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Publisher's Summary

Instantly discover what's really going on around you!

Know the truth before you ever hear a word!

Approximately 80% of communication is expressed nonverbally. When you know how to unlock the secrets of people's nonverbal cues, you'll always have the upper hand in any situation.

In The Power of Body Language, former FBI counterintelligence officer and recognized global expert on nonverbal behavior Joe Navarro teaches you how to "speed-read" people: decode sentiments and behaviors, avoid hidden pitfalls, and look for revealing behaviors. You will discover:

  • How the subconscious limbic system drives all body language.
  • Why the face is the least likely place to gauge a person's true feelings.
  • What thumbs, feet, and a simple handshake reveal about moods and motives.
  • The most powerful behaviors that reveal our confidence and true sentiments.
  • Simple nonverbals that instantly establish trust and communicate authority.
  • Why things taught about nonverbals in the '70s and '80s are incorrect.
  • And more!

©2009 Joe Navarro (P)2009 Nightingale Conant

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Helped me with my disabled daughter!!!!

I decided to purchase this book to help me with my disabled daughter. My daughter is severely disabled and her ability to communicate when she is in distress is limited. She has lots of conditions including autism and OCD which give her much distress. I was looking for any tools to help me recognize when she is first experiencing stress so maybe I could intervene before she goes into full blown mania. I was not disappointed! Mr. Navarro gave me some valuable tools to use in observing my daughter's behavior. The suggestions in the book have already helped me recognize early stress behaviors in my daughter.

This book also gave me tools which I am excited to start practicing when observing other people's behavior. This could be fun! ;-)

The narration of the book is in a slow, methodical speech pattern which may annoy some people. However, I found that this type of delivery helped me better process the weighty information.

Thank you, Mr. Navarro, for writing this book!!! I am about to listen to the book again.

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Reread of What Everybody's Saying

Informative but needs a professional reader. Slowww and droll read. First book, What Everybody's Saying is much better.

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A Must Read for Every Human

Terrific (& valuable) information!
The one (& only) problem I had with this audio book was the author's speed in narration...it was painfully slow (he should've used someone else). I adjusted the speed in my Audible app to 1.25 & it worked like a DREAM!
With the speed up to par I could actually concentrate on what the author was saying...& the information was AMAZING!
You will really come away from this with concrete knowledge on the "how's" & "why's" of all types of body language a person will use during a conversation!
I cannot believe I didn't know this stuff...& the meaning behind different gestures, twitches, motions, pauses (I could go on & on...there's SO much to learn) that people use EVERY DAY, ALL DAY!!!
What else can I say...? An amazing book!!!

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  • Kip
  • Aitkin, MN, United States
  • 04-10-15

Same as his other book "What every body is saying"

Would you try another book from Joe Navarro and/or Joe Navarro?

This is my second book by Mr. Navarro because I enjoyed the first one I downloaded. There is no new information in this book. It is the exact same set of stories and examples in a format that is a bit more "raw" or unpolished than the other book. If he comes up with anything new I will check it out.

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

Huge disappointment it is the same as his other title just recorded by him.

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Worth it

It was good information, some of it a bit cliche, but overall worth listening to it you find this stuff interesting.

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worth listening

Namaste ji
one should listen or read once the book.
it been a good general information and experience.

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good story, terrible narrator

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overall content was very interesting, but i found it VERY very hard to listen to the guy reading the book. He sounds very arrogant and uninterested, like reading this book is a very difficult effort.

7 of 9 people found this review helpful

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Life-changing book

I have been practicing what I learned from this book and it is amazing. This has been by far the best book on body language that I have came across. It was a little slow during the first chapter, but trust me it does get better. I highly recommend this book to everyone.

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good info bad narration

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this is the second book I read form Joe N, obviously I though enough about the author to read more. Listening to him read was painful I found myself having to back it up a lot because I missed his words due to hard to pay attention.. But if you can get past that and the little interludes they have in there from the CD recording format, its a good book. The first 20 min are especially nauseating, but after that its good info if you can stomach the reading. 2 times through is about all I needed to get the info nailed down.

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Alot has changed.

Alot has changed since, How to Read a Person Like a Book. Good information and well worth it. Be patient with the presentation and focus on the content.

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  • Robert
  • 12-01-15

Insightful

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

There are a few friends that i think would find this interesting but i think the majority would find it tedious. I'd recommend it to anyone interested in body language.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

Well I definitely wasn't surprised by the ending. It’s not like it turned out the author was lying the whole way through. Like all non-fiction books the endings are usually quite obvious.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

The narrators voice started to grate on me after a while and i needed to take frequent breaks. His voice did make it difficult to listen to.

Could you see The Power of Body Language being made into a movie or a TV series? Who would the stars be?

No

Any additional comments?

Overall the content was very interesting and insightful. I have noticed i have started actively observing people a lot more and trying to spot the meanings behind their movements. It’s also interesting to spot my own pacifying behaviour and note when and why i am doing it. I enjoyed the author’s anecdotal explanations of his work with the FBI which helped to add credibility to what he is conveying. The only thing that let the audiobook down was the author’s narration. I understand why he has decided to narrate his own book but sadly his voice was not engaging and i found him very difficult to listen to. The content of the book however outweighed the narration so on the whole i enjoyed this audiobook.

