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©2000 Robert Greene and Joost Elffers; (P)2007 HighBridge Company
After the first few laws I wasn't sure what I got myself into .. My first thought was "What kind of person would enjoy listening to this garbage". Then I came back to read the reviews and I found several other people who thought the same thing.
Either way I found myself listening a little bit more. The more I listened the more I found myself enjoying this audiobook.
Why do I say this? Because I don't see this as a "how to guide". I see this as two things 1. A history lesson .. If you dont learn from the past you are bound to repeat it.
2. YES some of these laws are sick and manipulative, but welcome to the real world. There are people that think like this.
The 48 Laws of power is a step by step how to guide, you have to listen between the lines and realize that the world is not all puppy dogs and rainbows. This book shows you how the world is and you can learn from the lessons presented.
I want world domination. Sure, don't we all?
Filled with interesting anecdotes, and methods of machiavellian maneuvering, this book is ideal inspiriation for the brooding evil genius or dictator within us. Often contradictory, the contents are still certainly fun.
The narrator does have a tendency towards slow, deliberate speech for unnecessary emphasis, but it's still listenable. The random musical interludes could have been done away with. Otherwise thoroughly entertaining.
I am an avid listener. I listen between 75-100 hours per month on my iPhone: 60% fiction to 40% non-fiction.
No. I would just peruse the 48 laws. They are listed and easy to review.
There is a lot to get through if you read this book conventionally. Listening gives you a fighting chance to get through them all.
Sparknotes for Machiavelli
Avid audiobook listener since 2007. I've enjoyed thousands of hours while jogging, driving, and working around the house.
The production is high quality, but the guy talks soooo sloooowwwlllllyyyy that you can easily listen to it at 5x speed and understand every word.
As for content, Greene put a LOT of work into this and it really shows. The stories really help lock the laws into your memory.
But there is a ton of stuff in the book that the audiobook leaves out. The way it is organized, it would be impossible not to.
My advice? Get the book as well. You can find it online cheap and it has even more stories and insight to share.
Was the audiobook version worth the money? Yes.
Was it fun to listen to? Yes.
Do I recommend it to you? Only if you want to learn about power in all its gory details. If you're squeamish about the underbelly of wielding power, this is not for you.
Book nerd for life!
There were some practical laws, for good & evil doers
He sounded like he would cue evil laughter at any moment
How to Be a Villain
Pretty good book. Check your motives before reading/listening
When I first read this book a couple years ago, it was so apropos for were I was in my life as I was going through a career change myself. The book helped me to realize that harboring deep inside of me, was a lot of untapped potential and power that I've yet to utilize. Ever since then, I've made it a point to implement as many of the 48 Laws of Power into my daily life as I possibly can. If nothing else, this book is a great "get off first base and start rounding the bases" book for anyone who feels that their life could use a little bit of a kickstart.
I thought that the author, Robert Greene, kept the book on track, simple, easy to follow and matter of factual. Anyone who's willing to implement even 5 or 10 (you'll quickly find that The Laws naturally flow into each other and build upon each other) of these Laws of Power into their lives, won't be able to help themselves from making better decisions, and taking more control over their lives. Yet, at the same time, living a very fulfilling existence as we all ought to do.
I highly recommend this book as a great reference tool for your "toolbox kit of life"!
I think the content is great. I love the stories and case studies/historical examples that the author uses. The author likes to use words that suggest that in order to be powerful you must use trickery and deception. Perhaps his view of the world has always been of scarcity which is why his view on these topics feels so dark. I believe that by changing a few words but keeping all the same points there is an abundance based way to view and write this content that speaks to ways that we can achieve our aims without manipulation and create our success without feeling the need to walk all over the people around us to get there.
The 48 Laws of Power makes quite a lot of sense as told and understood by the author. Greene references 12th - 18th century figures to illustrate his points and he does it well.
Condescending. Slow. Ummm....did I mention Condescending?
This book was entertaining in the way it was several historical vignettes, however I'm dubious of the accuracy of some facts. The lessons would contradict each other frequently. And if you follow these lessons, you will have no friends because you'd be a complete dick.
This book might be enjoyed by a person who is paranoid, because it may help to confirm their paranoid world view.
It offered some brief history lessons
The title is misleading. First, it implies there is a discrete number of laws of power - 48, no more, no less -- and the author is revealing them. I got the impression that the author could have consolidated a few of the "laws" or perhaps thought up a few more. Or maybe the author just nodded off after the first 48 and stopped writing. Second, these aren't so much as laws as they are lessons or reflections or heuristics or suggestions. Calling them laws is akin to calling "You must cover your mouth when you yawn" a law. Which brings me to the narrator, who is terrible. His melodramatic inflections, speaking the lessons that imply high stakes, made me feel like I was hearing the pitch of a snake-oil salesman. "Buy what I am selling, or face the consequences!" And what's up with the cheesy violins that swell up between each chapter? Needlessly distracting. Don't waste your time with this book.
"Learn to deal with, not become a tyrant"
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.
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.
It would become a sketch movie that would jump from century to century
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.
"Evil, manipulative and purely wrong."
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...
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