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Publisher's Summary

In The Four Agreements, a New York Times best seller for over seven years, don Miguel Ruiz revealed how the process of our education, or “domestication,” can make us forget the wisdom we were born with. Throughout our lives, we make many agreements that go against ourselves and create needless suffering. The Four Agreements help us to break these self-limiting agreements and replace them with agreements that bring us personal freedom, happiness, and love. Now don Miguel Ruiz joins his son don Jose Ruiz to offer a fresh perspective on the Four Agreements, and a powerful new agreement for transforming our lives into our personal heaven: the fifth agreement. The Fifth Agreement takes us to a deeper level of awareness of the power of the Self, and returns us to the authenticity we were born with. In this compelling sequel to the book that has changed the lives of millions of people around the world, we are reminded of the greatest gift we can give ourselves: the freedom to be who we really are.

©2010 Don Miguel Ruiz, Don Jose Ruiz, and Janet Mills (P)2010 Don Miguel Ruiz, Don Jose Ruiz, and Janet Mills

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  • Lisa
  • Magalia, CA, United States
  • 09-19-12

Good Book

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, though it goes very deep but some very good points!

What other book might you compare The Fifth Agreement to and why?

The Four Agreements should be read first.

Which character – as performed by Peter Coyote – was your favorite?

n/a

What’s an idea from the book that you will remember?

Listen more carefully and consider all you hear. Don't buy into other people's opinions. They are just that, opinions.

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  • Jeremy
  • Grand Blanc, MI, United States
  • 02-18-11

Fantastic! The next evolution of the toltec wisdom

This book is not just a review of the four agreements plus the fifth. It IS a re-statement of the first four agreements, but in much more detail and in more common language. I first became aware of the Toltec wisdom through Carlos Castaneda's series "the teachings of Don juan..." and they were impressive yet they seemed a distant unreachable wisdom in some far off world/ time shrouded in mystery etc. Then Merylin Tenneshende's book "Don Juan and the art of sexual energy" took the next step toward making the wisdom more tangible for the masses.

then Don Miguel Ruiz released "The four agreements" and it rose to great popularity in its profound power to help people transform their lives. It has served many people to such a transformations. It is a MUST READ in it's own right.

And now...

This new book "The fifth agreement..." is a crowning achievement of the Ruiz family to bring this level of clear communication of these Toltec teachings for everyone to reach. It speaks the teachings in such concise, direct, plain language using a wonderfully contemporary style.

Excellent! (Speaking impeccably) Totally worth it in my opinion!

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Awesome!

It was eye opening in a nonthreatening way. I was given enlightening opinions, gently. I didnt feel "that" judgement of myself that Ive been doing things wrong, nor "that" urgency to do things perfectly right. I love this book from soup to nuts! :))

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  • A
  • Perth, Australia
  • 04-10-12

Great, but too similar to 4 agreements.

The book itself is great and i would recommend it definitely if you have not read The Four Agreements. And I would recommend it over 4 agreements, But seriously 80% of the book is an more of the same. So definitely buy one of them but not both.

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A more robust "chicken soup' for your SOUL*

It's very good to read books from people who have the patience and discipline to write/share about matters of the heart, soul and spirit of living in/of which you are simpatico. Although this is a sequel to The 4 Agreements, it is NOT necessary to read the previous title. As all areas are covered within these pages/chapters.
The pros of the audiobook format is perfect for this genre of books/authors 1. you can bookmark certain sections that are significant and replay them during the times you might need to hear them. 2. Miguel's universal prayers are always good to have on tap during trying times.
Peter Coyote voice is heartfelt. It's very important that the voice reflects the author and his point of view/prespective especially in this genre. ONE of my FAVE-st authors!

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  • Jodie
  • Middletown, NY, United States
  • 05-03-13

Loved it! It was better than the Four Agreements!

I really enjoyed this book and I think it was better than the Four Agreements, which was awesome in itself! Some reviewers feel that it is the same as the Four Agreements and that there is no sense in reading both, but I think they are both worth their own merit.

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Excellent guide for people who are ready for it.

A very abstract view of how to view the world and your life. Excellent narration. Not a lot of fluff either. Concise and difficult to understand topics repeated in different ways to insure you understand the concept. Probably not for everyone though. Pretty deep stuff.

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The Four Didn't Need More

I originally read the Four Agreements years ago and they changed me and the way I lived my life. Agreement number 2 especially (don't take anything personally) made a difference and continues to do that today.
The Fifth Agreement is a good refresher for the original Four and an interesting addition to the agreements. Well worth the read. Not as impactful as the first book but how could it be, it was only 1 agreement against four. Thanks Don Ruiz, again!

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  • jeromy
  • rantoul, IL, United States
  • 01-16-14

I Love it a must read!

What made the experience of listening to The Fifth Agreement the most enjoyable?

Learning myself.

Who was your favorite character and why?

The human mind because its so tricky.

Which scene was your favorite?

The story of the movie theaters was powerful!

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I was moved by the whole book.

