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  • "Let Me Hear Your Body Talk"

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    One of the first books I listened to on Audible was Joe Mavarro and Marvin Karlins' "What Every Body is Saying: An Ex-FBI Agent's Guide to Speed-Reading People" (2012). It was so long ago that I hadn't started writing reviews, but that was fortunate with this book. I've been using some of the techniques described in the book for 18 months, and they work. I wouldn't have known that when I finished the book.

    I am a civil trial attorney, and I long relied on gut feeling and intuition when I picked a jury. In other words, just dumb look. This book gave me the ability to know, with some basis, whether a jury liked my client or the opposition, and whether I was effectively advocating my client's defense. Once, in a memory seared sharp, I completely torqued a juror off, which I realized by her flared nostrils and lips pursed together to nonexistence. I was able to dig out of that situation.

    This isn't the key to picking a perfect jury, but it helps. It's like knowing a secret code.

    I occasionally listen to the book to refresh my techniques. The book teaches how to speed read people, but learning the techniques takes a lot of time, patience, practice and feedback - when you can get it.

    I'm giving the book an overall 4 because it is so useful, but it's a 3 on the story. Despite the exciting topic, it's pretty dry and academic. The narration is a three, too. It sounds more like a business seminar than a narration.

    I want to mention that "What Every Body is Saying" and Pamela Meyer's "Liespotting: Proven Techniques to Detect Deception" (2011) really builds on Navarro's techniques. Listen to them consecutively, and it's like a college psychology course.

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    What Every BODY Is Saying: An Ex-FBI Agent’s Guide to Speed-Reading People

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    • By Joe Navarro, Marvin Karlins
    • Narrated By Paul Costanzo
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    Listen to this book and send your nonverbal intelligence soaring. Joe Navarro, a former FBI counterintelligence officer and a recognized expert on nonverbal behavior, explains how to "speed-read" people: decode sentiments and behaviors, avoid hidden pitfalls, and look for deceptive behaviors. You'll also learn how your body language can influence what your boss, family, friends, and strangers think of you.

    Nate says: "A few pointers..."
  • "Resolutions and Resolve"

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    Last New Year's Day, as I was taking down Christmas decorations, I listened to Andrew Mellen's "Unstuff Your Life! Kick the Clutter Habit and Organize Your Life for Good" (2010). I had decided 2013 was the year I would work on organizing my home, starting with holiday lights, ornaments, and decorations. It ended up taking me a week to box it all, but at the beginning of December, I knew it really worked. The house was festive, and thanks to the other tips in that book, it's well on the way to being uncluttered.

    That was such a success, I decided to start 2014 out with another self help book, listening as I put decorations away (just a few hours this year). I chose M J Ryan's "This Year I Will: How To Finally Change A Habit, Keep A Resolution, Or Make A Dream Come True" (2006). I have some habits I'd like to shed, along with a few pounds; some habits I'd like to establish; and a dream or two that's been simmering on the back burner as I dedicated myself to raising kids who are finally old enough to make themselves dinner and get to and from practices.

    "This Year I Will" is a really practical guide to looking at what you would like to do; establishing reachable goals; the methods for reaching those goals; and, most importantly for me, what to do if you fall out of the Keebler Elf Tree House and eat a cookie or five. Ryan talks about how to handle temporary setbacks without turning them into permanent failures. She also discusses different motivations, and why what works for some (a reward or treat) isn't necessarily going to work for people who are motivated by other factors, like the joy of competition.

    I'm very hopeful that the techniques I learned listening to this book will work for me.

    Ryan narrated the book, and I liked her voice. The production quality was a little rough and it could have used an audio proof listen - but it didn't distract from the message.

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    This Year I Will: How to Finally Change a Habit, Keep a Resolution, or Make a Dream Come True

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    • By M. J. Ryan
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    Why do people find it so hard to change? The secret is that everyone has their own formula for making changes that stick, but most people don't know what theirs is. They think there is one way to lose five pounds, and another way to stay on top of their e-mail, but they don't realize that for all changes, there is one system that works best for each individual.

