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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (6,942 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Gavin de Becker Narrator: Gavin De Becker Publisher: Phoenix Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 1999 ISBN:
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Fear can save your life. It directs you to avoid that stranger, to leave the room, to call for help. The intuitive message of fear, together with rational principles, can help you to predict and thereby avoid personal violence. In this program Gavin de Becker, America's leading expert on predicting violent behavior, demystifies the apparently random and unpredictable nature of violence and shows you how interpersonal violence can be detected and derailed. De Becker's clients include celebrities, corporations, and political organizations, and he serves as an adviser to the CIA and the U.S. Supreme Court. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Erin | 2/20/2014

    " It is full of useful information and staggering statistics. It is also full of horror stories, so if you're at all anxious about such things it is probably not a good bedtime read. On the other hand, he makes the point very well that worry and fear are very different things and worrying is the kind of activity you engage in when you're not experiencing fear. The writing/editing was a little disappointing, but it certainly is compelling. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Caroline Bailey | 2/16/2014

    " It was such an interesting book and I think it's a book that everyone should read. We need to relearn how to listen to our basic intuition instead of always being afraid. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wendy | 2/14/2014

    " I read this book years ago and am re-reading it. Has some great information on how to keep safe and more importantly, aware! Great book for women. "

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

    " Good, but repetitive. Maybe that was necessary, though. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Allison | 1/25/2014

    " My girls will definetely be reading this book when they are a little older. Really good advice on staying safe! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Theresa | 1/22/2014

    " An excellent book. It helps give a realistic view of what when you should be afraid and practical tips for what to do. Helps to understand when fear is appropriate response and when it is not. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Aiisa | 1/21/2014

    " So, so grateful that i actaualy found this book in a pile for free in my neighborhood, as I have wanted to read this book ever since I took a self-defense course (Impact) years and years ago. Great read, valuable information. Trust your intuition ladies as it can save your life! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Betty | 1/17/2014

    " Susie C. suggested I read this book and it was SO well written and made so much sense that I bought two extra copies. I gave one to Aunt Tenkie and one to Rebekah. Every woman should read this, especially if she is single OR out and about where she might be vulnerable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nancy Houston Fields | 1/13/2014

    " Nina, a Red Cross nurse, is asked by a friend to pick up a suitcase in a locker. Inside, Nina finds a small boy and instinctively knows that she must protect him from whatever evil has placed him there. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Candi | 12/10/2013

    " Amazingly, the exact opposite of paranoia inducing I was afraid it would be. Great arguments for listening to your "gut" and reading all those subtle signals we're bombarded with daily. If you find yourself worrying too much - read this. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Courtni | 12/5/2013

    " This book is a must read. No doubt. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Steven | 11/22/2013

    " Read this a few years ago. Doing a quick re-read but this time with a highlighter in my hand! This is a MUST READ for all college freshman! It really can save your life - plus provide valuable insight into your own ability to truly trust your instincts! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 housedintherock | 11/17/2013

    " All about being how to listen to fear when you are in danger, instead of worrying about all the dangers you might encounter. Good, practical information. Not dry at all - kept my attention with real life stories and examples. I reccommend it, especially to all the ladies of my aquaintance!! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kristen | 7/5/2013

    " I thought the beginning and end were interesting and relevant, but the entire middle of the book was about assassins and child killers. Really creepy and irrelevant. In the last chapter he discusses the differences between fear, worry and anxiety, which I thought was really interesting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dedrick | 5/3/2013

    " I was very engaged throughout the book, though it made its point in the first third. I took to heart the points it made about intuition and fear. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karen | 4/12/2013

    " Couldn't finish this. We did it for our book club and it freaked me out. BUT, i did learn a lot in the chapters I read. i think I'd encourage Megan to try and read it before she leaves for college, but it is a little frightening. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer | 3/12/2013

    " This is a good book for people to read just to think about the dangers around you and how you perceive them. Also it gives insight into what tricks bad people use to take advantage of you. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah | 1/6/2013

    " Everyone should read this book. Now I understand why it's recommended so often. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laura | 1/1/2013

    " It's an interesting and quick read. However, it's not a good book for the already paranoid. The book will give your characteristics of stalkers and other offenders. But it really doesn't help much for preventing crimes. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anna | 10/3/2012

    " I remember reading this book and thinking how very applicable it is to everyday life situations. Very good book to read for everyone. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Grace | 8/1/2012

    " Everyone should read this book. Every woman really really should read this book. It's a bit longer than I thought it needed to be, and hard to read at some points (it gets graphic) but the information in here is incredible and will likely save lives. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Annika | 5/2/2012

    " Very very interesting read. Talks about how using to trust your instincts can actually save your life and, often, are important tools to pay attention to. Very informative, and rather compelling read "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dan | 2/20/2012

    " Definitely a book that everyone should read, especially women. de Becker helps us to understand the mind of those that would use violence against and how to let our innate instincts protect and prevent. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Randee Strand | 8/2/2011

    " Wow! Very insightful book about living life without being terrified, but just using your instincts and paying attention. Really enjoyed it. Think most women and teen ladies should read this. Excellent advice! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Linda | 7/19/2011

    " Trust your intuition if a situation seems bad. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 February | 5/19/2011

    " A must-read for understanding the psychology of violence both on a statistical AND personal scale. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stephanie | 5/11/2011

    " Fantastic book, with actual useful advice, instead of the usual crappy "don't wear your hair in a ponytail because an attacker might grab it!" email-forward stuff. Would recommend to anyone; such a good read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chantelle | 5/2/2011

    " Found this book excellent but difficult to finish (a bit redundant near the end). A great read for all - particularly for HR managers and anyone interested in human behaviour/psychology.
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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Inna | 4/30/2011

    " Go read it. Now.

    You will understand yourself and the people around you better. It's not only a "self-help" book to guide you through real danger and worry less when you're not, but an analytical look at human behavior so you can better understand the world around you. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 housedintherock | 4/28/2011

    " All about being how to listen to fear when you are in danger, instead of worrying about all the dangers you might encounter. Good, practical information. Not dry at all - kept my attention with real life stories and examples. I reccommend it, especially to all the ladies of my aquaintance!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Matt | 4/28/2011

    " I enjoyed the audio version of this book read by de Becker. Unfortunately, it is an abridged version (which I despise). I will definitely read the unabridged version. I highly recommend this book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Michelle | 4/25/2011

    " I thought this was a brilliant book in concept, but it made me fearful when reading it which sort of defeated the purpose. I saw where he was going with it and I completely agree, but I didn't care for the execution. Personal preference. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julie | 4/24/2011

    " Great book. Lot of good advice, some just common sense. I think it can help women understand and avoid violence, I think it could be a great tool for getting men to understand the kinds of fear women face on a daily basis. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elisa | 4/22/2011

    " Seriously, changed my entire perspective on the world. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Hyewonchang | 4/21/2011

    " So far I am learning a lot about threats, violences, and how to react to those situations. He sure writes in a good manner that is easy to read, and very entertaining. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christy | 4/20/2011

    " I'd give a copy to everyone i know if i could. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elsie | 4/15/2011

    " Not what I want to be reading but really good information that everyone should have. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Heidi | 4/15/2011

    " I would give it a Bazillion stars if I could.Practical safety tools, that made me less afraid, and showed me how to pay attention to my intuition. "

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