This book is well written and compelling. Its combination of anecdotal experience and summaries of research gives meaningful insight into what a sociopath may be. On the other hand the central 'factoid', that 4% of society are sociopathic, is misleading and relatively unsupported. The APA estimates that around 1% of people score above 30 on the Hare test. Obviously a lot more people score in the above average for sociopathic tendencies, and it is not a hard and fast number. Nonetheless, even at one percent that is staggeringly high. This books is a wonderful primer to become more paranoid, and also to be aware of a real and unpleasant factor in the people around you. definitely worth the credit.
I would listen again. The story is compelling, and the central metaphor (vampirism=slavery) is well structured. The characters are engaging, but this book does not pretend to be anything but what it was intended to be: a lot of fun.
His meetings with Edgar Allen Poe were a delightful element.
I am not overly familiar with the narrator.
Edgar Allen Poe. I just imagine that, as long as you could pay the bar tab, that man would tell some durn cool stories.
Listen/read the book before the movie spoils it for you!
I cannot recommend this boook highly enough. It chaanged the way I see many aspects of modern society.
This book is ths funniest thing written since Woody Allen's Without Feathers. It can make a good claim to be slightly funnier (though not as subtle) as The Hitchiker's Guide. Brilliant timing, inspired wordplay, new inventive comedic concepts, are all utilized to make this an unparalleled lethal combination of humourous innovations. BEWARE: Sid effects may include, laugh generated hernias, rapid humour induced tear expulsion, and peeing yourself. Do not stand on high tension power lines while listening to this audiobook.
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