By: Kevin Hall
Narrator: Patrick Lawlor
Length: 5 hrs and 32 mins
Release date: 01-05-10
Genre: Communication, Inspirational, Self-Development
My Rating: 4.5 of 5.0
We live our lives word by word - to build our relationships, to convey our points of view, to object to wrongs done to us or to others, to comfort our children and our friends. We also use the wrong words - sometimes unknowingly - and get ourselves into situations we'd rather not be in.
As Stephen R. Covey points out in his introduction: "Words sell and words repel; Words lead and words impede; Words heal and words kill."
Kevin Hall discovered the deeper power inherent in words after a fateful encounter with a wise shopkeeper in Vienna. When that led to an introduction to an esteemed etymologist residing in a senior home, Hall embarked on a project that changed his life, and has since changed the lives of thousands. Discover the eleven words - as well as the secret word - that when used correctly, can light your path to the lifelong success you deserve.
©2009 Kevin Hall, Power of Words LLC (P)2009 HarperCollins Publishers
I found this audiobook exciting to listen to. Of course, I am a person who loves words. I especially love positive and encouraging words. This work shares eleven strong words that follow a journey of growth by the author. There are really more words than the primary eleven, (dubbed "core" words) because the author expands with root words and derivatives that run off on rabbit trails – wonderful side trips.
The claims of the blurb may be a bit grandiose as I don’t think it takes a secret word to lead to success. Still the words come with strong, positive and powerful messages that can improve a life with their positive approach. They are inspiring in their power and description. This work might be good in print as it sounded like it comes with workbook pages to expand the words and share them with others.
These are words that can enhance a journey of growth for any listener (reader) who is interested in pursing the path. Although I may not implement the words in a journal, I thoroughly enjoyed them and learning how they impacted the author’s life. This is a book I think I would listen to more than once or twice. I recommend this to readers who enjoy learning about words and the impact they can have.
Audio Notes: Patrick Lawlor does a good job with the narration. His voice is clear and shares the excitement of the author. I enjoyed the listening experience.
Source: 2018 Audible sale purchase. This qualifies for my Audiobook and Alphabet Challenges.