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The Psychopath Test Audiobook

The Psychopath Test: A Journey Through the Madness Industry

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Publisher's Summary

The Psychopath Test is a fascinating journey through the minds of madness. Jon Ronson's exploration of a potential hoax being played on the world's top neurologists takes him, unexpectedly, into the heart of the madness industry. An influential psychologist who is convinced that many important CEOs and politicians are, in fact, psychopaths, teaches Ronson how to spot these high-flying individuals by looking out for little telltale verbal and nonverbal clues. And so Ronson, armed with his new psychopath-spotting abilities, enters the corridors of power.

He spends time with a death-squad leader institutionalized for mortgage fraud in Coxsackie, New York; a legendary CEO whose psychopathy has been speculated about in the press; and a patient in an asylum for the criminally insane who insists he's sane and certainly not a psychopath. Ronson not only solves the mystery of the hoax but also discovers, disturbingly, that sometimes the personalities at the helm of the madness industry are, with their drives and obsessions, as mad in their own way as those they study. And that relatively ordinary people are, more and more, defined by their maddest edges.

©2011 Jon Ronson (P)2011 Tantor

What the Critics Say

"Engrossing.... This book brings droll wit to buoy this fascinating journey through 'the madness business.'" (Publishers Weekly)

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    Theodore E. Voss TINLEY PARK, IL, US 03-22-13
    Theodore E. Voss TINLEY PARK, IL, US 03-22-13
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    "Decent first listen, interesting story"

    It was an interesting narrative, but I ended up wondering if I really learned anything. Good listen for the gym.

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    jo 03-13-13
    jo 03-13-13
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    "interesting, thoughtful and meandering"
    What made the experience of listening to The Psychopath Test the most enjoyable?

    true, as others have said, it is not a scholarly work. what the author does is question the definitions we use for mental illness and how those definitions function in society. he does not come to any simple conclusions, or any conclusions really, but it does not feel unfinished. the issues he raises just aren't easily answered. to approach this (huge) topic in a more formal way could have been boring and a bit tedious. this on the other hand was a funny and interesting journey.


    Any additional comments?

    i really enjoyed the narration, jon ronson's timing and emphasis made the story really entertaining.

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    roxann Olathe, KS, United States 03-11-13
    roxann Olathe, KS, United States 03-11-13

    family tree buff

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    What did you love best about The Psychopath Test?

    Jon is very funny and does a fabulous job of giving you an inside look at the psychology industry. He makes the characters very real. I also love how he kept worrying that he possessed some of the 20 traits.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    Kept wondering if Tony was a psychopath.


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

    Never listened, but I plan to purchase Men who Stare at Goats.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Not an extreme reaction, but he did make me giggle quite often.


    Any additional comments?

    I did have to slow the Audible pace a bit, as in the beginning I had trouble understanding Jon's heavy British accent.

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    jmuliz United States 03-10-13
    jmuliz United States 03-10-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Facinating, and kind of scary."
    What did you love best about The Psychopath Test?

    this book will make you think. there are a lot more psychopaths out there than I thought. scary stuff.


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    Jean Los Angeles, CA, United States 03-05-13
    Jean Los Angeles, CA, United States 03-05-13 Member Since 2016
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    "You'd have to crazy not to enjoy this book."
    If you could sum up The Psychopath Test in three words, what would they be?

    Entertaining, Mildly Disturbing


    What did you like best about this story?

    Just when I thought he was pro-psychopath test (or anti) Ronson seemed to suddenly see things from a different perspective. This guy is not afraid to contradict himself.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Generally speaking, Ronson's Woody Allen-esque manner can be quite entertaining.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    This is one test you won't want to pass... and one movie you won't want to pass up.


    Any additional comments?

    I think it is easier to accept how disturbed and unbalanced we have become by introducing the topic with a splash of humor. Thank God we don't take any of this too seriously...but maybe we should.

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    Pete SANTA BARBARA, CA, United States 03-04-13
    Pete SANTA BARBARA, CA, United States 03-04-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Excellent, Monotonous"
    Would you listen to The Psychopath Test again? Why?

    Definitely. So many interesting stories and so many interesting facts. I love learning about mental disorders.


    What aspect of Jon Ronson’s performance would you have changed?

    This is why I said the book was monotonous, not because of the story, but because of the tone Ronson used at the end of each sentence. It happened so often! Anyways, it can be forgiven since it was such a great book.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When it moved me it was due to the frightening and grotesque tales of psychopathic behavior.


    Any additional comments?

    Hooray!

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    Kindle Customer Foresthill, CA, United States 03-03-13
    Kindle Customer Foresthill, CA, United States 03-03-13
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    "Love love loved this!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Psychopath Test the most enjoyable?

    The irony. The information which came across as entertaining, funny and ironic yet sad all at he same time. I also love listening to him read. He's so dry and a bit self deprecating which makes him likable.


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

    His true "voice". He helps the reader feel irony or sadness or whatever the emotion he's trying to convey, in the way he reads


    Any additional comments?

    Just loved this book. So much that I bought "Them" which unfortunately I didn't like half as much. Maybe the subject matter just didn't appeal to me a much as this book did.

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    Samantha Lehigh Acres, FL, United States 02-25-13
    Samantha Lehigh Acres, FL, United States 02-25-13 Member Since 2015

    I love suspense, murder mysteries, psycho thriller books most of all! I listen when not taking classes for my masters degree.

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    If you could sum up The Psychopath Test in three words, what would they be?

    gripping, enlightening and entertaining


    What other book might you compare The Psychopath Test to and why?

    The Sociopath Next Door by Martha Stout who he referenced in his book. Both books explored each deficiency using real people as examples and just trying to explain explicitly using theories.


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

    No.


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    Michelle Rio Rancho, NM, United States 02-24-13
    Michelle Rio Rancho, NM, United States 02-24-13 Member Since 2013

    I love audio books, fiction and nonfiction. I seem to be drawn to the Scandinavian writers and their narrators.

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    "Interesting but less than scientific"

    I liked the book - it held my interest. However, it cannot be taken as a book of complete facts. A lot of people in the industry take issue with it. That said, I did have a boss that would score high on the PCL! Interesting view of our corporate leaders.

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    Greg Tipp City, OH, United States 02-22-13
    Greg Tipp City, OH, United States 02-22-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Interesting book but could have been better."
    If you could sum up The Psychopath Test in three words, what would they be?

    Good not great.


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

    I liked Jon's audio performance. Very easy to listen too.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It is very eye opening when he gets to talking about psychopaths and Robert Hare's criteria.


    Any additional comments?

    I liked the book but it could have been much better. It kind of wandered for me. From the title of the book, I thought I would hear more about psychopathy. I like how Jon took you on the journey of his investigation. However I wished he focused more on psychopaths and not on all psycholigical disorders. It was a good read but really made me want to read more about Robert Hare's criteria and what his thoughts were.

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