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Without Conscience Audiobook

Without Conscience: The Disturbing World of the Psychopaths Among Us

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Publisher's Summary

Most people are both repelled and intrigued by the images of cold-blooded, conscienceless murderers that increasingly populate our movies, television programs, and newspaper headlines. With their flagrant criminal violation of society's rules, serial killers like Ted Bundy and John Wayne Gacy are among the most dramatic examples of the psychopath. Individuals with this personality disorder are fully aware of the consequences of their actions and know the difference between right and wrong, yet they are terrifyingly self-centered, remorseless, and unable to care about the feelings of others. Perhaps most frightening, they often seem completely normal to unsuspecting targets. Presenting a compelling portrait of these dangerous men and women based on 25 years of distinguished scientific research, Dr. Robert D. Hare vividly describes a world of con artists, hustlers, rapists, and other predators who charm, lie, and manipulate their way through life. Are psychopaths mad, or simply bad? How can they be recognized? And how can we protect ourselves? This book provides solid information and surprising insights for anyone seeking to understand this devastating condition.

©1999 Robert D. Hare, Ph.D. (P)2011 Tantor

What the Critics Say

"A fascinating, if terrifying, look at psychopaths.... Hare makes a strong case for the view that psychopaths are born, not made.... A chilling, eye-opening report - and a call to action." (Kirkus)

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    sandra schug 01-11-16
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    "Book is great - audible leaves room to improve"
    What did you love best about Without Conscience?

    The ability to listen to course books while commuting several hours every day allowed me to listen to it multiple times each week. I can also listen to it while doing other household tasks or exercising.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Without Conscience?

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    What three words best describe Paul Boehmer’s performance?

    Clear voice excellent tone, pleasant to listen to.


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

    no.


    Any additional comments?

    The chapters of the book do NOT match the sections marked by the audible file. For example today I needed to listen to chapters 11 & 12, these were eventually found under sections 13-15. Why this is not properly correlated is an unnecessary hassle.

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    Glenda Jo Sims 12-16-15 Member Since 2013
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    "More lecture than story."

    This was a good listen with lots of insight and very little fanfare. In fact I recommended it to my cousin who is a nurse because I fear in her field she might encounter these people more than most. But everyone can benefit from the knowledge in this book.

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    Janice 07-17-15
    Janice 07-17-15
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    "excellent information"

    I work in a prison. I've learned so much listening to dr. hare. He is right on!

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    Noah K. Kaufman Las Cruces, New Mexico, United States 07-16-15
    Noah K. Kaufman Las Cruces, New Mexico, United States 07-16-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Worthwhile, but..."

    A little dramatic at times. But worthwhile. Case studies are juicy and author knows his stuff big-time. Plus it's an important message for society.

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    Marissa 06-15-15
    Marissa 06-15-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Without Conscience" is one of the most important books I've ever "read." If only I had had access to this book earlier in life...say , by age 13... I would've been spared many painful experiences, or at least been armed with defense strategies. Many puzzling personal encounters and relationship glitches were explained, creating many ahhhh ha moments. Insights offered by Hare are an inoculation against naivety and are useful survival tools.....or defense weapons. I rated the book a 4, rather than 5 because I was confused by the 'Dr. Death of Texas ' chapter. I plan to read the book in print and then it will probably be made clear---but listening, it struck me as Hare back peddling on his own insights. I rated the performance a 4, only because it would have been helpful to hear the Chapter number and title announced as Boehmer moved through his reading. I want everyone I care about to read and heed this book.

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    Chad Hoffpauir 05-23-15
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    "Eye Opening!"

    Well written and documented evidence and anecdotes with regard to psychopaths and their behavior. Highly engrossing and entertaining!

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    Puerto Rico English Teacher San Juan, Puerto Rico 05-02-15
    Puerto Rico English Teacher San Juan, Puerto Rico 05-02-15 Listener Since 2008

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    "Second listening!"

    This is one book that every citizen should listen to at least once. I deal with people on a daily basis and the knowledge of being able to figure out who is what can be a life saver. I recommend this book to everyone as young as 14 years old.

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    J. Torres-Purifoy CA 03-29-15 Member Since 2014

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    "the psychopath bible"

    outstanding book, makes you think about people you meet and know also about the difficulty treating psychpaths

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    Tracy Jones 39341 San Thomas ct 03-06-15
    Tracy Jones 39341 San Thomas ct 03-06-15 Listener Since 2009
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    "Good read"

    Easy to listen to,some good advice for family and friends.a good insight and learning tool. I liked it and will read it again.

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    Michael 02-19-15
    Michael 02-19-15 Member Since 2010
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    "Dr. Hare, always at the forefront!!"

    This guy is the father of all this type of research. He created the PCL-R!! What more to say. All points made are always backed with the statement, 'for example...' The examples are great and get right to the point.

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