Step inside this captivating account of Paulo Coehlo's pilgrimage along the road to Santiago. This fascinating parable explores the need to find one's own path. In the end, we discover that the extraordinary is always found in the ordinary and simple ways of everyday people. Part adventure story, part guide to self-discovery, this compelling tale delivers the perfect combination of enchantment and insight.
©2006 Paulo Coelho; (P)2009 HarperCollins Publishers
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The narrator's voice was spot on for such a book. It really captured the confusion, desperation and "lost" of that Paulo was experiencing throughout the events, and it instantly starts with such emotion which flows through the entire book. Every time you stop to listen to it, bang, you're right back into the world where you know nothing and are questioning everything, purely because of the superb narration.
It's like the Alchemist, but head on full on hard hitting lessons - lessons that make you cringe at times, but worth it.
All of it.
It definitely made me uneasy at times... and laugh a few times.
It might be good for someone very spiritual & religious
The reader was one of the 2 worst I've ever experienced with Audible.I assume his style was an attempt to add drama, suspense & mystery to the text, but it was horrendous: overly dramatic, full of lengthy pregnant pauses, affectation, pontification, etc.. The voice of the "teacher" was particularly bad. In addition to the problems previously listed, that character had a foreign accent which came & went. Between the reader's attempts at drama & a sustainable foreign accent, the outcome was dreadful. His interpretation of the narrator's voice was different but equally irritating. The entire work as read was a pretentious, portentous, overblown harangue. It made what is probably a fine book into an excruciating listening experience. I wanted to quit listening after the 1st chapter, but I optimistically forced myself to finish; there was very little improvement.
The book is probably a pleasant and illuminating read, but having heard it read thus, it is unfortunately difficult to separate the style from it's content.
I don't like giving bad reviews, but no way this one gets a pass.
Not good as the narrator does not do Paulo Coelho justice.
Yes, have read other by this author and have enjoyed.
No, narration was very difficult to listen to.
I never felt like reading any of Coelho's books since I'm not very "spiritual", but I finally went ahead and listened to this one and at first was just a tiny bit annoying, but it grew on me and till the end I was really captivated by the story and loved the narrative and everything
Someone who enjoys new age books for the brain dead. The exercises at the end of each chapter are supposed to impart some deep and hidden knowledge, but they are like something you'd read in a mass-market self-help book instead.
It was self-important, navel gazing, droning, yecht.
The tone of the book is artificially dramatic and "high."
I was disappointed in this book. It fell far short of the description. Just trite.
Don't waste your money.
No doubt to hear messages throughout that I was too absorbed to hear the first time
There wasnt a "best" it was a story you wanted to learn from, and this meant listening to the end
No, first time
The "Journey" not the "Gym" (where we beat ourselves up)
Paul conveys such a compelling message within all of this book
Coelho is not an "easy" writer to absorb, so I am taking this listening in small doses. There are many layers of understanding that he deals with, and his descriptions of them are amazing.
I would definitely reccomend this book to a friend, interesting reading. A decent Coelho book.
A decent performance. I do not agree with the others on this site that his performance is irritating. It does not ruin the story at all, it just takes a little getting use too, an I'd preferred that his way of reading was a little less chanting.
There could have easily been much better narrator choices. The narrator does not miss an opportunity to show his linguistic talent which have in many times got me more annoyed than immersed into the story.
The story is terribly breachy. It is a good fit for at a cathedral.
The story lacks suspense and the plot revolves around the individual "Paulo". The scenes move serially from one part to the next. before the first half of the story finishes, you can almost anticipate what will happen next. Not my definition of the best seller.
At first I found the narrator's voice annoying like he was preaching or something, not like he was "talking", ... but eventually you just get used to it. The book is, of course a wonderful read, and really wonder can all of that have happened to one guy on the road??? I read the Alchemist, and this is similar metaphysical renderings and teachings. I enjoyed it and would recommend it
"Didn't do it for me"
My friends had told me they loved this book but I could not get to the end of it and I feel the reading didn't help but the book itself is also not for me. It seemed the same voice was being used for anyone who was not the main character but I couldn't feel any sense of drama or emotion.
"miss s hall"
This is the second book i have read from paulo coelho's books and just like the fist i read which was the 'alchemist' it makes you want to read another and another book. Paulo coelho as used intelligence with writing . It gives you the feel to just kick back and relax. Highly reccomend this author and his books.
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