The result is one of the most explosive and controversial books of the year -- guaranteed to change the lives of men and transform the way women understand the opposite sex forever.
On his journey from AFC (average frustrated chump) to PUA (pick-up artist) to PUG (pick-up guru), Strauss not only shares scores of original seduction techniques but also has unforgettable encounters with the likes of Tom Cruise, Britney Spears, Paris Hilton, Heidi Fleiss, and Courtney Love. And then things really start to get strange -- and passions lead to betrayals lead to violence.
The Game is the story of one man's transformation from frog to prince to prisoner in the most unforgettable book of the year.
©2005 Stately Plump Buck Mulligan, LLC; (P)2009 HarperCollins Publishers
Learn, understand, then decide whether you accept or reject.
I've gotten into this audiobook reluctantly, thinking it's going to be about a group of horny womanizers going through an orgy of sexual conquests. It seemed to head that way at first, until it discussed their tactics with NLP and hypnosis, two topics I've had some interest in for a while now. Afterward, it starts turning into a cliche riddled story in which some of the pickup artists start having feelings for a girl they met and try to keep the other pickup artists away from her.
It's a weird story riddled with shameless sexual descriptions of "conquests" in the first half, followed by a rise to the top and the benefits it brings in the third quarter of the book, and then a sobering fourth quarter where the sex parts are downplayed in favor of discussing feelings and conflicts on interest.
I give it four stars for being unlike any audiobook I've ever gone through.
Another great one on social dynamics and how to create attraction. This is a must have. I would also check out Neil's other books if you are looking for more good stuff. Try "Rules of the Game"
I never would have believed a book about pickup artsts would have been interesting but wow was I wrong. give this book a listen if you want some insights into a world only a few people penetrate. They aren't all perverts after all!
Just a warning - rated R material
Fun, interesting, and honest book about the world of PUA's (pick up artists). While most of it seems like one big party, and at least the writer was able to make it so, it also touches on the sad hollowness of living just for sex. It's a honest book, for the most part, so its says a lot about us and others about how our sex are so repressed we do a lot of stupid things to try to satisfy them... and then hate ourselves for doing it. Anyway its a fun book about a interesting sub-culture. The reader is only so so but the story carries itself.
Interesting how PUA's become so good at scamming and can't relate to women once they fall in love.
I'd never thought of that angle.
Highly recommend this to guys who are envious of rock stars and millionaires surrounded by models.
It's got it's problems too.
This book is a well-written, honest account of the author's personal experiences as a pick-up artist. Neil Strauss takes us into a world of young adults (both men and women) whose low self-esteem leads them into a life of self-destructive behavior. People of all ages (and both genders) will benefit from hearing his story.
I found this book fascinating. A trip to a transformation of most guys' dreams, but one that comes to a realization of the emptiness of conquests only.
I read this over a year ago, but it's one that sticks with you. A quick synopsis from memory: Strauss, a reporter for Rolling Stone, decides he's tired of losing with the ladies so he signs up for some pickup artists' courses. He becomes somewhat of a mythical figure in the pickup society, and, if you've ever seen Strauss, you too will be awed by the ladies with whom he got lucky.
The book is the story of his transformation (the good and the bad and the ugly) and a quite the psychology course in the female mind in matters of love or luck or lust.
The stories in this book are simply incredible. But all true, from a guy (a reporter) who knows he'd be called out if he embellished or lied in the book. And, when I look back on those long ago days of a quarter century ago when I was single, I would have then given anything to know the secrets of Mystery and his Method.
While Neil Strauss is no hero to NOW, he gives hope to the homely, the lonely and the down and out in love, at least to the guys that fit this bill.
I cannot give Strauss' performance 5 stars though. He's just way too in love with himself.
What this book is not: This book is not a playbook on how to approach women.
What this book is: I found the book to provide honest insight into the world of PUAs. The Author clearly tries to provide a candid perspective on how his life changed upon entering the community of PUAs. Throughout the book Neil discusses his humility and experience with the various "schools" of pick up (i.e. Mystery Method, Social dynamics, NLP, etc).
This book captured by interest from cover to cover. An intriguing story with vital information for any male looking to meet females. A hypnotic combination of entertainment and knowledge-transfer. I guarantee you will be on the web looking up "Mystery Method" within the first half hour of the book. I was truly saddened when it came to the end.
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