- Audible Audio Edition
- Listening Length: 4 hours
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: HarperAudio
- Audible.com Release Date: October 5, 2005
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B000BO2D3C
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank:
Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
The Alchemist: A Fable About Following Your Dream Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
|New from||Used from|
Audible Audiobook, Unabridged
|Free with your Audible trial|
Customers who bought this item also bought
If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support?
Top Customer Reviews
This dream was so prophetic that Santiago genuinely believed this was his ultimate goal in life. After deciding to travel to a Romani fortune-teller in a nearby town to discover its meaning, a gypsy woman tells him that there is a treasure in the Pyramids in Egypt.
Towards the beginning of his journey, Santiago meets an old king, named Melchizedek, who advises him to sell his sheep in order to travel to Egypt. He also introduces the idea of a Personal Legend, stating that your Personal Legend, “is what you have always wanted to accomplish. Everyone, when they are young, knows what their Personal Legend is.”
The Alchemist Physical CoverAlong the journey, Santiago meets an Englishman who is in search of an Alchemist and together they continue their search for treasure. As they travel through the Sahara desert, Santiago meets and falls in love with a beautiful Arabian woman named Fatima. After a brief period of time, Santiago asks Fatima to marry him, but she tells him that she will only marry him after he finds his treasures. Perplexed by this, Santiago later learns that true love will not stop one’s Personal Legend, and if it does, it is not true love.
Eventually Santiago meets a lone alchemist who teaches him about Personal Legends. He shares his wisdom that people want to find only the treasure of their Personal Legends but not the Personal Legend itself. The alchemist states,
“Those who don’t understand their Personal Legends will fail to comprehend their teachings.”
If you are looking for a book that will inspire courage, this is the one. No matter what your dream, goals or visions are, the universe will conspire to help you achieve the things you want, regardless of how insurmountable the task seems. You must live the life you truly desire to its fullest extent if you want to look back on a life having worth lived.
The essential message is that treasure is more worthy than gold.
Read more here: [...]
A few weeks ago I took my mother to a dental appointment and opened my Kindle to see what I had available while I waited. I decided to give this book another try and started from the beginning, as I couldn't remember anything from what I read previously. I'm not sure what was different this time around, but I was completely engrossed and my 2 hour wait flew by! I continued to read whenever I found a chance and finished it within a few days. I now find myself constantly thinking of the story and relating it to my own life, as well as my friends and family.
It's a short and very simple story, but definitely worth reading!
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho originally published in 1988 is a simple fable, a story about realizing your dreams and your "personal legend." The Alchemist has sold over 150 million copies worldwide and has been translated in over 40 languages. At the beginning of the book a young shepherd, Santiago, from Andalusia in Spain has this reoccurring dream about a great treasure to be found at the pyramids in Egypt. There are several people who help Santiago on his way. The first one is the Old King. The Old King tells Santiago to sell his sheep so that he will be able to start his journey to Egypt. The Old King also introduces the concept of a "personal legend." A personal legend is what you always wanted to accomplish in your life. This is also the main theme of the book, to rather be sorry for something you did instead of being sorry for something you never tried, to follow your dreams and not let your dreams pass you by.
In a way The Alchemist is a book that easily could be filed under "self-help-book" instead of fiction." This probably also explains the incredible success this book has had, that it is not only fiction but a self-help-book as well.
The next person or omen Santiago meets on his journey is the Englishman who is searching for an alchemist to teach him how to become an alchemist himself. Traveling through the Sahara desert Santiago meets a beautiful young woman, Fatima who lives in an oasis in the desert. Santiago wants to marry Fatima but she refuses him. Because of this Santiago later understands and learns another important lesson, true love will not ask to stop ones "personal legend", ones journey to fulfil a lifelong dream but is willing to wait until the journey is completed.
At the oasis Santiago meets an alchemist who ends up traveling with Santiago all the way to the pyramids. On the way the alchemist teaches Santiago many things and shares his wisdom of the "Soul of the World."
Eventually Santiago returns home to Andalusia where he finds a real treasure in the church where he had his original dream. This treasure enables him to travel back to the oasis where his love Fatima is waiting for him.
I find the characters in the book are not very well developed, we do not find out much about them. Another criticism I have found while researching material for my review is that the book makes it look like following ones dream is something that only men can do. The only woman in the book, Fatima passively stays back and waits for her "hero" to eventually find his way back to her. At 150 million copies sold this is a mute point because I am sure not only men bought The Alchemist. Self-help or literature what’s not to like, The Alchemist has a great message “if you really want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.”