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Such a delight, I didn't want it to end.

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 16-08-19

What a joy to have Kate Mulgrew narrating this wonderful story. I wish Netflix had done these stories for the revival, although it was still enjoyable.
This was a much more fitting finale and after listening to these new tales, the tv revival felt a little disappointing and even wiped out some of the characters and storylines from books 3-6.
Listen and enjoy.

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  • From Zero to One Million Followers in 2019
  • Become an Influencer with Social Media Viral Growth Strategies on You Tube, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and The Secrets to Make Your Personal Brand Known
  • By: Jake A. Clark
  • Narrated by: Gary M. Walker

Light on strategy, heavy on repetition

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2 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 30-07-19

Setting aside some strange pronunciations, this audiobook gives very little usable strategy and is too general to be of any use in marketing on social media platforms.
If anyone makes a million from the content here, other than the author, please let me know.
I'm feeling grateful for Audible's returns policy. Maybe useful as an introduction to online marketing?

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Good information clearly presented

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 14-07-19

I had already read this as a book but wanted the audio version. I'm glad I did, it's a good book and the author is relatable and intelligent. I had found the print version hard to get started on but interesting and useful once I did.
I do feel some of the topics are covered more briefly than I would prefer but hopefully further depth will come with future books.
Altogether, a totally worthwhile purchase that has really got me thinking and practising how to have more gravitas. I'm definitely more flight attendant than captain. 12 years as cabin crew was a big clue to which side I firmly landed on. I look forward to bringing more captain/authority energy to my talks and presentations.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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I wish I'd been taught this at school

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-07-19

Understanding and applying mental models is key in having a beautiful mind. A must for people who care how to think more than what to think.

Dark Psychology cover art
  • Dark Psychology
  • An Essential Guide to Persuasion, Manipulation, Deception, Mind Control, Negotiation, Human Behavior, NLP, and Psychological Warfare
  • By: Steven Turner
  • Narrated by: Rhett Samuel Price

Borrowed expertise and nothing original

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1 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 14-06-19

If you have never read Cialdini 's book on influence or Robert Greene's works then you may five this book useful. For me, I can do without the recaps. the rest, as far as I could tell, was common sense to all but those lacking in basic theory of mind or modest empathy. I kept listening to see if there was anything of value that I didn't already know, or maybe a hot take on the work of Cialdini and Greene but I did not find it. Do people really need to be told that ordering someone to 'come here' in a retail setting is not going to go down well?
There did not seem to be anything original of value from the author and the best I can say is that it may be a useful primer. My hopes of an exiting dive into dark psychology were far from satisfied. My recommendation is to read/ listen to the masters.
Sorry, but I couldn't get to the end. I made it about 75% through before I'd had enough and decided on returning the title and getting my credit back. I can only assume other reviewers have not previously read the works mostly cited/ rehashed in this book.
The author asks for feedback and mine would be don't make promises you can't keep. You need to do deeper and broader research and to create a more unique take on the subject matter. In my opinion the book description should be that it is a primer or condensed recap of Cialdini and Greene. I got no sense of expertise from the author. The narration was tolerable but not great.

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The story I hoped the Netflix series would do

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-06-19

It is always a pleasure to return to Barbary Lane and the delightful characters from Armistead Maupin's 'Tales of the City' series. Catching up with Mouse, Mary-Ann, Anna and other beloved and new characters is a joy. I remember reading the original six books in the space of about 2 weeks when I was in my early 20's and have been so happy to return to this magical place.
Hearing the story told by the author is wonderful and nuanced. I am a big fan and these stories were so integral to me finding my own place and acceptance when I was coming out. Thank you, Armistead Maupin, for allowing us to fall in love again with your writing.

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A very edutaining audio

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-06-19

I had not encountered Phil M.Jones, so selecting this audio was an unknown quantity. I was pleasantly surprised that it is engaging and informative. I learned a lot about sales and I was happy that good ethical influence was being taught too. Highly recommended to anyone in the sales and marketing arena.

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Solid information presented in an interesting way

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-06-19

I've read many books on neuroscience and done several other of the Great Courses programs in this area too. Much of the information is covered in other books and courses, however, I still learned some new things and consolidated some past learning. I am generally a fan of these courses and am happy to recommend this as being a high-quality program.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • The Science of Storytelling
  • Why Stories Make Us Human, and How to Tell Them Better
  • By: Will Storr
  • Narrated by: Will Storr

Fascinating and insightful

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-06-19

I was working on a storytelling speech project for my Toastmasters club and thought this might make good research material. Really, I think it is much more about writing stories and understanding story structure and value, so it wasn't especially helpful to my project but it was profoundly interesting and insightful.
I haven't come across Will Storr before but I will definitely be checking out some of his other books now and also adding this to my re-listen list. Even if you're not a writer, we build our world and concepts of reality on stories and understanding that more is incredibly valuable.
One of my biggest passions is understanding why we are who we are and why we do what we do and to that end, this book delivered more than I had expected. Highly recommended and definitely essential reading to professional writers who want to be successful.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Some interesting points on applying persuasion

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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-06-19

Influence and persuasion tactics are areas I use a lot in my work and regularly give talks about, so I was very interested to check this book out. I generally liked it, although there is a significant amount of retreading the territory and even exact same examples Cialdini uses in his book. The application strategies of persuasion techniques are probably, for me, what makes this book a worthwhile read and I would advise anyone wondering whether to buy this or Robert Cialdini's book to start with Cialdini but also that this book is still a worthwhile read in addition.
The narration was generally OK but there were some significant mispronunciations, some of which were repeated several times. I do not know if this was typos from the book or mistakes from the narrator. It was bothersome to keep hearing the word peripheral being mispronounced.