Good Self, Bad Self

  • by Judy Smith
  • Narrated by Lisa Reneé Pitts
  • 8 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

As America's number-one crisis-management expert, Judy Smith has been asked to help overcome the obstacles faced by some of the most well-known companies, celebrities, and politicians of our time. In the process she has discovered that, whether or not one is a household name, there are universal character flaws, trouble spots, and weaknesses that exist in everyone.
Over the years, Smith has been able to identify these high-risk traits that often lead to marital, financial, professional, or personal imprudence. These urges exist in all of us, whether it's the belief that an indiscretion is too minor to detect, a mistake is too difficult to repair, or a deceit is too well-hidden to be discovered. But, as Smith shows, we can overcome these negative urges and failings - and even turn them into our strongest assets.
Just as Gavin de Becker's best-selling book The Gift of Fear explains how to recognize and survive universal signs of violence, and as Chip and Dan Heath's best-selling book Switch shows readers how to implement change in their lives, Good Self, Bad Self will teach us how to face and overcome our own denial of impending problems - and how to identify and avoid such situations in the first place.
Smith believes that the way each of us deals with personal character flaws is what dictates whether we're going to be successful or whether we're going to destroy what we, and those around us, have worked so hard to build. In Good Self, Bad Self, she distills years of experience to share the tools we all need to face our mistakes and ultimately overcome them.

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What the Critics Say

"I have known Judy Smith for many years and she is one of the best crisis managers out there. Good Self, Bad Self is a really important book and offers a unique way of looking at crisis." (Larry King)

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Droning at best

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

The choice of narrator is awful. Her voice is droning and the pace at which she speaks easily lulls you to sleep in addition to feeling like she's speaking to an uneducated group of listeners. Her voice does nothing to convey any passion for the topic or wanting to listen longer than 5 minutes. Save your money and buy the book for cheaper.
The audio will put you to sleep and that's not great if you're driving.


Would you ever listen to anything by Judy Smith again?

If Judy Smith narrated it herself.


Would you be willing to try another one of Lisa Reneé Pitts’s performances?

Absolutely NEVER.


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

I've heard from other readers that the content of the book is exceptional. I think I'll read it, but I cannot listen to it at all.


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- Daae

Painful to listen to on audible

Don't waste your time... the reader is horrible... I couldn't even finish the book nor did I want to.
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- John Lin

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-23-2012
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio