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3.00001041527939 out of 53.00001041527939 out of 53.00001041527939 out of 53.00001041527939 out of 53.00001041527939 out of 5 3.00 (585,678 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Paulo Coelho Narrator: Jeremy Irons Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2005 ISBN: 9780060879075
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The Alchemist: A Fable About Following Your Dream is the global best-selling story about the journey of an Andalusian shepherd boy, named Santiago, and his quest to follow his dream. The story begins with Santiago, who keeps having recurring dreams of a young child telling him that there is a treasure in the Egyptian Pyramids. Since the dream comes to him on numerous occasions, curiosity motivates Santiago to follow his dream and begin a journey to find the treasure.

Along his way to follow his dream, Santiago meets individuals that teach him lessons throughout the journey. A key lesson that Santiago learns in the beginning of his journey is the idea of Personal Legend. This concept is introduced to him by a wise king named Melchizedek, who explains to him the idea of Personal Legend is that at a young age, everyone knows their dream, and what they are meant to accomplish in their life. The old king also goes on to explain, "When you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it". The Personal Legend is intertwined throughout the book and is the underlying theme throughout Santiago's journey.

Another individual he meets his named Fatima, and she teaches him to follow his heart, and that when one follows their heart they will find their fortune. An alchemist meets Santiago later in his journey and goes into further depth about Personal Legend and how it is essential to fully understand one's own dream. More individual's throughout the story teach Santiago key lessons in his quest to find the treasure.

The story of Santiago's journey is meant to awaken an individual's aspirations and inspire them to pursue their own dreams. The idea of Personal Legend is the main theme of the story and how by wanting something the universe will help us conspire to achieve that dream.

Paulo Coelho was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and by his early teenage years knew his own Personal Legend was to become a writer. Due to his parent's negative reaction to the idea, he went to law school instead of pursuing his passion for writing. After enrolling in law school, he quickly dropped out and lived an off the grid life, filling his life with travel and self-development. He soon had a spiritual awakening and decided to follow his dream and become a writer. In following his dream, he wrote The Alchemist, which has gone on to become an international best seller, and has been translated into more than 70 different languages.

“My heart is afraid that it will have to suffer,” the boy told the alchemist one night as they looked up at the moonless sky.

“Tell your heart that the fear of suffering is worse than the suffering itself. And that no heart has ever suffered when it goes in search of its dreams.”

Every few decades a book is published that changes the lives of its readers forever. The Alchemist is such a book. With over a million and a half copies sold around the world, The Alchemist has already established itself as a modern classic, universally admired. Paulo Coelho’s charming fable will continue to enchant and inspire even wider audiences of readers for generations to come.

The Alchemist is the magical story of Santiago, an Andalusian shepherd boy who yearns to travel in search of a worldly treasure as extravagant as any ever found. From his home in Spain he journeys to the markets of Tangiers and across the Egyptian desert. Along the way he meets a gypsy woman, a man who calls himself king, and an alchemist, all of whom point Santiago toward his destination.

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 an eternal testament to the transforming power of our dreams and the importance of listening to our hearts.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “[This] Brazilian wizard makes books disappear from stores.” 

    New York Times

  • “A wise and inspiring fable about the pilgrimage that life should be.” 

    M. Scott Peck

  • “A magical little volume.” 

    San Francisco Chronicle

  • “A touching, inspiring fable.”  

    Indianapolis Star 

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A USA Today Bestseller
  • A Los Angeles Times Bestseller
  • A San Francisco Chronicle Bestseller
  • Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award, August 2002
  • A Publishers Weekly Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 4.666666 out of 54.666666 out of 54.666666 out of 54.666666 out of 54.666666 out of 5 sunflower | 9/24/2017

    " a very entertaining book that kept the whole family interested on our car trip "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sleepy | 8/14/2017

    " I would recommend this book to anyone. Jeremy Irons does an excellent job. A must listen for all ages. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Terry Jacobs | 2/1/2014

    " Simplistic and moralistic, but enjoyable "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Zarahi Solano | 1/1/2014

    " One of my fav of all the time! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rik Leaf | 12/28/2013

    " This is probably the simplest, most profoundly moving and inspiring story I've read. It speaks volumes to the value of pursuing your dreams and visions, and is...in my humble opinion, a master work in storytelling! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carly Mcintyre | 12/7/2013

    " Amazing read and would highly recommend "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ellis panggabean | 11/25/2013

    " pesan moral yang bagus banget "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Judy | 11/4/2013

    " Even though I'm not a believer in the everything happens for a reason philosophy this was still an enjoyable read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joz Hunter | 10/20/2013

    " Written in the simplest style imaginable, I just can't tell you how much I love this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jan Abraham | 9/9/2013

    " It's been a great book ... At the beginning and until maybe the half way through. The end was repeating and a bid like a kids book. Here are my favourite quotes: "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Syuhada | 9/8/2013

    " awesome!! love those beautiful words :) looking forward to read more books from this author "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jasmine | 8/13/2013

    " So simple and sweet, full of great little life lessons "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Insia Khambati | 4/20/2013

    " Amazing...the twists and turns d shepherd faces ,, and his eager desire and efforts he made to get the treasure were inspiring ,adventurous and makes it my best read book "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sharene | 11/10/2012

    " Allegory about finding and pursuing your dreams - half self help book and half fiction. Definitely a little two mystical for me (the universe is on your side of whatever), but had some good/memorable points and is a good read considering how short it is. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Corey | 5/18/2012

    " An amazing story that every person should read "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathy Squires | 5/12/2012

    " Hard for me to read. Will read it again one of these days to see if I get it the second time. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Hager | 4/19/2012

    " It's kinda over-spiritual and doesn't deserve all the attention attributed to it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Keahi | 3/4/2012

    " Very good book, very interesting and makes you think! I loved it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Molly | 1/4/2012

    " Really enjoyable, quick, and the first book I've read in Portuguese :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emily Jenkinson | 10/7/2011

    " This book makes me desperate to be a fluent Portuguese speaker! Paulo Coelho's alegorical writing is authorship and meaning at its' best. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rajkishore | 9/20/2011

    " Awesome writing ... captures your imagination till end.. loved it "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Batool | 5/23/2011

    " it took me ages to finish it
    but i think its a book that takes it time to understand the hidden meaning behind every word
    i loved the ending... just amazing "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Belinda | 5/23/2011

    " Probably the most boring story I have ever read, but somehow, it had the most powerful message. Go after your dream, don't get complacent, don't get comfortable, rise through the fear and continue on into the unknown. Make it happen. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hagoora | 5/23/2011

    " I have to admit it has gone way beyond fantasy ,but I it was Really Outstanding .and I got some adorable quotes "It's the possibility of having a dream come true that makes life interesting "... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Eddie | 5/22/2011

    " I thought this book was great. Quick read, great message... definitely glad that I was told to read it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ryan | 5/22/2011

    " Light read but interesting and enjoyable "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah | 5/22/2011

    " This book will provoke you to view life differently, see the truth not just what you want to see or believe you see.
    Life-changing book! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Yasser | 5/21/2011

    " It was really inspiring, but the end wasn't that good. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tina | 5/20/2011

    " It's a wonderful story about chassing dreams and realising them, about love and respect to the destiny. this book is full of wisdom, deep thoughts and a beatiful philosophy.It makes relationsihps between humans and nature more easy in a nice way of respect and love. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ghydaa | 5/19/2011

    " wonderful book. I'm not feel bored to read it more than once "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jackie | 5/19/2011

    " A boy I was dating gave me this book to read. I forget what book I gave him in return--maybe Charles Dickens... "

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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

Jeremy Irons is one of fewer than a dozen actors to have won the Triple Crown of Acting: an Oscar, Emmy, and Tony award, with a Golden Globe thrown in for good measure. His distinctive, haunting voice has seen him cast as the villain in many a movie, though his abundant work in both film and theater has garnered him many leading roles as well. Among his many film credits are Kingdom of Heaven, Being Julia, The Man in the Iron Mask, The Lion King, and Die Hard 3: With a Vengeance.