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.
As a performance, it was very average, but the story was really well written and intriguing.
There were several moments where the main character reveals his own failings and somehow makes the story more interesting because of them. His encounters with what most men would fantasize about and the honesty about the fear and social paralysis that comes along with them. Great stuff.
I'm not sure. The author read the book. I suppose a pro could have done a smoother job of it, but the times where he was awkward in real life in the book came across that way in his narration. It just wouldn't have sounded believable coming from some silver-throated voice actor.
It's a great "the grass is greener" example. I thought it was a fascinating view into a world where I would never want to tread but probably would have envied those who made the trip. Now, that's not the case.
Great character development and, despite what most would think given the subject matter, very deep throughout.
Neil Strauss's voice adds a certain character to the story that really brings it to life.
This individual account of what it was like to live in a world of pick-up artists shines light on the male psyche, his insecurities and need to be accepted. Reading this book brought to light some of my own insecurities and some actual useful tips on how to start a conversation, I'm not suggesting that this book is in anyway a handbook on how to pick up woman, but you can derive a certain amount of confidence from the story telling and thought process that Neil Strauss shares with us as he tells his tale.
Since Neil Strauss did the audio for this novel, you really feel the emotion behind certain parts of the story, from the exasperation and shock of how a pick-up technique worked, to the chaos of his internal relationships with himself and his group of friends.
That woman are as insecure as men and that it takes honest motive to develop a real relationship.
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"
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.
the story was good but the narration was bad there are parts that I felt depressed during his voice
"There is scarcely any passion without struggle." Camus, The Myth of Sisyphus and Other Essays
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.
This is a great book - I suppose you could learn a few things if you're looking to improve your 'game', but that's just mostly about quelling your fear of rejection and just being confident. I found this book to be very entertaining because it takes you into this kind of secret society of pickup artists, where it's just about how many notches you can get on your bedpost, and how fast. Basically, you get to spend some time with a bunch of sociopaths, and it's quite fun.
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