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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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    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 44 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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    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 .


    24 of 34 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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  • Alistair
    Norwich, United Kingdom
    6/16/12
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    "Excellent"

    I thought this might struggle as an audio book but it does work. There is a lot about the reasons behind body language which enabled the author to clump body language in to bite sized chunks to make it digestable.

    14 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    PRESCOT, United Kingdom
    11/25/12
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    "Sensible and well balanced."

    Unlike some books on the subject, this author is very clear that there is no 'Pinnochio effect' which is to say you cannot see a gesture and declare someone is lying. What does happen is that we give off signals of stress or comfort, and reading these signals is very easy and rewarding if you are in a business meeting. His years of experience in the FBI and as a trainer are often included and fascinating in illustrating the book.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Hafþór
    Odense V, Bolbro, Denmark
    12/23/12
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    "Very interesting"

    The things he says and the way he describes them are easy to understand and actually laughable when you notice for yourself or at someone else. I think this book is quite comprehensive to satisfy my interest at speed reading people for personal life and business.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Mr
    Chester, United Kingdom
    12/5/12
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    "Very interesting"

    A nicely laid out book with some really interesting points. Joe's years of experience really come through, especially as he freely admits even he can still get it wrong!



    He's like a real Cal Lightman (Lie to Me) and gives some very useful tips to interpret body language.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Eoin
    Ireland
    4/8/13
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    "Great story poorly told"

    This is a really good book and gives you a lot of insight into body language - you start noticing things that you wouldn't have previously - the story is very drawn out though and it is not helped by the narrator of the audiobook who speaks in a dull, monotonous tone. If you are able to get past that the book is well worth listening to.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • P
    London, United Kingdom
    5/23/13
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    "Amazingly interesting and ultimately life changing"

    I have been enjoying a spate of non-fiction and decided to try this book. It is excellently written and very informative and has already made me look at myself and my posturing. Its amazing how much you give away with body language.

    The best part of the book is the discussion on deception which blows a large hole in the premise of the TV show "Lie to me" which is utter nonesene as with most myths about falsehood and detection.

    Highly recommeded.

    PJ

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Neil
    Weymouth, United Kingdom
    4/13/13
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    "Wonderful"

    This book is full of wisdom and insight. Joe Navarro doesn't simply provide his (expert) opinion but explains the mechanisms behind body movement and the types of movement which reveal hidden emotions. This is not another book on Body Language, this is a book about the interaction between the brain and the body and how to read body movement to gain insight into the concealed emotions of an individual. A fantastic listen.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Lyn Ryan
    Manchester, UK
    4/7/13
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    "Fantastic book!"

    This was a great listen, full of well-explained non-verbal clues that people exhibit involuntarily, due the limbic brain's natural responses to certain situations. Highly recommended!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Gary
    Bristol, United Kingdom
    2/13/13
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    "Listened Once - need to listen a few more times"

    Much along the lines of another reviewers comments, I'm sure the narration could have been tightened a little though, the writing style of the author is very much 'why use one word when you can use 10'.



    That being said, I thought the content was very interesting and useful in both a business and personal context.



    Will have to listen to it a few more times yet before I'll start using the tools and tricks in earnest.



    Sat in a meeting today feeling myself doing some of the things mentioned herein, the things that I could or should have been gaining from their faces rather than portraying in mine. Nonetheless, shows that the content has stuck in mind and therefore value cleaned from the 7 or so hours this book took.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • guilio
    BALDOCK, United Kingdom
    12/23/12
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    "This Is A Must"

    This book ive listened to a matter of 5 times and cant get bored it teaches you what to look for in people and shows you tue signs also a good book to have starting out on the road of cold reading and decepting people

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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