The Alchemist

  • by Paulo Coelho
  • Narrated by Jeremy Irons
  • 4 hrs and 0 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

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.


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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Customer Reviews

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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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- Judi

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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- Ed Maximus

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-05-2005
  • Publisher: HarperAudio