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Never Split the Difference

Negotiating as if Your Life Depended on It
Narrated by: Michael Kramer
Length: 8 hrs and 7 mins
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Brought to you by Penguin.

The huge international best seller.

A former FBI hostage negotiator offers a new, field-tested approach to negotiating – effective in any situation.

After a stint policing the rough streets of Kansas City, Missouri, Chris Voss joined the FBI, where his career as a kidnapping negotiator brought him face-to-face with bank robbers, gang leaders and terrorists. Never Split the Difference takes you inside his world of high-stakes negotiations, revealing the nine key principles that helped Voss and his colleagues succeed when it mattered the most – when people’s lives were at stake. 

Rooted in the real-life experiences of an intelligence professional at the top of his game, Never Split the Difference will give you the competitive edge in any discussion.

©2019 Chris Voss and Tahl Raz (P)2019 Orion Publishing Group

Critic reviews

"It’s rare that a book is so gripping and entertaining while still being actionable and applicable." (Inc.)

"Brilliant." (Guardian)

"My pick for book of the year." (Forbes)

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Revolutionary for my life

From changing the way I talk to my partner, turning a usual argument into a loving exchange. To getting me everything I have ever wanted and avoiding the wimp deal where I just accept what I am offered.

This book is changing me life. I have listened to it and bought the hard copy and turned it into a complete system for every conversation I have.

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Full of stories but difficult to make practical

I enjoyed the voice of the narrator of this audiobook, but found the content was not very helpful. There are a lot of very in-depth examples from the author’s work as a hostage negotiator. Unfortunately, the practical application of these into specific strategies and transferable everyday situations is rather limited. I listened to this book to help me prepare for a salary negotiation and after several hours of listening did not feel that I had any particular strategies to apply.

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Solid book, probably better on paper

The first few moments of the book feel a bit off, but it's worth waiting. After the initial sales pitch of his methods, the author gives what seems to be a rather sensible, if dramatic, list of techniques to get the most out of negotiations. It is not life changing, and a bit confusing at times, but definitely will teach you a few things. Performance itself was great, no issues there. Unfortunately, the nature of this kind of book is that I'd always prefer a physical copy to refer to afterwards.

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changed my life

ever feel you are always obliged to answer something? or always feel like you always get a bad deal and think back later and ask yourself "i wish i said that!"?

This is the book for you. The idea of speech mirrors, emotional labels combined with calibrated questions has allowed me to understand how people use language in order to influence perspectives and always make sure i get the answers to my assumptions.

unbelievable read. 5 stars

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Must read!

Very practical and useful techniques delivered in an engaging tone. Very interesting examples used ranging from daily office life to nail biting hostage situations

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Fantastic listen. Knowledge packed!

As a business owner, the skills to negotiate a good deal are priceless. The author’s life experience and depth on negotiations are very apparent throughout this book. The stories are engaging and packed with knowledge.

Great listen. Highly recommended.

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Some gems to try in negotiations

There are undoubtedly some great tidbits of advice for negotiation strategies to be found in this book and overall I thought it was a useful, fairly easy listen. I do wish that there had been more shared on the science behind the tactics as you just get a touch of that and have to believe that there is much more to it.

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Outstanding and interesting

Excellent , one of the best books for some time . Extremely interesting especially when the author relates issues to real life situations .

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Good listen but too much waffle

Good book and some great parts you can take out of it - however I felt there was too much related parts to the writers FBI days of hostage negotiations and too little real life negotiation examples or tips.

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Interesting and great use of examples

Concise, focused and helpful. The examples helped a novice like me better understand how the concepts would be implemented.

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  • 05-01-20

Great read and insightful

I really enjoyed the book and enjoyed the narration. The book kept me engaged and I realized that some of my colleagues had already used some of these tactics on me in various scenarios. I look forward to practicing the testing the methods described in the book.

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  • 27-11-19

Amazing book on negotiation

Never split the difference shares valuable insights from decades of negotiation experience.

Techniques such as mirroring, labelling emotions, tactical empathy, and calibrated questions will forever be in my future negotiation arsenal.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 28-06-20

A must read for all

it uncover the real dynamics of a deal and how to mould it in favour.

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  • LoveSales
  • 18-05-20

Some amazing insights

Loved the way he used stories from his experiences such as FBI to convey his strategies.

In essence what he teaches here one can see how this will be really powerful in any sales and negotiation role... whether for your personal or business life.

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  • soundar
  • 14-05-20

impactful

many times I have thought about 'how iam suppose to do that'' and I had my answers...I am applying many of the techniques ...very helpful and the way the book is impactful

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-05-20

Contents like the title concise

when taken separately, they are not new ideas but put together is great insight and enlightening "read". Narrator's voice is soothing and appropriate.

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  • Brenda
  • 01-05-20

I Bow in Awe.

As a die hard FBI fan, I was sold from the get go. So imagine my delight when I found the information wasn't just a rehash of heroic stories, but bursting with useful guidance on negotiations for both life and death situations and everyday life goals. I just love it when I'm right. Again! A massive thanks to Chris for sharing his expertise with mere mortals such as myself.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 16-04-20

Great Life skills

It's a reat listen. You just want to hear more and more.

Highly recommend this book

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  • C. K. Jaidev
  • 20-03-20

Superbly conceived book that's a practical guide

This is one of the best books that I have ever come across on the subject of negotiation. I am generally predisposed to not negotiating at all or well or giving in easily to other negotiators (tough or even not so tough ones). This book changed the way I think about negotiating by making it a game that I can look forward to whenever I have to negotiate. Moreover, we negotiate almost everyday in every other activity we undertake. This book therefore assumes enormous significance. I wish I'd gone through this book earlier. It would have made a big difference to me. The highlights of the book are various simple tools to help one negotiate much better. These are embellished by real life examples, some of them done step by step to back up the tools. I started using the techniques as I was reading the book and found them to be effective. A great read/listen for someone who'd like to up his/her negotiating skills.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 20-03-20

I liked every chapter how about doing more practical examples next time ?

I liked this book very much I had seen the outcomes of asking those questions already with my girl and friend to get them to help me without really asking for help.