    Jim Koch says: "Great content. Poor audio"
  • ""You're listening to this book ..."

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    Me: "Well, Dr. Goulston, I'm a lawyer. I end up in some pretty nasty fights on a fairly regular basis. I wanted to find out if there was anything I could do to defuse the argument without running to a judge for a court order."

    Dr. Goulston: "And the book helped you how?"

    Me: "I found out that people who are really angry may not be thinking at all. It's called 'amygdala hijack,' primitive brain has taken over, and the person is in "fight or flight" mode. I also found out when someone is attacking and reacting, turning beet red and blustery, they are thinking with a higher emotional brain. And I learned that to get someone to look logically at a situation, you need to have them thinking with their highest, rational brain."

    I listened to "Just Listen: Discover the Secret to Getting Through to Absolutely Anyone" (2009) by Mark Goulston, MD, twice - because I wanted to know how to calm a fight over legal and evidentiary issues, and help my teenagers work to 'fix the problem, not the blame.' Long ago, I discovered saying, "Just calm down" in either situation had about the same effect as telling someone to 'f*** off'. I didn't know why, but I do now and I know what to say - and do - next time. I won't yell back. I won't point fingers. I will use the techniques Goulston recommends to decelerate the ire. That includes asking 'fill in the blank' questions - like the title to this review.

    I have some valuable techniques that I've started using - although I'm not the target reader/listener. "Just Listen" is directed towards supervisors, managers and execs; and salespeople. A good third of the book discussed handling situations I don't find myself in. I expect someone in those jobs will find this book even more helpful than I did.

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    Just Listen: Discover the Secret to Getting Through to Absolutely Anyone

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    • By Mark Goulston
    • Narrated By Walter Dixon
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    You’ve got a business colleague who’s hostile...a client who’s furious...a staffer who’s deeply cynical—how do you get people to do what you want in tough situations like these? In Just Listen, veteran psychiatrist and business coach Mark Goulston reveals the secret to how to get through to anyone, even when productive communication seems impossible.“Here's the challenge,” Mark says.

    Joseph says: "Not for everyone"
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    • By Jeffrey A. Krames
    • Narrated By Walter Dixon
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    When Fortune announced its list of the World’s Greatest Leaders, the top spot was awarded - not to a captain of industry - but to the new pontiff. In the year since his election, Pope Francis earned that accolade - and more. He has achieved the remarkable: breathed life into an aging institution, reinvigorated a global base, and created real hope for the future.How did a man who spent his life laboring in slums far from the Vatican manage to do this and so quickly?

  • The Most Effective Secrets to Happy Retirement: Learn Secrets to Help You Retire by 50 (






UNABRIDGED) by Tim Manning Narrated by Roy Lunel

    The Most Effective Secrets to Happy Retirement: Learn Secrets to Help You Retire by 50

    • UNABRIDGED (37 mins)
    • By Tim Manning
    • Narrated By Roy Lunel
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    Planning for retirement, especially at 50, is no joke! This is a serious decision and one which involves careful planning! That is why you need this audiobook. In this book, you will discover how important it is for you to start planning for your retirement the moment you commence working, especially if you plan to retire at 50. You will discover that comfortable retirement is all about having adequate funds at retirement to enjoy all the benefits you would enjoyed if you were still working.

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  • The Endless Practice: Becoming Who You Were Born to Be (






UNABRIDGED) by Mark Nepo Narrated by Mark Nepo

    The Endless Practice: Becoming Who You Were Born to Be

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Mark Nepo
    • Narrated By Mark Nepo
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    As a poet, philosopher, and cancer survivor, Mark Nepo has been breaking a path of spiritual inquiry for more than thirty years. In his new book, the #1 New York Times bestselling author explores how the soul works in the world. Called "one of the finest spiritual guides of our time", this beloved teacher explores what it means to become our truest self through the ongoing and timeless journey of awakening to the dynamic wholeness of life, which is messy and unpredictable.

