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The Alchemist

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Jeremy Irons

4 Hours 2 Minutes

HarperCollins Publishers

October 2005


Audio Book 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.

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  • Bernette Wynn

    I can certainly understand the very high ratings and very low ratings for this book. It's a pretty obvious allegory for how we should live our lives. I enjoyed was an entertaining four plus hours in a car as we traveled last night, but I wasn't expecting greatness...and I didn't get it either. Some want to use this book as their map to spiritual enlightenment. It may work for some, but as a Christian for several decades myself, I found it fell far short. I really have no need for a new map as the one I already have is more than adequate.

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  • Vasiliy Neo

    Awesome audiobook, especially with of Jeremy Irons! Truly inspiring for ones spirit and dream to achieve greatness. Love it!

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  • amanda toddings

    New agey contrived garbage. Hack writing. Regurgitated beat to death stuff framed as a parable. I guess if someone was at the end of their rope and desperately seeking something to make them think about anything to inspire them to keep them from jumping off a bridge and this book was the only thing within 20 miles then it would be perfect. If the author made more than $7.50 an hour for the time it took them to write this book then they were overpaid

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  • brb

    I loved Jeremy Irons's reading, but this story was not my cup of tea. It kept my attention when the characters were in focus, but when it turned to philosophy or sounded more like a legend than a story, I drifted off.

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  • Anonymous

    Could only have gotten through this with the narration of Jeremy Irons.

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  • parkejo

    I put this one on my list because it was suggested reading based from a personal improvement blog I follow. When it came in, I let it sit around a while because I didn't expect to enjoy it so much. So, maybe its a case of exceeding low expectations, but I really enjoyed this little book.

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  • TrAcEy

    Rented this one because my kids were reading for school.Enjoyed the narrator. The book meandered as much as the boy. Just OK for me. (If you liked it - you'll love the Celestine Prophecy!)

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  • Kathy

    I probably would've enjoyed this book more if I weren't so familiar with The Little Prince. This book reminded me of that a lot. However, the narrator is great, and it's a reasonably short book so it's not a huge investment of time.

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  • Cassy

    Jeremy Irons is GREAT reading this. It was very interesting. A couple of flaws but other than that a pretty entertaining book.

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  • Anonymous

    I thought the book was good. Not great but good. Jeremy Irons reading is wonderful and the book chugs along pretty smoothly. I think the title is a bit deceiving but otherwise I would recommend it. It just isn't at the top of my list of books to recommend.

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