I've always been intrigued by psychology and the human mind and this story gave a great overview of psychopaths and connection to our current way of thinking in society. This book got me started reading everything by Jon Ronson even though I enjoyed the movie Moneyball which had much respect already.
How psychopaths can be everywhere and not just reserved to criminals.
He interviews and connects the facts to academia and again connects that to actual everyday people that makes you question and analyze what many people want to blindly take as fact.
As usual with any book on psychopaths/sociopaths--it gives me a mental mind f#ck!
This book has given me further insight into the crazy behaviors and evil actions of ex bosses and even a few of the military officers I have served with.
Creepy, but insightful! Great narration.
Fascinating and easy-to-listen-to. Great for driving home from work. Just the right balance of lightness and depth to keep one engaged but not overwhelmed. Recommended.
The book definitely met my expectations. I didn't expect much theoretical stuff but rather anecdotes painting the picture. In this regard, the author does a great job providing multiple insights on the topic.
I originally got interested in the topic of psychopaths after reading an interview of Andy McNab and his diagnoses as being a psychopath. This book takes an amateur's understanding to a higher level without the boring details but through easy to digest factoids. I recommend this for anyone who has ever wondered about themselves or others in their lives having psychopathic tendencies. Caution: this is not to diagnose but rather help understand what the disorder is about and its effects.
Robson is a great narrator - his voice is annoying, almost silly but that's his trick. He is disarming and fair-minded and kindly but there is a sharp steely something beneath - he writes with all the wooly prose of an Ardman animation sheep. He sits you down, makes you a nice cup of tea and offers you the chocolate biscuits. Then when you are off guard , he punches you in the face with an idea so violently perceptive you wonder at his real character.
But before you can form an opinion - he has scuttled off apologetically back into his sheepish clothing and he is offering you another cuppa! And who are we to say no. After all its the same technique he seems to use on the many subjects of his books to such great effect.
I imagine Malcolm Gladwell reading Robson's books and cursing and raving in a villainous jealous temper tantrum each time a new Ronson book is published "One day, One day, you will see I will have my revenge. One day I will write a book that will make you look foolish!"
Sorry Malcolm, you won't!
This question presumes I also have the printed version. Do I? Amazon knows more about me than I do. I don't recall buying it, but maybe I did. Kindle does make it easy to buy stuff. I'll go check. In the meantime... probably yes. It was enjoyable to listen to and I don't think this is a book that absolutely must be READ to be understood.
Jon Ronson's story about the guy who mistakenly was sent to the loony bin but it turns out he... ohhh you thought I'd spoil it for ya, huh?
He has a bit of an odd voice but it's acceptable. He was pretty even with his pitch, timbre and speed. Never felt rushed. I enjoy hearing (or think I'm hearing) parts the author is particularly passionate about.
Yeah. I wanted to see who in my social circle might be a sociopath. Turns out it's me. All kidding aside, I was relieved to not scored high on the Psychopath test at all and then wanted to find out WHO does. The answer was surprisingly complex.
Not quite as good as The Sociopath Next Door but still interesting.
I've read a lot about sociopaths after dating one, and this book does a great job explaining the stages you go through after learning about them. I liked the author's honesty and candidness. Entertaining and educational.
This book, and Jon's work in general, has helped to reinvigorate my interest in the world around me. My life was in no way dull before this, but was certainly lacking a kind of appeal that I couldn't quite put my finger on. Knowing that there are others out there, others not deeply entrenched in the academic or medical fields,who have an interest in the opaque world of psychopathy makes me feel as though I've found a home, or at least a firm footing.
Absolutely enjoyed it, even more so than "Them." You really get a feel for the people. Also, appreciated his candor.