The Gift of Fear

  • by Gavin de Becker
  • Narrated by Gavin de Becker
  • 3 hrs and 0 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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.


What the Critics Say

"De Becker has a lot to say about crime and the fear of crime, and he says it persuasively in The Gift of Fear. His blend of empathy, reassurance, and common sense wows [readers], just like it wowed the audience on Oprah." (Newsweek)


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Customer Reviews

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I loved the book enough that I wanted to listen to the audio version as well. I would've given it five stars if it included the full text. Find an unabridged version - the abridged one cuts out too much.
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- Seattle Customer


What would have made The Gift of Fear better?

Having the entire book...

Would you be willing to try another book from Gavin de Becker? Why or why not?

Yes, bought the Kindle version and read it from cover to cover.

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

The abridged version had only four instead of nine chapters. It shortened the discussion of some key issues, which made them fairly hard to understand or made it hard for the implications to sink in. Many examples were omitted; some sections were joined together and others were omitted altogether. I reached the end thinking, Was that it? Was that the book everyone raves about? Bought the Kindle version, reread it and it made a huge impact. Maybe if you are simply curious it would be a good read, but if you suspect you can actually benefit from the detailed advice, do yourself a favour and get the book.

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- Paula09

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-15-1999
  • Publisher: Phoenix Books