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Publisher's Summary

Penguin presents the unabridged downloadable audiobook edition of Captivate: The Science of Succeeding with People, written and read by Vanessa Van Edwards.

Do you wish you could decode people? Do you want a formula for charisma? Do you want to know exactly what to say to your boss, your date or your networking partner? You need to know how people work.

As a human behaviour investigator, Vanessa Van Edwards studies the hidden forces that drive our behaviour patterns in her lab - and she's cracked the code. In Captivate she shares a wealth of shortcuts, systems and behaviour hacks derived from her research, to help you take charge of interactions at work and at home. You'll learn how to execute a social game plan to navigate any social situation; how to speed-read faces for seven universal 'microexpressions' that can be used to predict people's emotions; and much more besides. When you understand the laws of human behaviour, you can get along with anyone. With Vanessa's help you will never interact in the same way again.

Includes a bonus PDF of quizzes, graphs and illustrations.

©2017 Vanessa Van Edwards (P)2017 Penguin

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Highly recommend listening.

For anyone who wants to improve how they communicate with others and enrich the quality of their relationships both personal and professional, l recommend that you purchase this audiobook. I also purchased the actual book and look forward to utilising further learning material via the science of people website. Thank you, Vanessa Van Edwards.

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Awesome!

I simply loved it from the beginning! Vanessa is definitely a professional and in a very funny mood I learned a lot about me! Now I have the tools to start to become a new me! Thank you Vanessa!

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Awesome

best book I have ever listened to. I major in psychology so when I heard the big five and five love languages I got excited. this book showed me that soft skills are important in the work place as well as your personal and romantic life

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There is a science to people

Found the book to be full of lessons and very structured. It is hard to follow it as well as reading because of the various exercises throughout so I intend to go to the supplementary material and actually run through it to retain and use some what is taught. Overall, it's a good hack into the human mind.

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  • Jay
  • 11-17-17

Life Changing

I don't usually write reviews but this audiobook was too good for me not to. I've really enjoyed listening to Vanessa's friendly and welcoming tone.

The guidance she provides is so easy to grasp and very practical. I've already started implementing these into my daily life and noticed the difference.

I highly recommend this book for anyone that could benefit from a direction on how to master social situations!

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  • Mioli
  • 06-06-18

A must for those who struggle to connect with people

I am the person, who would be described as extrovert by those who know me well, but introvert by those who just met me. I always struggled with new people and to connect with them or leave a positive impression. However as I am in a leadership now I understand the importance of it and tried to analyse others people behaviours and mirror them myself. Since I came across Vanessa’s videos and then this book I can strongly say that my communication with others have improved significantly! I have listened to this book in the car or gym, but I’ll listen to it again so I can take notes! Thank you Vanessa!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-01-18

Good listen on move and at lunch time

I like the humour and jokes in this book. Maybe I’m too lazy to do all the tasks but I have put a note on them to come back when I do have a time . Will probably listen again suggest this to everyone who wants to be better with people.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-28-18

stick with it

it gets better as it progresses. The structure of the book keeps you engaged and some of the tips can be used in real life (though not all of them). The stories are interesting and all the hacks are backed up with science

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  • Bee
  • 08-23-18

In love with Vanessa

Absolutely love this book! It’s the secret handbook for life. I want to keep it secret from everyone! Going to buy a hard copy too for lifetime reference! Also have such a girl crush on Vanessa! Amazing woman!

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  • Phillip Boateng
  • 08-06-18

Great Book- Didn’t want it to finish

Really enjoyed listening to this book, its full of soo many great tips and examples. I will definitely be checking out her YouTube channel for more content.

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  • SozzO3
  • 04-18-18

Love this book

I loved this audio book so much I've listened to it twice and bought the paper version. Highly recommend!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-04-18

Amazing, actionable and engaging book

Perfect pace, loads of actionable advice, humorous and tonnes of knowledge. A must read for personal growth. The extra digital resources are great aids for learning also. Can't wait to put this knowledge into use!

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  • Frank Drebin
  • 11-02-17

A must-read for the digital generation

Take a short cut to overcome social anxiety and build better connections wish I had read it years ago.

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  • Annalise
  • 10-23-17

fascinating

really enjoyable
need to listen to it again
so much info
can't wait to try the boys bus stuff

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-13-17

Loved this!

So much to think about!
Loved Vanessa & her unique take on people skills. Really thought provoking & helpful info that definitely makes you want to follow up.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-25-18

Fabulous fun for everyone

Rich and enlightening, this is not a book but a valuable set of tools with insights into basic yet complex humanness. Loved it.
Thanks Vanessa 😀👌😁

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  • Wynand
  • 08-07-18

Relationships Transformed

This book has been full of useful ideas and tools that have already transformed my interactions with people. Every single chapter has golden nuggets of practical tips I can implement immediately. I will definitely listen to the audio book again for a refresher in a few months... It’s that good! Thank you so much for this book Vanessa

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  • Michael
  • 06-25-18

Love your work!

As usual, your insight into social interaction are awesome. The way you explain these complex but important subject is entertaining but complete. You have sparked a new level of understanding that l wish l had a decade ago. Keep up the good work.

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  • Em
  • 06-18-18

Uninspiring

I couldn't finish listening to this. It aims low and states the obvious; nothing new to learn here.

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  • 03-25-18

Practical tips

Great narration from the author herself which makes it easy and enjoyable to listen to. The tips recommended are practical and applicable.

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  • Adam Lethlean
  • 03-04-18

Amazing

Useful practical and invaluable! VVE your body of work is simply amazing. An empowering “read”.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-15-18

Love the content

Very practical explanations and summary for levelling up relationships. Also great way to learn to understand others

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  • Tania Ras-Devereux
  • 12-31-17

How to read the Single-image Stereogram of People

This is the how to, of reading people, who are a bit like those jumbled pictures that leap out at you once you know how to focus your eyes. Everybody sees the same picture, but only through practice, perseverance or in this case clear precise instruction can you see the 3D image leap out at you. Hi Five to Vanessa and Team. :)

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  • Sofaki
  • 10-19-17

Loved it!

Easy to listen, good information and makes very good points! I did enjoy it! Thank you!