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The Alchemist Audiobook

The Alchemist: A Fable About Following Your Dream

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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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    Anonymous 09-14-17
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    "All smiles!!!!"

    reconfirming that life's journey is distinctly yours and fitting in isn't always the best thing!

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    Virosha Deonarain 09-14-17
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    "The Alchemist"

    Absolutely loved every minute. The narration was superb! My favourite so far! Can't wait for the next.

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    Tamee33 09-13-17
    Tamee33 09-13-17 Member Since 2016
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    "It MUST be read!"

    If you are in search of success, this story is full of GOLD! The answers to life are in it and it must be read more than once! It is so completely FULL of life lessons. But it is for someone that is advanced in their learning about the Universe and the Law of Attraction.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Heath 09-12-17
    Heath 09-12-17 Member Since 2017
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    "a wonderful journey"

    prepare yourself for an inspiring journey filled with so many real life lessons you will want to revisit it over and over. how wonderful life is.

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    Alisa Clanin 09-11-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Great performance by Jeremy Irons. Slow moving. "
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Unsure. I thought four hours was a bit long for this "fable." There is not much plot and it moves slowly. Lots of philosophical points are repeated several times. I might have gotten more out of it if it was discussed in a book group. Performance by Jeremy Irons was top notch.


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    Anonymous 09-11-17
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    "I couldn't stop listening! I loved this book !"

    The story told in this book is so beautiful and inspiring. I would absolutely recommend this book to anyone searching for peace and faith.

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    MamaD TN - USA 09-10-17
    MamaD TN - USA 09-10-17 Member Since 2017
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    "The Trip of Life"

    Excellent way to teach life and it's lessons. I will be happy to share this book with my friends.

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    JustinOpinion 09-09-17
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    "Well done."

    This was my first ever audio book, and I believe it was a fine choice. Thank you for bringing the talents of Jeremy Irons to this project. It was very well done.

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    D. J. Moran VG, New Jersey 09-09-17
    D. J. Moran VG, New Jersey 09-09-17 Member Since 2017
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    "🥑🐕🥇"

    I am not sure if you got my email about the link to the video of the guy who was the best thing to do is to be done by this afternoon to see if you have any questions please feel free to contact me at any time and I will be there at 4 08 section of the store and get some rest and feel better soon and that is the only way I can get a ride to the airport on the way home from the gym and then I will be able to make it to the meeting you and your family a very happy and prosperous New year to you and your family a very happy and prosperous New year.

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    Frank 09-08-17
    Frank 09-08-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Captivating"

    The journey is the reward on the path to the destination. This story embodies that ancient truth

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  • 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.

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • 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.

    28 of 30 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.

    8 of 8 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
  • Miss B
    7/13/17
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    "Absolutely loved it"

    I had just listened to 5 second rule by mel robbins who in her book suggested this book i am so glad i decided to listen to this. Such a beautiful & inspiring story with a lot of spiritual meanings. I listened to it in 1 day i just couldnt put it down. I have now ordered 2 of the paperback books for my children to read. This is a must on any book shelf :)

    3 of 3 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
  • 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.

    18 of 22 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.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Jon
    3/7/17
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    "not bad but a bit preachy. very well read ."

    you could listen to Jeremy Irons all day even if he was only reading the shipping forcast.
    this book takes a stab at the meaning of life it would be well recieved by the more spiritual among us. but I found it as spiritual as a Saturday morning cartoon . but not as meeningfull.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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