The Secret

Rhonda Byrne, Author, Rhonda Byrne, Read by , read by the author and contributors. Simon & Schuster Audio $29.95 (0p) ISBN 978-0-7435-6619-3

Supporters will hail this New Age self-help book on “the law of attraction” as a groundbreaking and life-changing work, finding validation in its thesis that one’s positive thoughts are powerful magnets that attract wealth, health, happiness... and did we mention wealth? Detractors will be appalled by this as well as when the book argues that fleeting negative thoughts are powerful enough to create terminal illness, poverty and even widespread disasters. The audio version of this controversial book, read by Byrne and contributing authors such as John Gray and Neale Donald Walsch, is uneven at best. The cheesy, obvious sound effects will not do much to add intellectual respectability to a work that has been widely denounced as pseudoscience. Mostly, this audio is hampered by its confusing and disjointed organization—techniques that worked reasonably well in the print version and the movie, such as cutting every few seconds from one enthusiastic “expert” to another, make for a choppy and somewhat bewildering listening experience. The gentle cadences of Rhonda Byrne’s breathy, Aussie-infused voice are certainly the best part of the audio, but her material is scarce and provides mostly connective tissue between the testimonials. Simultaneous release with the Beyond Words hardcover. (Feb.)

Reviewed on: 04/30/2007
Release date: 11/01/2006
Show other formats
FORMATS
Hardcover - 206 pages - 978-1-58270-196-7
Ebook - 216 pages - 978-1-84739-618-1
Paperback - 214 pages - 978-986-175-067-5
Ebook - 216 pages - 978-0-7318-1529-6
Hardcover - 4 pages - 978-1-4074-0494-3
Hardcover - 4 pages - 978-1-4074-0493-6
Hardcover - 978-1-906030-94-0
Hardcover - 198 pages
Book - 978-0-7435-6620-9
Open Ebook - 216 pages - 978-1-4165-5499-8
Hardcover - 192 pages - 978-1-58270-216-2
Paperback - 272 pages - 978-986-175-221-1
Hardcover - 312 pages - 978-4-04-791643-2
Downloadable Audio - 978-1-4561-0053-7
Book - 978-0-7435-7179-1
Open Ebook - 192 pages - 978-1-4391-0271-8
X
Stay ahead with
Tip Sheet!
Free newsletter: the hottest new books, features and more
X
Only $18.95/month for Digital Access
or $20.95 for Print+Digital Access!
X
Only $18.95/month for Digital Access
or $20.95 for Print+Digital Access!
X
Email Address

Password

Log In Lost Password

PW has integrated its print and digital subscriptions, offering exciting new benefits to subscribers, who are now entitled to both the print edition and the digital editions of PW (online or via our app). For instructions on how to set up your accout for digital access, click here. For more information, click here.

The part of the site you are trying to access is now available to subscribers only. Subscribers: to set up your digital subscription with the new system (if you have not done so already), click here. To subscribe, click here.

Email pw@pubservice.com with questions.

Not Registered? Click here.