©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've bought the book before and got bored of reading it. I still wanted to finish the book though and so I got the audiobook. Overall I found the story to be decent but not excellent. It felt very preachy at times, as if it was shoving the story down my throat instead of letting me wander in it. Strong religious subtext. Still had a few important and relatable lessons, though. Makes you question your destiny and place in the world. Also offers insight on other cultures and Islam. The storyteller was the true selling point- great narrating and acting of other characters!
I think I would have liked this when I was 15. It's too enamored of its own wisdom for an adult to have any truck with. Jeremy Irons does his best to ennoble a sappy fable.
I bought this book not knowing what it was going to be about; however, I was not disappointed. This is such an amazing book and the narrator's performance was exceptional!
this is an epic book finally got to HEAR it the quality of the sound is good but then skip skip smooth skip smooth skip skip it made for a bad experience I would love to have a quality copy and listen to it again
No sense in recounting the plot, see publisher's blurb for that. This is an engrossing, comforting novel that impressed me so much that I gifted copies to several friends who also raved about it once they got into it.
Do I even have to tell you what a wonderful performance was given by Jeremy Irons as narrator?
Retired RN with 28 years in the operating room. An nurse educator specialized in surgical lasers and high risk equipment. Married for 36 years to my wonderful wife and mother of 3 men. Still waiting on the grand babies! While waiting, love to read & listen to books. I am a HUGE FAN OF AUDIBLE. COM!
Jeromy Irons does a beautiful narration. I highly recommend this audio book! Originally published in 1988, it's one of those books that will be popular for genertions to come. I highly recommend this audiobook.
"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.
"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.
Just amazing, my life has begun a new chapter, I've quit my job and I'm moving abroad in 3 weeks.
"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.
"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.
"Fantastic read ( and listen)"
What a fantastic book. A really complete story. Fantastic detail and insight into a world of mystery. Highly recommended .
"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.
"I don't understand the fuss over this"
Jeremy Irons was great. However I am either not intelligent enough to 'get' this story or it's just a case of the emperor's new clothes. I found it hard to want to listen to it so took a while to finish it. I haven't really taken much from it. It did have a certain dreamlike style.
"Not a book for feminists!"
This is a really unusual and imaginative book which is very well read by Jeremy Irons. I enjoyed a lot of the story and the overall idea, but I found the story horribly sexist.
The whole story is based around a boy who goes in search of his personal legend (basically his life purpose) this involves many adventures, exciting discoveries, meeting new people (almost exclusively men) who help him discover new aspects of himself and life.
Meanwhile he meets a grand total of two women. We aren't told anything about the life purpose of the first woman but the second does have a life purpose. It is to sit at home and wait until a man comes along to complete her and then to wait (at home) while he goes and pursues his dreams!!!!!!! The very fact that she has met him means her life is complete, even if he doesn't bother to come back.
On top of that the whole story is filled with lines like "when a man goes in search of his dreams . . ." "a man must follow his destiny . . ." I'm really not sure if the author actually meant this only applies to men or if he was using "men" when he should have said people. Either way I was getting angrier and angrier listening.
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