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The Pickup Artist: The New and Improved Art of Seduction | [Erik von Markovik]

The Pickup Artist: The New and Improved Art of Seduction

The Pickup Artist is a salacious book about the continuing adventures of the world's most famous pickup artist, Mystery, who was first introduced as the ringleader of a subculture of pickup artists chronicled in Neil Strauss's 2005 best seller The Game. After fame, fortune, and reality television, a group of pickup artists live in a gorgeous Miami mansion and live the life many merely dream of.
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The Pickup Artist is a salacious book about the continuing adventures of the world's most famous pickup artist, Mystery, who was first introduced as the ringleader of a subculture of pickup artists chronicled in Neil Strauss's 2005 best seller The Game.

After fame, fortune, and reality television, a group of pickup artists live in a gorgeous Miami mansion and live the life many merely dream of. As you go on Mystery's journey for love, he will teach you all he knows about the art of seduction. The Pickup Artist reveals the next level of game theory and technique, designed to catapult timid and insecure men into a world of confidence, attractiveness, easy hookups, and all-around success with women. Half of the book consists of never-before-published tips and techniques, and the other half comprises stories from Mystery's life---the most extreme and enlightening pickup anecdotes---illuminating the game and helping you to avoid the pitfalls of today's dating scene.

©2010 Erik von Markovic and Chris Odom (P)2010 Tantor

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    Steven Van Nuys, CA, United States 10-23-10
    Steven Van Nuys, CA, United States 10-23-10 Member Since 2005
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    "Tortuous to Hear"

    This book may be outstanding (I'll never know), but the narrator has a nasty habit of waiting several seconds (that's right -- dead silence) between each subsequent character's lines. I could not stand it and just deleted the book.

    If you're lying down and perhaps looking for a sleep aid, this audio narration might do the trick.

    The description of the book looked so great -- maybe they'll release it with a reader who speaks more normally. I'd probably buy it under those circumstances.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Kayvon Seattle, WA, United States 08-15-10
    Kayvon Seattle, WA, United States 08-15-10 Member Since 2004
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    "Dishonest"

    The best thing about Neil Strauss' "The Game" wasn't about picking up women, it was how honest "Style" was about his transformation. Style had highs to be sure, but many, many lows--and these were balanced and portrayed fairly.

    By contrast, Mystery's "The Pickup Artist: The New and Improved Art of Seduction" reads like someone in junior high wrote a story about how awesome he's going to be when he grows up. It's like Entourage without humor or intelligence: "Oh no things might not work out! Oh wait, they will work out. Yay!" Nothing about the "story" contained within it contains any emotional weight.

    Also, the narration is ridiculous. Alan Sklar has a great voice, but this wasn't the appropriate venue for it.

    But, I'm sure if you're a pickup artist or just interested in the subculture you'll buy this book anyway, and I won't blame you. Mystery is a genius, and I hate to admit that I would have put one of my credits towards the book even if I had read this review. It's just sad that for such a great illusionist, the picture he paints in this book doesn't seem real at all.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Geoffrey 12-29-10
    Geoffrey 12-29-10 Member Since 2007
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    "Garbage"

    The orginal material in Magic Bullet was an attempt to present methodology as seen by this crew of PUA's. This current imitator is piece of trash devoid of useful opinion or information not obtainable elsewhere and is more an ego piece. It appears to be an experiment in stream-of-consciousness writing without the consciousness. I dare you to listen past 30 minutes.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Cecil West Memphis, AR, United States 03-23-13
    Cecil West Memphis, AR, United States 03-23-13 Member Since 2009

    I am a fan of both fiction and non-fiction with a recent bias toward fiction, possibly due to my history background. ]

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    "I feel kinda slimey"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Nothing.


    If you’ve listened to books by Erik von Markovik before, how does this one compare?

    I haven't.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    He made me think of some old guy trying to sound hip.


    What character would you cut from The Pickup Artist?

    Huh? I don't know.


    Any additional comments?

    I learned somethings from this book, my brother has always been able to pick up women and I finally figured out that a lot of women are just susceptible to a line of BS. He just starts talking in an animated way and girls light up. Understand, this guy is 50ish, 40lbs overweight, with grey thinning hair, so it's not his looks. This book helped me to figure out what's going on there.
    It's kinda funny that you can hear almost all of the author's recommendations being made by Wallowitz on The Big Bang Theory!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    DARRELL san diego, CA, United States 07-21-11
    DARRELL san diego, CA, United States 07-21-11
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    "this is all the stuff your dad said"

    the readers voice doesn't match the topic.the info is interesting but a bit repetitive you get the sense he running game on the reader.its actually kind of entertaining.like some 70s failed artist with a little education and a lot of success. girls say they hate this stuff but i believe it probably does work

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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