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The Source

Open Your Mind, Change Your Life
Narrated by: Dr Tara Swart
Length: 6 hrs and 42 mins
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Random House presents the audiobook edition of The Source written and read by Dr Tara Swart.

Life-changing opportunities pass us by every day - now we can train our minds to seize them.

Self-help books like The Secret promise that we can tap in to the 'law of attraction' to control our destiny, simply by changing our thoughts. If we strip away the mystique, at the heart of this idea is a fundamental truth that is backed up by the latest breakthroughs in neuroscience: most of the things we want from life - health, happiness, wealth, love - are governed by our ability to think, feel and act; in other words, by our brain.

Dr Tara Swart, a neuroscientist and executive coach with a background in psychiatry, is convinced beyond all doubt of our ability to alter how our brains work - and transform our lives. In The Source, she draws on the latest cognitive science and her experience coaching highly successful people to reveal the secret to mastering our minds. 

With a four-step plan to awaken the power of your brain, this unique guide to life combines science and spirituality in a way that is open-minded and practical. Discover how to:

  • Challenge 'autopilot' thinking and rewire your brain's pathways to fulfil your potential.
  • Manifest the things you want by directing your energy towards your deepest values and ambitions.
  • Harness the power of visualisation to prime your brain to grab opportunities and take control of your future.
  • Attack life with confidence, dispel fear and avoid negative thinking.

Unlock your potential today - you are just four steps away from building a new confident you. 

©2019 Dr Tara Swart (P)2019 Random House Audiobooks

Critic Reviews

"Tara Swart is an extremely calming presence, all the more so for being palpably intelligent. Her brain appears to require no boosting. I’d sign up in an eye blink...I like her - a lot." (Hannah Betts, The Times

"Dr Tara Swart is friendly, charming, and knows what she’s talking about. Having qualified as a doctor, then trained as a neuroscientist, she worked as a psychiatrist before going into private practice as a highly sought-after expert to the rich and famous." (Janet Street-Porter, Daily Mail)

"Neuroscientist Dr Tara Swart works with some of the City’s highest-earning and most respected leaders in finance, law and media." (Evening Standard

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recommended

Worth it. I love the practical exercises. great book...I listen to it again and do the exercises

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Very convincing

This was a very convincing narrative. For anyone feeling that positive thinking and LOA is woo woo, this is the book for you. When a doctor/academic/deep thinker prosecutes the case for LOA - its very hard to dispute the message. I recommend this book.

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mind blowing once you read this book, there's no way back! don't start if you're not into big changes!

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If you want her life story....

I really can’t stand self help books that are basically the authors life story and all about them, this is sadly one of those books and not easy to listen to. Narrator brings nothing to this already hard to listen to book.

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  • Road to 70.3
  • 25-02-2019

I want to meet this lady!! She’s incredible.

I loved this book from start to finish and will definitely be listening to it again and again to find any other pearls of wisdom I have missed.

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  • owevakas
  • 24-11-2019

Helped me make changes

I like the concept, and I'd say it's a good book, but as an audio book it needs a bit of work. Spoken chapter numbers don't match displayed chapter numbers, which don't give any clues as to chapter content. So if you want to jump back, e.g. to do one of the suggested exercises, it's almost impossible to find. It also means the overall structure of the book is difficult to grasp. 'Six principles' might be mentioned and you're thinking 'well, what are they?' You can't help but lose track - I ended up adding my own notes. The producers could learn from other self help audio books - I've found Rangan Chatterjee's very clearly structured, for example.

That aside, I found it enjoyable and think it genuinely helped put me in a more positive and proactive frame of mind, which has led to change. The author's rather posh narration grated for about 2 minutes and then I warmed to her. Be warned, she does describe a doctor's salary as 'modest' at one point - her average client is likely much more wealthy than her average listener - but her suggestions are applicable to anyone.

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  • Victoria
  • 24-07-2019

I’m going to listen to this again.

This book was so much more than I ever hoped for. I thought if I’m honest I would lose interest pretty quickly as I have a short attention span, but I listened the whole way through and found all of the content highly relevant and motivating. As a result I’ve identified my next career move, it will mean big changes, but I’m ready for it! 10/10 for The Source.

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  • Miss F
  • 21-02-2020

Absolutely loved it

Such a great book to unravel the workings of our mind and then offer some really simple, easy and manageable ways to change our thinking, patterns and behaviours.
Excellent book for anyone interested in self development and thinking outside the box.

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  • levasseur
  • 02-02-2020

AMAZING

Tara is simply amazing- I even bought the physical book for the exercises but the audio is also great for the meditation and visualisation.

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  • Paul W. Sutherland
  • 02-02-2020

Didn't Get Passed The First Chapter.

I didn't get past the first chapter.
I really don't like writing negative reviews but have to be truthful at the same time.

1. Boring monotone narration was the first turn off.

2. It started to sound like a rehashed version of The Secret and most people know the damage that did to the personal development world.

3. Vision boards and journaling was a dead giveaway as to where this book was going.

4. As a neuroscientist she should know the not everyone can visualise clearly because not everyone is strongly visual. It's always the same with books like this and the author to assume everyone fits into one box.

In conclusion. Whatever success the author has had will be limited to those who fit into the box.



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  • Tamu Thomas
  • 31-01-2020

Informative and practical

This book takes you on a beautiful journey into your mind and demonstrates how to overcome your conditioned limitations.

Making what seems nebulous tangible and inspiring. A must read for any personal development journey.

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  • Claudia Cocci Grifoni
  • 21-06-2019

Very interesting book

Loved it. Well written and very interesting. Would highly recommend to anyone interested in neuroscience and self-development.

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  • Amanda P
  • 12-06-2019

Brilliant book

This book is logical, practical and all backed up by science. It is easy to follow and makes perfect sense. Full of exercises to help you develop and to be in control of your own trajectory. Easy to listen to. Highly recommended.

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  • westmor
  • 28-04-2019

Hard to listen to

There are some good concepts, although little that haven’t heard before. Found the narrator very hard to listen to, irritating and monotone, to the point where I had to switch off sometimes. Doesn’t really work as an audiobook, perhaps better in print? Disappointing overall.

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