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Publisher's Summary

Most people would like to be more creative, more persuasive and more attractive. For years gurus and life coaches have urged people to improve their lives by changing the way they think and behave, but scientific research has revealed that many of their techniques, from group brainstorming to visualization, are ineffective.

Fortunately, in 59 Seconds, psychologist Richard Wiseman is on hand to provide fast-acting, myth-busting scientific answers to a huge range of everyday problems. From job hunting to relationships and from parenting to self-esteem, personal and professional success may be less than a minute away....

Find out why putting a pencil between your teeth instantly makes you feel happier.

Discover why even thinking about going to the gym can help you keep in shape.

Learn how putting just one thing in your wallet will improve the chance of it being returned if lost.

©2009 Richard Wiseman (P)2016 Pan Macmillan Publishers Ltd.

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  • Vic
  • 01-25-17

Content brilliant ..... but not for Audio.

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This book in paperback would, I'm sure be excellent. However, in audio format it just does not work. Not because the content is any less interesting but because the narrator constantly makes references to books and papers where he has taken notes or extracts from.
In paperback format you can just brush pass these without taking any notice but when they are read to you, you cant. And it isnt just the odd one. Its many many times in every chapter, sometimes three very long references in a couple of minutes.
It really spoiled the listening for me. And it's not as if it couldn't be changed. It could. Instead of the author saying .....
'See G Hertingan, H Pack and K Schnetter 2001, self regulation of goal setting, turning free fantasies about the future in to binding goals' Published in the journal of personality and social psychology
Which is of no relevance to the casual listener, he could say for eg. 'See Reference 102.'
And at the end of the audio, just list all the references.

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  • t
  • 01-10-17

Fantastic book that I would recommend to anyone!!

This book is absolutely bursting with information that can be used to improve your daily life in almost any aspect. Going to listen to it again for the second time

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  • hassaan ali
  • 09-17-16

the anti self-help, self-help book

What disappointed you about 59 Seconds?

Basically a book about some of the books and articles the author has read on the study of popular psychology. In it he offers pages filled with words so as to justify the cost and make a living. Comes across as an exercise in how to simplify what others have said for the purpose of showing how such over simplifications can be proven to be wrong, scientifically of course. Probably some good stuff in there somewhere but youll have to get past lots of filler to find it.

Would you ever listen to anything by Richard Wiseman again?

can i get back to you on that?

What does Peter Noble bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

dont know, havent read it but based on what ive heard i do think he is a good narrator, a bad one can properly break a book

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

disappointment. Luckily i have the power of positive thinking to help suppress that

Any additional comments?

sugar is bad for you

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  • Nicola Natali
  • 04-11-18

Many interesting studies but no core message

All the studies are interesting but it lacks of a core message that connects them together.

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  • M. S.
  • 03-31-18

Fascinating and informative

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Absolutely. Indeed, I did so! The book contains lots of practical information, hints and tips to live a happier life.

What was one of the most memorable moments of 59 Seconds?

The instructions on how to write a diary to make oneself happy and one to start on any goal.

What about Peter Noble’s performance did you like?

It was excellent for the subject matter. Fast paced, yet clear and precise.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No, after each chapter I instead wanted to go away and try what had been suggested to me.

Any additional comments?

If you've enjoyed the book as much as I did, may I recommend "Paranormality" and "The Luck Factor" as further reading?

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  • C. Stocker
  • 03-27-18

Makes you think and smile

Great book which is read and performed brilliantly. The information is rich and probably a bit too densely packed for an audio book. However, fabulous information and will make you think and smile.

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  • Rebecca
  • 12-27-17

Very informative

Felt like I was given insight to some well kept secrets. Highly recommended - want to buy the hard copy too and make important notes

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  • M. Kattukaran
  • 03-17-17

Useful evidence based information

The content of the book is interesting and relevant but as an audiobook the barrage of names of cited authors can get annoying at times.