Audiobook: The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

Rating 3/5

After hearing so many great things about this book, I was seriously disappointed. It wasn’t necessarily horrible but not what I was expecting. It was just meh.

From Goodreads:

The AlchemistPaulo Coelho’s masterpiece tells the mystical story of Santiago, an Andalusian shepherd boy who yearns to travel in search of a worldly treasure. His quest will lead him to riches far different—and far more satisfying—than he ever imagined. Santiago’s journey teaches us about the essential wisdom of listening to our hearts, of recognizing opportunity and learning to read the omens strewn along life’s path, and, most importantly, to follow our dreams.

Don’t get me wrong, this book definitely had some good themes especially listening to your heart and following your dreams. I can totally relate to that. However, I couldn’t help but feeling like I was being preached at through the entirety of this book.

I was expecting a little more conflict and more obstacles that would stand in the way of Santiago reaching his treasure but whenever I thought it was coming, Santiago would have this moment of clarity or understanding and would be able to solve the problem. In a way, I felt that it was a little too easy for the character. Yes, things get in his way and there are times where he gets “comfortable” where he is but I just didn’t feel like it portrayed how hard it can truly be to fulfill your dreams.

The story is good but I  just didn’t think it was as thought provoking as I felt it was made out to be. Am I totally missing something?

The best thing about this story was that Jeremy Irons narrated the audiobook, which was just awesome. He is the only one I can picture reading this book but then again I just love his voice.


Have you read “The Alchemist? What did you think? Let’s discuss!

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