I have tried this CD four times now over a period of a couple of weeks and have had a different experience each time. Benjamin Bonetti tells you up front that you should only listen to this when you are free to do so, without fear of being interrupted and when you are able to completely relax. In fact he uses the word 'relax' more often than `Frankie Goes To Hollywood', but that is all part of the technique. The idea is that once you start to feel all comfy, that your sub conscious will pick up the instructions and wise words that he is gently burbling at you through your speakers.
I know this works as I have experienced this before and used to use it for revision for exams, which nearly always worked, that is make a tape for revision and play it as you drift off to beddy bye land. Anyway the first time I played this CD, I was not really totally relaxed and I had been drinking, so I got restless and ended up finding it funny, then laughing and being anything other than `relaxed', so `strike one' as they say in the States.
The second time worked an absolute hoot, if you just want to fall into a deep sleep. I can honestly say I remembered very little, but the thing is your brain should remember and the following morning I should have resisted having a ciggy. But no I just sparked one up and carried on as normal, so `strike two'. The third time was nearly the same but I did cut down massively and found myself not `craving' but smoking out of routine, which means it might be having an effect.
The fourth time I was cognisant of most of the CD and there is some pretty good, indeed strong advice in there. Bonetti makes it quite clear that you have to want to give up; this is not a magic bullet type thing. So perhaps part of me still wants to give bucket loads of cash to the Chancellor whilst harming my health, I just don't know. Either way I am still not craving and so will carry on trying to be free of the filthy things. If I do I shall update and say what part this CD played. It is really relaxing though and so for a de stress it gets the full five stars, I will hopefully mark up to the full five after a few more attempts.