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Talking to Strangers

The Adventures of a Life Insurance Salesman
Narrated by: Peter Rosengard
Length: 9 hrs and 57 mins
3.5 out of 5 stars (3 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

"I became a life insurance salesman in London in May 1969 for the glamour, the fast cars, the groupies...the beautiful women who'd stop at nothing to buy life insurance. It's a very well-kept secret."

Thus begins Peter Rosengard's extraordinary account of his life so far and the endless adventures in which he made, lost, and remade a fortune; founded London's famous Comedy Store; discovered and managed some of the greats in stand-up comedy; turned an unknown boy band into a chart-topping sensation; and, from a cold call in a public phone box, sold the world's biggest ever life insurance policy for $100m - for which he is still celebrated in the Guinness book of records.

©2017 Peter Rosengard (P)2017 Peter Rosengard

Critic Reviews

"If Peter Rosengard writes half as well as he talks this is a work of genius. If he writes half as fast as he talks you will have finished reading this before you started." (Howard Jacobson, Booker Prize winner)
"Few careers outside show business have encompassed such vivacity, such bravado, such adulation, such immodest rewards- in short such sexiness." - Richard Askwith. The Evening Standard :ES Magazine
"Peter Rosengard is quite, quite mad- but is also brilliant and funny and can sell anything to anyone. As many of us know to our cost." -John Lloyd, TV producer ( QI, Blackadder, Not the Nine o Clock News)

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What an inspiring life

What an inspiring life from an unexpected source. Peter is an example of someone who knows their own truth, shows that life is what you make of it and to live your best life by working with whatever you have inside to offer. I'm also especially pleased that I have had the opportunity to be among the strangers Peter has talked to.

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Life changing read

I had hopes reading this book to learn how to sell. Boy did I get a bargain, not only did I get tips on how to sell but I also a life adventure from a man who has seen the ups and downs of life, who is still selling and winning. Upon hearing Peter’s voice and his captivating story telling I could not put this book down. I only wish it was longer. A must read for all sales people and people looking for an insight to one of the most charismatic and remarkable people in this world. Keep Strong! Carlo

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Go in one ear and out from other

Story is boring in my opinion, too many long situations. I couldn't finish any chapter

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  • MATTHEW
  • 01-08-2019

Living version of Forest Gump

Entertaining story of the living version of Forest Gump. Nothing about how to sell insurance, but the many adventures the author explored. Enjoyed listening to it on my drive.

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  • nathalee
  • 12-06-2019

interesting delivery

I got this audio having one thought in mind- techniques on how to talk to strangers... I walked away, or should I say I finish laughing, at the delivery of how to talk with strangers..." it is not a technique, it is simply 'just talk' with strangers..." in my opinion it was smartly written - Peter had me laughing..

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 22-01-2020

great storytelling and anecdotes

I really enjoyed this book. At first I thought the audio was an issue but it was my headphones. I changed the headphones and really love the humor, knowledge and experience Peter shared.

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  • Derek D B
  • 27-07-2020

inspiration for all salespeople

Just listen to it! You'll be glad you did! There's no super secret techniques accept the gift of getting to observe this man's unique, honest and genuine character.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 31-12-2019

Really great book

I enjoyed listening, to the fascinating life of peter Rosengard... and his ability to just DO

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  • Shanelle
  • 26-11-2018

Great listen!!

Peter rosengards lively voice makes the book all the more exciting. His experiences are intriguing and leaves you wanting more.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 18-08-2018

Candy for your ears

This book is wonderful. Opens your imagination and makes you laugh. Thank goodness for such a warm, thoughtful and refreshing view of life.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 28-03-2020

A great story of a great man.

A truely funny book from a man who has devoted his life to talking to strangers. It is an inspirational story narrated by "The greatest life insurance salesman in the world". Laugh out loud moments will show you how truely great things CAN happen when you talk to strangers. Thoroughly enjoyed and recommended.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 12-02-2020

amazing book !!!

loved the book , it has inspired me , thank you . I've met Peter Rosangard, friendly and full of drive.

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  • James M-S
  • 04-11-2019

Brilliant

A well written book on an amazing life (salesman)! Everything you need to know about how to sell life insurance at the same time as eating multiple breakfast every day, which is surely a contradiction.

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  • Dan Watford
  • 25-01-2018

Amazing

Everyone should listen to this. It’s amazing! Essential listening about an amazing journey and incredible life.

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  • Steve K
  • 03-12-2017

Interesting Guy & Interesting Story

Never heard of the guy until now but really enjoyed his book. Good for anyone in sales, life insurance and / or with an interest in motivational books.

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  • Andrew.
  • 10-11-2017

Brilliant. .

Very captivating. First audio book I've listened to from start to finish. Brilliant narration. Never heard of Rosengard before but he is inspiring.