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  • A Fable About Following Your Dream
  • By: Paulo Coelho
  • Narrated by: Jeremy Irons
  • Length: 4 hrs
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (8,278 ratings)

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The Alchemist

By: Paulo Coelho
Narrated by: Jeremy Irons
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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)

"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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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.

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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 .

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Beautiful reading

As the first audiobook I have listened to, I worried about the narrative voice blurring my own appreciation of a wonderful story. Irons' narration, however, is expressive and clear and brings a real authority to the reading.

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Stunning story, beautifully told

Loved every second of this story and all the wonderful ways the key messages were delivered. Could listen to Jeremy Irons voice all day, great choice of storyteller.

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Fantastic listen

As most of us, I knew about this book for a long time, but never felt the need of reading it.
What a great decision it has been to give it a chance now!
Loved it from start to finish!

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An extraordinary trip into the soul of the world

To whom loves travelling, experiencing life and universe signs to our life: this book is for you.

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Bought this for my kids and loved it myself!

we have been listening to this in the car on the school run for the past few weeks.

what am amazing little story.

read awesomely by Jeremy Irons.

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A must listen

A beautiful book that I had always came across online as the one to read/listen.

I've gained some amazing takeaways from this book that have been implemented into my life with fantastic results. The depths of this book and lessons it teaches requires more than one listen!

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Unbelievably fun

Yes as I point out at the title, this was such a fun listen to me... Heck I had to listen it in 1 day because of my curiosity of what was gonna happen!

That being said this was such a inspiring story of how an “ordinary life” can change drastically once you take on life’s journey!

Heck yes whoever is looking for a story full of passion and inspiration, this is the one...

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It took a while, but boy was it worth it.

I really enjoyed this audio book. Jeremy Irons is simply fantastic. This book captured me as though I was Santiago who was captured by the search for his Legend.

Some may not get into the book, saying it is too airy-fairy. Firstly, it is a work of fiction but with some valuable life lessons for those who are open to learning.

Highly recommended to anyone who wants to be taken on a journey of greater self discovery and awareness.

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