I buy audiobooks performed by famous actors because like many people, I don’t always have time for reading or have the willpower to keep up with every single book that’s suddenly trending. However, if I see a book with a famous actor on the bill, I figure the stretches of silence during my day might as well be filled with the sultry voice of an admired professional. Jeremy Irons has a special place in my heart as the voice of Scar from The Lion King and having his shirt violently ripped off in Merchant of Venice.
The premise of The Alchemist didn’t appeal to me, but I purchased the audiobook on the merit of Jeremy Irons’ deep timbre. I remember the book getting a lot of hype amongst book clubs and the like, but was aware of its mixed reviews of it being a quasi-philosophical self-help book. Honestly, the book is still full of platitudes, but it does truly comes over as the telling of a fairy tale in its loquacious style and its protagonist’s unwaveringly faith that his cause is true and path certain when performed by Irons.
I’m a cynic, but when the words “It’s the possibility of having a dream come true that makes life worth interesting” is read by Jeremy Irons, I start to believe it in the very depths of my soul.
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