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The Art of Seduction Audiobook

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

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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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    Nick 06-30-12
    Nick 06-30-12
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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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    Ronel East Orange, NJ, USA 10-02-03
    Ronel East Orange, NJ, USA 10-02-03 Member Since 2016
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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.

    13 of 18 people found this review helpful
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    Reviewer 11-12-15
    Reviewer 11-12-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Sad yet informative"

    Sad commentary on life but true. I used it as a defense guide against socially aggressive people

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    DBruno1987 01-05-15
    DBruno1987 01-05-15 Member Since 2013
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    "How people really are"

    Everything explained here is self-evident. The author is simply putting words to describe what most people subconsciously do. Yes, the techniques can be misused by heartless psychopaths, but seducing somebody doesn't automatically equate to harming them. This is basically about flirting and attracting. If you are pursuing a man/woman, with long term intentions of forming a loving relationship, these techniques will be much more effective than passively waiting around or day dreaming about your crush. The words in here sound harsh and sometimes creepy, but that's how the author describes a primordial, harsh, subconscious nature that all humans share (whether you like to acknowledge it or not).

    1 of 1 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

    "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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    Elizabeth 09-02-11
    Elizabeth 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.

    15 of 23 people found this review helpful
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    A Mellor Las Vegas, NV, United States 07-20-05
    A Mellor Las Vegas, NV, United States 07-20-05 Member Since 2015
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    "ALmost perfect"

    This is a very very good book. It explains different types of people and helps the reader understand how people think. It is always a game and those the play the game the best turn out on top. This book teaches how you can get the most out of your relationships but most importantly it teaches the reader how you can get over that intial hump of uncertainty that starts every relationship.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Mr. Buy Alot Dublin, OH, United States 03-06-11
    Mr. Buy Alot Dublin, OH, United States 03-06-11 Member Since 2014

    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....

    7 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Matt Garland, TX, USA 02-18-05
    Matt Garland, TX, USA 02-18-05 Member Since 2008
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    "It starts well, but leaves an immature flavor"

    I enjoyed the book, for the first couple hours of reading. Then it because quite repetitious and just plain boring. The author makes some good points early on but then spends the whole rest of the book trying to build a case which cannot be convincing to even a moderately intelligent individual.

    21 of 34 people found this review helpful

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