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    Description

    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

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    "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)

    "It is short, but certainly packs a wallop. What makes the story even better is Jeremy Irons's unforgettable narration.... Irons's voice is crystal clear, and every word is given its own starring role in the text. He creates wondrous characters, male and female, that stay with us." (AudioFile)

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    Absolument génial

    C'est comme si l'auteur avait compris le sens de la vie et vous en faisait part dans une belle histoire

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    Absolument lire! (Ou écouter)

    Un des meilleurs livres que j’ai jamais lus!! Absolument lire! Tellement intéressant! Amène à réfléchir !

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    Live your own personal legend

    Recommend it. The story is nice and it reminds you what is important in life. The narrator speaks rather slow and is easy to listen to.

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    Great Story

    A great story that is worth reading twice or even three times. not too sure about the voice actors choice of voices for the different characters tho.

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    I've been so moved by this Tale.

    I don't think I had ever read such a beautiful and spiritual but simple story. It made me feel magic in my heart and wings on my back. AND it reminded me of what my own dream is, I had long forgotten about it...

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    Must read

    Amazing, I wish there would be more books like that.
    Story of Life. You'll learn more than in 99% other books.

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    Génial !

    The best grownup fairytale with great life advice and lots of stuff to think about.

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    • Joe Kraus
    • 18/01/2020

    Saccharine for the Soul

    My wife beat me to the punch with the line I’d intended to start my reflections on this: The Alchemist is this generation’s Jonathan Livingston Seagull.

    Then she took it a step further, reminding me that she enjoyed Jonathan Livingston Seagull when she was 13.

    In many ways, I think that says it all. I didn’t know that much about the book except for the fact that a lot of people seem to have enjoyed it. It seemed to have acquired a reputation as contemporary ‘wisdom literature,’ something someone would encourage you to read if you were feeling down or uninspired.

    If I squint, I get some of that. This is a fable, so you have to accept a certain amount of easy narrative and simplified conflict. Santiago sets off on a quest, and everything lines up to make that quest possible.

    Still, there is something unquestionably adolescent about the whole business. We are told repeatedly that the universe is built to make true the dreams of those who believe most firmly. We’re assured that certain true believers – loosely defined so as to include those who fall truly in love – have a kind of secret path laid out for them; they just have to be earnest enough in its pursuit.

    I can see how some people might be inspired to hear such a message at certain low points in their lives. I can’t see, though, how they can take it at all seriously. This is every bit as much a fantasy as Harry Potter, but, unlike there, we’re never invited to weight the real burdens of growing up. Instead, we are invited to stay within the confines of this comfortable, imagined strategy for confronting our individual destinies.

    Perhaps worse, this sort of “prosperity gospel for the irreligious” seems to imply that failure is simply a lack of true faith in one’s destiny. It suggests that, if we aren’t fulfilled, we need to see how we passed up on the opportunities and “omens” that would have made us so.

    As a result, this is pernicious in the way it gives us a fantasy for the privileged. Santiago may begin as a poor shepherd, but he’s always rich – literally so – in his capacity to choose the way in which he lives his life. This may not be about a seagull who see the world differently from his peers, but it’s the same entitled escapism. Most people fail to live their dreams because they are born into a poverty or connectedness that prevents them from self-indulgence. This book ignores that. Like the notorious Marie Antoinette, it invites everyone without sufficient bread simply to eat cake instead.
    There is some fun here, and I like the way Coelho peppers the work with so many admiring references to Islam and the wisdom of other cultures. Plus, it reads easily, though I confess I grew bored with parts of it even though it’s a very short book.

    Bottom line, I should have listened to my wife.

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    • JennStokes
    • 01/09/2017

    Brilliant story

    I am completely in love with this story. I actually plan to listen to it again very soon because I expect it to be something that you get something different from it each time you hear it. Many important thoughts and lessons are throughout the book, and it is a great story too with wonderful characters.

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    • Judi
    • 07/01/2007

    A Timeless Tale

    I've been listening to Audible books for years, but this is the first one that, after finishing it, I immediately bought a hard copy. In fact, I bought TWO!! One for me to (re)read and mark up with highlights and notes, and one to pass around to my family and friends! This story is an amazing parable, richly layered with insights for finding and living a richer, more grounded, more meaningful life. Never "preachy", this is an allegorical story written in lyrical language that stands beautifully on its own. Add the richness that Jeremy Irons's delivery brings to this Audible edition, and it becomes a transcendent experience.

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    • Moon
    • 24/03/2015

    Magnificent!

    This is a must read to all those who ask themselves existential questions: why am I here? What's life for? Why all the pain? Etc... The book does not delve into these questions but it paints a picture and the listener/ reader gets to interpret it. To me it was revealing and significant. I learn much about me and what life means to me by following the story of a boy through the desert of Africa. I wish you get as much as I did out of this book--and more! It is magnificent!

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    • Linda
    • 02/02/2007

    Marvelous Book & Expressive Reader

    No better choice to read this magnificent book by Paul Coelho than Jeremy Irons. It is exceptionally well read, with great expression, and wonderful adaption of voice to characters. I have had it on audio cassette since it was first released in that format and was delighted to find it available in audio-book format at CD quality. It's truly a must have and is suitable for all ages. The book is also most profound yet told simply with grace and depth.

