I really hope that nobody considers these good rules of power. These are rules of game playing.
I only agreed with about 60% - 70% of the content, but the parts I agreed with I thought were extremely valuable.
No idea. But I absolutely HATED the narration. The book's text definitely has a sinister tone at times (kind of cheezy in it's own right), but PUHLEEEAZE don't narrate the text in such a puke-inducing, over-acting way! It literally distracted me from the content of the book for the first few chapters.
I thought the content was pretty immature at some points. I thought all ideas might be valid (even life-saving) if I was living on the streets of Compton, in prison, in some back-stabbing corporate situation, or any other watch-your back, sleep-with-one-eye-open-24/7 kind of situation. But my life isn't like that.
Where I found value was knowing that some other glory-seeking sociopath might be listening to this audiobook and so it was good to have my eyes opened that other people might be thinking these ways.
That said, there were a few points, maybe 10-20 of the Laws where I really nodded my head and said: "YUP. That's reality." So in that respect it was good to remind me to keep my head up in numerous spots.
If you're looking for one special audiobook, this *isn't* it. If you listen to one audiobook per year, and need to make it absolutely count, don't listen to this.... you'll be disappointed for an entire year. Instead, go get sometime like "Good to Great" by Jim Collins. Or - if it were available in audio - "Winning Through Intimidation" by Robert J. Ringer, "Pitch Anything" by Oren Klaff, or any other number of proven winners.
But if you regularly listen to business, leadership, marketing, influence books, this is an excellent tier-2 option to help round out your on-going education. I'm glad I could cope with the terrible narration enough to get through this audiobook... there truly were a few gems that make it (overall) worthwhile.
I bought this book as a "historgical" interest. I thought it might be interesting to hear these "Laws" in that kind of context. However, after listening to the first few chapters it made me so depressed that people actually function like this that I had to turn it off. If you are heartless, amoral, or a sociopath this book might interest you, otherwise it is just depressing.
Making it only 2 laws. Lie and Steal... that's what the book should be called.
If you hate people, read this book.
All things Robert Greene are a must read! I have read this book and other works and remain fascinated, in fact you will re-read this book over and over!!!
The description of this book is pretty spot on. It details several guidelines that will help the reader acquire and enhance their power in most of their relationships (work, friends, romantic, etc) or even in martial arts settings. While some of the laws conflicted with themselves a majority of them were straight forward and made a good bit of sense when thought about.
After a brief explanation of the law, the author gave historical examples of adherence or violations of these laws. A couple of the historical stories werent that good of an example and a few others weren't all that interesting, but most were solid in driving the points home.
The narrator was probably the most distracting for me as he used the same rhythmic inflection of his voice for just about every sentence. At first it just seemed overly dramatic. But it quickly became annoying and then distracted from the book itself.
Id like to read it again right after a reading of The Art Of War to see how they fare against one another.
These are 48 ways to get control over any number of situations you may encounter. It seems pretty ruthless and I found it interesting that the author says you can even use these laws on your own family. Hearing these laws has helped me understand some of my coworkers behaviors, this is definitely worth the listen.
I prefer the audiobook because this method provides the laws without the distractions of the print version
The laws that were very Makavelian
There were no characters
All laws can be used in my search for power
I will listen to this book on long drives in the future as the laws are very applicable and the narration is inviting.
No really, it teaches how you can take advantage of people. Mr. Dale Carnegie would feel sorry for Mr. Greene if you know what I mean. I did like the history passages used to illustrate the points. However some were a stretch.
There is nothing positive or anything that I would want to teach my kids from this book. There are some many other ways to influence people and he goes about it the wrong way.
What kept me listening were the historic passages.
This is an easy guide to become a spineless back stabber. If you are in politics, this is your book. Not really, this is exactly what is wrong with politics.
After the 24th law it sounds repetitive. The reader is excellent.My wife found it too dramatic but i thought it was appropriate for the topic. She hated it, didn't even finish it.
fascinating, in all the gory details.
no. It would make them sick.
they're all rather horrific.
I was rather shocked to see that sociopathy is more common than suspected, is an ancient art-form of predation, and scorns those with conscience as marks and fools.It teaches the rest of us to recognize and understand it better.
Unfortunately, it's an excellent primer for sociopaths that want to up their game. And teaches aspiring sociopaths everything they need to know.
Keep the antacids handy and learn like your life depends on it. Because it might.