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  • Mr J Phan
  • 09-03-16

Powerfull, Thoughtfull and eye opening

Would you listen to The Power of Body Language again? Why?

Yes, there is to much in this book that can be easily forgotten.

His book is insightful, old movies like Ocean eleven would have you believe you can tell if someone is lying if the person looks up left or right. What you take from his book is you can't tell what they are thinking precisely, you can tell how people feel or what mood they are in. Which can give you que's to ask follow up questions to know why they feel the way they do.

IT helped open my eye's and made me monitor myself not so I could decisive, but to practice mindfullness. I am able to now think about some of the que's and know what I am feeling with more accuracy which helped me work through my emotions rather than be ruled by them.

If you’ve listened to books by Joe Navarro before, how does this one compare?

I have not read other books

How did the narrator detract from the book?

He was very methodical, however his tempo or reading speed made it difficult to stay interested during the technical dissection of his examples.

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

No, there is to much to absorb in one go.

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  • MarkPT
  • 06-07-17

Interesting stuff

Yeah, interesting topic and content, Joe seems a down to earth and reasonable fella, and thought the information was good if not life changing!

Just a very weird and non relevant advert at the end of the book?!

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  • Equalizer UK
  • 05-18-17

Recommended

Easy to listen to. Extensive content. I will introduce some of the visual clues that I have learned from this book into my Self-Protection teaching.

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  • S. Gupta
  • 12-12-16

Good starter

Interesting to provoke imagination and get the first taste of body language. Doesn't get into a lot of depth.

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  • Gman
  • 09-15-16

Great book

Great insight into human behaviour, well worth the money. The narrator definitely knows his field.

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  • www.FASANO.co.uk
  • 01-12-15

Superb!

I have enjoyed this Audio book from the beginning to the end. It gave me a very good insight of everything i needed to learn.

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  • Andre
  • 01-18-15

Informative and eat to listen too

Well structured and helped me see things that I sort of knew in my subconscious but it validates what I thought was happening.

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  • John
  • 10-14-18

Excellent, level-headed approach to body language.

I really enjoyed this book. I couldn't get enough of it haha. Structure was nice, easy to follow. Narration was clear. And of course, it had personality. I enjoyed the level-headed approach the writer took with this topic. I reckon it's important that we adopt this as well. Overall. Very very very nice. I would've enjoyed more critical stuff though.

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  • Sveinbjorn, Iceland
  • 10-14-18

Pretty good and useful, bad reader

Pretty and useful, sorry to say I did not like the narrator. Shut have gotten someone els to read, made me lose intrest and sleepy.

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  • Josip
  • 09-14-18

Invaluable information

Invaluable information from a extremely intelligent and experienced man. wish they taught this in schools.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-11-18

A fantastic insight!

Easy listening, great content & very engaging topics. A great listen for anyone interesting in understanding human nature and social interaction.
A light hearted way to understand what some may consider a difficult topic to grasp.
I really enjoyed listening to Joe & wish he had more content to listen to!

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  • Alexandra
  • 09-25-17

will read more from Joe's work

Clear and fresh approach to body language understanding; free of prejudice and black and white labels. I can now understand the physical reasons of some body language and learned not to assume what the motivations might be. I also found Joe's delivering very enjoyable.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-23-17

educational

covered as much as it could in the time allowed,very enjoyable and nicely spoken.i will be looking for the authors other work.

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  • AYE!
  • 04-19-17

Body language 101

What did you like best about this story?

Easy to follow examples, very easy to relate to. Instantly made me conscious of my own signals. First basic thing I noticed and put into practice was it's very fun to observe people in public especially those on mobile phones; and the incredible amount of signals the Limbic System emits.

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

Joe doesn't try to fancy this course up which is good because It doesn't need it. He keeps the content constant and steady enough for it to be interesting. I think another reviewer disapproved of the narration. Given Joe's voice is a bit mono, I disagree, It's narrated perfectly for the type of content it is.

Any additional comments?

Knock down the price of this audiobook, I think it's like 40+ dollars in Australia...Lots of parental examples I didn't relate to also, but still not enough to knock a star off.

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  • ben
  • 11-08-15

very good.easy to follow and understand.

wasnt quite what i expected only because he dispells a lot of myths that are out there but overall a very good book.

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  • Patrick Agoge
  • 09-30-17

Annoying narrator "and so forth"

Decent content, but has someone actually counted how often this guy says "so forth"?
I did - for 40 minutes. It was 28 times. After that I stopped listening as I could not stand him one more minute!

Really unfortunate, as a professional narrator would have probably transported the content way better.

Will give this book back and avoid him in the future.

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  • Gary
  • 10-10-16

a comprehensive look at non verbal comms.

I liked the presentation from a clinical perspective and the blue background for the title, nice touch.

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