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The first edition of Radical Honesty became a nationwide best seller in 1995 because it was not a kinder, gentler self-help book. It was a shocker! In it, Dr. Brad Blanton, a psychotherapist and expert on stress management, explored the myths, superstitions and lies by which we all live. And this newly revised edition is even worse!

Blanton shows us how stress comes not from the environment, but from the self-built jail of the mind. What keeps us in our self-built jails is lying.

"We all lie like hell," Dr. Blanton says. "It wears us out...it is the major source of all human stress. It kills us." Not telling our friends, lovers, spouses, or bosses about what we do, feel, or think keeps us locked in that mind jail. The way out is to get good at telling the truth, and Dr. Blanton provides the tools we can use to escape from that jail of the mind. This book is the cake with the file in it.

In Radical Honesty, Dr. Blanton coaches us on how to have lives that work, how to have relationships that are alive and passionate, and how to create intimacy where none exists. As we have been taught by the philosophical and spiritual sources of our culture for thousands of years, from Plato to Nietzsche, from the Bible to Emerson, the truth shall set you free.

©1994,1996,2003 Brad Blanton (P)2007 Brad Blanton

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Good content, bad delivery

I don't especially like reading, but I wish I read this one instead of listening to it. The content is highly valuable but the recording is dismal.

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Terrible recording

Well as the book title calls it, Radical Honesty - the author is radically honest about what he believes. Good insight about becoming honest to improve relationships, but beyond that it was a tough listen. Gave up 2 hours towards the end. The recording was terrible. In fact, I would say this is the worst recording I have heard seen on Audible. If it was not for actual wisdom related to the book somewhere in the middle, I would have given up earlier.

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painful!

struggled to listen! worst read audio book I have ever encountered . Very poor quality. The narrator coughs, sneezes, laughs throughout the book. It's as as if the book is being read underground. I am unable rate the content, wish I could as this was highly recommended. There are too many distractions to grasp the content. Please please remove from your catalog until its re-read. This is unacceptable.

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Very difficult to listen

Though i came with high expectations I was thoroughly disappointed to be unable to listen to this audiobook for long. The reason for this is that the recording was done horribly. You can hear where the cuts and inserts are: the background static is coming on and off, the volume, pitch and melody within a reading of a sentence is incoherent. All this just throws the listener off from the subject. I would be waiting for a second reread/2nd edition and I am hoping to revisit my review.

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Good story, bad reader

There's a lot of unnecessary pauses, different volume changes, and times when it feels he's dropped one point completely and started again. Would recommend reading the book instead, than listening to this audio. The message of the book is still top notch.

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Boring Narration

The content is decent, but the narration is awful. Dude’s voice is super boring, poorly recorded with inconsistent volume, and didn’t bother redoing takes to correct stumbles & mistakes. Would recommend the book instead.

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Good Content, Difficult to listen

The audio for this book is trash, it’s not his accent that makes it a bad listen it’s the overall sound quality and coughs.

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Dump a spouse who gives this book.

The boyfriend who gave me this audiobook said screw it to most of his family & his own mother. Then eventually he said screw it to me as well! The Psychologist who made this has been divorced 5 times & calls it success. They could rename this audiobook the "Screw you" Theory. If you must know I actually like the person at the end of the audiobook more than I like his theory. It could also just be a bad fit for an Autistic Rage Disorder. If you already know what you want out of life. You therefore know how to get there. This audiobook becomes meaningless in the the ears of a determinist. I think this audiobook is best suited for someone who doesn't own their moral authority. This could be a first step for them in that direction. This doesn't mean I am not sold on Honesty. This just means I am not a happiness junkie. Everyone is entitled to keep their truths to themselves. Everyone is entitled to beat someone over the head with their truths. Neither is a superior choice. Honesty is an overrated virtue! That is my honest opinion as a Dishonest person.

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wowwwwwwww! incredible! life changing!.

such a powerful book! it can change your life if you let it! if you've been looking to transform your life you found it!

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A difficult book

I hope I got the message: be honest, tell the truth, be present. Otherwise, some examples from the book are somewhat murky, especially the poems and quotes closer to the end. The narration is quite atmospheric, as if you are sitting on a session in Brad's cabinet. Although, sometimes I had a feeling that Brad was high when narrating😅, and there were also quite a few sound problems. This book is a strong psychological peace, it tests your level of "moralism", challenges your open-mindedness. Sometimes I, however, had an aftertaste of nihilistic hedonism. Overall, I have mixed feelings about this book but it is worthy of attention. Even now I am writing truthfully and scoring not 5 stars as I am often inclined to do. See/listen for yourself!

