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The Secret | [Rhonda Byrne]

The Secret

It has been passed down through the ages, highly coveted, hidden, lost, stolen, and bought for vast sums of money. Fragments of this Great Secret have been found in the oral traditions, in literature, in religions and philosophies throughout the centuries. In this audiobook you will discover the Secret, and you will learn how to have, do, or be anything you want.
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It has been passed down through the ages, highly coveted, hidden, lost, stolen, and bought for vast sums of money. Fragments of this Great Secret have been found in the oral traditions, in literature, in religions and philosophies throughout the centuries. It has been understood by some of the most prominent people in history: Plato, Galileo, Beethoven, Edison, Carnegie, and Einstein, along with other renowned inventors, theologians, scientists, and great thinkers.

For the first time, all the pieces of the Secret come together in an incredible revelation that will be life transforming for all who experience it.

In this audiobook you will discover the Secret, and you will learn how to have, do, or be anything you want. You will learn how to use the Secret in every area of your life. You will hear from modern-day teachers - men and women who have used the Secret to achieve health, prosperity, relationships, and happiness. They share their incredible stories of using the Secret to eradicate disease, acquire massive wealth, overcome obstacles, and achieve what many would regard as impossible. Through them, you will begin to understand the hidden, untapped power that is within you, and the true magnificence that awaits you.

©2006 TS Production LLC. All rights reserved; (P)2006 Simon and Schuster Inc. All rights reserved.

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    Adam Fort Myers, FL, USA 12-31-06
    Adam Fort Myers, FL, USA 12-31-06
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    "Not new, but wonderfully delivered."

    You've probably heard most of the messages in this book because they've been around for ages and the overall secret is alarmingly simple to comprehend and practice - and I can tell you from first hand experience it works. The real gem of this audio book is that this story is masterfully crafted and lovingly delivered. There's passion from the first word and it's infectious. This is a first class production and a very enjoyable listen. Don't be surprised if you end up with all you asked for... that's it!

    56 of 75 people found this review helpful
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    Crystal westminster, CO, USA 03-01-07
    Crystal westminster, CO, USA 03-01-07 Member Since 2006
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    "Disgusted"

    A friend of mine was watching Opera and they were talking about "the Secret" is a book by Rhonda Byrne. She convinced me to read it. It basically teaches people to think positive and good things will happen. My problem with the book is two things. First it tries to teach that thought waves are projected out into the universe and attract similar thoughts (explained by Quantum Physics??) But the second teaching is the one that makes my go hum.... They explain the process it all in a way that, if good things don't happen to you, is because you don't "believe they will".

    How destructive this could be... There is a psychological/sociological concept called "blaming the victim" in which we blame the very individual who has been hurt. This is the process used by an abuser ("If you behaved the way I want you to, I wouldn't have to hurt you!"), and it destroys confidence, self-esteem, hope...The medical profession has its own version...There is some belief that we are the cause of our own illnesses. (Most especially, cancer). What a horrible burden to place on someone if they become ill! Likewise, if you wish for something to happen (without a true understanding of what, in life, you can control and cannot) and it doesn't come about (winning the lottery, for example), then the blame falls on you...("Well, you just didn't believe enough!") Can you see what the implications of this nonsense are? They have an answer for everything. They talked about the people who die in war and how it was because they had the "thought" of war that drew them to their death. I can even begin to say how much damage this will cause. These are the basic RADICAL principles of people who do not believe in medicine and there child dies because of a simple cold, they blame the child for not "believing enough".

    13 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    Kathryn Frisco, TX, USA 02-13-07
    Kathryn Frisco, TX, USA 02-13-07 Member Since 2002
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    "Good companion for the DVD"

    I purchased the audio version a few weeks ago and enjoyed listening to it, but heard that the DVD was very different. After viewing the DVD, a lot of the content is exactly the same, but there are visual illustrations that will help you if you are more kinetic or visually receptive.

    As far as this being some kind of silly vibe nonsense, having lived using these principles since about 1983, I can vouch for it being as effective as you are bold and patient enough to ask and take action on.

    Even if it didn't produce dramatic results for many people, the shift in attitude and clarity produced by thinking this way make life more enjoyable and positive for everyone. Thankfulness, love and focusing on the good around us instead of the inconveniences are always going to produce a better life regardless of the circumstances.

    Has "The Secret" made a difference in my life? I was diagnosed with infertility and have 6 amazing children. Several "incurable" diseases healed in my family. I've gone from visiting food banks and having my house in foreclosure 3 times to making about 3 times my areas average income and in the process of taking my company to a higher level now that my children are older.

