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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

Critic Reviews

"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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Awesome

I would say it depends on spiritually evolved a person is on the experience they will have. The best and most inspiring book I have read (listened to) and came on to it by being mentioned the most on a facebook post asking what book had a most life transforming experience. Glad I found it!

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great book

new favorite book. Bought ang original coot for my children to read. thank you.

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Great book! a must read for everyone.

Great book! i listen to this book every day. everytime I listen I listen something new. this book means alot to me. everyone should at least read it once.

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heart touching story..

Till now, I've already listened 4 times and read 5 times...The alchemist.. incredible story about following our dream. thank you Paulo Coelho

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Amazing

This is and amazing book, I would recommend this to all!
Rating is 5 stars because overall it’s a great book, the performance is amazing and the story itself is one of the best I have ever had the privilege of reading or listening to! This is a must read for everyone!!!!!

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Amazing book!!

Amazing story I enjoyed reading it so much it’s so intriguing that you feel the need to keep reading more and more. I would recommend this to anybody who enjoys like a mysterious type of book.

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this book is magic.

beautifully written, perfectly performed. I couldn't stop listening and ended up getting through it in one day. highly recommend.

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loved this book

a beautiful message inside of a beautiful story about life love and God.. peace and presence

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All should read this book

It is one of the best books ever written and all should read it to live life to its fullest.

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Outstanding!

While this book is narrated beautifully, it was the story that spike to my spirit. I found myself reading ahead as I was anxious to learn of the boy's journey.