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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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    bariplyr 08-04-17
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    "Great Book!"

    I really liked this book and Jeremy Irons was a great narrator. The story kept me focused and interested all the way through.

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    cindy 08-04-17
    cindy 08-04-17 Member Since 2017
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    "The transformation is in the journey"

    second time through this book first time in audio and loved it. Listen to your heart

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    Amazon Customer 08-04-17
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    "Loved it"

    A very thought-provoking look at the world and our role in it. Provides a great foundation for introspection

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    Amazon Customer Springfield, MA 08-04-17
    Amazon Customer Springfield, MA 08-04-17 Member Since 2017
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    "fableous!"

    From the first line to the last..kept my interest. Left me feeling joyful and satisfied.

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    Michael Carson Lynnwood, WA 08-03-17
    Michael Carson Lynnwood, WA 08-03-17 Member Since 2012
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    "Jeremy Irons did the best job reading this!"

    Great story! Will listen again and again! I'm so happy I downloaded this! Great book!

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    Nunn Yabiz 08-03-17
    Nunn Yabiz 08-03-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Story of Stories"

    Love it! An easy read at first glace-- some things that don't make sense eventually do with time.. I found that the somewhat mundane details were those that are most important.
    Reading/listening through a few times also really helped, which is easy to do consider how short the novel is and especially with such a great narrator!
    You won't regret this one!


    Hardest part is knowing when to know when to throw it out! Don't want to be like that Englishman xD

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    Rick Morrison 08-03-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Story a bit confusing"

    It's probably a better read of a book. A little hard to understand and all the characters talking back and forth. I understood the underlining message about ⅓ a way into the book the rest was just some bit of an annoying story. I wouldn't highly recommend this book.

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    Marcel G 08-02-17
    Marcel G 08-02-17 Member Since 2016
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    "A great way to look at your life."

    This story is a great one for the hole family to listen too. My children loved it.

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    Sandra J. 08-02-17
    Sandra J. 08-02-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Inspiring"

    I can't believe I waited so long to get this audiobook! I thought it was excellent. I recommend it.

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    Steven Bowman 07-31-17
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    "wonderful story"

    this was a recommendation by a friend. not my normal read but I really enjoyed it. it was a great story, very well written.

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