The Game recounts the incredible adventures of the everyday man who transforms himself from a shy, awkward writer into the quick-witted, smooth-talking Style, a character irresistible to women. But just when life is better than he could have ever dreamed (he uses his techniques on Britney Spears, receives life coaching from Tom Cruise, moves into a mansion with Courtney Love, and is officially voted the World's Number One Pickup Artist), he falls head over heels for a woman who can beat him at his own game.
Jaw-dropping and hilarious, The Game reveals the naked truth about sex, love, and relationships - and getting exactly what you want.
©2005 Neil Strauss (P)2013 Canongate Books Ltd
I decided to listen to this book because I wanted to find out what the Pick Up Artist community is all about, why it exists and what they do. I find the whole PUA culture weird, disturbing and rather tragic, but I found this book very interesting and compelling.
It doesn't say good things about our society that the PUA community is so large and that guys feel this is the best, or only, way to meet women. I understand that part of the process if to make men feel more confident in themselves and therefore make them happier and more attractive. This seems like the positive part of the process, but they way they go about it and their attitudes towards women are just WEIRD. It seemed like they saw women as another species who have to be tricked and manipulated, or even a collectible card game where you try and get the special edition card that the other guys covet the most. It didn't seem like they were getting to know women or picking up girls they were personally interested in, but trying to score the 'prizes' they thought would most impress other men.
I don't think this is a book to listen to if you want to learn the PUA techniques, but it's very entertaining if you want to find out about the culture and what they were up to at the time this was written (apparently things have changed and the movement has split into competitive factions all trying to cash in on some mens inability to talk to women).Overall, although I enjoyed the craziness of the car-crash being played out in the book, it made me feel pretty sad about the state of male/female relationships, and I had to keep reminding myself that these guys are in the minority. The narration is good and the pace of the book is good too.
"A noughtys hit I missed and now caught up."
a load of nonsense made entertaining. a strange premise which just about worked. I wouldn't recommend but when this first came out I was in my later teens and was forever being mentioned in the lad mags as a kind of dark art guide to bedding whoever you want. glad I satisfied curiosity but all just a bit far fetched to be believed and had , for me, a now bygone attitude for women that I have since grown out of and left behind.
"Waste of money ant, most important, time."
Waste of money ant, most important, time. Few good point which can be easily explained in half an hour
"if you like this sort of thing"
i got this book because of all the hype. which is why maybe iam so disappointed. as it just poor. its just a story about him and this group of men, who want to have sex with girls. trying to make the process mystical and special. it would be funny until you reailize this is real. its kind of sad. i was into this when i was like 12 years old.
iam being hard, if you want like a comic sort of book, about chasing women, without much jokes, then get it. but if you want something deeper, don't waste your credit.
Well that was a bitchy memoir. The most self indulgent tosh. Charisma vacuum. Starts sleazy - then quickly gets pathetic - then the second half turns into a sub-90210 soap opera about grown men living in an LA frat house and bitching about each other. At no point will you give a toss about anybody in it - even in the lengthy descriptions of depressions and so on. Poorly and cheesily written - self aggrandising and full of cliches. There are passages where you can hear him wholeheartedly believing he is a feminist whilst spewing the most misoginist bile. Just awful awful awful. Although it does have the added quality of making every other book you hear much better. Ploughed through to the end and needed a shower. Avoid like the plague! Need pick up advice? Just be nice, be yourself, smile. If you fake it or try to trick women (maybe you'll have some superficial success like these creeps) but it will rot you and do you really want to be with someone you've tricked with mind games? Poisons odious little rag of a book. *vomits
"Much better than it should be"
The psychology of attraction.
There are several conversation techniques that you feel like want to go and try immediately.
By using real world examples, although I'm not sure how much is exaggerated for the book.
I imagine some listeners may find his voice a little irritating, as it's quite 'jazz-hands'.
Great book with an amazing first half regarding psychology and real world examples of the techniques discussed, but changes course and tails off in the second, being more focused on the authors inner feelings and relationships.
Also, the guys in the book sound like the kinds of people I would absolutely hate IRL, but they're entertaining to read about.
Got the audible thinking that it would help me (not ashamed to say it) pick up woman. But the truth is it gave me insight into what it would be like to live the lifestyle of a pua.
But by the end of the book instead of it taking me to discover the hidden secret it lead me to find what it really is the truth of the whole crux of dating and meeting girls. You can only give the girl the opportunity you don't choose her she chooses you as so eloquently put at the end. Confidence is the only thing that you can truly have that means anything.
"Can be applied in many aspects of life"
It's not as clear cut as you might think - you do need to read between the lines and understand the process.
Good to listen to and captivating in many respects.
"Thank you Neil Strauss!"
love it! brilliant life style brilliant life story brilliant experience! I will follow and be better! :)
I've recently come into the knowledge of pua and didn't know much about its origins. I could t. Stop listening to it neil has a way with words. I thought the book would be about pickup techniques but he explains what drove them to become pua the emptiness and the dark sides of being a pua. It takes guts to admit to those things . Lastly I've never liked Tyler from rsd but this book explains how the pick up industry destroyed itself and became a victim of its own success Julien blanc case in point
"A crazy yet very human story"
There is something to learn here.. Passing from the excitement of the beginning till the realizations in the end this book is a very well writter human experience.
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