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Updated for today’s listeners, Dale Carnegie’s timeless bestseller How to Win Friends and Influence People is a classic that has improved and transformed the professional and personal and lives of millions.

One of the best-known motivational guides in history, Dale Carnegie’s groundbreaking book has sold tens of millions of copies, been translated into almost every known language, and has helped countless people succeed.

Originally published during the depths of the Great Depression—and equally valuable during booming economies or hard times—Carnegie’s rock-solid, time-tested advice has carried countless people up the ladder of success in their professional and personal lives.

How to Win Friends and Influence People teaches you:

  • How to communicate effectively
  • How to make people like you
  • How to increase your ability to get things done
  • How to get others to see your side
  • How to become a more effective leader
  • How to successfully navigate almost any social situation
  • And so much more! 

Achieve your maximum potential with this updated version of a classic—a must-listen for the 21st century.

©1936 Dale Carnegie. Copyright renewed ©1964 Donna Dale Carnegie and Dorothy Carnegie. Revised edition copyright ©1981, 2022 Donna Dale Carnegie and Dorothy Carnegie. All rights reserved. (P)2022 Simon & Schuster, Inc. All rights reserved.

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Worth A Second Purchase???

𝐍𝐎𝐓𝐄: 𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐟𝐨𝐥𝐥𝐨𝐰𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐢𝐬 𝐚 𝐫𝐞𝐯𝐢𝐞𝐰 𝐨𝐟 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝟐𝟎𝟐𝟐 𝐞𝐝𝐢𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐨𝐟 𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐬 𝐛𝐨𝐨𝐤. 𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝟏𝟗𝟖𝟏 𝐞𝐝𝐢𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐈 𝐨𝐫𝐢𝐠𝐢𝐧𝐚𝐥𝐥𝐲 𝐫𝐚𝐭𝐞𝐝 𝟓 𝐨𝐮𝐭 𝐨𝐟 𝟓.

"How To Win Friends and Influence People" was the first personal development book I ever read. Being a depressed, lonely, 12 year old child I came across this book by accident at my local library. I was searching the computer's library catalog: "how to get friends", and this was the book that came up. Little did I know this book was going to become an essential for me in developing my social skills.

At first glance, you may read the principles taught in this book and go: "this is just common sense". But you may also have heard the quote "common sense isn't common". How many of us actively make an effort to genuinely smile and be empathetic towards others? How may of us jump to criticizing others without considering the other person's point of view? How many of us condemn others without remembering it won't make the other person change their mind?

I've read this book so many times I've lost count! It really changed my life, and I was so excited to see it be re-released for a new generation!

That said, the book edition of my youth was from the 1990's. How does this new 2022 edition hold up? I compared the 2 side-by-side.

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📌 Grammar revisions make the book easier to read. Examples include removal of filler words, word substitutions, and rewriting story examples. The changes are minor, so most of the time they are not very noticeable.
📌 A few new story examples have been added, featuring female figures like Evangeline Booth and Alice Foote MacDougall.
📌 A new concluding section: "Apply the Dale Carnegie Principles After the Book"

CONS:
📌 Lots of book edits come off less as necessary and more as attempts to be politically correct, to remove anything that could be seen as problematic. Examples include substituting words ("homemaker" for "housewife", "person" for "man", "house staff" for "servants") and stories that were needlessly removed (which leads to my next point).
📌 SO MANY story examples have been removed; no joke, I counted over 35! So many vivid examples that made the book so memorable for me as a kid, PC or not, are gone! I don't care if the story examples used Confederate general Robert E. Lee; they still illustrated the principles.
📌 Some edits just don't make sense at all. For example, they renamed Part 3, Chapter 5 from "The Secret of Socrates" to the principle "Get the Other Person Saying 'Yes, Yes' Immediately". No other chapter was renamed like this, and the Socrates example is still in the chapter.

As for the audiobook, the narrator gives a great presentation with a good range. But will his voice ever match the baritone of the original Andrew MacMillan? Unfortunately no.

In sum, for those who are new to reading this book or were born past the 2000's, I'd say this 2022 edition is a nice introduction, albeit a very sanitized one. There's a longer and better version out there. But if you're already a fan of the 90's publication and could care less about political correctness, there's not much new here to justify a second purchase. In fact, there's much less!

Consider me an old fashioned 30 year old Millennial, but I'll be sticking with my original copy.

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Can you exchange audiobooks?

I read the other review after I bought the audiobook and now I’d like to return it. Definitely not looking for a woke version of a classic.

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I couldn’t get passed the 2nd chapter

I don’t think it matters who is the reader of this book.. it just drones on and on. I found myself annoyed at myself for enduring it. Save your credit for purchase of anything else.

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First! 😁

I’ve been waiting for this audio book to come out! First one to leave a rate!

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Good purpose

This book serves its purpose and i would recommend to anyone who is the girl of sales. A lot of the information is basic info but it’s definitely a book for someone in sales. I find it a bit inorganic for me to practice some of the things mentioned in the book.

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My first self improvement book I ever heard/read

This book really opened my eyes of human communication, it really helped me ease up when talking to people.

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Not Exactly Ageless, But Useful Nonetheless

The book teaches you a lot of lessons that involves timeless human behavior, but does fail to contextualize those lessons into the modern world. I'm not dinging them for not writing an entire section on modern contexts, but I think that's just the cost of them deciding to have this book stay where it is.

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Last 35 minutes is the new material.

I enjoyed it but wouldn’t have bought this again since I have the it in an older version. I like both narrators, I’d only recommend this version if it’s your first time listening to “how to win friends and Influence people”

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Timeless and inspiring

Do you yourself a favor and those who love you. Listen to this and you will all be blessed!

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  • 06-21-22

I wish I had read this book earlier

Everyone should read this book especially young teenagers. As mentioned at the beginning some of the writing style is a bit dated but the principle message is so relevant for everyone. I listened to each chapter twice. Robert’s narration really helped me enjoy the book.
I would love if this was a book in all classrooms as young adults start to look for support in navigating their goals. I’m already putting this into practice.
I’m pretty sure I’ll be ready this book on an annual basis.

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  • 06-08-22

Useful tips

As is said in the preface this book is still useful today. If you are socially adept then it just puts into words what you already know but it is good to have concrete principles that you can follow to improve human relations