59 Seconds

  • by Richard Wiseman
  • Narrated by Peter Noble
  • 8 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Most people would like to be more creative, more persuasive and more attractive. For years gurus and life coaches have urged people to improve their lives by changing the way they think and behave, but scientific research has revealed that many of their techniques, from group brainstorming to visualization, are ineffective.
Fortunately, in 59 Seconds, psychologist Richard Wiseman is on hand to provide fast-acting, myth-busting scientific answers to a huge range of everyday problems. From job hunting to relationships and from parenting to self-esteem, personal and professional success may be less than a minute away....
Find out why putting a pencil between your teeth instantly makes you feel happier.
Discover why even thinking about going to the gym can help you keep in shape.
Learn how putting just one thing in your wallet will improve the chance of it being returned if lost.

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the anti self-help, self-help book

What disappointed you about 59 Seconds?

Basically a book about some of the books and articles the author has read on the study of popular psychology. In it he offers pages filled with words so as to justify the cost and make a living. Comes across as an exercise in how to simplify what others have said for the purpose of showing how such over simplifications can be proven to be wrong, scientifically of course. Probably some good stuff in there somewhere but youll have to get past lots of filler to find it.


Would you ever listen to anything by Richard Wiseman again?

can i get back to you on that?


What does Peter Noble bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

dont know, havent read it but based on what ive heard i do think he is a good narrator, a bad one can properly break a book


What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

disappointment. Luckily i have the power of positive thinking to help suppress that


Any additional comments?

sugar is bad for you

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- hassaan ali

Content brilliant ..... but not for Audio.

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This book in paperback would, I'm sure be excellent. However, in audio format it just does not work. Not because the content is any less interesting but because the narrator constantly makes references to books and papers where he has taken notes or extracts from.
In paperback format you can just brush pass these without taking any notice but when they are read to you, you cant. And it isnt just the odd one. Its many many times in every chapter, sometimes three very long references in a couple of minutes.
It really spoiled the listening for me. And it's not as if it couldn't be changed. It could. Instead of the author saying .....
'See G Hertingan, H Pack and K Schnetter 2001, self regulation of goal setting, turning free fantasies about the future in to binding goals' Published in the journal of personality and social psychology
Which is of no relevance to the casual listener, he could say for eg. 'See Reference 102.'
And at the end of the audio, just list all the references.

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- Vic

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-09-2016
  • Publisher: Macmillan Digital Audio