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    • RueRue
    • 02/04/2015

    Great performance, slim story

    This isn't really a story, but more of a parable, intended to be inspirational. The message isn't too suble, but the prose is lyrical and direct. Beautifully read by Jeremy Irons.

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    • Kent
    • 20/03/2012

    What a nice little allegory!

    This is a pleasant little story. And, it's one of those books that bears re-reading (or re-listening, if you did the audiobook format, such as I did)! I has the same sort of feel as "The Prophet" by Kahlil Gibran, or "Siddhartha" by Herman Hesse - and similarly carries a lot of subtle and overt life-messages in it's concise text. It is one of those stories that I'll ponder for quite a long time!
    Jeremy Irons did a fantastic job with the narration - lots of variety in voices, and LOTS of emotion and feeling in the emphasis of dialogue!
    This was a short, quick, and easy listen, and was very much worth my time!

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    • Karen Beale
    • 20/09/2019

    why are all of these types of stories so sexist?

    I think this was my fault. I was expecting something different. I had just listened to Artemis by Andy Weir and it was so rich with stories about interesting women and men and the complexities of what makes us human. Then I listened to this one which only had 3 women mentioned and they fit the stereotype of women as virginal or as evil. The two young women were flat, 2 dimensional characters that only existed to be married to a man. Their only attribute was their beauty. I'm not entirely sure that either of them had a brain. The 3rd woman was an old gypsy woman that was a bit evil and she could have been interesting, but was only mentioned a few times early in the book and then never again. They had no dreams, no goals, no future except as they related to men. Am I missing something? Is this book only written for boys? If so, God help us if that is what men think of women!

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    • DIANE
    • 28/07/2014

    Very special... a keepsake.

    This book is one that I will read (listen to) over and over. The lessons one learns from this book are very similar to those one understands when studying Law of Attraction. The principles are sound and the story is a wonderful one. Jeremy Irons does a fabulous narration. Some chide me for not "reading" books... but when one can have the treat of hearing a talented actor such as Jeremy Irons do a rendition of such a special book, it's a win win as far as I'm concerned. I am now anxious to read other books by Paulo Coelho!

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    • Kir Kanos TN
    • 20/06/2007

    A must for every young person

    I really enjoyed this book. While it is not necessarily the enthralling Hero's journey that I thought it would be, this book should be on every high school and college student's reading list. It helps to put your "personal legend" or life's mission into perspective. While it isn't nearly a basis for theology, it touches on the many issues that people face as they embark on their life's journey. I especially liked the Alchemist's advice about not giving up on your life's mission for love. While admirable and definitely worth while, if one ends their life journey to pursue love, they will regret it and eventually resent the one they love. On the other hand if that significant other truly loves you, they will encourage you to pursue your personal legend and even wait for you if need be. To stand in the way of another person fulfilling their purpose does an injustice to that person, but is also self detrimental. Each person is on this earth for a purpose. It is up to each of us to be open enough to God's plan to find and pursue that purpose. Then we can truly live rich and fulfilling lives.

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    • Morenike
    • 07/03/2020

    Wonderful.

    Such a beautifully written story that never ceases to surprise. Lovely to listen to. Always recommended.

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    • Amazon-Kunde
    • 28/10/2015

    Coming from the soul of all there is...

    Every time I listen to this story or read the book I hear and learn something profound. Within my heart I feel the deep truth in every word that's written... to speak with the words of the book: everything was written by one hand and it comes from the soul and the heart of the world... from god...

    Thank you Paulo for this masterpiece...

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    • Hatem
    • 03/09/2020

    This is magic

    So simple yet So deep and profound at the same time, huge wisdom is laying between the lines, I surely will re-listen to it once again.

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    • LuxMontana
    • 08/06/2020

    So much inspiration for everybody...

    ... about following your dream and achieving it. Highly recommendable. First audible book. Great speaker.

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    • Flash
    • 06/03/2021

    Listened to this one hundred times

    This fascinating story reveals a new idea every time, no matter how many times you have heard it. Perfect to listen one more time if you cant sleep or need some inspiration. The speaker is perfect in the english version.

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    • kiki
    • 22/05/2020

    Great

    Inspiring and possibly life changing.
    Beautifully narrated. Irons makes you feel like you are in the middle of the desert with the protagonist

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    • Benjamin
    • 26/04/2020

    Must read because…

    …The alchemist is a gripping and at the same time very simple story about a man finding happiness in life. It has marvellous quotes, a great insight into humanity and especially very good advice for day-to-day life!

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    • Jeremy
    • 19/04/2020

    Dieses Buch ist wertvoll!

    Lasst euch auf eine Reise mitnehmen. Ihr werdet träumen und lernen. Ihr werdet erfahren und miterleben. Und wenn ihr die Ratschläge verinnerlicht und euch auf eure eigene Reise in egal welcher Form begebt, werdet Ihr womöglich auch erzählen... von eurem eigenen Abenteuer. Maktub.

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    • Christina
    • 13/10/2019

    inspiring piece worth listening

    The story motivated me to take my life into my own hands again; to focus on the beauty of life and try to resist or change opinions, values, behaviors that actually go against what my hard says is right for me.

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    • Utilisateur anonyme
    • 18/07/2019

    classic

    a wonderful audiobook with a great speaker, awesome moral and a nice end. will hear it again