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  • Eli
  • 2016-08-10

Radical Mess

The least I expect from an audiobook is for it to be presented in chronological order. The recording is out of order and full of mistakes and poor production value. Save your money/credits for something more worthy.

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  • Soergel
  • 2016-02-10

Absolutely embarrassing audiobook production

What disappointed you about Radical Honesty: How to Transform Your Life by Telling the Truth?

This sounds like it was recorded on an iPhone in 40 second chunks. Incredibly hard to listen to, and amateurish.

Would you be willing to try another one of Brad Blanton’s performances?

No thank you.

Any additional comments?

Audible seriously needs to rerecord this book with a professional narrator if they expect to charge money for this audiobook.

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  • Yami
  • 2016-02-17

The narrator

The volume changes and so the tone of the narrator's voice. Most of the time, he coughs, or makes short noises after words. He sounds bored and tired. He mispronounce words or stops the reading to sort of understand the word he is reading.
It's a turnoff and unfortunately because his attitude on his voice is a distraction to the book itself.
I regret spending the money

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  • Joyia
  • 2017-04-21

Save your credit and go buy the book.

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

The recording is by far the worst I have ever heard! Really which that I had listened to the sampler before spending the credit on it.

Would you recommend Radical Honesty: How to Transform Your Life by Telling the Truth to your friends? Why or why not?

The subject matter is indeed very interesting. The audio recording of the book however is awful.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Brad Blanton?

Anyone who could record it in such a way that it i) doesn't sound like it was recorded in the bathroom; ii) someone who doesn't sound bored by the fact that they are reading it; and iii) someone who can splice the entire audio recording together in such a way that it doesn't sound like a 5 year old put it together!

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

maybe, so long as the guy reading isn't in it.

Any additional comments?

Read the book, don't bother listening to this version of it.

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  • Lívio
  • 2016-01-16

Still worth it..

The production of the audiobook itself is quite poor, but it's still one of the best books ever written. If Audiobook is your preferred option, don't let the audio quality make you give up on it.

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  • Yuan
  • 2014-06-26

Poor recording

Would you try another book from Brad Blanton and/or Brad Blanton?

Yes. Brad Blanton is an though-provoking author. Unfortunately the recording is very bad.

Who was your favorite character and why?

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How did the narrator detract from the book?

One part of the book repeated... It may have been a whole chapter. Also, the way it was read was difficult to listen to.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Radical Honesty: How to Transform Your Life by Telling the Truth?

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Any additional comments?

The recording was poor.

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  • Seth
  • 2016-08-18

Love the book. Nearly impossible to listen to.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Brad Blanton?

The audio levels and tone of voice are all over the place in this audible. I really don't understand how it can be that the narrator is also the author as it doesn't sound like the reader has any idea what he is reading. Many times sentences sound like they have come to an end, but then a new recording is spliced in to add a few more words. This is very disorienting and hard to follow. For example one sentence goes, "The mind is a terrible thing" then followed with a pause and what sounds like a new recording, "wasted" This sort of thing happens throughout. I will most likely get the book so I can reread on my own.

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  • Jolie
  • 2017-05-27

Radical and Real

Sometimes I had a hard time hearing the author narration; however, I always enjoy the actual author delivering their own work and the sincerity, laughter and extra touches that will come with it when they do. I feel like I was given a gift.

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  • Andy
  • 2013-12-06

Loved it!!!

Where does Radical Honesty: How to Transform Your Life by Telling the Truth rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This is definitely in my top 3 books that I've bought on Audible.com.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Radical Honesty: How to Transform Your Life by Telling the Truth?

My favorite part is when he tells why he wrote the book and what he wants from writing it. He speaks from the heart and says most things people won't say, but could, if they were being honest.

Have you listened to any of Brad Blanton’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

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Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Not so much. I guess I was inspired at the idea of being honest and what it can do for your life, mentally, emotionally, and physically. I really related to what he was saying from where I was in my life and seeing that a lot of what holds me back or creates the way I feel is from withholding what is true for me.

Any additional comments?

I love the idea of being honest in as many areas of life as possible! It's not always going to be easy, and like they say anything worth earning takes some effort. I also like how he describes the difference between being and mind. A distinction that isn't always covered in western society, and yet from my experience is key to knowing "yourself" so you can be honest about "who you are".

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  • Muskan
  • 2020-05-04

sound issues

Good book, however, awful sound all over the place. the Author is very distracted and having a hard time to keep his mic on place

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019-06-14

bad quality

I hear cuts and differences in volume. breathing at odd time during phrases. Make active listenimg unnecessarily hard. overall really useful book anyway. thanks