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
I spend 90+ minutes a day in my car, Audible makes it enjoyable regardless of what's happening in traffic. My taste varies from endurance fitness to economics and from to combat stories and romance novels.
This was my first book from the author and I'm not even sure what drew me to it, but sometimes the universe just works that way and you go with it. Much like The Way Of The Peaceful Warrior, the book tells a story about a man on a quest he doesn't really fully understand. Along the way, he finds a guide who leads, pushes, and forces inner exploration that takes him to a higher place than he imagined. The book is definitely spiritual, but not religious. Despite being about a pilgrimage along the Road to Santiago with some religious references, the story isn't about church or practices of the church. Rather, it's about one man's quest to find his own connection with the divine within and all around.
Fantastic example of a well written "hero's journey" style novel.
The Alchemist is similar yet very different, loved them both.
Sometimes it takes a real "break" from the routine to appreciate what's already in front of your face!
Me = middle aged, educated, married, husband and dad, professional, executive always seeking, learning, finding depth and meaning to life ... if that describes you too, then READ THIS BOOK!
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
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
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.
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.
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.
"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.
"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.
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