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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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    Bennie J Pearson III 05-09-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Great! "

    Great Read! I love how I saw myself in certain characters. Life changing words that inspire action.

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    phatmann Seattle, WA 05-08-16
    phatmann Seattle, WA 05-08-16
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    "Almost a perfect fable"

    Beautiful and simple, moving and profound. And with a beginning and ending that only a master storyteller can conjure.

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    Wayne 05-05-16
    Wayne 05-05-16
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    "Good story and inspirational"

    I had been recommended this book on a few occasions and finally got it as an audio version. the reader did a great job. I think it's the fastest I have ever finished an audio book. Worth a read/listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    G. Ford 05-05-16
    G. Ford 05-05-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Lead to gold and life to legend"

    Guide book for dreamers seeking their personal legend... This is Wholesome nourishment for an open mind.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Stephanie 05-04-16
    Stephanie 05-04-16
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    "loved it"

    loved it I thought it was an amazing story can't wait to recommend to friends and family

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    Juan Jose Casal 05-03-16 Member Since 2016
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    "An outstanding read"

    A beautiful captivating book. I give such an important message to anyone that is searching for their dreams.

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    Mariel 05-03-16
    Mariel 05-03-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Amazing!"

    Absolutely one of the best books ever! It teaches about life and how to stay true to the desires of your heart, and not letting others interfere with your happiness.

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    khris east orange nj 05-02-16
    khris east orange nj 05-02-16 Member Since 2016
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    "really good story"

    I loved the story I would listen to it many more times. thank you very much

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    reginald neal 04-30-16
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    "The Great Reminder!"

    Great story with a wonderful narrator. This was my first audio book. I liked it so much, now my first choice of a novel is audio books then hardback covers with my tea or coffee. I hope all of my choices are as enjoyable as this one.

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    Darrell Pearl City, HI, United States 04-30-16
    Darrell Pearl City, HI, United States 04-30-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Wow!"

    I love the book but Jeremy Irons performance was great! I wish he read Coelho's other books.

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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.

    24 of 25 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.

    13 of 14 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.

    3 of 3 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.

    4 of 4 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
  • N. Drennan
    Cheshire , England
    7/10/16
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    "Fantastic read ( and listen)"

    What a fantastic book. A really complete story. Fantastic detail and insight into a world of mystery. Highly recommended .

    1 of 1 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 2 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
  • 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 3 people found this review helpful

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