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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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Publisher's Summary

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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    bryant 08-22-14
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    "Extremely Dangerous!"
    Where does The Art of Seduction rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Great narrator! A world without morals leads to more suffering and decay. Gives you the information necessary to obtain selfish pleasure quickly.


    What other book might you compare The Art of Seduction to and why?

    All I have to say is Robert Greene!


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    Alex Kozlov 06-27-14
    Alex Kozlov 06-27-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Useless and contradictory advice"
    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    There is no value in what he is saying.. just a dramatic way of twisting anything you do as "good" for power and "bad" for power, even if it is the same thing. For example.. you should be available and act charming to "fool" your opponent into believing you like him/her, two pages before that "you should be unavailable and mysterious" to "fool" your opponent and spark their interest and desire. And then he describes an identical situation. Completely useless content. He should be writing fiction


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    Jennifer DIAMOND BAR, CA, United States 02-04-14
    Jennifer DIAMOND BAR, CA, United States 02-04-14
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    "So Interesting!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, definitely, this book really captures a reader's attention.


    Have you listened to any of Jeff David’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, but his voice is so mesmerizing.


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    kimberly Takoma Park, Maryland, United States 01-27-14
    kimberly Takoma Park, Maryland, United States 01-27-14
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    "Valuable informationto keep from being manipulated"
    What did you like best about The Art of Seduction? What did you like least?

    The information given out. It's a great way to recognize manipulation and tack around to avoid it.


    What didn’t you like about Jeff David’s performance?

    I thought Jeff David's reading was overkill--almost Snidely Whiplash-ish. I could see him kneading and rolling his hands. I don't get why these readers can't just read the damn book instead of trying to act.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    this wouldn't be a movie


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    Mahmoud USA, NY 10-18-13
    Mahmoud USA, NY 10-18-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Better than a thriller"
    If you could sum up The Art of Seduction in three words, what would they be?

    Breath taking history


    What did you like best about this story?

    Originality...Never seen the horizons of the subject before Robert revealed it. This is a life change experience book.


    What about Jeff David’s performance did you like?

    Amazing...very expressive and touching.


    What’s an idea from the book that you will remember?

    Seduction is a basic characteristic of Human history.


    Any additional comments?

    Special congratulations for the narrator for his terrific performance.

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    ann pittsburgh, PA, United States 03-27-13
    ann pittsburgh, PA, United States 03-27-13 Member Since 2013
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    "well...."
    If you could sum up The Art of Seduction in three words, what would they be?

    Slimy, Underhanded, Unethical


    What did you like best about this story?

    The narration of this book was very captivating. It was also very informative on people's ways of getting what they want, under any circumstance, throughout history. I cringed so many times as the narrator described so many actions of people that I ditched from my life because they were just fake and horrible people! I do have a better understanding of the human psyche after listening, and will never be one to be seduced in any such manner as was described. It was definitely an engrossing book; Very well done.In short, this book was very informative and entertaining. If you choose to apply the techniques in this book, you will live a wonderful life full of games, trysts and stuff... and end up old and alone without any real relationships. Everyone finds out your game in the end, and no one likes to be played. ;-)


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    Rob LEXINGTON, SC, United States 03-05-13
    Rob LEXINGTON, SC, United States 03-05-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Good but could be better"
    Any additional comments?

    I feel kind of like all I did was learn how to identify different types of seductors - not how to operate as one or how to select which one would work in a given situation. Bought the book with intentions of applying the principals at work for career advancement (as advertised and without sex). I was pretty disappointed that my expectations were not met. Nonetheless, it was an interesting read and the "Publisher's Summary" did not oversell it terribly. I'll probably listen again some day and hopefully pick up on some subtleties I missed the first time.

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    Ed 11-17-12
    Ed 11-17-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Great Listen"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Art of Seduction to be better than the print version?

    Yes - I have tried reading the print version multiple times, but day to day distractions have prevented that for a number of years now. So had it not been for the audio version, I would have never completed it.

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    No - At times, the narrator tends to put much verbal attention to the word "Seduction". You don't pay much attention to it at first, but after a while it gets distracting. He backs off on the emphasis as the book continues, so it is only a temporary annoyance. With this one exception, Jeff David proved to be an excellent Narrator.

    I wish Audible would come up with the equivalent of an audio Table of Contents. There were times I wanted to go back and review some of the previous points but would give up trying to find it again after a couple of minutes. It would be nice if Audible could push down some pre-made bookmarks which approximate the functionality of the Table of ContentsOverall - Excellent listen, recommended if you are a fan of Robert Greene.


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    justalittlebiased chicago,IL USA 04-16-12
    justalittlebiased chicago,IL USA 04-16-12 Member Since 2014

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    "Overall good book!"
    What did you love best about The Art of Seduction?

    Good book but I like his other titles alot better. 4 out of 5 stars.


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    Zafer Allentown, PA, United States 02-13-12
    Zafer Allentown, PA, United States 02-13-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Awful"
    Would you try another book from Robert Greene and/or Jeff David?

    Never.


    What could Robert Greene have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Not write it at all, I want that hour of my life back.


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

    Jeff is great at creating interest, I truly think his talent is totally wasted in here.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I tried hard to find something good about this book, I wanted badly to justify my purchase and my time, but it felt that to continue listening was only making matters worse.


    Any additional comments?

    This book has succeeded in seducing me into buying it and I have to give it credit for that, but it has failed in holding my interest, if this book was a person, not only they would've failed in seducing me but they would've succeeded in inviting ridicule and great disappointment, I must be living in a different world than that of the author's where human beings are much smarter.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    "Great book. Easy to follow."

    It is indeed a great book. Extremely easy to follow. I would recommend this to anyone.

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