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Find the secret to having a happy, fulfilled life in The Secret, written and narrated by international best-selling author Rhonda Byrne. This audiobook was longlisted for audiobook download of the year 2007. The book spent over 100 weeks on the best-sellers lists and has sold millions of copies worldwide in over 40 different languages. It has been a global phenomenon that has changed the lives of countless people for the better. Let this book help you to unlock the secret within you that holds the key to endless confidence, happiness and life satisfaction. Available now from Audible.

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Longlisted for the Audiobook Download of the Year, 2007.
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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Brilliant

I finished this audio very quickly, I really enjoyed the narrators, there was a few different people, they all sounded like a breath of positivity, I found it very comforting. This was a bit like confidence hypnosis and ii got a bargain 2in1 deal. The information was relevant. I'm going to keep this and come back to it often for reference. There has been flooding and bad weather here and their voices felt like a ray of sunshine. I closed my eyes and imagined blue skies and the bright warm sun. The next day, all of the flood waters had gone, the sky was blue, the sun shone warmly and the birds tweeted.

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Not sure what to make of this....

Has The Secret put you off other books in this genre?

Yes

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50% of the world will find this book fantastic - 50% will be scratching their heads. I can relate to both camps, the concept here is really "be positive" and focus on key outcomes as this ultimately drives success and behaviour - but the essence of this book is about wishing for success and that process alone will secure that success. I don't like the analogy that links illness such as cancer or a disability as being a result of negative thinking........This must have been written as part of a ceremony to secure tenure in a cult.

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Positive attitude but stupid way to get there

There are better no nonsense ways to get to positive attitude than this book!

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  • Rod
  • steppsUnited Kingdom
  • 22-05-07

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.

148 of 195 people found this review helpful

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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

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horrific

The only secret that needs sharing is don't waste your money on this book. From the beginning I was shocked and disgusted, that apparently we attract our own heart ache by the fact, it maybe, our worst fear! This is a huge insult my 2 year old son was murdered, did he deserve that? did I or his older brother deserve and actually attract that heart break? No I don't believe we did. For a book that supposes to build you up and give positive focus for me I couldn't get past this disgraceful belief.

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  • Marc
  • newton abbot , devon, United Kingdom
  • 17-07-09

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.

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Load of cobblers

Seriously, think and the universe will bring it to you. Get off your arse and work for it and it will happen! Complete self serving drivel.

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  • Richard
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 13-10-12

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.

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Absolutely no valuable content in this book

This book is hocus pocus, even dangerous if people who don't know better in a poor financial position take the advice literally. Actually at one point advised to treat (pretend) a bill as if it were a cheque! Terrible advice throughout this book and the author doesn't explain how she was successful before selling this nonsense.

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  • Elisabeth
  • 08-01-08

Good for an intro to the Law of Attraction

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.

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  • Scott
  • 10-02-08

You're better off with the DVD

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.

Not Recommended.

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  • Reginald
  • 11-05-10

perspective

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.

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  • Debi
  • 04-05-08

Wonderful

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.

28 of 33 people found this review helpful

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  • Margaret
  • 09-07-09

fantastic

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.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 31-12-06

You say potato, I say potahtoe

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.

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  • Nicole Dean
  • 03-11-07

Your Guide to Materialistic Obsession

I agree with the content of this book in most ways. I think our minds do in fact create our lives. However, I think it is a waste to focus that power on gaining material possessions, as seems to be the focus of this book. There must be something more useful than stuff (houses, cars, and bikes, as suggested in the book) to manifest in ones life.

38 of 46 people found this review helpful

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  • TX Home Cook
  • 17-08-09

Great production of an audio book

Really enjoyed this audio book. The production was wonderful and made it easy to listen to, understand, and enjoy. Instead of someone just reading straight through a book, it was filled with audio clips and interview sections from different people. I assume these were excerpts from the movie, but it was a wonderful audio format that others should emulate. I liked it very much. Oh yea...the message was good too. Full break down into the power of positive thinking. It has made me a more positive thinker.

15 of 18 people found this review helpful

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  • Abby
  • 16-11-07

review of the audio only--not of the content

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.

23 of 28 people found this review helpful

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  • Mark
  • 26-12-06

Great information, weak delivery

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.

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