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Firstborn? Only child? Middle child? Baby of the family? Find out what it means to you, your relationships, and your career. Do you realize that of the first 23 astronauts in space, 21 were firstborns and the other two were the only child in their family? Are you aware that many successful entrepreneurs are middle children? Is it any surprise that most comedians are the youngest child in their family?

It's all about birth order. Birth order powerfully influences who you are, whom you marry, the job you choose, and the kind of parent you are. And Dr. Kevin Leman's The Birth Order Book will help you understand yourself, get along better with others, overcome ingrained tendencies you never thought you could get rid of, and be more successful in the workplace.

This revised and updated audio edition of Dr. Leman's classic book includes more than 30 years of experience and research, current examples, and fascinating stories to show how birth order impacts your life. Thousands of people have unlocked the secrets of birth order already. Shouldn't you be one of them?

©2009 Kevin Leman (P)2009 Oasis

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The Birth order book

Brilliant book. Loved it.
It is a shame there was not more information about this in the book, fascinating.
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  • bruce
  • 30-05-12

Just for fun

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

I have already recommended this book to a few people who I think may benefit from giving it a read, however I do not believe that it lives up to it's, some what exhaustive, claim that it offers 'life changing' wisdom within it's pages/wavelengths.

What could Kevin Leman have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Usually when I buy a book of this kind I am looking for lots of real life application suggestions. This book offers little in that regard.

Have you listened to any of Wayne Shepherd’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

This is the first I have listened to narration by Wayne Shepherd. I would happily recommend his performances.

Any additional comments?

This book was a fun read/listen but my personal opinion is that the psycographic profiles presented by Dr Leman are a bit too exacting and few people would fit into such a precise frame.I give this book a star rating of 462 out of 1000...

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  • Jeff
  • 15-07-10

Bleh, like reading a horoscope

Sadly, this book fell well short of my expectations. I was hoping for some real insight into what makes a person tick. Instead, this book was more like a long, drawn-out horoscope. Leman makes little effort to substantiate his claims with objective evidence.

I did get a sense of the three basic personality types.

First born: Conscientious, orderly, organized, driven to please mom and dad

Middle child: Peace maker, independent, chooses a different route to recognition than older siblings

Last born: Disorganized, impulsive, attention-seeking, creative

However, those personality classes are very difficult to apply. Why? Because his definition of who is in those categories is vague. You are a first-born if you are the first girl or first boy in your family, or if your next older sibling is at least 5 years older than you. Similarly, you are a last-born if you are the youngest in your family, or if your next younger sibling is at least 5 years younger than you. A middle child is one who doesn't fit those categories.

I have an older sister (15 months older), and a brother who is about 5 years younger. That makes me a first-born and a last-born. But in many ways, I also fit the definition of a middle child. How uninteresting is THAT?! Without a clear picture of what class you're in, the book descends into an arbitrary list of personality types, and my personality spans across all of them. Bleh.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 20-08-17

Like listening to a sales pitch.

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

If it was written by a more personable or knowledgable author.

What could Kevin Leman have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Offer more insight and information and take out all his personal back-patting. Don't try to sell himself and everything he says. If you have good material it will sell itself.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Not really. I shut it off after the author lists Bill O'Rielly, Rush Limbaugh (and Bill Cosby) as paragons of their birth orders. Just disgusting.

Any additional comments?

If you are looking for real information on birth order try Born to Rebel: Birth Order, Family Dynamics, and Creative Lives or another book. This one is just boring and insipid.

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  • Tiki
  • 31-03-17

Interesting but wordy

What did you like best about The Birth Order Book? What did you like least?

I like the ideas, but for me it was wordy. I prefer less examples and straight to the point. It has a Christian feel to it which is not bad but not my preference. The author is personable. I'm a first child, obviously!

Did The Birth Order Book inspire you to do anything?

This book helped me to understand my adopted children a little better. I was expecting the oldest adopted to take on the role of the oldest, but she is still a middle child!

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  • CBrackett
  • 03-03-17

Excellent and full of helpful information

This book helped me to understand myself and my children so much better. I felt like it gave insight into my upbringing and will help me to become a better single mom. The content is informative, entertaining, and easy to follow along

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  • Mrs. M
  • 22-02-17

lots of food for thought

very interesting concepts and very true too I think. especially as a parent I think this book is good to be aware of the influence birth order can have and how to handle it. very worth listening to!

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  • Christopher Moses
  • 11-02-17

Source of much introspection

I think anyone looking to improve relationships, business and even self-improvement will benefit from the insights dr. Lehman discusses in this best-seller.

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  • MissMelinda
  • 16-01-17

Excellent!

This book is very helpful and I will listen and read it again! Very good!

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  • R. Bandyk
  • 04-07-16

Could He Be More All Over The Board?

I liked the concept and believe there is something to it but the number of exceptions to his rules (or primary premiss) for each birth order slot diminishes the idea. Would have been better to address main characteristics then briefly and concisely address the exceptions.

Also, the jumping around on topics and stories made it hard to follow.

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  • Christina
  • 07-04-16

Wow! Absolutely Dumbfounded! So Relevant

Absolutely loved it! Recommend it to all parents, ministry staff, business professionals, bookclubs, etc. Makes perfect sense!