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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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    Amazon Customer 03-09-17 Member Since 2016
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    "short but sweet!"

    I guess you need to be in the moment in order to truly appreciate this book. find your true meaning in life and pursue it. if you get lost or stuck along the way, pull this book out.

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    Amazon Customer 03-09-17
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    "it was an inspirational book. "

    loved it and the guy reading it really helped me stay into it until the end. would definitely recommend it if you are looking for inspiration to follow your dreams :).

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    Yolonda R. 03-08-17
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    "It's not the destination, its the journey"

    One the most beautiful stories I've ever heard. There are so many jewels in this book and now I see why it's part of a movement. A must read.

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    freyawyn Michigan, USA 03-07-17
    freyawyn Michigan, USA 03-07-17 Member Since 2017

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    "I'm divided"

    The narrator does an exceptional job with this story, with a unique voice for each character. I was a bit disappointed with the story however. It is a great source for personal growth, but I wish it wasn't quite so heavy handed with religion. As a nonchristian, it is very difficult to find books on personal growth without religion. This was cute, and I got a lot out of it, I just wished more authors understood that they don't have to cram their beliefs down your throat for you to get the point.

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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.

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    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!

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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.

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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.


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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!

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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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