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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

Ce que les critiques disent

"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)

Ce que les membres d'Audible en pensent

Moyenne des évaluations de clients

Au global

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Histoire

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  • Au global
    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Mohd Russel
  • 2017-10-11

Fantastic

It's a Great story. Full of wisdom and inspiration. Very nicely narrated. I highly recommend it.

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  • Au global
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Angela
  • 2017-10-07

Enjoyable book

It was an easy listen while I commuted to and from work. The author kept my attention through out the audio book I found my mindnthinking how this relates to my life. Well worth the listen!

2 personnes sur 2 ont trouvé cette évaluation pertinente

  • Au global
    5 out of 5 stars
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    3 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazon Customer
  • 2018-06-04

Love love love!!

Exactly what I needed to hear at this moment in my life. I feel like I need to listen to this over and over because there is so much wisdom hidden in this story.

  • Au global
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Vanessa
  • 2018-05-15

A Fable that puts things simply!

First of all this Narrator has got to be one of my favourites!! Jeremy Irons really does make this story come alive and he draws you in immediately!
If you are a fan of self realization, self help, a secret secret fan - this really does a great job of putting things so simply on how the universe works and the potential we all have to realize our dreams.

Great story - highly recommend not only for the content but a great listen on your commute to the office!

  • Au global
    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Utilisateur anonyme
  • 2018-05-14

Good buy.

It was a nice story and it was read very well. Made a long drive very enjoyable.

  • Au global
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Matthew Irvine
  • 2018-05-06

Life changing!

I loved this book and you get something new out of it everytime you read it. follow your personal legend no matter how big or small.

  • Au global
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazon Customer
  • 2018-04-29

Listen to it!

basically what happened when you cramp the essence of all the motivational quotes on the internet in to one book that contain a great story.

  • Au global
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • STEFANO
  • 2018-04-21

Amazing Storyline

A must read for every human being. A tale that keeps you engaged and speaks the principles of life.

  • Au global
    5 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars
  • Amazon Customer
  • 2018-03-18

I now get the hype behind this book...

I was late "reading" this one, but from my experience it was better in the audio form. I now know why its the 6th most popular book in the world. Every adult should read this/hear this.

  • Au global
    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2018-01-23

Loved it

Pretty awesome book. It gives you a different way of looking at life. It's a definite a mustv read.

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  • Au global
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Judi
  • Portland, OR, USA
  • 2007-01-07

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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  • Au global
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Linda
  • Carmichael, CA, USA
  • 2007-02-02

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.

102 personnes sur 112 ont trouvé cette évaluation pertinente

  • Au global
    5 out of 5 stars
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  • John
  • tallevast, FL, United States
  • 2013-12-30

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

33 personnes sur 36 ont trouvé cette évaluation pertinente

  • Au global
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Kir Kanos TN
  • 2007-06-20

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.

92 personnes sur 102 ont trouvé cette évaluation pertinente

  • Au global
    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Ed Maximus
  • Kearny, NJ USA
  • 2014-11-13

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.

30 personnes sur 33 ont trouvé cette évaluation pertinente

  • Au global
    5 out of 5 stars
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  • DIANE
  • Thornhill,, Ontario, Canada
  • 2014-07-28

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!

29 personnes sur 32 ont trouvé cette évaluation pertinente

  • Au global
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Jo
  • Chicago, IL, United States
  • 2012-11-16

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.

46 personnes sur 52 ont trouvé cette évaluation pertinente

  • Au global
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Ooopsie!
  • WEST NEW YORK, NJ, United States
  • 2013-01-24

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...:)

5 personnes sur 5 ont trouvé cette évaluation pertinente

  • Au global
    1 out of 5 stars
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    1 out of 5 stars
  • Micah
  • Woods Cross, UT, United States
  • 2012-08-08

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.

134 personnes sur 169 ont trouvé cette évaluation pertinente

  • Au global
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Jes
  • Hobart, IN, United States
  • 2014-06-05

What the Dream Give tried to be meant

When I first started reading this book I thought I was reading a part of the Count of Monte Cristo. Then as it progressed I felt I was reading the ‘Dream Giver’ and realized this book is what Brian Wilkins was trying to achieve when he wrote his book. The Alchemist was written 20 years earlier and it a great story. The ‘Dream Giver’ always left me wanting more. Here the author give us more and then some. This book ties in very well with ‘Infinite Possibilities by Mike Dooley’ extremely well as well as ‘Excuse Me Your Life Is Waiting by Lynn Grabhron’. Here we meet a young man who thinks he has it all and is content with life, but his dreams tell him there is more out there. He pursues it and the story begins. After reading it I’ve removed the ‘Dream Giver’ from my recommended list and have replaced it with this book instead.

17 personnes sur 21 ont trouvé cette évaluation pertinente