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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (9,762 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Paulo Coelho Narrator: Mark Bramhall Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2011 ISBN: 9780307943972
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Transform your life. Rewrite your destiny.

In his most personal novel to date, internationally bestselling author Paulo Coelho returns with a remarkable journey of self-discovery. Like the main character in his much-beloved The Alchemist, Paulo is facing a grave crisis of faith. As he seeks a path of spiritual renewal and growth, he decides to begin again: to travel, to experiment, to reconnect with people and the landscapes around him.

Setting off to Africa, and then to Europe and Asia via the Trans-Siberian Railway, he initiates a journey to revitalize his energy and passion. Even so, he never expects to meet Hilal. A gifted young violinist, she is the woman Paulo loved five hundred years before—and the woman he betrayed in an act of cowardice so far-reaching that it prevents him from finding real happiness in this life. Together they will initiate a mystical voyage through time and space, traveling a path that teaches love, forgiveness, and the courage to overcome life’s inevitable challenges. Beautiful and inspiring, Aleph invites us to consider the meaning of our own personal journeys: Are we where we want to be, doing what we want to do?

Some books are read. Aleph is lived.

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Quotes & Awards

  • A new tale of magical longing. . . . Masterful. San Francisco Chronicle
  • Coelho is a novelist who writes in a universal language. The New York Times
  • It’s time for American readers to set out on a journey of discovery that will lead them to the works of this exceptional writer. USA Today
  • [Coelho’s] books have had a life-enhancing effect on millions of people. The Times (London)
  • Spiritualists and wanderlusts will eagerly devour The Alchemist author’s fiery diatribes about love, fear, and the search for all things meaningful. The Washington Post 
      
    Aleph is a book written by the soul, and for the soul. At once tender and fiercely courageous, it challenges you with an embrace while seducing you with a discerning blade that points directly at the heart of what matters most in life and death. And when you have finished the last word on the last page, even if your logical mind doesn’t completely understand all that you’ve read, your eternal spirit will be dancing with joy.
  • Vivid, captivating. . . . So engaging that readers will not want to put it down for even a fraction of a second. As the author sets out on his journey, the reader gets the sense that, he too, is embarking on the same voyage. The International Herald Tribune
  • [A] chimerical tale. . . . There’s no better author to serve such a work than Coelho. Publishers Weekly
     
  • Enigmatic. . . . An illuminating book. The National
     
  • Borges set the standard that Coelho capably upholds. . . . Coelho the writer is both discerning and revealing of Coelho the protagonist, whose enthusiasms we share. The Washington Independent Review

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brenda | 2/12/2014

    " This book was okay for the type of book that it is. I'm not sure what, if anything, I was supposed to have learned from this book. I don't think I have had any past lives that have infiltrated this life. There were times that I thought the author came across as quite egotistical. I wonder if part of it was due to translation. I think it will be an enlightening conversation at book group. :) "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Poedust | 2/4/2014

    " I began understanding everything halfway through the book. Took me a day to finish that half. I have read many of Cohelo's books and expected this one to be as good, but it is more of a personal journey to which I could not relate or leatn though I am sure that some will be able to follow. Maybe the lack of enjoyment was because of the long pause between start and finish... I do not know. I'm just glad it's over. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Victoria Cumberbatch | 2/2/2014

    " Now, one of my favorite books. I loved this very personal journey that Paulo was willing, or led, to give us. It touched me deeply as my spirituality is only beginning and I look forward to the many miracles and synchronicities that spirit has in store. Thank you Paulo, for vindication. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Isis | 1/18/2014

    " The Aleph by Paulo Coelho is much like Paulo Coelho other book The Alchemist. In these books the author writes about the main characters having journeys of self-discovery and spiritual renewal and growth. The only difference is that in the Aleph the author actually puts himself in the book making him the main character. This book is basically about how Paulo (the main character) has lost faith in his religion and sets off on a trip across Russia on the Trans- Siberian railroad. On his way he meets a young turkish woman named Hilal who he instantly has a connection with. Throughout the trip Paulo and Hilal enter a state called the aleph. After that Paulo is determine to find out who was Hilal in his past life. In the end he finds out that hilal was a girl he loved 500 years ago but was condemned to die because of her love towards Paulo. I liked this book because of the way the author described the scenery of Russia. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lianne | 1/18/2014

    " I'm technically disturbed and I would clearly want to get my goals straight. This is the first step. ;) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lan | 1/17/2014

