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Think Like a Spy

Length: 3 hrs and 55 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (128 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Imagine having three life-coaches who had been through the toughest mental and physical challenges; a crack team of problem-solvers who knew in their day job that one mistake could be the difference between life - and death.

Think Like a Spy brings together ex-officers from the CIA, the FBI and the British Royal Marines. Across eight themed half-hours, they recount their experiences of working in the most stressful situations around the world - and how you can apply the same intelligence techniques to your own everyday life to become more productive, more perceptive and confident.

A TBI Media production for Audible Originals.

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Journalist and presenter Tazeen Ahmad sadly passed away, aged 48, after the recording of this series. To mark the launch of this title Audible will be donating to two charities which were close to her heart. Mosac supports all non-abusing parents and carers whose children have been sexually abused. Woman’s Trust is a specialist mental health charity, providing free counselling and therapy for women who have experienced domestic abuse.

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I ONLY WISH THERE WAS MORE OF THIS!

I absolutely loved this audiobook! Probably one of my favorites so far, I don't see why there is bad reviews about it (Smh)
The stories and the lessons follow suit were amazing! The whole story telling and the in-depth lessons were incredible! I can only wish each section went longer and or more of this style concept! Please make more!

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no good

Its very strange and not really relevant
It just mentions topics without really going into them just giving their personal experiences with an over inflated self importance while exposing what sounded like CIA and FBI war crimes and corporate espionage.
I'll also say Audible doesn't play them in order.

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reasonably interesting free podcast

Enjoyed some of the stories told by the three operatives, though unfortunately they were clearly chosen to illustrate lessons than for entertainment value. The stretch to reframe some 'spy skills' into inspirational civilian self-help was unintentionally hilarious

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Its a bloody help series

I cant stand self help books.
It might have had some small bits of infomation to take down and the stories that the professionals told are fairly entertaining but the format its so cringey.

i struggled to get through it all and im dissapointed thats the case

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Well balanced and informative

Fascinating! I thoroughly enjoyed the stories that were shared and the format in which this audio book was created. Relating the skill and knowledge required to achieve desired outcomes to relevant daily life is exactly what is sometimes neglected in life hack instructionals but it's all tied together here episode by episode very well. I wish there was more.

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Not Enjoyable

Difficult to listen to. No correlation to real life scenarios with unrealistic story lines. Story's told by 'agents' are interesting but generally leave you with more questions than answers.

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good listening, interview style book

was good as they had different perspectives from different specialties. I did find it more interesting then educational but quote good

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Nothing New.

All pretty obvious stuff. Main narrater has an irritating high pitched sing song voice which made it hard to listen to.

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Absolutely AMAZING

I love this so much
I learned so much and enjoyed it and made me appreciate all the people that I had never knew did so much even if they are not the amazing gymnastic hiro they keep us safe without us knowing where or when they are

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Can't fault it

This series makes sometimes dull business/leadership lessons so interesting! As an early career professional I found it fantastic as it really engaged me and drilled home the lessons far better than similar content I'm used to.

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  • Paolo Caldato
  • 27-01-2020

Spies like us....

This had so much potential but was actually a bit embarrassing in execution. The three "spies" comprised James Glancy, a decorated British former SBS officer, and two somewhat mid-tier US former CIA and FBI officers.

The series came across as a bit of a vehicle for Glancy, who was interesting and had some sensible (if not particularly earth-shattering) tips and suggestions for the day-to-day conduct of one's life and business, based upon his experiences as a special forces operative in a number of theatres.

The two US agency personnel, by contrast, were largely self-congratulatory and self-aggrandising, and frequently illustrated over-simplified high-falutin' "tips" with trivial and/or ridiculous examples of their professional experiences. For example, CIA dude explained how being able to spot deception was a key part of his former role (no, really?). He described how, despite apparently not looking like Brad Pitt, he had been unaccustomedly and unaccountably hit upon in a bar by a very attractive woman (played in the scenario by an actress with a very hammy Russian accent). He then recounted how he had "baselined" her as part of his human lie-detector routine; according to him this involves innocuous questions like "is this carpet blue? What year is it?" which don't really strike me as innocuous at all, but rather as guaranteed to make one's interlocutor's weirdo antennae start to tingle. Once he had "baselined" her, he hit her with the left-field, penetrating question:

"I'll bet you come here all the time to pick up guys."

