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The Alchemist Audiobook

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

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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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    Subana 12-28-15
    Subana 12-28-15
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    "Difficult to follow"

    I found this audiobook perfectly tedious to listen to. Jeremy Irons' performance was excellent, but due to the number of character voices he created, it was difficult to follow along. I lost him at many points and had to rewind.

    A wonderful performance but perhaps recording an audiobook is not the correct medium for Mr Irons to test his acting chops.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Charly 12-24-15
    Charly 12-24-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Awesome!"

    This book was such an adventure! You need this story in your life. I will listen again and again!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    steamer.ssf Baytown, TX, United States 12-20-15
    steamer.ssf Baytown, TX, United States 12-20-15
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    "A Real Treasure"

    I enjoyed everything about this Audible book. The narration, story, scenery & characters were superb and inspiring. A story for all time & for all mankind.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Dr Woo Space Coast FL 12-19-15
    Dr Woo Space Coast FL 12-19-15 Member Since 2007

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    "A Hidden Jewel. Don't miss this."

    This short little book is one of those you will listen to dozens of times in the future. It delves into your soul and is so powerful you'll want to read it again, right away. It is a gift to recommend to the people you love. Jeremy Irons performance is superb. It's hard to imagine anyone else could do it as well. It's short, there's really not much to go on -- a young shepherd following his dream, but you don't wan't to miss the journey. This will always be in my library.

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    Amazon Customer 12-19-15
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    "Now trying to find my personal legend!!"

    Really an awesome book.. This was my first time I ever listen a book.. And im going to remember it my whole life
    Thank You Audible and Amazon

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    Lilly Pak La Habra, CA 90631 12-18-15
    Lilly Pak La Habra, CA 90631 12-18-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Great story about life"

    I love this book and how it I can relate to it.
    Valuable lesson about life pursuing dreams and love.
    It's definitely a book I can review again and again.

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    tarra 12-16-15
    tarra 12-16-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Amazing"

    This was such an easy read and this story has opened my eyes and my heart. You can most definitely apply it to life.

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    Jeff Solomon 12-13-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Always a great listen"

    Every time I get a little down or lost I just listen, maybe once every 3 or 4 years. It's a wonderful message and story that stays with me.

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    matt 12-13-15
    matt 12-13-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Over hyped, but still good"

    If I hadn't heard so much about this book and how great and inspiring it is I wouldn't have had this little twinge of disappointment for most of the reading. I found myself waiting for it to hurry up to greatness and to get deep. What it was to me; a simple, down to earth, first year book. If you like bare bones simplicity and a ok story you'll enjoy this book.

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    Aaron Joseph McCausland 12-11-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Drink it in"

    Many stories tease our thirst. We drank yet thirst again. This one though, truly quenches it without destroying our love of the waters of life.

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  • Bev
    London, United Kingdom
    10/5/11
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    "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.

    22 of 23 people found this review helpful
  • g
    St Helens, United Kingdom
    10/7/11
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    "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.

    12 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • jen
    Westbury on Trym, United Kingdom
    12/9/13
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    "This story moved me."
    Would you listen to The Alchemist again? Why?

    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.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Scharfschutze
    10/19/15
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    "Pregnant with wisdom"

    The Alchemist stirred questions within me. It revealed wisdom that had been staring me in the face, which I had failed to recognise.

    The story of the Centurion struck a deeply personal nerve, at a most vulnerable time, bringing tears to my eyes .

    Jeremy Irons made the words leap of the page, as though they have a life of their own. I would recommend this book to anyone who is afraid of failure.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Jacob
    10/18/15
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    "Excellent - definitely recommend"

    totally engrossing, brilliantly narrated and I would recommend this to anyone with a bit of time on there hands. it's a short story with a big impact.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Thomas
    4/14/15
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    "Life changing"

    Just amazing, my life has begun a new chapter, I've quit my job and I'm moving abroad in 3 weeks.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A. Collins
    Southampton, UK
    7/2/13
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    "Soft, easy and inspiring"
    What made the experience of listening to The Alchemist the most enjoyable?

    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.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The ending, the characters.


    Have you listened to any of Jeremy Irons’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    I've not.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Irons made the experience absolutely better.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Natalie
    ASHBY DE LA ZOUCH, United Kingdom
    6/24/12
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    "Beautiful reading"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • S
    KENT, United Kingdom
    4/4/12
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    "Great Story - Great Narrator"

    This was recommended to me by a friend and I really enjoyed it. The narration was 1st class.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • G D DYER
    6/20/16
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    "Loved it"

    I really loved this book
    Full of love and wise words
    It makes you think about life

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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