    " Aleph for me was about forgiveness..and looking through other side of love. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sue Gass-Burson | 1/4/2014

    " Cohelo always gives me way too much to think about and in this book he was himself. I was disappointed to find him ego centric and vain as well as selfish. However he was on a personal journey and did a great job of bringing to the page his and others experiences during their trip. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kara Hill | 12/28/2013

    " There were bits of this book that I quite liked, but overall kind of boring and a little out there with the past life stuff. I wasn't a huge fan of the Alchemist, but this didn't even come close. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Claudia Selva | 12/22/2013

    " Great .. loved the prose and the way he relates to the reader sharing his own experiences ... one of my favorite Coelho books .... authentic , simple , great description of his inner journey ... loved the various characters in the book especially the Girl "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Maureen | 12/22/2013

    " I understand all the concepts presented in this book, but still found it tedious. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Nouf Mallawi | 12/21/2013

    " I actually forced myself to finish it. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Iwona | 12/19/2013

    " As much as I love Paulo Coelho, I just couldn't finish this book...I hope next one will be better;) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Afsheen | 12/4/2013

    " Full of nice quotes, and Wisdom about life "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Christopher | 5/2/2013

    " He is either brilliant or owful. This one missed the mark for me. Athouh I am a beliver in reincarnation. To fattom it is somthing you can leverage to fix the current is impossible at the on onset of the book and post reading. I wanted to learn and expand, but ended disappointed. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Yajaira Vazquez | 3/4/2013

    " pretty good... interesting philosophy on the value of making peace with the past to move on with the present into the future. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christy English | 12/13/2012

    " I like this one...I always enjoy his journeys into the unknown, into his past and his present. Inspiring and relaxing all at once. A good read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amber Polo | 9/8/2012

    " Mystical fictional memoir but after a slow start has both fascinating story and a meaningful messages. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Martie Swart | 4/10/2012

    " Although this book was on a completely different that the Alchemist it is quite gripping. You def want to find out what happens. Really good read. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Stacy | 11/2/2011

    " What a bunch of pseudo spiritual, self indulgent and boring new age claptrap. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stephen | 11/2/2011

    " was disappointed with this book felt more like the pilgrimage but less inspiring than that good book "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David02139 | 10/30/2011

    " Interesting fictional bio traveling by train across Russia and going "back in time" to find the people he once was and to ask for forgiveness. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joeann | 10/25/2011

    " Loved reading the reasons to travel and experience new realities! The trans Siberian railway will have to go on the bucket list. Kinda deep in the previous lives drama, but i am taking it all in and contemplating! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emiellou | 10/16/2011

    " a book embracing times and languages.

    it requires not just the eyes for reading,
    but a heart for comprehending.

    Rewrite your destiny with Aleph. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Chris | 10/13/2011

    " I've really enjoyed Coelho over the years and he's a brillant author, but I'm having a really, really hard time getting through this. Something about it, can't put my finger on it is a turn off. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Angelica | 10/10/2011

    " The only other book I've read of Coelho's is The Alchemist ... this one was hard to get through as I had other expectations.

    Did have a few good quotes I copied tho. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Juliette | 10/10/2011

    " as a huge fan of Coelho, I have to say I preferred 'The Pilgrimage', although have discovered that his books often should be read when they find you, and not when you seek them out. :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Zabetta | 10/8/2011

    " As always a beautiful written book by Coelho. The question is if you believe his theory that energies/ souls or whatever live in various times and are reborn ... Who was Steve Jobs in a previous life? Who will be born as ?
    "

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About the Author
Author Paulo Coelho

Paulo Coelho is a New York Times bestselling author. His books have sold more than 100 million copies worldwide and have been translated into 68 languages and published in 150 countries. He is the recipient of numerous prestigious international awards and was inducted at the Brazilian Academy of Letters in 2002. In 2007, he was named a United Nations Messenger of Peace by the UN Secretary-General.

About the Narrator

Mark Bramhall has won eighteen AudioFile Earphones Awards and has twice been a finalist for the Audiobook Publishers Association’s prestigious Audie Award for best narration. He has been named by Publishers Weekly and AudioFile magazine among their “Best Voices of the Year” in 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013. He is also an award-winning actor whose acting credits include off-Broadway, regional, and many Los Angeles venues as well as television, animation, and feature films. He has taught and directed at the American Academy of Dramatic Art.