Recording (P)1997 by Audio Literature; Copyright ©1997 by Gavin de Becker
"De Becker has a lot to say about crime and the fear of crime, and he says it persuasively in The Gift of Fear. His blend of empathy, reassurance, and common sense wows [readers], just like it wowed the audience on Oprah." (Newsweek)
I loved the book enough that I wanted to listen to the audio version as well. I would've given it five stars if it included the full text. Find an unabridged version - the abridged one cuts out too much.
Having the entire book...
Yes, bought the Kindle version and read it from cover to cover.
The abridged version had only four instead of nine chapters. It shortened the discussion of some key issues, which made them fairly hard to understand or made it hard for the implications to sink in. Many examples were omitted; some sections were joined together and others were omitted altogether. I reached the end thinking, Was that it? Was that the book everyone raves about? Bought the Kindle version, reread it and it made a huge impact. Maybe if you are simply curious it would be a good read, but if you suspect you can actually benefit from the detailed advice, do yourself a favour and get the book.
I am a distance runner and spend hours running alone and even though I run on a well known trail in a great part of the city, as a woman, I can never be careful enough. This book has great information on trusting your gut instinct. It gave examples and cues on what to beware of or look out for. My favorite part was that he said it is okay to let anyone know that you are uncomfortable or that you don't talk to strangers. This is a concept you give up around age 13. I learned some great tips and would recommend this book to everyone! I heard about this book from Dr. Jenn Berman on her Cosmo Radio Show. Love!
Without Conscience by Robert D. Hare. That book was about getting into the mind of psychopaths. Only that book focused on con men types and this book focuses on your internal fear to guide you.
He sounds very official - his experience as a detective comes through his voice. It's a character in itself.
Hopefully all of them!
My favorite genres are absurdist humor, Sci-fi & modern fantasy, but, as you can see, I'll read just about anything. Don't mind the typos.
Buy this book! buy it for your sister. Buy it for your wife, your daughter, your friends. this is a must have for everyone!
This book was a credit well spent. This author has reinforced my belief that intuition is everything when it comes to personal safety. I urge everone, particularly teens and women, to read this book to enhance thier safety.
This audiobook helps to explain your intuition IS actually your brain and body picking up on cues that you may not consciously understand; however are there to protect you. He explains the science behind that "gut feeling" Unlike a lot of safety books this one makes you feel LESS FEAR and more confident. I used to be a victim and have problems. I haven't had a single issue of abuse since and have learned a few tips that show confidence and others have noticed. My friends have changed the way the interact with me. This book is in my top 3 of all times. Keep in mind I have over 600 audiobooks in audibles. It has some life saving info.
I wish this book was longer. The author presents some key pieces of information throughout but you feel like you're getting just part of it and missing other segments. Despite this, it was still worth the credit.
He narrates the book himself and does a reasonable job with it.
This is an amazing book that opens up a whole new way of thinking about fear. I'f you have children, it's a must read; along with protecting the gift by the same author. The authors practical good sense approach to this suject of fear, feels right. Any reader ever faced with real danger in their lives will instantly understand that he understands. Time and money well spent.
This book was recommended by a friend. It captured my interest in 5 seconds and I wished it could have been longer. I have listened to conversations of fighter pilots, lawyers, doctors, and military vets. This was as interesting as the tails of those interesting people. Just a great read
This author has a great, humane spirit, and freely shares his own life experience. He's admirable. I wish there was much more practical info, I.e. Body language that suggests volatile behavior.
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