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.
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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.
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".
"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
"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.
"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.
"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.
"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.
"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.
"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.
"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.
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!
"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.
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