    I couldn't list the hundreds of small things that have just "shown up" ranging from a perfectly fitting wedding dress for $99 dollars that was the exact copy of a picture I'd torn out at age 16 and hadn't looked at until after the wedding when I was 20 to connections with people to household items I wanted or my children wanted.

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Sean Homer, NY, USA 05-09-09
    Sean Homer, NY, USA 05-09-09
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    "Outstanding!!!"

    This is a GREAT listen to. The book was a bit hard for me to follow through but the Audio book is Awesome!! Great tips and way of thinking is outstanding!

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Ricardo Massama, Portugal 08-17-08
    Ricardo Massama, Portugal 08-17-08
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    "Something, New and Different..."

    I have to admit I bought this audio book out of curiosity successfully induced by the great marketing and publicity along with its title and the "mysterious" seal picture.
    This fact alone, deserves to be complimented to the team of all the people who worked on this project, not forgetting to thank the author who "created" this book.

    Never the less it is a good insightful book giving "something different" to consider and think about.
    Yes, I personally recommend this book.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Douglas jackson, NC, USA 11-25-07
    Douglas jackson, NC, USA 11-25-07
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    "Jess.. Cant believe i spent money on this"

    The Secret "Think Positive." Dont waste your money! It might help others that "buy" into this.

    8 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Ryan Healey New England 04-27-12
    Ryan Healey New England 04-27-12 Member Since 2012

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    "One of the most dramatic audiobooks ever recorded!"
    Where does The Secret rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This book ranks very high in the valuable information I took from it and am working into my everyday life. It also ranks as the one with the most dramatic music and sound effects and an author who really thinks she is imparting information upon you Christ himself doesn't know. She certainly takes herself seriously.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Secret?

    When Rhonda Byrne gives advice to the unemployed to write themselves a fake job offer letter and then pretending to accept, get congratulations and attend meetings with imaginary co-workers I realized some of her zest is over the top and she may have hit her head on one of the many bags of money she made on "The Secret". Her point about positive thinking is spot on, but sometimes you do want to yell "Calm down Rhonda!"


    What about Rhonda Byrne and contributors ’s performance did you like?

    More dramatic than most Broadway musicals with swelling music and sound effects better than George Lucas.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes. I have to admit Byrne's over the top delivery of her material makes you want to keep listening. The sound effects and music pull you in, even if unusual for an audiobook of this type.


    Any additional comments?

    I highly recommend "The Power" keeping in mind it's one heck of a listen. Keep notes, re-listen to key parts and you will indeed feel more powerful.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jordan Lanham, MD, United States 05-19-08
    Jordan Lanham, MD, United States 05-19-08 Member Since 2007
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    "Still look for The Secret"

    I got this book because a close friend recommended it but I think she may have had her brain washed. It was nothing more than wishful thinking meets Buddhism. I say that as a Buddhist. I did not expect magic from the book but thought that with all the hype it would be more than an suburban housewives listen.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    F. Curry 05-17-08
    F. Curry 05-17-08
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    "Positive and Inspiring"

    The power of positive thinking. How to program ourselves to think to attract what we want in life. I really like this read.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Thomas Spring valley, CA, USA 05-01-08
    Thomas Spring valley, CA, USA 05-01-08
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    "Don't buy this book"

    The book is just a lot wishful thinking put together as some big " secret" There is no secret here. Just a nice marketing pack that is it. If you want real self help get Anthony Robbins. Don't give the author any more money for crap like this.

    7 of 10 people found this review helpful
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  • Dominic
    Southwick, Hampshire, United Kingdom
    1/25/09
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    "Terrible advice and quite offensive"

    The author claims that the victims of Nazi Germany PUT themselves in that situation due to their negative thoughts and thinking.

    The author claims that patients with cancer and other critical illness's have brought on their disease with their thoughts and can heal themselves with thought alone.

    The rest of the book is in my opinion just a spin on the 'positive thinking' sales pitch popular in life coaching through the 1990's and a protracted advert for the authors movie on DVD and related products.

    A fool any his money is so easily parted...

    I requested a refund of my Audible credit

    34 of 45 people found this review helpful
  • Richard
    London, United Kingdom
    10/13/12
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    "There is no 'Secret'"

    I brought this book about three years ago but only writing my review now as I believe time was a true test. I initially brought this as two close friends raved about it and curiosity led me to give it a listen. I was quite angry at the underlying message of this book - that you, and you alone, are responsible for what happens in your life, and all external interactions are a result of you attracting that to yourself. Others have highlighted what this implies for the sick and disabled. Of course this book has a great defence mechanism, that should you find fault with it then your not practicing the 'Secret' correctly; No I didn't, but my friends and many others did and did it deliver the life changing guarantees if offered? No in the slightest.

