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Lizards Eat Butterflies unveils David Martin’s deepest passion about how we’re living on this planet and how we could do so much more to improve our experience with a shift in perspective. In a triumph of cutting-edge science, social commentary, and deeply personal life experience, he shows us that, with an alteration in perspective, that which stands in the way of our humanity is an illusion that can be eradicated. 

Far from being a 12-step program - this is the un-program in 12 sections - Lizards Eat Butterflies deconstructs the myths that trap us into victimhood, isolation, and futility. Having traveled the world for three decades of work and with the worldwide film success of Future Dreaming, along with many lectures and workshops, he weaves the narrative of this book to create a tapestry of provoking, thoughtful, and considered reexaminations of our dominant myths and perspective impairments. Lizards is a practical conversation starter to defuse the explosive challenges of inadequacy, indifference, and apathy.

©2020 David E. Martin (P)2020 Waterside Productions, Inc.

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An outstanding guide on how to authentically live

David is a man who has achieved at the highest level across many spheres and given enormously to many throughout his life - beyond the imagination of most and despite disabilities that would have stopped almost all of us. This book provides a set of provocations to help others begin to own who and what they are and begin to truly live fully, whatever that means for you. Ultimately, David is simply sharing himself with us, warts and all. Authentically.
Thank you, David.

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Cuts through the popular mythology!

I really enjoyed "Lizards eat Butterflies". David Martin expresses the delightful simplicity of his points with humour and personal stories, while smashing the thinking paradigms that we have held to be true in the world's mainstream thinking for hundreds of years.

This book is one to go through again and again. I took it on board like a voracious caterpillar in the first sitting. I found myself coming back to read again and chew over key points as I inevitably stubbed my toe on a real life example of how I thought in butterfly when thinking lizard turns my perspective around in satisfying and rewarding ways.

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get your head out of the narrative

brilliantly written to get you thinking about everything from a to z. you'll want to listen to it more then once

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Glad I listened to this book rather than read it

This book is deep and many will abandon it before the end because it seeks to question your reality of life.

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  • 12-09-2021

Good Topic Ruined by Author

First, this author is a HORRIBLE narrator. It was so damn painful.

Second, you know when your parents tried to be cool by saying things that you a d your friends would say, and all it did was make you cringe and yell at your parents to go away? Martin does that in his book. A lot. There’s an “Ain’t nobody got time for that” an “OMG,” and plenty of other attempts at humor that are so cringe-worthy that it’s hard to listen to.

This book was free, otherwise, I’d ask for a refund.

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  • Ryan
  • 30-01-2021

Intellectually Engaging // Author as an Orator? No thanks.

I’m sorry...I tried, I really did. There’s just something about the authors voice and demeanor that rubs me the wrong way. Should’ve had someone else narrate this. Dr. Martin is clearly brilliant and I think this book is amazing. It’s just his tone of voice and mildly awkward smugness that I couldn’t endure.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-12-2020

Powerful Game Changer...Love!!!

Lots to unpack here! Enjoyed the ride...definitely a must repeat! Thanks for you’re wisdom & truth telling Doc!

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  • Marvin O. Smith
  • 26-11-2020

Break Out

If one was ever dissatisfied with ones ability to accurately access changes in the world around oneself, this book may be of value. The first chapter attacks many "sacred cows" of modernity and may be a put-off for many readers. This is a way David uses to identify areas of ones life that may be contributing to ones dissatisfaction with life. After that, he focuses in on eight myths that have kidnapped many in our western world and thus opens up possible areas for re-evaluating how we think and thus live life.

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  • Cheyne Johnson
  • 29-12-2021

Slightly elevated drivel

A tangential tea-time of meanderings about nothing too much in particular. To its credit, there was some sort of a valid twinkling philosophical value supporting highways of sardonic bitterness, though it was often obscured by seemingly unending deluges of piecemeal drollery. For one to glean from such a work, it felt as if one must also agree to plan for a 10-fold recovery session, or perhaps just abandon the attempt altogether, which is what I did.

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  • maryperdew
  • 23-11-2021

Politics in self help?

If you truly wanted to help people you wouldn’t insult millions of people who are conservative. I immediately stopped reading as soon as I saw politics would be a theme here.

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  • Michael B.
  • 16-09-2021

And the point is?

There are some interesting musings here on the illusion of self and the inextricable connectedness and continuity of everything, but it never really drives to a point, and after all has little to do with the titular remedy. So what, is the feeling I'm left with. And his constant talking down to the reader and litanies of self accomplishment really insult the intelligence.

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  • Leah
  • 30-08-2021

A wonderful book

Very interesting and mind expanding. Thank you for this wonderful book that made me think more about life, cultures and consciousness. Also thank you for reading the whole thing in Audible so I can listen while still working without having to be connected to the internet. Much appreciation 🙏

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  • Erica R McKelvey
  • 23-08-2021

A most fascinating and engaging book

I am going to listen to this book again and then probably buy it in print so I can read it even after the world goes off the rails. Highest recommendation.

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  • FlGatorsGuy
  • 08-02-2021

One invaluable pieces to my puzzle

Not easy to write a review about this book but all I can say is that I value it for its challenges and provoking content the questions that it causes me to have an answer, and for the things that I find similar in my own life and experiences. It’s not often that an author’s Life and challenges mirror so many in your own, but when it does it forms a strong bond between you and the book that you’re reading. Thank you for being you. Thank you for sharing you.

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  • Nynne Tinne Søndergaard
  • 08-09-2020

A rare encounter

An audiobook narrated by the author himself could be dull, boring or uninspiring since he knows it all and speak with same know-it-all-therefore-it's-obvious-tone.

Not. An action-packed story filled with details, surprises, facts and musings, which takes you further than Bilbo and Frodo ever traveled. More like "To the infinity and beyond".

So many layers of knowledge, ideas, new ways of seeing things will surely make both your brains and bioelectric field explode in new neural networks, a quite different way of looking at a butterfly (!) or gaze into the unknown. Whether the universe or a job application for herding Yak oxen in Mongolia.

Go, go, go! Delwe into this inferno. Forget about NLP, positive psychology, missionaries and purple scarfs.

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  • Sylwia Smalcerz
  • 13-04-2021

I nvitation to discovery of oneself and meaning.

6 questions are to be answered yet... Engaging and funny. Deeply inspiring and insightful in searching for meaning of one's life.

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  • J. Visser
  • 14-12-2020

Brilliant, insightful, inspirational

Dr Martin’s life is a beacon that shows just what is possible.
Yes he is brilliant, insightful, compassionate and inspirational but he also shows his deep vulnerability. He encourages us to deeply question ourselves& our our society and be our authentic self and to share that in order to grow, connect and learn how express our unique life force.

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  • Fernanda C.
  • 15-11-2021

The longest introduction ever

He lost me on the first 30 mins… it flows really well . Sorry but not for me

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  • lanea bittaye
  • 25-10-2021

has nothing to do with addiction.

the title is some what disceving. really didn't understand what the book was actually about, but does give you food for thought in some areas.

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