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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (346 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: John Bridges Narrator: Kirby Heyborne Publisher: Oasis Audio, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2012 ISBN: 9781608149568
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Nearly every man wants to be a gentleman. He may not know exactly what that means, but his true desire is to be respected and admired in the way only a gentleman can be. He wants to be prepared and confident, certain that his judgment is shrewd and his behavior appropriate.

A gentleman considers the weight of his words and the impression he is leaving. He knows when to ignore his iPhone in favor of a face-to-face conversation, and he understands that sometimes he should simply say nothing at all. He knows what to do with his sport jacket at the end of the day, and what color shoes he should never wear to a funeral. Snapping at a telemarketer calling from some far-flung place? A gentleman realizes that’s no way to communicate with anyone. He knows the difference between “I’m sorry” and “Excuse me,” and he doesn’t use them interchangeably.

Being a gentleman is timeless; these are ideals that will never be obliterated by technology, the latest social ideology, or protests from men who are content to do less.

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Monica Williams | 2/17/2014

    " Despite not being a gentleman, I read this book. (It was left on my Kindle.) Some useful tips for men who don't know or weren't trained on how to be a gentleman or for those of us who were unsure on the proper way to eat an artichoke. I wish it would have addressed flatulence, however. Even my most "gentlemanly" friends have problems with this issue. :) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stephanie | 2/14/2014

    " wasn't fantastic, wasn't too bad. learned some neat things I probably should have already known lol. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Matt | 2/4/2014

    " Sometimes convicting and challenging, sometimes just puzzling, but always well-written and enjoyable. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ferdi | 2/2/2014

    " If more people read this book, I am guessing the world would be a much nicer place. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elizabeth | 2/1/2014

    " My friends husband had this book I read it while staying at their house. I liked it so much that I bought it for my new nephew. Although I can't aspire to be a gentleman I found some of the common tips like introductions very useful. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jay | 1/30/2014

    " Excellent primer on behavior for men today; I wish more people would read and abide by the guidance given in this book! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mads | 1/27/2014

    " A bit American for my taste but the basics are there. I'm sure plenty of men would benefit from reading this book. For such men, I would recommend it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Clayton Hanson | 1/20/2014

    " I like this book a lot and it has helped me more than I care to admit. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ryan | 1/19/2014

    " A lot of it is simply common sense, but overall this book was a helpful reminder to me to live courteously and like a gentleman. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Moises | 12/19/2013

    " I read it in about two hours time but I got a lot out of it. It probably should be revisited often. I would recommend it to any and every man I know. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dante Willerton | 11/8/2013

    " Best etiquette book for 21st century men I have been able to find. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 jerry | 10/14/2013

    " Example of a helpful tip: "A gentleman does not over-excite his friends' children." Oops! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Janarchy | 10/2/2013

    " I seriously read this while I was bored in a Mississippi living room. It's a great reminder of why upper class white Southern people are the most boring people imaginable... if only I needed reminders? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ryan Swensen | 9/17/2013

    " A book for all men to read. Nice that it is written by a man, not some P.O.S. manual written by a woman with unrealistic expectations from Venus. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lawrence | 9/2/2013

    " Also essential. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Douglas | 7/11/2013

    " An excellent book on how to be a gentleman. To the point and extremely thorough. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Miguel Carrasquillo | 5/11/2013

    " An excellent reference to give as a gift to those friends or relatives who wants to be a better man. I'm please to had a father to teach me most of the manners and customs included in the book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kerne Fahey | 4/29/2013

    " A collection of aphorisms concerning gentlemanly behavior. Includes diagrams for proper dinnerware arrangement. Too short and sweet, over all. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Scott F | 3/17/2013

    " Don't underestimate the importance of common courtesy. This book is great! 5 out of 5, no question "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rick Davis | 2/11/2013

    " A good book overall, with useful advice. Nothing groundbreaking, and a bit shorter than I would have liked. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mark | 12/17/2012

    " This book provided various tips on etiquette. Interesting and not a waste of time. I recommend it to all males. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Vishnu | 11/28/2012

    " Could easily finish reading it in couple of hours.Worth a read ! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tiffany | 11/25/2012

    " great ideas to raise a gentleman out of your son. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Dave Mankin | 10/23/2012

    " a little prudish. but interesting to read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Peter | 10/20/2012

    " I'm not sure you can learn it out of a book, but it probably doesn't hurt to be reminded once in a while. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cameron | 6/24/2012

    " I liked this...concise and direct. I like the idea of thinking of etiquette in terms of being considerate and putting others at ease rather than following arbitrary sets of rules. Worked for me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steelwhisper | 4/11/2012

    " Hilarious--wise--necessary! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Harry | 3/6/2012

    " The only manners book you will ever need. "

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About the Author

John Bridges is the coauthor, with Bryan Curtis, of seven volumes in the bestselling GentleManners series. He is a frequent guest on television and radio news programs, always championing gentlemanly behavior in modern society. He has appeared on the Today Show, the Discovery Channel, and CBS Sunday Morning, and has been profiled in People magazine and the New York Times.

About the Narrator

Kirby Heyborne is a musician, actor, and professional narrator. Noted for his work in teen and juvenile audio, he has garnered numerous Earphones Awards. His audiobook credits include Jesse Kellerman’s The Genius, Cory Doctorow’s Little Brother, and George R. R. Martin’s Selections from Dreamsongs.