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Publisher's Summary

From the number-one best-selling author of The Alchemist comes an inspiring story about a young man seeking wisdom from an elder, and the practical lessons imparted along the way. 

“A novelist who writes in a universal language.” (The New York Times)

In The Archer we meet Tetsuya, a man once famous for his prodigious gift with a bow and arrow but who has since retired from public life, and the boy who comes searching for him. The boy has many questions, and in answering them Tetsuya illustrates the way of the bow and the tenets of a meaningful life. 

Paulo Coelho's story suggests that living without a connection between action and soul cannot fulfill, that a life constricted by fear of rejection or failure is not a life worth living. Instead one must take risks, build courage, and embrace the unexpected journey fate has to offer. With the wisdom, generosity, simplicity, and grace that have made him an international best seller, Paulo Coelho provides the framework for a rewarding life: hard work, passion, purpose, thoughtfulness, the willingness to fail, and the urge to make a difference.

©2020 Paulo Coelho; Margaret Jull Costa (translation) (P)2020 Random House Audio

Critic Reviews

“[Coelho’s] books have had a life-enhancing effect on millions of people.” —The Times (London)

“His writing is like a path of energy that inadvertently leads readers to themselves, toward their mysterious and faraway souls.” —Le Figaro

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Not The Alchemist

This piece did not resonate with me, although I was hoping it would. “Posture” was the most poignant part; I was hopeful that would be the turning point. If books are mirrors, as Rumi said, I did not have it going on today. Side note, The Alchemist is in my top 5 favorite books of all time, so this was crushing.

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Great short story

To put yourself into the story is always a gift, from what I have found with Coelho's writing. I want to be the archer and the teacher, as well as the student.

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Amazing short book

Was gifted this book for my birthday and as I have read The Alchemist I knew this book had to be great as well. Well it has lived up to my expectations and was a great short book that I can always pick up and read again! I’m glad this was the first audible I got to hear and experience.

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Lovely little book.

Great story and great narration. I book with wonderful life lessons. I will surely return to it repeatedly.

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A great book

A wonderful book that I found to be relatable and generally worthwhile to get through. I found this book to be maturative and developmental for a young man coming of age such as myself. I further highly recommend this book.

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My all time favorite author 💕

When it comes to Paulo I think there is not one of his books I haven’t loved. His stories can be related on the day to day

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The Archer

The Archer is an excellent book. Wisdom on how to enjoy and live life to the fullest

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Nice short listen.

Wonderful analogies of life and archery. Would recommend to anyone with a cluttered mind. Helps to see what is important to reach the target.

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A Masterpiece in Less than an Hour

What a vivid short story. I absolutely love how moving and thought provoking it was in such a tight package.

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