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Publisher's Summary

Five Stars teaches listeners how to master the art of persuasion - written and read by the best-selling author of Talk like TED.

Ideas don’t sell themselves. As the forces of globalization, automation, and artificial intelligence combine to disrupt every field career, having a good idea isn’t good enough. Mastering the ancient art of persuasion is the key to standing out, getting ahead, and achieving greatness in the modern world. Communication is no longer a “soft” skill - it is the human edge that will make you unstoppable, irresistible, and irreplaceable - earning you that perfect rating, that fifth star. 

In Five Stars, Carmine Gallo, bestselling author of Talk like TED, breaks down how to apply Aristotle’s formula of persuasion to inspire contemporary audiences. As the nature of work changes, and technology carries things across the globe in a moment, communication skills become more valuable - not less. Gallo interviews neuroscientists, economists, historians, billionaires, and business leaders of companies like Google, Nike, and Airbnb to show first-hand how they use their words to captivate your imagination and ignite your dreams. 

In the knowledge age - the information economy - you are only as valuable as your ideas. Five Stars is an audiobook to help listeners bridge the gap between mediocrity and exceptionality, and gain the competitive edge in the age of automation. 

In Five Stars, listeners will also learn: 

  • The one skill billionaire Warren Buffett says will raise your value by 50 percent
  • Why your job might fall into a category where 75 percent or more of your income relies on your ability to sell your idea
  • How Airbnb’s founders follow a classic three-part formula shared by successful Hollywood movies 
  • Why you should speak in third-grade language to persuade adult listeners
  • The one brain hack Steve Jobs, Leonardo da Vinci, and Picasso used to unlock their best ideas 

©2018 Carmine Gallo (P)2018 Macmillan Audio

Critic Reviews

“In Five Stars, communication coach Carmine Gallo skillfully builds the case that mastering the ancient art of persuasion is the key to thriving in a world of rapid technological change. Developing superior communication skills is no longer an option; it’s fundamental for success. Five Stars is an enormously valuable tool for entrepreneurs and leaders in every field.” (Tony Robbins, New York Times number-one best-selling author)

“Having worked at small startups as well as giant tech companies, I've worked with a lot of great people and a small number of really exceptional ones. In Five Stars, Carmine Gallo explains why the ability to communicate separates the 10xer. If your great ideas are locked in your head they are useless to you and your team. You have to be able to explain your ideas efficiently and persuasively - and, crucially, to be open to persuasion when the ideas aren’t so great after all. Anyone who hopes to survive and flourish in today’s economy should read this book and learn.” (Kim Scott, best-selling author of Radical Candor)

"This exceptional audio offers many useful tips while it motivates listeners to make a difference in the world by improving the way they think, write, and speak." (AudioFile Magazine

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Very inspiring book

I loved the book. The theory and stories are good and wel mixed, also the conclusion at the end of each chapter is very benificial. In my opinion Carmine Gallo has a nice voice to listen too. Now it is time for me to become great in using the learned techniques.

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Carmine does it again! He burned into my brain...

the power of why storytelling is currency of the future.

I loved the examples and analogies in this book. The stories of how people from all walks of life use storytelling to clearly, and persuasively deliver powerful ideas.

The favorite portion of the book is Part 3 where he goes into the framework of delivering a great story.

Also, Carmine is an excellent narrator because he displays what he talks about in his delivery.

I will listen to this over and over again, and will impatiently wait for his next gem.

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I would not recommend this book

Most people that are buying this book realize that communications skills are important. That is why they are buying the book. The book spends 80% of the time telling you why it is important versus telling you how to improve your communication skills.

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Perfect Communication Book

I loved it! It was a comprehensive review of the best communication skills and strategies without being an information dump. Many non-fiction books take a few concepts and repeat and repackage them over and over. This was the opposite-it covered extensive material without redundancy. As an audio book, I thought the author had the perfect narration. I will be recommending this book to everyone and I can't say enough good things about it!

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great book

great stories but doesnt really have details on what exactly to do for better comunication. worth the listen though. enspiring

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Loved the book

This was an excellent book, a real goldmine of awesome advice, practical knowledge and useful wisdom. highly recommended!

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repetitive word vomit

I ended up skipping all the way to the last chapter before I found anything remotely useful. Most of the of the book is a sentence you're heard or read before followed by a bunch of fluff just to add content and make the book longer.

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This book is so smart and light

I love everything about this book!

It’s simple to understand, the author brings a lot of stories to make his point

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it was so helpful in preparing for talk inspiring

it helped me a lot in preparing for my talk snd inspired me thank you

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Great tool for improving communication

The book contains several tools and references that are very helpful to improve how we communicate and properly transmit a message.
Highly recommend!!