Apparently, her stuttering response confirmed his suspicions that she was an enemy agent trying to deceive him. Leaving aside that that's not actually a question, perhaps it did not occur to him that she was just flabbergasted by his finger-munchingly crass comment.

Other low points included when "I AM AN F - B - I AGENT" informed listeners of the clichéd fact that the Chinese character for "crisis" also means "opportunity" - except that she said that the character for "crisis" comprised two characters, one meaning "crisis" and the other meaning "opportunity". Really, Flowers By Irene? That sounds like a rather circular definition.

Also, when CIA dude said " I get up at 4:30 every morning so that I can be the best of the best of the best", he was promptly one-upped by Special Agent FBI who informed listeners that she got up the night before.

Overall, very disappointing. A podcast ostensibly about spies where two of the three panellists were not spies at all, and the only one worth listening to was not even really involved in intelligence or counter-intelligence.

Oh, and incredibly formulaic. Every episode ended with the trite interviewer asking what the three interviewees had been particularly struck by in the episode, and inevitably we got "Well I really agreed with Jason and LaRae"; " Yeah and I really agreed with James and Jason"; "Golly, I really agreed with LaRae and James." At no point did anyone say anything like, "I didn't really agree with what Jason said - asking the hot lady in the bar whether water is wet won't out her as an evil Russian spy, it will just make you look like a socially-awkward ring-piece." There was no real challenge or discussion, just a reasonably engaging and informative former Royal Marine and his two comic Keystone Kops friends.

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  • Bob
  • 20-01-2020

Bit of a waste of time

The theory is good. How can spies demonstrate skills that can be used every day. The problem is that the experts set up problems, which they then solve, that haven very little transferability to normal life.

Yes there are occasionally crisis that require fast thinking. But face it, most of our problems are not that sort. Where are the spy skills when mum is is exhausted with the kids and trying to make ends meet. There are skill sets that can help but not with these spies.

Or the terrible boss, the lousy job. The always tired. Even the chapter on the self discipline was useless because the exponents already had motivation. It was was self selecting.

Listen for mid entertainment but not education.

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  • Rabah B.
  • 05-02-2020

self-congratulating bunch

A group of people telling tales of their own heroism and amazing achievements. Boastful, self-aggrandising and completely pointless

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  • Dane
  • 26-01-2020

Quite misleading

The content was semi helpful but quite contrived to specific situations which most people will never experience. It felt very forced and the people involved made it sound obvious that they were reading from a script at points. Still okay pass time

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  • Anonymous User
  • 16-01-2020

Thrilling self-help

Definitely a uniqie and fun to listen approach to somewhat overbundant topic of self help.

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  • Rich
  • 15-01-2020

Fantastic content and production

Fantastic content and production. Really interesting guests, advice and care studies. definitely recommended for all listeners.

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  • Steven Nigel Ibbotson
  • 13-01-2020

great listen

if spy's are your thing then this is for you . good doc worth the time .

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  • Duncan Williamson
  • 12-03-2020

A lot of mainstream advice

Even though the title was Think like a spy, the emphasis was on using spycraft in your everyday life. Some very useful tips here. Some swashbuckling stories in here too: people who REALLY did do what James Bond pretends to do!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-03-2020

Think like a spy review

This series was very good because of the tree real life situations in every episode linked to the theme of the episode. They also always brought those sinarios to ever day civilian life.


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  • Tracy
  • 09-03-2020

Excellent

This has excellent information in for everyday life and it is so exciting to hear about the 3 lives of the different agents involved.

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