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The 48 Laws of Power Audiobook

The 48 Laws of Power

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Publisher's Summary

Amoral, cunning, ruthless, and instructive, this piercing work distills 3,000 years of the history of power into 48 well-explicated laws. This bold volume outlines the laws of power in their unvarnished essence, synthesizing the philosophies of Machiavelli, Sun-tzu, Carl von Clausewitz, and other great thinkers. Some laws teach the need for prudence ("Law 1: Never Outshine the Master") and the virtue of stealth ("Law 3: Conceal Your Intentions"); many demand the total absence of mercy ("Law 15: Crush Your Enemy Totally"). But like it or not, all have applications in real life. Illustrated through the tactics of Queen Elizabeth I, Henry Kissinger, P. T. Barnum, and other famous figures who have wielded, or been victimized by, power, these laws will fascinate any listener interested in gaining, observing, or defending against ultimate control.

Listen to the companion audiobook, The 33 Strategies of War.

©2000 Robert Greene and Joost Elffers; (P)2007 HighBridge Company

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    sean 10-19-15
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    "wonderful"

    love it. Robert Greene's work is outstanding. Don Leslie does an outstanding job. Produced beautifully.

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    Ned Noon 10-08-15
    Ned Noon 10-08-15 Member Since 2016
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    Would you listen to The 48 Laws of Power again? Why?

    Good Information


    What did you like best about this story?

    Narrator


    What does Don Leslie bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    A very cynical tone


    If you could give The 48 Laws of Power a new subtitle, what would it be?

    What is your competition thinking


    Any additional comments?

    This was a fun, interesting, and informative book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mark 10-03-15
    Mark 10-03-15
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    "AMMAZINNGGG"

    one of the most eye opening books of all time. I love this amazing book!

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    Stephanie 10-02-15
    Stephanie 10-02-15
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    "Great read"

    I enjoyed reading this book. It has souch valuable information. I liked all the historical examples.

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    nbradley 09-20-15
    nbradley 09-20-15
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    "It was extremely great! It's not that hard to "

    It's really not that hard to listen it was an astounding reading enjoyed it very much!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Yordano Alonso 09-20-15
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    "really interesting book!"

    This book shows you a way of thinking that is really interesting and effective in life.

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    William 09-10-15
    William 09-10-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Confidence builder"

    Ever wonder how to really get ahead? This book is a great read for someone who is trying to deal with difficult people in the workplace.

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    M 08-21-15
    M 08-21-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Excellent listen"

    You don't have to agree with the laws and methods but its the truth! And knowing how to combat/ the enemy is the right starting point.
    These laws can be seen in all types of relationships one has in life.

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    Matthew BOSTON, Morocco 08-11-15
    Matthew BOSTON, Morocco 08-11-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Takes his own advice"

    This is a corny book, spoken in a corny voice that delivers permanent truths. It's basically primer on emotional intelligence under the guise of duplicitous manipulation, delivered so it can be understood by the mental midgets who would think manipulation is worthwhile or possible.

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    cee 08-09-15
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    "loved the book"

    loved it and it kept me into it couldn't stop listening once I started it

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  • GenKan
    5/21/14
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    "Learn to deal with, not become a tyrant"
    If you could sum up The 48 Laws of Power in three words, what would they be?

    A guide how to see signs of people using, abusing, playing games and controlling you. Or if used it can make you a very powerful and manipulative person who most would view as evil.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Christopher Columbus, some one who took the power by just aiming for the stars and got away with the moon. If proof was ever needed that with confidence and knowing what to ask for and how, will make you appear much more powerful then you actually are.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    It would become a sketch movie that would jump from century to century


    Any additional comments?

    If you want to become a powerful monster, its a step by step guide

    If you want to learn how to deal with the monsters, its a step by step guide as well. Bottom line is that people will use the techniques used in this book against you, subconsciously or knowingly and regardless it helps knowing and seeing the signs that some one is playing you.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Omotola Alade
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    "very good"

    full of contraditctions from one law to the other. but such is the mystery of power. they dont teach things like this in school. must read

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ismail
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    "Powerful book. Complicated to follow"

    Its a great book. Powerful concepts. Examples can be very complicated to follow at times.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • harry burry
    7/23/15
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    "Incredible insight into the world of Ego/Greed!"

    If you want cut throat, selfish and egotistical brain massaging, this the book for you.

    This book takes as its premise that all people act purely to out of self interest and encourages the use of power play behaviours to take advantage of the weak, infirm and/or genuinely nice. According to this thinking altruism is a lie or at best an illusion.

    This book is truly poisonous in the wrong hands.

    I have read Robert Greene's 'Masters' and enjoyed his ability to entwine self-help sage advice with real life stories. Always aware that often this sort of advice is pre-desired by the reader rather than being some innate truth.
    The book covers have always been a big draw as the graphic is so strong and simple but completely on message. This is why my curiosity was drawn to Power. I was truly shocked by the content. On the other hand the book is well written and enthrallingly narrated.

    If you do buy this book, please remember with great power comes great 'responsibility' ; possibly a good title for Greene's follow up novel?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • D. Levy
    Manchester, England
    5/18/15
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    "A good listen"

    A good listen. Some of the stories are a bit hard to follow. Also the chapters don't have titles, what's that about? Overall a good book. Each law could probably be books in themselves. Of course at the end you're reminded of the paradox that you should forget what rules you've learned and adapt to the situation at hand.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Reneil Millington
    4/14/15
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    "Very good"

    it starts off a bit boring but improve to be quite good

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • a.nelson
    3/25/15
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    "one of my favourite books."

    absolutely brilliant. an intriguing read or listen. just for the short stories a must. for the wisdom a definite must.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Harem
    1/9/15
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    "Evil Genius!"

    One of the best books i have read in the past decade -- more educational than a pair of uneducated parents. Robert Greene, you are one evil genius. Having read it twice I can simply say this is a guidebook to politicians as Bible / Quran are to Christians / Muslims. Keep up the good work. I look forward to your next book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Anna
    Newmarket, United Kingdom
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    "Evil, manipulative and purely wrong."
    If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

    As with all books - I went with my gut instinct here and returned this audiobook.

    I managed to listen to the preface and Law 1 only and had to turn it off. Half way through the preface I had a growing feeling in my gut that what I was listening to was WRONG. It was wrong on many levels, manipulative and bad for me to the point my stomach turned and I felt physically sick. I always trust my gut on this - this way of thinking about the world, other people and everything (you need to sneak your way to the top, disguise your intentions, lie, deceive, hide your emotions, conspire and "play the game") isn't good for you.

    I will go with truth, transparency, owning up to mistakes and emotional intelligence instead - and you will be much better off. Why not listen to the "Anatomy of peace" instead...


    Has The 48 Laws of Power put you off other books in this genre?

    Yes


    Would you be willing to try another one of Don Leslie’s performances?

    Maybe


    What character would you cut from The 48 Laws of Power?

    Are there any characters in that book?


    7 of 26 people found this review helpful

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