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Lizards Eat Butterflies

By: Dr. David E. Martin
Narrated by: Dr. David E. Martin
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Publisher's Summary

Lizards Eat Butterflies unveils David Martin’s deepest passion about how we’re living on this planet and how we could do so much more to improve our experience with a shift in perspective. In a triumph of cutting-edge science, social commentary, and deeply personal life experience, he shows us that, with an alteration in perspective, that which stands in the way of our humanity is an illusion that can be eradicated. 

Far from being a 12-step program - this is the un-program in 12 sections - Lizards Eat Butterflies deconstructs the myths that trap us into victimhood, isolation, and futility. Having traveled the world for three decades of work and with the worldwide film success of Future Dreaming, along with many lectures and workshops, he weaves the narrative of this book to create a tapestry of provoking, thoughtful, and considered reexaminations of our dominant myths and perspective impairments. Lizards is a practical conversation starter to defuse the explosive challenges of inadequacy, indifference, and apathy.

©2020 David E. Martin (P)2020 Waterside Productions, Inc.

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  • 09-12-21

Good Topic Ruined by Author

First, this author is a HORRIBLE narrator. It was so damn painful.

Second, you know when your parents tried to be cool by saying things that you a d your friends would say, and all it did was make you cringe and yell at your parents to go away? Martin does that in his book. A lot. There’s an “Ain’t nobody got time for that” an “OMG,” and plenty of other attempts at humor that are so cringe-worthy that it’s hard to listen to.

This book was free, otherwise, I’d ask for a refund.

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Intellectually Engaging // Author as an Orator? No thanks.

I’m sorry...I tried, I really did. There’s just something about the authors voice and demeanor that rubs me the wrong way. Should’ve had someone else narrate this. Dr. Martin is clearly brilliant and I think this book is amazing. It’s just his tone of voice and mildly awkward smugness that I couldn’t endure.

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Powerful Game Changer...Love!!!

Lots to unpack here! Enjoyed the ride...definitely a must repeat! Thanks for you’re wisdom & truth telling Doc!

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Break Out

If one was ever dissatisfied with ones ability to accurately access changes in the world around oneself, this book may be of value. The first chapter attacks many "sacred cows" of modernity and may be a put-off for many readers. This is a way David uses to identify areas of ones life that may be contributing to ones dissatisfaction with life. After that, he focuses in on eight myths that have kidnapped many in our western world and thus opens up possible areas for re-evaluating how we think and thus live life.

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Very decent

Very decent book with many good concepts and ideas. The more biographical stories sprinkled throughout was not distracting from the main points too much. An entertaining read with interesting points of view that are described really well.

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Excellent Read

Dr Martin put words to many of my thoughts...thoughts that aren't easily accepted by the general public.

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Thought provoking

Discusses looking at the bigger picture not just the part someone is trying to sell you. Look deeper at how things are connected.

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  • KF
  • 04-22-22

Eh…

Have you ever been on a date with someone with an overly inflated sense of self and they try way, way too hard to convince you how smart, good, charming, etc that they are and then act offended when you don’t respond positively to their prattlings? As if to say “you are so, so lucky to listen to my opinions!” That was the vibe of the entire book. Some good points but overall was hard to listen to.

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Truly the antidote to self help - a MUST read

If you slow down and really listen to Dr. Martin's message, your life will be forever changed. This book took me on a journey, pushed my boundaries, shown light on paths I couldn't see and shifted me into a new energy. I laughed, was intrigued and even moved to tears at moments. As a self help junky, I'm qualified to say this book is like no other. I was given answers to life long questions not through his direction but because Dr. Martin's teaching stretched my mind to think in new ways. If you want to be content in your life read this book carefully and then ready again and again!

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Listen to this over and over until it makes sense.

You should pay for this Gem
The presentation could be better, if I had paid for this I would have insisted on it, However, I urge you to listen beyond this. I have added this nugget to my list of "listen to again" because there are points that are SO profound, made so subtlety that they are easily missed. My first sweep I made several book marks and by the end there were at least 7 more that I missed... this time round and my mind has been driving me crazy over them. the author is clearly intelligent, passionate and caring. The humour is dry and sharp and is well executed, if you have the ear for it. The production could do with a lot of polish. If the author listened to this, then recorded a fresh take with good editing and mastering thiswould take this diamond in the rough to a set jewel status. In fact I might just master this myself for personal use.
listen at 1.35 the speed to hide most of the breathing and mouth clicks.

As I say, listen to the message not the delivery, this will show you something very special about this world.

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  • Nynne Tinne Søndergaard
  • 09-08-20

A rare encounter

An audiobook narrated by the author himself could be dull, boring or uninspiring since he knows it all and speak with same know-it-all-therefore-it's-obvious-tone.

Not. An action-packed story filled with details, surprises, facts and musings, which takes you further than Bilbo and Frodo ever traveled. More like "To the infinity and beyond".

So many layers of knowledge, ideas, new ways of seeing things will surely make both your brains and bioelectric field explode in new neural networks, a quite different way of looking at a butterfly (!) or gaze into the unknown. Whether the universe or a job application for herding Yak oxen in Mongolia.

Go, go, go! Delwe into this inferno. Forget about NLP, positive psychology, missionaries and purple scarfs.

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  • Sylwia Smalcerz
  • 04-13-21

I nvitation to discovery of oneself and meaning.

6 questions are to be answered yet... Engaging and funny. Deeply inspiring and insightful in searching for meaning of one's life.

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  • J. Visser
  • 12-14-20

Brilliant, insightful, inspirational

Dr Martin’s life is a beacon that shows just what is possible.
Yes he is brilliant, insightful, compassionate and inspirational but he also shows his deep vulnerability. He encourages us to deeply question ourselves& our our society and be our authentic self and to share that in order to grow, connect and learn how express our unique life force.

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  • Det
  • 10-30-22

Engaging intelligent and enlightening

Dr. Martin is a rarity in this modern age. He is a powerful philosopher who can broadcast his perspective and ideas in a clear and engaging manner. Thank you for this educa

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  • Fernanda C.
  • 11-15-21

The longest introduction ever

He lost me on the first 30 mins… it flows really well . Sorry but not for me

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  • lanea bittaye
  • 10-25-21

has nothing to do with addiction.

the title is some what disceving. really didn't understand what the book was actually about, but does give you food for thought in some areas.

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  • Richard Presser
  • 10-05-20

An outstanding guide on how to authentically live

David is a man who has achieved at the highest level across many spheres and given enormously to many throughout his life - beyond the imagination of most and despite disabilities that would have stopped almost all of us. This book provides a set of provocations to help others begin to own who and what they are and begin to truly live fully, whatever that means for you. Ultimately, David is simply sharing himself with us, warts and all. Authentically.
Thank you, David.

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  • Tim Bennett
  • 02-15-21

Cuts through the popular mythology!

I really enjoyed "Lizards eat Butterflies". David Martin expresses the delightful simplicity of his points with humour and personal stories, while smashing the thinking paradigms that we have held to be true in the world's mainstream thinking for hundreds of years.

This book is one to go through again and again. I took it on board like a voracious caterpillar in the first sitting. I found myself coming back to read again and chew over key points as I inevitably stubbed my toe on a real life example of how I thought in butterfly when thinking lizard turns my perspective around in satisfying and rewarding ways.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-02-22

get your head out of the narrative

brilliantly written to get you thinking about everything from a to z. you'll want to listen to it more then once

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  • Pamela Adams
  • 11-19-21

Glad I listened to this book rather than read it

This book is deep and many will abandon it before the end because it seeks to question your reality of life.