The pleasant narrator's voice, and the author offered several short but effective therapy to help increase charisma level.
I'll update after listen to the ending.
I decided not to keep this book is because it will derail me from the right track. Thanks the author did lots of research about human being, history, culture and etiquette and offered lots of exercises. With that said, I'll still return the book is because it somehow will make me want to use everything in the book to serve my favor instead of God's favor, and eventually I know I'll be fooled by my own understanding and my smart. I'll write more in the future if more comes up.
One of the best audiobooks I've listened to but the topic and stories can be dull. I have been listening in small doses and find it very helpful in day to day life and work.
This was a fascinating book with more real world exercises and tips than other books of this sort. Unfortunately I find the bookmarking on audible clumsy and going back yo reference things difficult. If this came with a pdf companion of the 'putting it into practice' sections I would have given it 5 stars.
science fiction writer
A must read.
It opened my eyes to not only the numerous charisma problems I have, but also the many strengths I had that I'd never recognized until now.
The book has a number of sections that deal with the way you speak, and so hearing those parts spoken is really helpful.
I very nearly listened to it all in one sitting. I managed it in two.
I found the content to be valuable, though a bit drawn-out for what it really was saying. I found many helpful tips and steps to take that I've already put into practice and am seeing some results. I am sure it will take a while before it becomes natural. I am out-going, but can come off cold and I needed something to help me figure out where I was going wrong.
I would compare the book to How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie (a book I very much enjoyed). There were many parallels in the advice given by the authors. Carnegie's book offers many more examples while I felt that Cabane's book gave more details and was a bit more modern. Both have timeless advice, but if I were to suggest one over the other, it would be Carnegie's book.
Unfortunately, this is where the book really fell short the most. The narrator absolutely lacked charisma, of all things. I constantly found my mind wandering while she was reading and having to remind myself to come back to the "conversation." This is not a typical issue for me with audiobooks. It was so bad for me, that I found it ironic that she was reading the Charisma Myth. Her tone barely had any inflection, and definitely did not have a conversational tone to it. It felt like she was reading straight from the page. It is also my understanding that the author, Olivia Cabane is an accomplished speaker. I wonder why she did not choose to narrate her own publication?
No, not only is the narration long and boring, but the content does require some division and time to "digest" between topics.
With a different narrator, I may have been more impressed with this title. As stated, I did learn some new pointers...I was just underwhelmed with the presentation.
The narrator is reading very well, very clearly, and at top speed. She is reading quite literally and saying things like "try the exercises on the next page," and then zooms on, so that I find myself wondering what those exercises are. I don't think this book lends itself very well to the audible format. I am enjoying the content very much but wish the narrator would slow down once in a while (even just for emphasis) and possibly read in context, such as to follow up statements such as "try the exercises on the next page" followed by actually reading them. I'm not happy with the audible format for this book.
I enjoy listening to fantasy, some science fictions and have recently found myself enjoying the lecture audiobooks.
When I purchased this audiobook I wasn't exactly sure what would be taught, but I was pleasantly surprised. I've studied body language for quite some time and there is a decent amount of information on using body language techniques to improve your charisma here, which I greatly enjoyed. What I enjoyed even more however, was the techniques focused on improving the inner self and the information on different styles of charisma one can use when well practiced.
There is a con here, but it is only slight and may not effect everyone else as it did I. While the narrator, Lisa, did a fine job, there were a great many times that editing (at least I think it was editing) was inserted into a sentence that sounded quite different from the normal voice. It may have been the same narrator being edited in after the fact, but it was enough to be a bit irritating and jarring for me.
With that small con aside, I will say that there is a lot of potentially useful information, a lot of which is practicable in the daily life. If even a fraction of it makes one more charismatic and confident then it is worth it. I think that eventually I will be going back through this audiobook again, due to all of the information.
4.5 out of 5 for me.
I would try other books from the author, not the narrator
Several good practical tips in the first couple of chapters to increase inner confidence and how to translate it into charisma
While professional and easy to understand, she is ironically not very engaging or charismatic. I find my mind wandering and getting bored so that I have to keep backing up and trying to listen again. I'm actually going to get the book and not even finish the audio
I thought that the book gives some good practical advice on how to be more charismatic.
I think I even appreciated more that the book explained what charisma actually is in a way that I had not thought of before.
There are no characters in this book per se.
Turn it on and take over.
It's a good compilation of the research related to the elements that form charisma. The examples are very clear and the exercises helpful.
The performer does a nice job reading, but she sounds more like an excited grad student than a credible expert in her field. I had to keep reminding myself that she wasn't the author in order to keep listening. The production is annoying, with extremely noticeable edits and significant variances in volume.
That many of our "gut feelings" actually have their roots in our evolution - and discomfort should not be feared.