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Summary

Why do some people lead happy, successful lives whilst others face repeated failure and sadness? Why do some find their perfect partners whilst others stagger from one broken relationship to the next? What enables some people to have successful careers whilst others find themselves trapped in jobs they detest? And can unlucky people do anything to improve their luck - and lives?

Ten years ago, Professor Richard Wiseman decided to search for the elusive luck factor by investigating the actual beliefs and experiences of lucky and unlucky people. The results reveal a radical new way of looking at luck.

In this audiobook Wiseman identifies the four simple behavioural techniques that have been scientifically proven to help you attract good fortune. He then shows how you can use these methods to revolutionise every area of your life - including your relationships, personal finances and career.

©2011 Richard Wiseman (P)2015 Audible, Ltd

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A short paragraph of common sense padded out .

A short paragraph of common sense padded out with woo, a lot of self promotion and '100's of scientific studies' which in reality seems to be only a few flakey and fake sounding people mentioned over and over again. Wiseman is the master magician, putting on a show with little substance when you examine it too closely .

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Interesting insight.

Loved the performance. The book is read with a lot of passion. It is quite interesting to find out about how luck really works. Would recommend the book to anyone who wants to take their lives into their hands.

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Very transformational. <br />

I loved it. Finished listening to it within few days. This could change you forever.

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Get lucky

Whether you are just interested in the science of luck or you want to find out how to be lucky you should read this book one of my faves so far thanks Audible

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The Best Luck I've had!

This book is fantastic. It's a good listen. Made my two week trip to and from work enlightening!

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Really enjoyed it!

What an interesting theory. This book has completely changed my outlook and cannot wait to start living a life full of good luck!

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great message however

very repetative on individuals accounts of how it helped them. Great to know...but so many...you get the message of the book early and it's a great one and then the meat of the book is theses examples, the end 45 mins was great like the beginning but I nearly didn't bother and would have missed out. Really unlike me to almost not finish a book. An amazing author though and has written some incredible books without any dragging on surprisingly for a short book. Read this defo, but do bear this in mind so you get the end new insights in discovery, they were great

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Meaningless

This seems to be not much more than a list of examples... far too many... of how some people are much luckier than others. Thanks - I think we'd already noticed that. I'm not finishing this.

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Interesting but hard to follow as an audiobook

Is there anything you would change about this book?

This book is in desperate need of an e-book companion, or some way of dealing with the profiles you are expected to do, to read this.

Would you recommend The Luck Factor to your friends? Why or why not?

No. Not as a standalone audio book

Which scene did you most enjoy?

N/A

Could you see The Luck Factor being made into a movie or a TV series? Who would the stars be?

documentary - but much of wiseman's research is already used by TV companies

Any additional comments?

produce a companion or offer a reduced price on the kindle version

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Lucky I purchased this book

Would you consider the audio edition of The Luck Factor to be better than the print version?

For me yes, as I am a slow reader and listen on my commute.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Luck Factor?

The explanation why some people a Lucky lifestyle and others do not

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

Left the accents to one side

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes

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  • Competition Rider
  • 09-12-16

Mostly common sense, but worth every penny

Would you consider the audio edition of The Luck Factor to be better than the print version?

I can listen to it while driving to reinforce some of the topics. There's always something I missed; some subtle point that reinforces a topic that I find useful.
This is not so much about 'luck' per se, but being able to take advantage of favorable actions (by being open to events and outgoing in personality) and learning to trust your judgement in avoiding unfavorable events and people. Some readers may find a couple of suggestions to be "woo" but they work for me.

What did you like best about this story?

It reinforces things that you'd regard as common sense, until you put it all together. Then it becomes strongly motivational. I've used the techniques and found them very useful. Nota bene: this is not the kind of luck that will win the lottery. It's the kind of luck that has the one person at a 400 person conference who your organization needs to talk to, and who has no idea who you are, sits next to you at the luncheon and you are able to take advantage of it. Part of that is just sheer luck in his choice of seat, and the other is an ability to make a connection when the lucky opportunity happens.

What does Peter Noble bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Nicely read.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

It's not that kind of book. It's the kind where you want to go back and listen to a chapter again.

Any additional comments?

When I first listened to this book I thought the 'unlucky' people were some of the stupidest losers on the face of the earth. Then I realized they must have been selected to make the reader feel superior to them and to reinforce how the techniques can help even people who are congenitally dense.

Wiseman's 'As If' book is also very useful.

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  • Douglas B.
  • 03-06-16

Rings True

Full of valuable information that is not only useful, but inspirational. it's so good to be able to see why some aspects of my life have been 'lucky' while other aspects 'unlucky'. The book really makes sense.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-09-18

The Luck Factor is a must have

Understanding the science of how we perceive luck is a helpful tool in life. Wiseman describes the importance of one’s mindset when determining how lucky they are. This is an amazing book with a lot of insight on how to live a luckier life. Definitely recommend it to everyone.

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  • David Quiroga
  • 14-07-18

great book hands down

just an overall amazing book death look at the chance pick this up and read it as fast as you can, the best thing I took out of it was having a great attitude in anything towards life.

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  • BeeOasis
  • 17-06-18

Helpful and inspiring

Dr. Richard Wiseman has produced a number of highly readable and excellent books that are helpful for increasing happiness and well-being.

The Luck Factor provides a fresh and scientific perspective about the idea of luck, and every person who reads this and applies it should experience an increase in success and luck.


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  • Yaqoub
  • 27-05-18

Luck explained scientifically

A very interesting book that dwells on the science behind luck.
Some people claim that they are unlucky, but why is that.
The author has tackled luck from a different perspective based on thousands of data from many scientific experiments.
Won't ruin the book for you, I really liked it and I am considering to buy the paper version.

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  • Dan Kelly
  • 28-04-18

I had such high hopes for this one!

I guess I'm not lucky enough. 😁 There were so many stores.... some people were "lucky" and some purple were not. There wasn't much practical info though.

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  • AA0303
  • 08-04-18

Brilliant!

Really good book that changes your perception about being lucky and gives you a roadmap to a luckier future.

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  • Dana A.
  • 11-10-17

I feel luckier already!

This was a wonderful book with suggestions and examples on how to be luckier! The narrator has a very nice British voice :)

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 06-06-17

Read this now!

Jump into this book with both feet and truly absorb the ideas..you will quickly be glad you did.