    The only thing I can commend it for is that it probably will put you in a positive frame of mind for a while. If so then good, use that to DO things to get on with life but don't expect the universe to give you everything, its busy enough without tending to greed.

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Shirley
    Sheffield, South Yorks, United Kingdom
    3/2/07
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    "The Secret to Life!"

    This is one of those rare books that really can change your life! I have listened to it about 6 times in the 3 weeks I have had it, and still want more. I feel more energised, positive and most of all, happier! Highly recommended for anyone who wants to improve their life in simple but profound ways.

    37 of 51 people found this review helpful
  • Marc
    newton abbot , devon, United Kingdom
    7/17/09
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    "1 star is being generous!"

    This is related to the laws of attraction and is basically consumerist non-sense aimed at those gullible enough to swallow it. Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former. This is so transparently ugly and stupid that it seems impossible that anyone could take it seriously. Take out the buzzwords and pseudo religious nonsense about what you 'manifest' for yourself, ignore the vague prose and you get the message that thinking positively serves you better than thinking negatively. To sane people this is laughable, like the Tooth Fairy or Ouija boards. If you're falling out of an airplane, the law of gravity trumps the law of attraction.

    14 of 19 people found this review helpful
  • Rod
    steppsUnited Kingdom
    5/22/07
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    "If you like simple answer"

    Positive thinking is one thing but blaming victims for being victims is beyond my resistance. With in the first hour you will read that victims of the genocide, crime, rape, murder, have attracted this evil by there way of thinking. It never mentions how babies and very young children attract this kind of horror.
    If you like simple answer and are stupidly materialistic this book is for you. If you want to believe that cancer, Nazis, hunger, and natural disasters are made up by your mind this is your book.
    I can not believe that intelligent people are not lining up to denounce this garbage.

    59 of 82 people found this review helpful
  • Roger
    NESTON, Cheshire, United Kingdom
    4/9/07
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    "Fine content, marred by the delivery"

    I rated the content at 4 stars since the book provides a good overview of the 'New Thought' philosophy as it has developed over the 20th century. However, I found the audio slightly marred by the authors delivery, which was a heady combination of stilted, breathless and needlessly over dramatic at times. Other voice acting for the classical 'New Thoughters' (Wattle, et al) was fine, and the 'experts' voices are just the experts voices. since most earn a steady living doing presentations, their delivery is fluid and clear.

    Overall, a good addition to the 'concious creation' canon, that pays its dues to the founders of the field, but a professional narrator would have improved the packaged that final star.

    12 of 17 people found this review helpful
  • Neal
    DublinIreland
    5/11/08
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    "Empty - Made for the sake of making money"

    This is your typical run of the mill self-help/inspirational swindle - a money maker and nothing more. Full of empty platitudes and inane cliches that you've heard a million times before.

    This book does more harm than good with it's wishy-washy 'ask the universe and all shall be granted' approach. Here in the real world you have to work hard and persevere to get want you want.

    14 of 20 people found this review helpful
  • Samuel
    ballyronan, derry, United Kingdom
    2/1/11
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    "Missing 1 vital thing."

    Determination... This books puts out that with positive thinking alone you can sit back and all will fall into you lap. Total rubbish. If positive thinking was so powerful there would be no point playing sports as our teams would never loose, we would never get illnesses etc etc. Complete rubbish.

    9 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • Mark
    BANCHORY, United Kingdom
    7/1/07
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    "Coincidence"

    At the same time as I saw this on audible and downloaded it, I had several unconnected references to it from friends and family, all quite positive. I agree with one of the other reviewers that the authors delivery is not very professional, but taking a leaf out of her book we can smile and be thankful! She is certainly full of enthusiasm for which she gets full marks. I have been investigating similar material for about 25 years, but this is the first time I have seen it presented together in an easily digestable manner. Even the narrow minded sceptic can listen and try out the simple philosophy, without much fear of ridicule. She gets 10 out of 10 for me for shear effort and strength of character to make this happen! Go on try it!

    10 of 17 people found this review helpful
  • Richard Irwin
    Wiltshire, England
    5/17/07
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    "Definitely changing my life"

    I listened with scepticism and disliked the initial emphasis on consummerism and monetary wealth, but as the book went on and themes of love and gratitude came through, it made much more sense. I then listened again and it made more sense. I then started finding cross-references in scientific papers that appear to support the central tenets of the Secret. To be truthful, the mindset changes that the book encourages make an enormous difference and they are not difficult to introduce into one's life.

    6 of 11 people found this review helpful
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