Book delivered what was promised. Some reviews criticize the material as "dry" but it the book is non-fiction instruction, not a story.
I thought that the performance was well done and appropriate for the material.
The audio makes frequent references to a pdf of illustrations that is supposed to accompany the audio version of the book. I never did figure out how to get the pdf. If I had known this in advance, I would have purchased an e-book or paperback, if I couldn't figure out how to get the pdf.
great source of useful information if you are looking to improve your social skills
I've never written a review before, but felt I needed to with this book. I wasn't sure what to expect when I bought it, but felt it would be worth it. It's definitely worth it. Joe Nararro is right on with the information he gives us. It is information I can use in my personal life as well as my professional life. Besides being interesting, it helps show us why people act the way they do in certain circumstances. I like the examples he gives us. Many felt the narrator was flat or monotone. I enjoyed the narrator. I thought he did a good job. This is a book I will need to listen to again as I think I missed some valuable information the first time.
Interesting, informative, surprising
As an avid observer of people and of body language I was interested to see how many instincts that I have relied on that were correct. More importantly, with 2 teenagers at home and a staff of approximately 700 this book has given me additional clues and cues when people are happy, not comfortable, and their limbic responses to one another or to me. I highly recommend it. I have referred it to my boss as well. Great read.
You really do need to hear this.
We focus on the words and face so much that we neglect to read what 75% of the body is shouting.
The way he uses inflection to keep me alert and engaged.
More like shock. I immediately starting observing people and discovered with great alarm and surprise how much information I was missing.
I'm now looking for more material on this subject.
Yes, there is so much information. I am very interested in the topic and the author did an excellent job conveying the message.
Paul Costanzo makes me feel as if he were just talking to me. The book flows and the words come to life.
I now am more intrigued in people watching. Reality tv just got more interesting. The body language is so revealing, so much more than the words that are spoken.
I think that most enjoyable part of listening to this book was listening at the gym and watching as people interacted. I tried to determine if the people liked each other based on what I was learning for this book. Very interesting.
When Mr. Navarro is talking about how the feet never lie. I now find myself looking at people's legs and feet while they are sitting and talking with myself or others. It is interesting what the lower half of the body can tell you.
repition is good one learns more points that at first missed
He's Experance is Great
Give us more info :One can Learn and have more of an open thinking
When I looked at the PDF before starting the book I thought I was going to be disapointed - I was not. I think many of us, at least I do, pick up on people's mood or trustworthness by what I have always assumed was intuition. What we have really be doing all along was acuratly reading people's body language.
This book complements perfectly The Gift of Fear - A book which Joe Navarro gives mention to.
I appreciated the fact that Joe Navarro emphasises that we cannot judge someone guilty of something just by their body language as they may simply be under stress or have a neurological disease. Understanding what we are seeing, being it discomfort or nervousness, and nutralizing stressful situations can help you get a better read.
Whilst listening to this book I became very aware of how I self soothe constantly and I find myself wondering what other people must make of this! I consider myself an extraverted introvert and perhaps I manage this by subtle self soothing habits! :-D
Immediatly after completing the book I witnessed a freind talking about an incident in the past as if it didn't bother them any more - however they were dramatically self soothing by stroking in large circles over one leg! It was clear that they were still upset. I felt so much more compasion and understanding now Knowing what I was witnessing and stayed in the moment longer with them than I might have.
As for the narration - it was indeed a little strange but you either get used to it or it diminishes during the book; it is hard for me to tell as I listened to this book from beginning to end in one sitting. If you have ever watched The Matrix then I would liken Paul Costanzo's narration to be similar to Agent Smith with the emphasis falling strangely on the wrong words. Having said that I wouldn't let discourage you from giving this book a good listen.
This is a great book if you're willing to do what he teaches you. It isn't something you read for entertainment more to train your mind to watch for body signals. I took notes and now I'm seeing these body gestures all over the place. This could really help you in work and your personal life.