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In depth, interesting and seductive.. 5/5
This book is baaically a guide for how to abuse vulnerable people. It literally refers to the person being seduced as "The Victim" and at one point instructs the reader to isolate the victim from friends and family who may see through the seduction/manipulation and warn the victim. The author also states in the beginning that this "seduction"(manipulation) will only work on people who are unhappy with their life in some way, it will not work on someone who is happy and confident. Also questionable was how often the author sexualized childlike qualities, and states that the parent-child relationship is inherently sexual and abound with repressed desire. I tried to find value in this book in the context of preventing oneself from being manipulated by learning manipulation tactics, but ultimately the author really does not seem to understand people well at all as most of the tactics are so obvious and clearly based in the author's fantasy perception of themselves.
I wouldn't take this book as seriously as some readers in their reviews. This book is insightful and entertaining, full of curious historic references, some of which are well known. I wouldn't treat the book as a manual for seduction . To me it represents analysis or study that explores dynamics of interpersonal relationships.
This book is toxic as all heck, haha! If you want to manipulate people by undermining their self esteem and exploiting whatever insecurities or unhappiness they have in their lives, this book lays it out. Very predatory, great for pick up artists, politicians, smarmy people from all walks of life; basically anyone who wants to coerce another into engaging with you in the most shallow and unfulfilling way possible. Great for toxic relationships as well! Come on people, build each other up instead of trying to take advantage of others by tearing them down, sheesh. This kind of garbage is why people can't have normal social interactions without thinking everything's a zero-sum game. Glad I didn't have to pay for this book--it's an interesting glimpse into a popular cultural phenomenon (not much of which was new to me)... the narrator is hilariously over-the-top
I usually don't read self-help but I was recommended this one because it's supposed to be indirectly about charisma and social interaction, so it should be interesting for introverts. But I couldn't get past the first half of the book. It's exactly what I expected from a self-help book, and I'll probably follow my instinct next time someone recommend me something like this again. My suggestion for you reading this is: if, like me, you were never big on self-help books, this one will not change your mind. Stay away. If you like self-help books then read other reviews, I don't think mine is of much use.
the book was cheesy and narrator not good. save your money.
I have heard many audio books and I thought this audio book was cheesy. The reader just tried too hard to be seductive. I like the content but reader really ruined this book for me.
If you listen to this book as a study on seduction and the various techniques, it's actually rather interesting. The style is a little too predictable after a while though - perhaps because it was the abridged edition.
Robert Greene, author of "The 48 Laws of Power" and "The Art of Seduction," has a degree in classical studies.
Joost Elffers is the producer of the bestselling "The 48 Laws of Power" and "The Art of Seduction,"