The Science of Likability

Charm, Wit, Humor, and the 16 Studies That Show You How to Master Them
Narrated by: Joe Hempel
Length: 1 hr and 53 mins
4 out of 5 stars (475 ratings)

Audible membership

$14.95 a month

Free with a 30-day trial
1 audiobook of your choice.
A monthly selection of Audible Originals.
$14.95 a month after 30 days. Cancel anytime.
Buy for $6.95

Buy for $6.95

Pay using card ending in
By confirming your purchase, you agree to Audible's Conditions of Use and Amazon's Privacy Notice. Taxes where applicable.

Publisher's Summary

Are you interested in 100 percent scientific and proven ways to make friends quickly, negotiate anything you want, turn enemies into friends, gain trust, and just be flat-out likable? How about step-by-step, methodical, literally foolproof approaches to make people want you around more?

In The Science of Likability, that's exactly what you'll get. I've taken 16 of the most influential, famous, and effective psychological studies and broken them down to see exactly how you can use their findings to your advantage. Every piece of advice in this book to increase your social standing and likability factor is backed by in-depth, peer-reviewed research.

It turns out that the majority of what we do and feel is determined subconsciously - even how much people like you. Ever get that feeling that you just don't like someone's vibe but can't explain why? It's the little things that influence our psychology, and you'll learn how to subconsciously make yourself seem likable, trustworthy, and intelligent.

From Freud, Cialdini, Pavlov, Schachter, and Goleman, these 16 studies are insightful and analytical - sometimes surprising - but, most importantly, effective and actionable. They're easy to concretely implement in your daily life to level up your charm, wit, and humor. Likability is the key to business, love, and relationships - make sure you are living your potential!

Here's a preview of what you'll learn:

  • How to read people like a book
  • How to make friends out of enemies
  • How to instantly become a close friend
  • How to negotiate anything and be persuasive.
  • How to make people trust you
  • How to make people do what you want
  • How to be a leader anyone will follow
  • How to be credible and trustworthy

©2015 Pei Kuo (P)2015 Pei Kuo

What listeners say about The Science of Likability

Average Customer Ratings
Overall
  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    200
  • 4 Stars
    136
  • 3 Stars
    81
  • 2 Stars
    34
  • 1 Stars
    24
Performance
  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    189
  • 4 Stars
    117
  • 3 Stars
    62
  • 2 Stars
    23
  • 1 Stars
    20
Story
  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    164
  • 4 Stars
    113
  • 3 Stars
    70
  • 2 Stars
    33
  • 1 Stars
    29

Reviews - Please select the tabs below to change the source of reviews.

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars

Wanted more than recap of well-known studies

I was left wanting more from this book. IMO I felt it was only a retelling of common scientific studies on the topic and was hoping the author ratcheted it up a few notches with his own findings. the author did preface in the beginning that most had been heard before.

7 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Good reminders

You can find every one of these concepts throughout other books, but it's nice to have them all neatly organized in a list like this, and in the context of likability. The chapters are short, sweet, and to the point, which is great. It's worth the listen.

4 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars

Very detailed and informative.

I personally enjoyed the topics touched and examples given to let me understand more how to implement what I learned when meeting people.

However I felt the books was somewhat short and all though the topics touched were very well explained I felt that emptiness as if I just needed a bit more to provide the 5-stars.

I would definitely recommend this book to friends and family.

2 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars
  • JC
  • 02-10-16

Good subject matter

Badly produced, though. Several times the narrator makes a mistake and it was left in, then re-recorded. Not sure if I got the bloopers edition or what. Liked the subject and the studies a lot.

8 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars

Over all good.

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

I would recommend this audiobook, it's a good intro into human interactions with very simple examples. The speaker is clear and no hissing, so a great stepping stone for anyone that is interested in being more social and being more comfortable with yourself socially.

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

The speaker is good, good voice and easy to listen to.

Any additional comments?

Like I said this audiobook is simple and short. Maybe a little to simplified, I would of liked more examples, more scientific background, and more detailed. But all in all worth the time.

7 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    2 out of 5 stars

Bad edit

Sounds like the editors didn't do their job. It sounded like it went from the sound room to audible.com

4 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Solid

This book is an easy and concise read. Great examples of the science and reasoning behind psychology. It maybe a refresher for some, but it's a good refresher if you want to call it that.

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars

A quick read/listen, and learned a few things!

Good book to play in the background of a monotonous task as it is easy to follow. My favorite part was simply seeing these aspects of friendship from a different point of view. Definitely worth the $5

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Very good!

I especially liked how information was given and then the research was provided that backed up in the statement or strategy.

2 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars

unbelievably bad!

In summary:
1. Absurdly simplistic
2. Any "Scientific" or "study" data is superficially touched on at best
3. So bad, didn't even bother to edit the recording
This audiobook isn't worth the $5 and is certainly not worth your time.


6 people found this helpful

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Shendi K
  • Shendi K
  • 05-21-19

Brilliant book

Keep on creating fun and useful books! I am s Canadian living in England. Some of your regencies to US only would grate on Uk audience . Sprinkle your anecdotes and science w UK ir European mgmt research

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Amazon Customer
  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-16-16

Pretty good!

Like the author said some sections are common sense and others I was pleasantly surprised by. The writing has good humor and unlike a lot of other skill building books he doesn't drone on with example after example. He is humorous and concise, I enjoyed it.

4 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Lisa Mcguigan
  • Lisa Mcguigan
  • 10-21-18

A good reminder of how friendly behaviour looks.

Loved listening. Patrick King is fantastic on social interaction.

Some of his other titles are better if you are listening for the first time.

In my opinion ‛Improve Your People Skills’ is a winner.