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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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    lori merritt ID 03-06-17
    lori merritt ID 03-06-17 Member Since 2016

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    "Life Changing"

    Absolutely Life Changing.

    The Soul of the World.

    Omens.

    The Universal Language.

    Personal Legend.

    Love.

    Joy is in the journey.

    Maktub.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Deborah 03-06-17
    Deborah 03-06-17
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    "A book full of Love."

    The readers voice was perfect for this story. He kept you riveted to every word.
    The story gets you to to think about life and dreams. A wonderful spiritual ride through a journey of inner evaluation. Loved it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    PattiC Chicago, IL, United States 03-05-17
    PattiC Chicago, IL, United States 03-05-17 Member Since 2012
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    "The Alchemist"

    As I read this book I saw myself as Santiago, the boy seeker; as the crystal merchant, knowing good lies beyond but afraid to seek his own Personal Legend; and as the alchemist, whom I believe the boy grew to be. I will recommend this book to many - both in audio, for its delightful storyteller an in paper; for some books call out for annotation.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Edward Katterson Minneapolis, MN, US 03-05-17
    Edward Katterson Minneapolis, MN, US 03-05-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Great Expectations alas"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    This book would be exceptional for those with an abstract knowledge of Judaism and Islam and an over-enthusiastic grasp of New Age Mysticism.


    What could Paulo Coelho have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    He might have chosen another endeavor


    What does Jeremy Irons bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Jeremy Irons brings the sole value to this painfully banal repetitious story.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    MaryK 03-04-17
    MaryK 03-04-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Enchanted listen"

    The voice of Jeremy Irons gives depth to this inspirational book. His ability to breathe life into the various characters is amazing and makes me want to listen again and again. Well done!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mrs Cheez Boston 03-02-17
    Mrs Cheez Boston 03-02-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Everything I hoped"

    I've heard a lot of good things and thus book was everything I hoped it would be. I also really enjoyed the reader!!

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    Amazon Customer 03-02-17
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    "Truly inspiring"

    This book places you in the mind of this young man in search for his dream and how he deals with his obstacles

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    Robert Coronel 03-01-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Amazing"

    Please don't over look this book . This is a definite life changer for anyone who is stuck at a fork in the road .

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    Damarus 03-01-17
    Damarus 03-01-17
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    "Maybe I have to re-listen to get it"

    I read a lot of positive reviews about this book and I was expecting something similar to the 48 laws of power, but not so much. Maybe I need to re-listen to understand the hidden concepts.

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    jerome 03-01-17
    jerome 03-01-17 Member Since 2016
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    "listen to your Omens."

    jeremy irons take on the charters were sublime. will I reread again and again .

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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.

    27 of 28 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.

    7 of 7 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.

    7 of 7 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.


    5 of 5 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.


    4 of 4 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.

    17 of 20 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 .

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Alison Readhead
    Slough, Berks United Kingdom
    12/24/16
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    "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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • lilac
    uk
    12/3/16
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    "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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • EGR
    Kefalonia, Greece
    9/20/15
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    "Trite"

    Zero characterisation, pedestrian writing, and the "lessons" it pretends to teach are trite. The reading wasn't bad though.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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