear him.
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