If you know nothing about what defines a psychopath (supposedly 10% of us are) then read the last 15% of the book. If you understand the basis of a psychopath (that many CEO and successful business people actually score the same as serial killers) then don't bother.
The book has lots of details and reads like a novel which is great except it's suppose to be telling you about the Psychopath Test. Well it doesn't do this until the end, last 15% of the book.
I wanted to like it and can't saying, this is interesting but what does it have to do with the story...or this is boring does this have anything to do with the story? It did not until the end. It could have been a 1 hour book. The ending was ok, it told me things I already knew about "psychopaths" so it felt like wasted time.
Trying to support 1) the comparably smaller non-fiction selection and 2) the few here that are not misinformation. Got mind? Use it.
Jon Ronson narrating a Jon Ronson adventure is highly recommendable. Gonzo journalism at its wildest: crazy events with vivid detail about a fascinating topic.
As always Mr. Ronson cleverly weaves informative background information into his twisting-and-turning narrative. So, you get some exposure to psychiatry and "psychopathy" during your wild ride down in the trenches of the madness industry.
This is clearly not meant to be a textbook; concise systematic review is neglected as the author hurls you right into the action. But it is nonetheless insightful, and you will find the experience most enjoyable.
I had the sense that I was along with the author during his research.
The surprises - I never knew what to expect.
If you read this book, you'll be able to spot the next con artist to cross your path.
Tony, the unwilling, "sane," madhouse inmate, has all the ingenuousness and charm of your favorite cousin, but he probably is, as Ronson surmises, a psychopath. Despite that, you want to let him loose to find out for sure. Maybe he's not. Maybe he needs someone to care about him. Psychopaths depend on the rest of us thinking like that.
Inductive, anecdotal, hearfelt
I really wanted Tony to be freed, simply because I don't know how sane people would convince the gatekeepers in a madhouse of their sanity. As Ronson goes to bat for Tony, the frustration of the struggle is clear and affecting.
Ronson's organization is inductive, which is counter to the style of most nonfiction works: however, as he launches into each anecdote, he creates a personal connection to the subject in each one that makes me interested in whatever point he is attempting to make. And, miracle of miracles, each discussion leads very naturally to the next anecdote. It's like hanging around with friends, telling stories about quirky co-workers.
I was excited for The Psychopath Test based on the topic. Unfortunately I found it difficult to understand and choppy for the most part. There were too many loose ends for me to feel complete at the book's end. Sadly I was disappointed.
This was just okay for me. I am interested in the subject and it was an interesting premise, but the book just didn't deliver for me. I found my attention wandering and I was a bit bored throughout. I don't know if it was the organization of the book, the content or perhaps the narration but it didn't grab me. This is one of those books where maybe the author shouldn't do the narration.
I also didn't relate to most of the case studies. Oh wait, lack of empathy is on the psychopath test list.... Hmmm perhaps I learned something about myself lol!!!
It was a great listen. I was captivated at the journey this man went through to discover the mind of a psychopath.
It made me look carefully at those around me.
I listen to audible with a pile of cats all over me. It's "FUR-tastic!"
Interesting, informative and fun
I like the part where he interviews industry titan Alfred J. Dunlap-a highly productive and financially successful CEO and rumored to be a psychopath. It is very interesting to hear what Dunlap considers "leadership" and we consider "being a psycho"!
How to Learn to spot them in your everyday life
This is a very interesting book on one man's encounter with psychopaths in all walks of life. Ronson gives a highly vivid and entertaining account of the psychiatry industry with all of it's pseudo science. It is a must read.
I loved the expression and passion in the narrator's voice as he told his story.
I liked how easy it was to listen to this book and understand everything the author was trying to convey sometimes with a touch of irony, but also with sense of humor.
My favorite character was the author. It was very easy to identify with some of the situations he found himself in.
My tag line would be "Do you know you would score very high on the Robert Hare Checklist?"
Once I started listening to this book I kept on listening until the end. I would definitely listen to it again. Jon Ronson is very entertaining and really appealed to my sense of irony/humor.
This was my first purchase of a book on Audible by Jon Ronson. Very compelling insights into ways we identify the psychopath, or label people as such. Jon also narrates, which is the most attractive feature of all his books here.