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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.
©1988 Paulo Coelho (P)2005 HarperCollins Publishers
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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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5 out of 5 stars
By Judi on 01-07-07

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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150 of 159 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Ed Maximus on 11-13-14

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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30 of 32 people found this review helpful

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5 out of 5 stars
By Thomas on 04-14-15

Life changing

Just amazing, my life has begun a new chapter, I've quit my job and I'm moving abroad in 3 weeks.

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17 of 17 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Scharfschutze on 10-19-15

Pregnant with wisdom

The Alchemist stirred questions within me. It revealed wisdom that had been staring me in the face, which I had failed to recognise.

The story of the Centurion struck a deeply personal nerve, at a most vulnerable time, bringing tears to my eyes .

Jeremy Irons made the words leap of the page, as though they have a life of their own. I would recommend this book to anyone who is afraid of failure.

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9 of 9 people found this review helpful

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2 out of 5 stars
By Larissa Scrbak on 09-04-17

wouldn't recommend

i found this book to be frustrating. "personal legends" "language of the universe" "following omens" ... while the boys story might have been somewhat interesting; learning that life may not always be what you expect, and to be open to opportunities.. the idea that we all have personal legends and the means to be able to learn the language of the universe is utter rubbish to me. i found this book to be void of substance, irritating and a bit pretentious. it also sounded a like a kids book toward the end. the boy "talks to the wind" and "talks to the sun" and the wind and the sun talk back to him. when they speak back, what they say is embarrassing.

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6 of 7 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars
By Anthony on 12-08-17

Finished rather abruptly but otherwise a nice book

Certainly worth a look.

Narrative is well done. Story is good with a nice message. My only negative is it felt like the ending was wrapping up and then it ended before conclusion.

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2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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