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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]

What Members Say

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    Amazon Customer 02-01-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Phenomenal Masterpiece"

    Exceptional book, outstanding narrator, and a life lasting secret.. you'll have to read/hear it to find out for your yourself.

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    Amazon Customer 01-31-17
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    "great book"

    whoever says this book is anything less than great, is a liar. The Alchemist is a thought-provoking and very interesting book.

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    EA the Great 01-31-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Big impact from a small book"

    I really enjoyed listening to this book. It has great narration. Also the key concepts of the book is very interesting and keeps you engaged in the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Alexander 01-30-17
    Alexander 01-30-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Great story!"

    Absolutely love this book! Amazing story with an amazing narrator. I've listened to this book multiple times since I've gotten it and it gets better every time I hear it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    banu ekade 01-30-17
    banu ekade 01-30-17
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    "unbelievable must read before you die.. loved it"

    loved it a lot.. inspiring.. one must go realize his personal legend.. dreams are meant to be followed..

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    David Tully Oberlunkhofen 01-28-17
    David Tully Oberlunkhofen 01-28-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Realise that dream early or it will gnaw at you"

    At age 50, hearing this story I'm reassured that I took the risk to leave my country and after many apparent failures, I've realised my dream of living in Switzerland, marrying a French-speaking woman, having sons and providing well for them. Thanks to Paolo for understanding and expressing this life lesson.
    Thanks to Jeremy Irons for his performance. Thanks to a colleague also on his life journey who recommended this book.

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    lvcarr 01-28-17
    lvcarr 01-28-17
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    "Hard to say just how good"

    God, life, love.
    An amazing story with an incredible reading.
    My favorite book and it's read brilliantly.

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    Luis F Cayo 01-27-17
    Luis F Cayo 01-27-17 Member Since 2015
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    "a secret not so secret."

    Awesome story, close to what the book "the secret" talks about, really liked the beginners luck part and final trials.

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    Ted Miller Conroe, TEXAS, US 01-26-17
    Ted Miller Conroe, TEXAS, US 01-26-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Beautiful story"

    This is such a wonderful story full of parables and adventure. It teaches lessons and inspires.

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    Amazon Customer 01-24-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Dreams on!"

    Irons's voice, entrancing. I got lost in its warmth and had to rewind several times- that's a good thing. The novel is a refreshing palate cleanser in these bitter times. The beauty of faith, dreams, and grit enchanted me. I was sad when it ended- the mark of a wonderful story.

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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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