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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:
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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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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