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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

Critiques

"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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Global

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  • Global
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Génial !

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

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  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
  • 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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  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
  • 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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  • John
  • 30/12/2013

Made me think about my own dreams not followed

I was given this book as a gift. Because it falls under the category of a "Fable" with a hint of fantasy, I probably would not have got it for myself. I really liked this book through and through. It really made me stop and think about how I have let a busy life and possibly some fears stop me from pursuing things I want to accomplish - Not need to accomplish.

Jeremy Irons was obviously Jeremy irons and told the story very well. It was a great story and I am glad I listened to it.

J

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  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
  • 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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  • Ed Maximus
  • 13/11/2014

A Superb Tale of Finding Your Personal Legend!

Where does The Alchemist rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Through four audiobooks, this one was amongst the top of all of them.

What did you like best about this story?

What I liked best was the main character's interactions with the different characters he met along his journey.

Which scene was your favorite?

My favorite scene was when the boy tried to tell Fatima the reason why he loved her and she stopped him and told him he didn't need to.

If you could rename The Alchemist, what would you call it?

Realizing Your Legacy.

Any additional comments?

The narration was perfect.

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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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  • Jo
  • 16/11/2012

A quest for dreams come true

Santiago is a young man who proceeds in literally making his dreams come true. He is an ordinary man, full of doubts and fears, like you and me, but he has this drive inside of him and a courage to continue on his path. This is a fantastic fable filled with unsurmountable challenges and life changing choices. I do agree with a previous reviewer in that Paulo over uses "omen", but it's kind of funny when you expect it. Jeremy Irons does an amazing job with changing voices to match each character (his voice does get low at points though). This is, hands down, my favorite book.

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  • Ooopsie!
  • 24/01/2013

Life changer !

I read this book by chance before leaving on my Euro tour. It changed my life. Kept looking for signs and found them all over. had the most magical tour. Now still have the magical life...:)

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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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  • Micah
  • 08/08/2012

Personally, I did not care for it

This book was very little story surrounded by lots of rather ill-conceived philosophy. The little story there was is very simple with every small conflict easily resolved within a few 'pages'.

I also did not agree with several aspects of the 'follow your dreams at all costs' theme that the writer espoused. I don't want to put in any 'spoilers' but the writer put way too much emphasis on the 'personal legend'. I was sick of that phrase by the end...

Be warned it is VERY judeo-christian based, so if that kind of thing offends you, then stay away. I am a Christian, but still found the way the author used religion to be heavy-handed.

Perhaps if you are looking for inspiration you might enjoy it, but I left it feeling uninspired and wishing I had spent my credits elsewhere.

PS: Jeremy Irons did a good job with the reading, no complaints there.

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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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  • Global
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  • NbEED
  • 06/08/2018

You have to listen to it twice

So I listened to this book the first time and thought to myself wow, that was good. Then I got to my book club and the girls went on and on about the book. SO i had to listen to it again. Then another time because i wanted it to go on and on so in total i've listened to this book 5 times in 1 year alone :)

  • Global
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  • Pradeep
  • 11/02/2018

A wonderful read

I had read the book already, but someone reading it to me was amazing experience. loved it.

  • Global
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  • Monirul Islam
  • 12/01/2018

Wonderful!

This is one of the audiobooks that I could listen to over and over again

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  • Maria
  • 10/02/2017

Story worth listening

A nice story, with a lot to read between the lines! Great pleasure 😉 Speaker fitting just perfect

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  • Katharina Marbach
  • 30/08/2016

Beautiful

I had no problem to follow the story, this book is beautifully written and spoken. would recommend to everyone, young and old.

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  • KerstinR
  • 16/05/2015

Sehr schöne Geschichte

Zeit nehmen zum Nachdenken. Toll erzählt mit einer ruhigen angenehmen Stimme. Mit den Worten verlangsamt sich das eigene Leben. Einfach gut

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  • Laura
  • 11/09/2013

I really enjoyed to listen to it

Würden Sie The Alchemist noch mal anhören? Warum?

Ja. Ich habe sie schon 3 mal angehört. Es ist sehr motivierend und unterhalsam.

Welche Figur hat Ihnen am besten gefallen? Warum?

All of them

Welche Figur hat Jeremy Irons Ihrer Meinung nach am besten interpretiert?

All of them

Hätten Sie das Hörbuch am liebsten in einem Rutsch durchgehört?

Ja

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