  • Creative Time Management for the New Millennium: Become More Productive and Still Have Time for Fun (






UNABRIDGED) by Jan Yager Narrated by Mark La Roi

    Creative Time Management for the New Millennium: Become More Productive and Still Have Time for Fun

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Jan Yager
    • Narrated By Mark La Roi
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    A noted time management consultant shows how to identify goals, clarify priorities, and achieve an ideal balance among work, family, and play concerns. Creative Time Management for the New Millennium especially appeals to those who want a time management approach that offers more flexibility while still accomplishing business and personal goals.

  • Fast Track for Caregivers (






UNABRIDGED) by Esther Ross, Joseph Ross Narrated by Joan Jones

    Fast Track for Caregivers

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Esther Ross, Joseph Ross
    • Narrated By Joan Jones
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    A practical guide for managing care while preserving sanity. Designed for families, communities, professionals. Topics range from resources through legal considerations, in-home and outside facility caregiving, emergencies, financial, planning for terminal illness, and bereavement. Cases included. Also includes often asked questions and answers. Helps caregivers interact with medical, governmental, social service, and other professional agencies.

  • The Organized Mind: Thinking Straight in the Age of Information Overload (






UNABRIDGED) by Daniel J. Levitin Narrated by Luke Daniels

    The Organized Mind: Thinking Straight in the Age of Information Overload

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Daniel J. Levitin
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
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    In The Organized Mind, Daniel J. Levitin, PhD, uses the latest brain science to demonstrate how those people excel - and how readers can use their methods to regain a sense of mastery over the way they organize their homes, workplaces, and time. With lively, entertaining chapters on everything from the kitchen junk drawer to health care to executive office workflow, Levitin reveals how new research into the cognitive neuroscience of attention and memory can be applied to the challenges of our daily lives.

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  • Cut the Crap, Get a Job!: A New Job Search Process for a New Era (






UNABRIDGED) by Dana Manciagli Narrated by Dana Manciagli

    Cut the Crap, Get a Job!: A New Job Search Process for a New Era

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Dana Manciagli
    • Narrated By Dana Manciagli
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    Cut the Crap, Get a Job! A New Job Search Process for a New Era is a revolutionary job search book that takes an insightful approach to help everyone from college graduates to senior executives make their next career moves in the 21st century. You'll learn an effective approach to the latest employment practices and brand new, proprietary techniques for career development. In addition, you will get access to free downloadable tools to manage your personal job search.

  • Getting Your Toddler to Sleep: Nanny Notes on Toddlers, Book 3 (






UNABRIDGED) by Nanny P. Narrated by Gwendolyn Druyor

    Getting Your Toddler to Sleep: Nanny Notes on Toddlers, Book 3

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    • By Nanny P.
    • Narrated By Gwendolyn Druyor
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    Nanny P blueprints are written with the busy parent in mind. Each blueprint is designed to tackle a specific issue in a short and concise way so that you do not need to spend time reading through a lot of other material to find tips and methods for the specific topic you are looking to address. If you're looking for ways to create a bedtime routine that is stress free for both you and your toddler, then Nanny P's Blueprint for Getting Your Toddler to Sleep is for you!

  • The Practice: Simple Tools for Managing Stress, Finding Inner Peace, and Uncovering Happiness (






UNABRIDGED) by Barb Schmidt Narrated by Tracy Brunjes

    The Practice: Simple Tools for Managing Stress, Finding Inner Peace, and Uncovering Happiness

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Barb Schmidt
    • Narrated By Tracy Brunjes
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    In The Practice, you will learn that a wellspring of inner peace and happiness exists inside each one of us and that it is easily accessible with simple techniques that require only minutes a day. Using timeless wisdom and truths from a variety of religions and teachings, author Barb Schmidt has structured an easy-to-implement, three-part daily routine that will guide you to deep happiness, security, and confidence. The Practice fits busy lives because busy lives need it most.