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The Game Audiobook

The Game: Penetrating the Secret Society of Pickup Artists

Hidden somewhere, in nearly every major city in the world, is an underground seduction lair. And in these lairs, men trade the most devastatingly effective techniques ever invented to charm women. This is not fiction. These men really exist. They live together in houses known as Projects. And Neil Strauss, the best-selling author, spent two years living among them, using the pseudonym Style to protect his real-life identity. The result is one of the most explosive and controversial books of the year.
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Hidden somewhere, in nearly every major city in the world, is an underground seduction lair. And in these lairs, men trade the most devastatingly effective techniques ever invented to charm women. This is not fiction. These men really exist. They live together in houses known as Projects. And Neil Strauss, the best-selling author, spent two years living among them, using the pseudonym Style to protect his real-life identity.

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

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    Deep Reader 05-13-10
    Deep Reader 05-13-10

    Learn, understand, then decide whether you accept or reject.

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    "An Interesting Trip Through the Culture"

    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.

    22 of 25 people found this review helpful
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    Joseph Sun Valley, CA, USA 05-26-10
    Joseph Sun Valley, CA, USA 05-26-10
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    "Really excellent book."

    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.

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Mark J. Pachlhofer Somewhere, CT 08-05-09
    Mark J. Pachlhofer Somewhere, CT 08-05-09 Listener Since 2009

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    "Great story with excellent info"

    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"

    9 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    W Perry Hall 05-28-14 Member Since 2015

    “No persons are more frequently wrong than those who will not admit they are wrong.” Rochefoucauld

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    "A Book Like No Other"

    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.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    CBlox Las Vegas, NV 12-28-11
    CBlox Las Vegas, NV 12-28-11 Member Since 2015
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    "not my usual cup of tea"

    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

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Carl West Palm Beach, FL, United States 02-22-11
    Carl West Palm Beach, FL, United States 02-22-11 Member Since 2015
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    "Fun Book About the World of PUA's"

    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.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Stephen Winnetka, CA, USA 08-06-09
    Stephen Winnetka, CA, USA 08-06-09
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    "A Must Read For All Men"

    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.

    10 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Charlie 01-05-15
    Charlie 01-05-15
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    "Inspirational"

    Any guy can read this and take something from it, it's more than just about picking up women it's the life of these pick up artists and the lessons learned overtime.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    A. Ferguson Albuquerque, NM 08-18-14
    A. Ferguson Albuquerque, NM 08-18-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Every man should read this book"
    What did you love best about The Game?

    Even more than the great story and great techniques he shares, Neil's HONESTY is the best thing about this book. In spite of the amazing highs and fantastic adventures, Neil is brutally honest about the times when he fails, where he misses the mark, and the negative effects that sometimes ensue as well. That HONESTY and down-to-earth authenticity made the book the memorable read that it is.


    What other book might you compare The Game to and why?

    Probably Do They Serve Beer In Hell, although this book is better.


    What about Neil Strauss’s performance did you like?

    Excellent


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Oh yeh. It took me a few days due to other responsibilities but yes one sitting given the time.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Edward Redondo Beach, CA, United States 12-14-12
    Edward Redondo Beach, CA, United States 12-14-12 Listener Since 2005
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    What did you love best about The Game?

    The story sounds so true. I thought I would become a "PUA" myself.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Obviuosly, Style and Mystery are the 2 top characters. But courtney Love is good too as well as Tom Cruise.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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