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  • Lois
  • Palm Coast , FL, USA
  • 04-09-15

Life Changing!

The concepts in this book reinforce and expand upon my all time favorite book The Four Agreements. I truly believe these books should be required reading for humanity. I've listened to this book upwards of 20 times now and never get tired of it.

I love Peter Coyotes voice too and find it very soothing. Wish he narrated all of Don Miguel Ruiz's books.

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  • Dillie Bubble
  • 07-30-14

Thought provoking and life changing

If you've ever considered the insanity of the world and the way we respond to things. If you've realised that almost everything we stress about is nothing more than self initiated torture, then you will get this book. You have to listen carefully, to really get the concepts, but by the end of the book, you will realise that life need never be the same again. Life changing stuff if you care to take it onboard.

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  • Lisa
  • 04-13-13

Back to basics inspiration

This practical guide adds to Ruiz' first book on the 4 agreements. It is back to basics common sense the Toltec way and can be applied by anyone and everyone. Truly inspiring and simple, and made all the more enjoyable when heard through the chocolatey tones of Peter Coyote's voice. Highly recommended.

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  • vanessa
  • 12-14-12

repetitive

I couldn't get past the first 2 chapters of this book. It is so repetitive it drove me mad. It seems there is one idea in the book and this is endlessly repeated in different ways ad nauseum. The idea is not even original. Very disappointing as I loved "the four agreements" by the same author. It is basically terribly dull.

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  • PB
  • 09-03-18

Amazing!<br />

Finished this within a day and is definitely a book that will stay with you!

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  • Mr. J. A. Ball
  • 08-29-18

Apply the 5th agreement to the book

Much of the book is a recap of the 4 Agreements, which is nice to review but is not fresh content. The 5th Agreement, which I will not spoil for those who don't know it, is a principle I already apply in my life and it's a good one but it's one that should also be applied to the teachings of this book, and indeed any teachings.
I enjoyed the book and I love the wisdom of it but I found some of the assertions to be unreasonable and found myself applying the 5th Agreement. As rules to live by, all 5 agreements are valuable and worth striving towards. I'm not sure how much of the expansion on the 5th agreement was actually useful or valuable, once you know what it is. It probably would have been helpful to do a deep dive into cognitive biases, as that is what it mainly relates to. The bible references/analogies and spiritual stories were a little off-putting for me but didn't quash the message of the book.

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  • maureen
  • 07-22-18

Great book

Great book with lots of insightful pieces of information. It is a little deep so gòod to listen to some chapters again.

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  • NexTier IT
  • 07-04-18

Inspiring book!

It really does make you think and is inspirational - An engine starter for sure!

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  • Rachel
  • 06-30-18

Agreements should be taught in Schools!

When you speak/live your authentic truth, it opens the way for others to do so!

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  • Jennifer M Lindsay
  • 05-24-18

Magnificent

Listen! In doing so you can help change the world - for the better and for everyone’s benefit.


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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-20-18

Very relevant and powerful book.

This was a truly magnificent book and read very well by the narrator. I will definitely read this again and recommend to others. The message in the book is so simple but very powerful. I'm so glad chose to read this as book.

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  • Matthew D Mitchell
  • 06-15-17

A must have if you have read the 4 Agreements!!

This book really ties everything together. A beautiful follow up to an amazing way of life.

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  • Artin
  • 04-03-17

Could be summerised

I guess the whole book could be summarised in 10 to 20 pages. So much unnecessary repetition.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-08-18

interesting

easy listening confirmation of self improvement and self empowerment. a must read to build self confidence

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  • Beth
  • 09-13-18

additional information.

great additional information to the first book . read in relaxed easy manner making the experience of listening to this book very entertaining.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-29-18

be skeptical but listen

loved it. listened to it every day. it does transform our lives and of those around us,simply by changing ourselves in 5 simple ways

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  • Jillian Hancock
  • 01-03-18

Pretty much perfect

Peter Coyote’s deep , mature sounding voice seems just right to convey this timeless wisdom. Wish the whole world could hear and comprehend this masterful synthesis ( especially teenagers).

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-02-17

This book changed my life!!!

this is one of the best books of our time. this should be a must read in all schools.

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  • Leanne Potter
  • 02-06-17

life changing

implementing the 4 agreements into my life has been extremely rewarding and exceptionally challenging at the same time. this book opens 4 simple concepts that will change the way you think and interact with yourself and the world. great read. the narrator Peter Coyote makes the whole experience awesome.

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  • PrincessRah
  • 10-12-16

Change the world

I love the simplicity of his teachings. I just read this again & it resonated with me even more. The message is simple and yet profound. It is of course the same message of all teachers of love, but the way it is explained makes it more accessible. To feel like everything is so achievable with just feeling love for yourself & others. One of the first books i read in an ever increasing list of the teaching of love & I still feel it deeply and feel lighter after reading it. Thanks

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  • Andrew
  • 08-23-16

A book of freedom

For anyone who is searching for truth or is curious as to why the world is as it is and what can be done to change it, this book a wonderful beginning and an even better reminder of how to master the game of life.