The messages of the book, which in general revolve around being fair and kind and rationally addressing situations to affect a win-win outcome are, generally, good advice and still relevant in the modern world on a personal level.
However, the times that the author lived in and the attitudes of the culture in this country at the time of his writing make it read more like a folksy, period piece. What one can see is that modern day companies have taken to heart the tenets of Winning Friends and Influencing People, but have stripped the ideas down to a facade of themselves, and hollowed out any actual human warmth or altruism that they contained.
Carnegie's book could be a stand in for the 'Code of Conduct' in most corporate headquarters in America today. In effect, though, they are parodies of the ideas presented in the book, and leave most people feeling suspicious, that they are being pandered to, and generally deceived.
Another unfortunate blind spot by the author, largely owing to his age and the time, is the incessant inclusion of religious analogy and inference. It would not be out of line to add the tag line to the title " ... if you are a right and good Christian".
This is an excellent book to listen to as a reminder of little things that you can do to make your relationships really flow. It provides you with the knowledge of not only how to handle a difficult situation if one comes up, but how to avoid one in the first place. This one is easy to listen to in bits and pieces--pause it and jump back to it later.
If you want to revist how to best deal with people or learn hot to do it, this is of coure a very good start.
I am a 50 year old accountant. My interests are mostly on self help books. I also enjoy good historical books (either factual or historical fiction). Lastly, I enjoy novels about legal proceedings.
I would recomend this book to any human being. If people followed the simple advice and tips offered throughout the book, the world would be a great place to live in. I liked the book so much that I went online and purchased a physical copy to have as a way to quickly review some salient points.
Mr. Carnegie was a genius; he points out so many little adjustments to make to one's daily interaction with one's spouse, family, friends, and most importantly, business people. It is great to be able to implement some of his teachings and to improve my relationships as well as increase my sales.
The narrator is excellent, and the overall content is well versed. Everything is very clear and concise. Very practical and useful.
Real Man In OC
I don't know
A few nuances
Good listen. A bit slow and lots of examples. More direction would be even better
I know this book has been around for a long time and I see why. The stories were logical but I've read a lot on the topic. This is a great book for interpersonal communication.
The only thing was that the narrator's voice is pretty dull. It wasn't terrible but I focus more on the material than the voice so that's why I was able to finish it. If you want to buy this one, I strongly recommend listening to a sample first.
I took this course in 1997 and love every minute of it, but found i don't really have a lot of time to read. When i saw this was available to listen to, I jumped on it. The reader's voice was very easy to listen to and I would recommend this 100%
It really wasn't a story, however it was told using many story examples and i liked the examples the author uses.
It is a book about principles and I appreciate the topic about having good meetings. I struggle with those, so this principle i will use.
If you are sitting on the fence on this one, don't...Just get it you won't regret it.
Outdated. Lessons could be taught in 15 minutes instead of hours. The lessons are repeated over and over and over.
This is a classic book when it comes to the topic. The point is made by story after story of things that really happened. A real eye opener.