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The Art of Seduction: An Indispensible Primer on the Ultimate Form of Power | [Robert Greene]

The Art of Seduction: An Indispensible Primer on the Ultimate Form of Power

Synthesizing the work of thinkers including Freud, Diderot, Nietzsche, and Einstein, delineating the enticing strategies of characters throughout history, The Art of Seduction is a comprehensive guide to getting what we want - any way we can. Controversial but never dull, timeless and up-to-date, it's destined to be Greene's next best seller.
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When raised to the level of art, seduction, an indirect and subtle form of power, has toppled empires, won elections, and enslaved great minds. The Art of Seduction synthesizes the legacies of civilization's greatest seducers - from Cleopatra to JFK - with the philosophies of important intellectuals on the subject, including everyone from Freud to Kierkegaard and Ovid to Casanova, and the classic literature of seduction. Robert Greene identifies the rules of a timeless, amoral game and explores how to cast a spell, break down resistance, and, ultimately, compel a target to surrender. The Art of Seduction is an indispensable primer on the essence of one of history's greatest weapons and the ultimate form of power.

©2001 Robert Greene and Joost Elfers; (P)2001 HighBridge Company

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"[Greene's] literary survey is fascinating." (Booklist)

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    09-02-11
    09-02-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Do you want to date idiots?"

    Then this book is for you! Yes, unpredictability and mystery is sometimes alluring in a hook-up/partner, but in moderation. People of substance (the people we Audible.com members WANT to hook-up with, right?) will identify and RUN from Greene's paper-thin manipulations! If you are legitimately as emotionally isolated as this book suggests you should be to "ensnare" someone (i.e. drive them insane), then you're probably naturally employing its tactics. If not, is it really possible or necessary to FAKE emotional unavailability and disinterest? Sounds like crazytalk to me.

    However, the narrator gives a good performance- but seems to channel the voiceovers on Haunted Mansion ride at Disneyland. I also enjoyed the historiography/typology of legendary seducers, very interesting connections! But the "advice" derived from the analysis is weak-minded and cheap, in my opinion.

    10 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Roman Brooklyn, NY, USA 10-12-06
    Roman Brooklyn, NY, USA 10-12-06
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    "Somewhat Monotonous"

    The tone of the voice of the narrator is like he is about to tell a great secret, this tone he maintains throughout the whole book, this makes the books sound monotonous. Even though points are well illustrated, they do not stick in your mind, nor are interesting.

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Ronel East Orange, NJ, USA 10-02-03
    Ronel East Orange, NJ, USA 10-02-03 Member Since 2003
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    "A Five Hour Adventure with Ovations at the end"

    This book is by far the makings of a classic. Deviously insightful, it challenged many of my precepts and ideals . . . The art of seduction is a lethal step into the darkside of love and life . . . James Baldwin once said "The Price one pays for pursuing any calling is an intimate knowledge of its ugly side" . . .

    The Art of Seduction has a very structured format throughout, a fantastic narrator, who keeps the pace of the book alive . . . Histrionic to a degree, Robert Greene substantiates his theories on the Seductive Process with authority and the support of Great figures throughout time. One reviewer said the book was slimy . . . in a way . . . yes . . .the use of the word Victim (the person you aim your seduction at) at one point made the hairs on the back of my neck raise . . . how offensive . . .

    . . . How honest . . . The Art of Seduction IS BY NATURE Offensive . . . not in the politically correct sense, but in the "Game Plan" sense . . . its not defensive . . . it doesn't make excuses for itself . . . simply put . . . this book is the truth ... heaven forbid it fall into the wrong hands.

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Nick Farmington, Utah, United States 06-30-12
    Nick Farmington, Utah, United States 06-30-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Hmmm... I listened twice"

    I liked this book and found it interesting. I would recommend it if you like learning about why people do what they do or act the way that they act. I listened twice and I am thinking about listening again. It wasn't too long or too short and was able to get a lot of information in between.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Karen Madison Hts, MI, USA 01-23-05
    Karen Madison Hts, MI, USA 01-23-05 Member Since 2002
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    "The Art of Suduction"

    The GAME PLAYERS hunting guide to love and relationships.

    Have you ever met a woman who was not very pretty but for some reason men seemed very drawn to her. If you have, you know that while looks are important to the opposite sex, there is certainly more to it than that. This book is not about that.

    I bought this book to learn how to appear more sexy and desirable to the opposite sex not to learn how to manipulate, take advantage and control others.

    This book suggests that you must play game with people to win their affections. It read/plays like a revenge guide. Some of the suggestions were things like -- you must isolate your victim by alienating them from their friends and family. Other advice was to keep them off balance by pursue someone aggressively and then turn cold as ice toward them once they start to show greater interest in you.
    If this is what it takes to be sexy and desirable it?s not for me.
    I stopped listening too it half way thought.

    27 of 38 people found this review helpful
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    Darren Wells Athens, Ga. 10-17-07
    Darren Wells Athens, Ga. 10-17-07 Listener Since 2006
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    "Dark, I loved it!"

    I consider myself a nice guy, but I must say I loved this audio. It brings to light some things that may have been used on you or even that you may have used on someone and not even of realized it. I don't regret getting the audio. Thanks.

    8 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Tauseef New Jersey, NJ, United States 09-21-12
    Tauseef New Jersey, NJ, United States 09-21-12 Member Since 2012

    "The Ultimate Seducer" or "The Ideal Lover"

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    "The Overall Art"

    This book is captivating, i have never seen a book that grabs my attention. it gives me so much information and understanding of the behavior of both males and females and the act of seduction. I have completely been educated in the actions and roles of the female attitude towards my behavior and reactions to their gestures. the plots and schemes men and women go through to attain the roles of the ultimate seducer is miraculous. I have discovered the type of seducer i am and what i should do to improve my game as an Ideal lover, although in this time and age various methods may be a bit drastic or outrageous but to become an ultimate seducer, nothing tried, nothing done.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Gavin Medley, FL, USA 05-28-09
    Gavin Medley, FL, USA 05-28-09
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    "Interesting listen"

    I found it to be a well-narrated audiobook that helps the listener absorb the content without getting bored. Contentwise it has an amoral stance but provides insight into the types of seducers and methods they employ.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Neil Dublin, OH, United States 03-06-11
    Neil Dublin, OH, United States 03-06-11 Member Since 2010

    I like business books and other non-fiction books that help me learn new skills I can apply at work and in life. Read sci-fi sometimes too.

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    "Disappointing..."

    Though well written, this book isn't very informative. The information given would be common sense to most. Add that to a monotone narrator and overall this was a bore. Kept listening hoping it would get better and eventuall teach me something, but alas, no....

    6 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Tim parma hts, OH, USA 07-29-07
    Tim parma hts, OH, USA 07-29-07
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    "A for effort"

    The main problem I have with this book it that instructs young men to lie. That’s not right. Other criticism include the fact the author seems to think of sex as an act without a consideration to the emotions of either person involved, and my final point of objection is that this books author, Mr. Greene, tells his audience not to be themselves. All this goes against my upbringing and I find it mildly insulting.

    16 of 25 people found this review helpful
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