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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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    Kindle Customer Foresthill, CA, United States 03-03-13
    Kindle Customer Foresthill, CA, United States 03-03-13
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    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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    christy Plano, TX, United States 02-21-13
    christy Plano, TX, United States 02-21-13 Member Since 2011
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    "say what?!"

    I can barely understand this guy through his accent and his tone is so condending. I love these phychology reads, but talk about making your skin crawl...

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    Amazon Customer IA, USA 02-20-13
    Amazon Customer IA, USA 02-20-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Dare I say, "Amusing"?"

    A surprisingly light-hearted tour of psych wards and psychopathy, no doubt due to viewing it through the WoodyAllenesque glasses of the author's own neuroses. An interesting cast of characters (including the author; I loved his reading), and though it's good to know that some of them are in prison, it was interesting and entertaining to hear them speak for themselves and to define themselves.
    There was far less of 'the madmen at the helm' than I expected from the author's own initial statement that that thought was a primary motivation for the book. That insanity drives policy has surely occurred to us all. And that's a book I'd still like to read, but this is not that book. This one never strayed far from the premise of the title, which was 'the madness industry' and the actual test in current use for diagnosing psychopathy, the Bob Hare checklist.
    There is much in the subject, and even in this book, to horrorify, but as I said, it's actually a very light-hearted read. If you're looking to delve into the real heart of psychopathy, this is not the book. If you wouldn't mind a tour of the neighborhood, though, Jon Ronson makes an amusing guide.

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    Tim San Bernardino, CA, USA 02-15-13
    Tim San Bernardino, CA, USA 02-15-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Horrible"

    I have bought some bad audio books this is by far the worst.

    I rarely would put in the energy to write a negative review.

    This one is needed.

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    Neil GLENDORA, CA, United States 02-03-13
    Neil GLENDORA, CA, United States 02-03-13 Member Since 2010
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    What did you love best about The Psychopath Test?

    Great Performance by Jon Ronson, the author.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Related stories.


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

    N/A


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

    No. It's good listening in segments, but I wanted to finish each segment in one sitting.


    Any additional comments?

    I recommend it for psych & business majors.

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    Marshall United States 12-18-12
    Marshall United States 12-18-12
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    "Intriguing and quite Disconcerting"

    The Psychopath Test is a very intriguing journey into the horrors and apathy of the Psychopathic mind. Ronson describes these people almost as if they are a different species as he explores their impact on society, politics and economics. Starting out somewhat slow Ronson eventually does hit his stride and the sheer weirdness, macabre and fascinating realm of Psychos is hard to put down. However he does seem to lose his focus toward the end while meandering about in related mental illnesses and the reader ends the book feeling like they were so close to grasping something important but instead are just left knowing some cool anecdotes to discuss with their friends.

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    Peter United States 12-11-12
    Peter United States 12-11-12 Member Since 2012

    Professional who loves a good book. Prefer non fiction-but will take on good fiction.

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    What made the experience of listening to The Psychopath Test the most enjoyable?

    SUBJECT MATTER and was presented in a enjoyable manner


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

    none


    Did Jon Ronson do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    He did not


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

    not that kind of book


    Any additional comments?

    Started slow

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