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The Game: Penetrating the Secret Society of Pickup Artists | [Neil Strauss]

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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    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.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Saud United States 05-13-10
    Saud United States 05-13-10 Member Since 2007

    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.

    13 of 14 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

    Be_A_Programmer

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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"

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    John Marlborough, MA, USA 10-06-09
    John Marlborough, MA, USA 10-06-09
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    "Honest Perspective"

    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).

    5 of 5 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 2001
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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.

    4 of 4 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.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Keith LaSalle, QC, Canada 04-21-10
    Keith LaSalle, QC, Canada 04-21-10
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    "Great Listen"

    Very entertaining book. The reader did a great job (He's also the author btw). Near the end I actually stayed up till like 2 in the morning to finish listening to it.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Desarae QUINCY, WA, United States 12-05-12
    Desarae QUINCY, WA, United States 12-05-12 Member Since 2010

    Designer. Aviation Enthusiast. Fitness Instructor. Love books. Prefer long series with happy endings in mystery, comedy, fantasy, & romance.

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    "I'm glad I'm not him but all women should listen"
    What made the experience of listening to The Game the most enjoyable?

    This is sad in away but really a good judge of how men think. It's obvious that there are players in the world but the more men study women of course its a bit scammy. On one hand I'm glad for them that they are improving themselves and being relatively honest. This does lay some blame on women for being risqué it's their own fault type mentality but on the other its a sad example of the human experience. I don't envy these men but it does give you some good ideas on how to improve your character and human interaction but its everyone's responsibility to not take advantage of other people with the knowledge they have.


    If you could give The Game a new subtitle, what would it be?

    Men chasing women. A story of one man's study of dating interaction as a novel.


    3 of 3 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 2004
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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

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Shawn Goold 08-31-09
    Shawn Goold 08-31-09 Member Since 2013

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    "compelling edu-tainment"

    I read the book with great enthusiasm and just bought the book to hear Neil Strauss, the Author, read it in his own voice.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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