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The Gift of Fear Audiobook

The Gift of Fear: And Other Survival Signals that Protect Us from Violence

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Publisher's Summary

Fear can save your life. It directs you to avoid that stranger, to leave the room, to call for help. The intuitive message of fear, together with rational principles, can help you to predict and thereby avoid personal violence. In this program Gavin de Becker, America's leading expert on predicting violent behavior, demystifies the apparently random and unpredictable nature of violence and shows you how interpersonal violence can be detected and derailed. De Becker's clients include celebrities, corporations, and political organizations, and he serves as an adviser to the CIA and the U.S. Supreme Court.

Recording (P)1997 by Audio Literature; Copyright ©1997 by Gavin de Becker

What the Critics Say

"De Becker has a lot to say about crime and the fear of crime, and he says it persuasively in The Gift of Fear. His blend of empathy, reassurance, and common sense wows [readers], just like it wowed the audience on Oprah." (Newsweek)

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    Kirsten 19/11/2016
    Kirsten 19/11/2016
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    "an interesting read"

    a good book. the narrator was a little bland but the story carried and kept me listening on. some good lessons to be learnt in this. particularly that no is a complete sentence and not the start of a negotiation!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Seattle Customer
    Seattle, WA United States
    20/04/09
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    "Try Unabridged Version"

    I loved the book enough that I wanted to listen to the audio version as well. I would've given it five stars if it included the full text. Find an unabridged version - the abridged one cuts out too much.

    36 of 36 people found this review helpful
  • Bree
    Santa Fe, NM, United States
    24/05/13
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    "Must Listen for Women!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Gift of Fear the most enjoyable?

    I am a distance runner and spend hours running alone and even though I run on a well known trail in a great part of the city, as a woman, I can never be careful enough. This book has great information on trusting your gut instinct. It gave examples and cues on what to beware of or look out for. My favorite part was that he said it is okay to let anyone know that you are uncomfortable or that you don't talk to strangers. This is a concept you give up around age 13. I learned some great tips and would recommend this book to everyone! I heard about this book from Dr. Jenn Berman on her Cosmo Radio Show. Love!


    What other book might you compare The Gift of Fear to and why?

    Without Conscience by Robert D. Hare. That book was about getting into the mind of psychopaths. Only that book focused on con men types and this book focuses on your internal fear to guide you.


    What does Gavin de Becker bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He sounds very official - his experience as a detective comes through his voice. It's a character in itself.


    What’s an idea from the book that you will remember?

    Hopefully all of them!


    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • colleen
    ANCHORAGE, AK, United States
    27/05/12
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    "YES!"

    Buy this book! buy it for your sister. Buy it for your wife, your daughter, your friends. this is a must have for everyone!

    13 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • E. Simond
    Pontiac, MI
    21/03/09
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    "This book could save a life"

    This book was a credit well spent. This author has reinforced my belief that intuition is everything when it comes to personal safety. I urge everone, particularly teens and women, to read this book to enhance thier safety.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Necessity
    29/11/08
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    "May actually save your life."

    This audiobook helps to explain your intuition IS actually your brain and body picking up on cues that you may not consciously understand; however are there to protect you. He explains the science behind that "gut feeling" Unlike a lot of safety books this one makes you feel LESS FEAR and more confident. I used to be a victim and have problems. I haven't had a single issue of abuse since and have learned a few tips that show confidence and others have noticed. My friends have changed the way the interact with me. This book is in my top 3 of all times. Keep in mind I have over 600 audiobooks in audibles. It has some life saving info.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Kristopher
    Calgary, AB, Canada
    1/06/09
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    "Interesting book, a bit short"

    I wish this book was longer. The author presents some key pieces of information throughout but you feel like you're getting just part of it and missing other segments. Despite this, it was still worth the credit.
    He narrates the book himself and does a reasonable job with it.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Roderic Simmons
    Frederick, MD United States
    28/06/08
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    "Just and amazing book"

    This book was recommended by a friend. It captured my interest in 5 seconds and I wished it could have been longer. I have listened to conversations of fighter pilots, lawyers, doctors, and military vets. This was as interesting as the tails of those interesting people. Just a great read

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • lee
    PORTLAND, OR, United States
    21/08/16
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    "Wise yet too brief"

    This author has a great, humane spirit, and freely shares his own life experience. He's admirable. I wish there was much more practical info, I.e. Body language that suggests volatile behavior.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Paula09
    MD, USA
    17/01/16
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    "Abridged!"
    What would have made The Gift of Fear better?

    Having the entire book...


    Would you be willing to try another book from Gavin de Becker? Why or why not?

    Yes, bought the Kindle version and read it from cover to cover.


    Which character – as performed by Gavin de Becker – was your favorite?

    N/A


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The abridged version had only four instead of nine chapters. It shortened the discussion of some key issues, which made them fairly hard to understand or made it hard for the implications to sink in. Many examples were omitted; some sections were joined together and others were omitted altogether. I reached the end thinking, Was that it? Was that the book everyone raves about? Bought the Kindle version, reread it and it made a huge impact. Maybe if you are simply curious it would be a good read, but if you suspect you can actually benefit from the detailed advice, do yourself a favour and get the book.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Ashley
    Toronto, ON, Canada
    21/06/12
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    "A must read!"

    This book teaches you to be more trusting of your intuition. I believe that the lessons in this book could even save lives. It's a very important book to read especially for women.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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