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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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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.

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Wow

Just buy the audiobook. It will be worth your time. The alchemist was refreshing and thought provoking.

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Amazing audiobook and narrating.

This book keep me intrested the whole time. I couldn't stop listening to it! Simply amazing! 👊

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Amazing

Life Altering read. A very positive experience for everybody. READ THIS BOOK WHILE YOU ARE YOUNG.

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amazing

Jeremy fucking Iorns ... # enough sad
well i guess i have a word minimum.. so there is that

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What a tale...

Not at all stale, not at all a whale. Yes it’s old, but on it you will find no mold. I wonder for how much it sold? Short but full, do not read it as a bull. That would be a crime, take your time. imagine your making your own strand, concentrate on your brand. it’s your own legend that is just as grand.

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Amazing Story

The book is really well not narrated and he's one of those stories that will keep you on it until you finish.