I am giving this book 4 stars, not because the author was so spectacular, but because I think this book is very important as an intro to the Law of Attraction for people who really don't know much about it. After getting turned on to this stuff, and you want to know more, I recommend looking into Ask and It Is Given by Esther & Jerry Hicks, The Power of Intention by Wayne Dyer, and my favorite, The Spontaneous Fulfillment of Desire by Deepak Chopra. You will also hear a lot of quotes from other people in The Secret, I suggest looking deeper into their work if one of their quotes is especially meaningful to you.
This is one of those incredible life changing books. In addition, the recording is superb. Once in a while a book has more impact in the audio version and this is a perfect example. I would say a person would be better off listening than reading in this case.
This book deals with what the author says is the immutable law of attraction that rules the unverse, just as the law of gravity. The premise is that you can get what you want, be it money, fame, love, good health, a parking space, just by asking, believing and waiting.
Good things happen to those people who emit positive (what I call) vibes, and bad to those who emit bad vibes and that everything that happens to us is because of these "vibes" we emit.
I'd have to disagree with the premise of this book. Bad things happen to good people, regardless of their vibes, and sometimes good stuff happens to bad people. I just don't believe that the people who were killed in 9/11 brought it on themselves because they attracted it.
However, I do believe that our thoughts do influence our lives and that if we "believe it, we can achieve it." What the author calls the law of attraction, some people call postive attitude and others call, faith.
So read this book for what it's worth and draw your own conclusion; an interesting read, but not entirely factual or believeable.
I think it it a great book on audible but its a book that walks a fine line on being great and completely awful...let me explain...well, I believe your opinion of the book it going to be based solely on how literally you believe in the "secret" as described by the book ...meaning...if you take it as "if i think it..it well come "...you will think the book is a joke ..and idiotic..and some reviews i think reflect that...yet on the other hand I say its a great book because on the other side of things(how I take the message) is from the "perspective" that if you believe in something and keep a tunnel vision type focus on achieving it...anything is is possible..i think the book is truly about ones focus...simple as that...some say its like an 'adult fairytale" but isnt that the same as a person's having dream to create something from nothing (or like such goal as creating ones business,etc)...so again...how you take the words of the book will be how you view it...rather as a terrible book or great inspiration.
I normally prefer the complete, unabridged version of most Audiobooks, for maximum reading pleasure. In "The Secret," however, I found the unabridged audio version contrary to the themes and purpose of the book: There's too much negativity. Interviewed experts rant ad nauseum, with far too many examples of how our negativity affects us.
I watched the abridged DVD several months after discarding the present audiobook. The 90-minute DVD format was both tight and focused. The downside of negativity was appropriately presented, without being "dragged out" at the reader's and the book's emotional expense.
Wow, what a great book. This book shows just how powerful thoughts can be. It shows how we create our lives with our thoughts. Many have been briefly introduced to the concepts of this book by wise people with phrases such as "You can be whatever you want to be if you want it bad enough." What this book does is take some of the mystery out of cryptic phrases like this and explains exactly how to think your way into being and doing whatever it is your heart desires. Keep an open mind when reading this book. Thoughts are more powerful than you can possibly imagine. This takes blind faith to the next level.
Plenty of people have written about the content, so I will write aout the actual recorded version.
For whatever the content is worth, I think this makes an excellent audiobook. The reading is clear and enthusiastic. The sections of the book are well broken up and there is a different voice that reads the end of chapter summary, so you know where you are at the end of a section. The use of different voices is exceptionally good - I think it breaks up what might otherwise be a pretty monotonous reading. All of the voices are different and yet still expressive. While the main reader has an Australian accent, she is easy to understand; all of the other readers have American accents.
I gave it 4 stars instead of 5 for two things though:
1) the music is awful new age-y stuff. it's not at all necessary and what they picked was just terrible. it's not enough to distract from the reading, but it'll date the audio pretty quickly.
2) there are a couple of sections where the reader (the author) is clearly in love with her own ideas and you can hear the "look how amazing i am!" in her voice. it's kind off-putting in the sense that what she's describing isn't all that remarkable.
This book was a severe disappointment. I'd heard great things about it from many people, however when I read it, it didn't tell me anything new. Of course you "attract" like people and situations to you. Ordinary people have known that for thousands of years. If you have to listen to this book listen to about the 1st hour, after that it just repeats itself. No new insights are gained.
On a positive note, the presentation of this book is amazing. The music is very nice and it does start out making you feel like this is going to give you the ultimate key to happiness. Ultimately, it does not.
While I like the subject matter and feel that it is important, I don't think it offers anything new, nor does it deliver it in a particularly effective or enjoyable manner. I found it very similar to parts of the movie "What the Bleep Do We Know?" Also, similar information is available from Dwyer, Chopra, Myss, and even Brian Tracy if you venture to the business section.
I enjoy listening to books on my daily drive to my business sites.
Read it..over and over again until it clicks. If you are not ready, put it aside until it calls you. It puts in easy to understand language much of what most religions have taught for ages (without the need for control). Listen carefully. And think back on your own experiences to find that what is being said is true. Even if you don't believe, you'll at the very least begin to think about your thoughts and maybe you'll end up happier. Worth the investment.