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.
"Algebra, Did you need it? This You DO!"
Audio version is so much better than the book. With Neil Strauss himself narrating the book, I had to listen to this. His actual experience of the events in the tale really accented the stories.I can hear the emotion in Strauss' voice as he's reading the chapters, or is that my own imagination, regardless he made me really enjoy the story.
Obviously my favourite character was the main protagonist himself.From AFC to MPUA!
Everything you ever knew about women is about to be turned on it's head!
"A fascinating rabbit hole"
I really enjoyed it, very fascinating material. Would listen to again. Only problem I had was at certain parts Neil Strauss gets caught up in the words as if he's reliving it.
This book should be read by all 20 something men and women - also by students commencing anthropology studies.
lt like an abrupt end, but I'm assuming it felt that way because I was enjoying the story so much and became submerged in the life of the Game. I think I'll listen to it again to make some notes....
A life changing book this my 4th time I've listened. It truly remarkable story. Must
I'd heard of The Game a long time ago and decided to give it a go as I had a credit to use and I thought it might be interesting if nothing else.
I was genuinely surprised to find I really liked the book. I felt I got to know the characters and despite them often being amoral at best, even quite like them. The subject matter is intriguing in as much as I still don't know whether I find the idea creepy and reprehensible, or just intelligent men using their brains to succeed where historically brawn has won out. I think my enjoyment of this book is partly due to this ambiguity.
Another positive is that it is narrated by the author, something I always find gives a more enjoyable experience. His voice isn't exactly the smoothest but he emphasises the right points for his story and it helped with my understanding of, and relating to, his character.
The only downside is I want to know what happened to the PUA scene next. Something I could obviously google but it won't be the same as hearing it from the horse's mouth.
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
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