• The Gift of Fear

  • And Other Survival Signals that Protect Us from Violence
  • By: Gavin de Becker
  • Narrated by: Gavin de Becker
  • Length: 3 hrs
  • Abridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 12-15-99
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Phoenix Books
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars 4.5 (1,556 ratings)

Regular price: $14.95

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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.
Recording (P)1997 by Audio Literature; Copyright ©1997 by Gavin de Becker
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Critic Reviews

"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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3 out of 5 stars
By Seattle Customer on 04-20-09

Try Unabridged Version

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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47 of 47 people found this review helpful

2 out of 5 stars
By Paula09 on 01-17-16

Abridged!

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.

Which character – as performed by Gavin de Becker – was your favorite?

N/A

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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12 of 12 people found this review helpful

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5 out of 5 stars
By Lucy Mackenzie on 11-02-17

Domestic abuse survivor must read!!

Having been in several abusive relationships, I was directed to this book by women's aid. It's given me tactics to avoid another abusive situation and to also help me deal with my fear and anxiety.

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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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4 out of 5 stars
By Kirsten on 11-19-16

an interesting read

a good book. the narrator was a little bland but the story carried and kept me listening on. some good lessons to be learnt in this. particularly that no is a complete sentence and not the start of a negotiation!

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2 of 2 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Red AC on 05-21-17

Must listen!

Everyone should listen to this book. I wish more non fiction books were this straight to the point and helpful.

It gets right to the point and gives helpful suggestions and tips about keeping safe, as well as many psychological insights.

I thoroughly enjoyed this audiobook.

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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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