The Birth Order Book

Why You Are the Way You Are
Narrated by: Wayne Shepherd
Length: 9 hrs and 22 mins
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Firstborn? Only child? Middle child? Baby of the family? Find out what it means to you, your relationships, and your career. Do you realize that of the first 23 astronauts in space, 21 were firstborns and the other two were the only child in their family? Are you aware that many successful entrepreneurs are middle children? Is it any surprise that most comedians are the youngest child in their family?

It's all about birth order. Birth order powerfully influences who you are, whom you marry, the job you choose, and the kind of parent you are. And Dr. Kevin Leman's The Birth Order Book will help you understand yourself, get along better with others, overcome ingrained tendencies you never thought you could get rid of, and be more successful in the workplace.

This revised and updated audio edition of Dr. Leman's classic book includes more than 30 years of experience and research, current examples, and fascinating stories to show how birth order impacts your life. Thousands of people have unlocked the secrets of birth order already. Shouldn't you be one of them?

©2009 Kevin Leman (P)2009 Oasis

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Could He Be More All Over The Board?

I liked the concept and believe there is something to it but the number of exceptions to his rules (or primary premiss) for each birth order slot diminishes the idea. Would have been better to address main characteristics then briefly and concisely address the exceptions.

Also, the jumping around on topics and stories made it hard to follow.

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Just for fun

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

I have already recommended this book to a few people who I think may benefit from giving it a read, however I do not believe that it lives up to it's, some what exhaustive, claim that it offers 'life changing' wisdom within it's pages/wavelengths.

What could Kevin Leman have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Usually when I buy a book of this kind I am looking for lots of real life application suggestions. This book offers little in that regard.

Have you listened to any of Wayne Shepherd’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

This is the first I have listened to narration by Wayne Shepherd. I would happily recommend his performances.

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This book was a fun read/listen but my personal opinion is that the psycographic profiles presented by Dr Leman are a bit too exacting and few people would fit into such a precise frame.I give this book a star rating of 462 out of 1000...

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Eye Opening and Extremely Helpful

My marriage, parenting, and personal growth are positively effected by this book. Funny, excellent read.

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Necessary guide to understanding your family

Family matters can be a headache, and I have never satisfied with the explanation of “that’s just the way it is.” Cubby Lehman’s theory on birth order has helped me simplify deep rooted family dynamics that have been made so complex mysterious and unfathomable. I’ve been told to not try and make things better between family members, but I could never stop trying and this book gives me confidence that I can help make a change; if not for my parents and siblings then for my future wife and kids. Cheers to you doc

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great book

love it it was a great read .a must read I never thought so much had to do with my birth order

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Excellent and full of helpful information

This book helped me to understand myself and my children so much better. I felt like it gave insight into my upbringing and will help me to become a better single mom. The content is informative, entertaining, and easy to follow along

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Source of much introspection

I think anyone looking to improve relationships, business and even self-improvement will benefit from the insights dr. Lehman discusses in this best-seller.

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Excellent!

This book is very helpful and I will listen and read it again! Very good!

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Wow! Absolutely Dumbfounded! So Relevant

Absolutely loved it! Recommend it to all parents, ministry staff, business professionals, bookclubs, etc. Makes perfect sense!

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Great insight! Worth a read for any parent, business person/team, and really anyone

Great insight! Worth a read for any parent, business person/team, and really anyone

I have heard about this through the years and finally took the plunge to listen to the book. It gave me insight on my own upbringing, why I have certain traits (positive and negative) and helped my wife and I make important changes to our parenting habits. Thanks!

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  • Piotr P.
  • 11-30-19

Thank you for sharing your wisdom.

Rare topic , immensely helpful to understand why you and others are the way they are.
I wish my youngest brother read it too.

Thank you again

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  • tiffer
  • 10-28-19

so enlightening. really help me understand more

I really enjoyed this book and it has put a lot of things into perspective. I think this book will help parents, couples, leaders and pretty much everyone. Be open minded, this book does not have all the answers but certainly answered plenty of my questions...

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  • Anthony
  • 04-29-15

The Birth order book

Brilliant book. Loved it.
It is a shame there was not more information about this in the book, fascinating.
Thanks

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-22-18

So much insight

This book has help me understand myself and the people around me so much more. Reading it has had a positive influence on my marriage and how I deal with and raise my three children. It has also helped me better understand my co-workers and how best to interact with them in a positive way to get the job done. I feel like I am better equipped to deal with life!