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What Every BODY Is Saying: An Ex-FBI Agent’s Guide to Speed-Reading People | [Joe Navarro, Marvin Karlins]

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

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.
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Publisher's Summary

He says that's his best offer. Is it?

She says she agrees. Does she?

The interview went great - or did it?

He said he'd never do it again. But he did.

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. You will discover:

  • The ancient survival instincts that drive body language
  • Why the face is the least likely place to gauge a person's true feelings
  • What thumbs, feet, and eyelids reveal about moods and motives
  • The most powerful behaviors that reveal our confidence and true sentiments
  • Simple nonverbals that instantly establish trust
  • Simple nonverbals that instantly communicate authority

Filled with examples from Navarro's professional experience, this definitive book offers a powerful new way to navigate your world.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio.

©2008 Joe Navarro (P)2011 HarperCollinsPublishers

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    Tom Macquarie Hills, Australia 05-02-12
    Tom Macquarie Hills, Australia 05-02-12
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    "Good info made boring by monotone delivery"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Mr Navarro establishes his qualifications at the start of the book. And then again every few pages or so. I would have liked less of that.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Joe Navarro and Marvin Karlins ? Why or why not?

    I would listen to another one. The information is helpful, and interesting.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Monotone. For a while I thought he might actually start spelling out words. Clear? YES. Interesting? NO.


    Any additional comments?

    While the constant restating he is an FBI Agent, and the monotone delivery was annoying, on the whole, the information is useful, often surprising, fresh and clearly presented. The emphasis on what can and cannot be read from viewing body language was honest and informative. I'll listen to this one again.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Rick 11-30-12
    Rick 11-30-12
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    "An unadulterated crock, plus painful narration."

    I've never given a one star review out of hundreds of Audible purchases - but they don't allow zero stars (or minus stars) for which this waste of hard drive space would qualify. Believe this pseudo-science bit of drivel if you wish, but utter drivel it shall remain. I suspect this to be largely a manufactured book deal to supplement the author's FBI pension. Don't expect even the merest whiff of scientific evidence to support his very nearly psychic claims and you shan't be disappointed. To overcome the boredom (and ponderous narration) I found it more informative to attempt to follow the profusion of logical fallacies that permeate this troubling discourse. I so rarely feel that I have wasted a credit (and my time) but, I regret that such is the case. And yes, as many others have so stated, the narration is, at best, quite intolerable. Purchase at your peril.

    23 of 29 people found this review helpful
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    manaf 05-25-12
    manaf 05-25-12 Member Since 2014

    I am a plastic surgeon by profession A father by heart A trader by choice A teacher by passion A child by curiosity

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    "an ok book"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    not sure , i might have created a summery of each chapter at the end highlighting the points presented in the chapter


    If you’ve listened to books by Joe Navarro and Marvin Karlins before, how does this one compare?

    no


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    informative
    slightly back and forth


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    not sutable


    Any additional comments?

    i did learn something

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    G. House Sr. Sherborn, MA, United States 05-21-12
    G. House Sr. Sherborn, MA, United States 05-21-12 Member Since 2015

    I am an avid listener. I listen between 75-100 hours per month on my iPhone: 60% fiction to 40% non-fiction.

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    "Get great insight with minimum fluff"
    If you could sum up What Every BODY Is Saying in three words, what would they be?

    Know thy interactions.


    What did you like best about this story?

    This is a very informative book. Navarro is a retired FBI agent with a great deal of experience in the art of reading people. What I liked most was his attention to the methods for reading people in contrast to telling many stories from his career. Too often in books like this are short on information and long on memories. This is not the case for this excellent work of non-fiction.


    What about Paul Costanzo’s performance did you like?

    Paul's reading was very clear and articulate. However, you could have picked up the tempo of the reading.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I would say 70% of the material in this book surprised me. My expectations of what was offered were surpassed because the information was clearly field tested and so different from what I would have guessed.


    Any additional comments?

    I recommend reading this if you want to learn more about human gestures and what they generally mean.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Britt Atlanta, GA, USA 03-29-12
    Amazon Customer Britt Atlanta, GA, USA 03-29-12

    Britt

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    "Is Paul Costanzo a robot or a person?"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I can't believe a person can sound so robotic that does this professionally. I had to speed it up just to tolerate his constant rhythm that was not appropriate for how the sentences were worded. Made this very difficult to get through.


    What didn’t you like about Paul Costanzo’s performance?

    Nothing.


    34 of 45 people found this review helpful
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    Kindle Customer 03-23-12

    QUESTION : DOES LISTENING TO AUDIO BOOKS MAKE YOU SMARTER? If so, I'm. Freakin Genius!

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    "WOW! I learned so much. "Happy Feet", enough said."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, I would recommend this book to anyone interested in the people around them.


    What other book might you compare What Every BODY Is Saying to and why?

    I remember reading a book about body language in the eighties. I can't remember the exact title, I was quite a bit younger, (weren't we all?). But.. in that book a lot of the same observation were made.


    Have you listened to any of Paul Costanzo’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, but he did a great job.


    What’s an idea from the book that you will remember?

    *See Headline


    Any additional comments?

    I loved this book. It comes with a PDF. Make sure you download it.

    19 of 25 people found this review helpful
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    Robert Fresno, California, United States 03-19-12
    Robert Fresno, California, United States 03-19-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Good if you like the subject"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    If a friend was interested in the subject, I would recommend the book based on the authors experience and knowlege of the subject. However the book references diagrams not provided in the audio version.


