I expected more from this book considering all the hype I've heard. It did have some good tidbits, but I recommend getting it from the library, and not spending your money! Furthermore - just b/c someone can write, doesn't make them a good reader! This guy really should've coughed up some $$ to have a professional read. Totally.Deadpan. Stay away from the audio version of this book unless you're looking to be put to sleep!
We have all had those times when we felt uneasy about situations we have been in, perhaps a young girl saying to her friends "don't leave me alone wit him" or a feeling of unease when you hear of someone going to visit another person you just met and you feel intensely worked for them. It's like dramatic irony in a movie but this is real and in your life. Learn to listen to it, you are AWARE of WAY MORE than you realize!!!
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and it confirmed ALL those times I felt apprehensive, especially since some were already confirmed in life!!!
I love books narrated by their author. They hold exactly the emotion and emphasis that was originally meant to be conveyed. This is one of those and speaks to you where you live. I found myself as one who pushes natural instincts aside as I know so many of my friends and family do. This book could save your life - literally. It did the friend who referred it to me.
Gavin de Becker provides many good ways to adjust your mindset as he reads his book to you. He speaks like a professor mixed with a reality crime series narrator. It's not horrible but it's not the possible rendition. If you can get past this then you stand to learn a lot of good tips for mental sharpness and self preservation. Ideas that stand in stark contrast of many social norms. If you're a person who fears encounters with violence it is certainly worth buying.
Four stars on performance due to the fact that I read this before listening to it and immediately knew it would've been more pleasant to listen to if he had chosen a voice actor. I retracted my initial three stars because I know he did this purely for his personal conviction on the topic and personal details given in the book.
So many great ideas that I never considered. The author is an amazing example of someone turning an extremely unhappy and unfortunate childhood into a life of productivity, usefulness, and helpfulness to others. A great read... er... listen.
The sound is a bit off, maybe it's an old recording?
Great for anyone who has experienced an extreme situation and couldn't understand why / how they reacted the way they did. I surely learnt why I did what until now I thought was the stupidest thing I had done in my life. Turns out I acted intuitively and did the right thing.
Yes - there was so much information, I wouldn't hurt to listen to it again and again.
The AHA moments - when you know you've felt the same, you've had the same intuition - it's real.
Yes, it hones in on why you get that uneasy feeling with certain people. For intuitive types, this is not always easy to pinpoint. Often you feel something, but don't know exactly why. As a female, society tells you to be understanding and accepting of differences. Unfortunately, this can lead us down the rabbit hole with people that have deceptive intentions. Whether they pose an immediate danger or they might be more patient and willing to wait years for it all to play out. This book provides the why behind that vague gut feeling. Thank you, Gavin de Becker!
It was very personal. He shared his life story and a contrast to those that were not as fortunate as him. He provided insights from a very experienced point of view.
The narration was wonderful. His tone matched the serious topic at hand without being boring.
All of them.
My 16 year old daughter loved the book, as well. She has an interest in criminology. I feel compelled to share it with other friends with daughters, especially.