©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]
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.
I enjoyed everything about this Audible book. The narration, story, scenery & characters were superb and inspiring. A story for all time & for all mankind.
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.
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.
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.
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.
"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.
"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.
"This story moved me."
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.
"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.
"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.
Just amazing, my life has begun a new chapter, I've quit my job and I'm moving abroad in 3 weeks.
"Soft, easy and inspiring"
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.
The ending, the characters.
Irons made the experience absolutely better.
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.
"Great Story - Great Narrator"
This was recommended to me by a friend and I really enjoyed it. The narration was 1st class.
I really loved this book
Full of love and wise words
It makes you think about life
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