    21 of 29 people found this review helpful
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    Chris Grimsby, Ontario, Canada 03-19-12
    Chris Grimsby, Ontario, Canada 03-19-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Great text."
    Would you consider the audio edition of What Every BODY Is Saying to be better than the print version?

    No. They are essentially the same.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    The narrator had a good serious tone that was appropriate to the content. However, it was much too obvious that he was reading and thus it was quite monotone.


    18 of 25 people found this review helpful
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    Tracy Orofino, ID, United States 03-13-12
    Tracy Orofino, ID, United States 03-13-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Absolute must read for everyone !"
    Would you consider the audio edition of What Every BODY Is Saying to be better than the print version?

    Yes and no. Listening is great but it does come with PDF file so you can follow along .


    What insight do you think you’ll apply from What Every BODY Is Saying?

    I work crisis intervention . When I ask a person if he feels suicidal I will know better how to evaluate body language regardless of eye contact .


    25 of 35 people found this review helpful
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    Ruthanne Fairfield, NJ, United States 02-16-12
    Ruthanne Fairfield, NJ, United States 02-16-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Outstanding!"
    Would you listen to What Every BODY Is Saying again? Why?

    What could be better than information from an ex-FBI officer who spent his time specializing in reading body language?

    Don't bother with anything else on the subject of body language.

    Enough said.


    26 of 37 people found this review helpful
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    1/17/15
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    Interesting and informative, dull reading voice seems slow and monotonous, but ultimately worth the time spent reading it. Not bad

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dev Nayak
    Chelsea, London United Kingdom
    12/9/14
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    "Essential life skill"
    What made the experience of listening to What Every BODY Is Saying the most enjoyable?

    The content is very interesting and reading body language is an essential life skill to understand people.


    What other book might you compare What Every BODY Is Saying to, and why?

    Na


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    Reading legs!


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    No

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Peter Fields
    11/30/14
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    "Excellent book"
    What made the experience of listening to What Every BODY Is Saying the most enjoyable?

    The story was easy to understand and explanations of people's action were very clear. The narrator's voice is easy to listen to also.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • dazzmos
    10/22/14
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    "very detailed"
    What made the experience of listening to What Every BODY Is Saying the most enjoyable?

    very detailed very detailed


    What was one of the most memorable moments of What Every BODY Is Saying?

    very detailed very detailed very detailed


    Have you listened to any of Paul Costanzo’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    very detailed very detailed very detailed


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    very detailed very detailed very detailed


    Any additional comments?

    very detailed

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    London, England
    7/7/14
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    "You will NEVER loot at people the same way!"
    Any additional comments?

    This audio book comes with a pdf which you can use to reference back to as the book progress. The author presents principles and then illustrates the point with a very interesting story. I find that I watch and look at people I am communicating to with greater awareness. Even if I can't remember what exactly a certain movement might mean at that moment in time, you can always refer back to the pdf as well. People are not so poker face anymore even though they try to be.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ray
    Peterlee, United Kingdom
    2/11/14
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    "Too long."
    What did you like best about What Every BODY Is Saying? What did you like least?

    Some very good information about subject matter just "spread" over too long a time.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Joe Navarro and Marvin Karlins ? Why or why not?

    Possibly but would check reviews first.


    What three words best describe Paul Costanzo’s performance?

    Worth it, just.


    Do you think What Every BODY Is Saying needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Yes a pocket guide would suffice.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    LITTLEHAMPTON, United Kingdom
    1/17/14
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    "Dragged on a bit....."
    What did you like best about What Every BODY Is Saying? What did you like least?

    Best: Examples given
    Worst: It really did go on and on and on and......


    If you’ve listened to books by Joe Navarro and Marvin Karlins before, how does this one compare?

    N/A


    What aspect of Paul Costanzo’s performance might you have changed?

    Lack of tonality.


    Did What Every BODY Is Saying inspire you to do anything?

    No, not really


    Any additional comments?

    Best listened to in short bursts, it's very repetitive.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • max
    Penistone, United Kingdom
    10/16/13
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    "Hideously Boring"
    Would you try another book written by Joe Navarro and Marvin Karlins or narrated by Paul Costanzo?

    Sadly the "academic" co author has hijacked the main author (the FBI chap) and created what could have been an interesting and insightful book into a tedious and thoroughly boring audio. The academic should also remember you cannot refer to illustrations when you are listening to an audio book. 100% disappointed.


    What could Joe Navarro and Marvin Karlins have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Sack the academic and just have the FBI chap tell it his way.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Paul Costanzo’s performances?

    No


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Totally pissed off.


    Any additional comments?

    If the real author (FBI chap) is reading this.....if I have "read" this right...you should have gone with your instincts and had faith in your own creation. Forget the academic with his high flying words....most people are bored by this and want a practical book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sue Bayliss
    London, England United Kingdom
    9/27/13
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    "Excellent book, would recommend."

    I really liked this audiobook. It's a lot to take in but an excellent listen. I have read a few body language books before and this one is one of the best.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Guy
    Warrington, United Kingdom
    9/20/13
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    "Becoming more aware"
    Where does What Every BODY Is Saying rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is an interesting book. When I first started listening to this book, I was almost put off by the endless references that set the stage for the material to be discussed. The author spends a lot of time citing his resume in these early stages - but then it became clear that the stage setting is necessary to understand the concepts of 'reading' body language.
    I became fascinated with the way the material and now find myself watching people very closely.
    Although I have invested in the written book as well, I will be re-listening to this book as there is so much material crammed into a little space. The blend of the science and the practice of body language is just about right for people who only want to learn (understand) this new language!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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