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The Game recounts the incredible adventures of the everyday man who transforms himself from a shy, awkward writer into the quick-witted, smooth-talking Style, a character irresistible to women. But just when life is better than he could have ever dreamed (he uses his techniques on Britney Spears, receives life coaching from Tom Cruise, moves into a mansion with Courtney Love, and is officially voted the World's Number One Pickup Artist), he falls head over heels for a woman who can beat him at his own game.

Jaw-dropping and hilarious, The Game reveals the naked truth about sex, love, and relationships - and getting exactly what you want.

©2005 Neil Strauss (P)2013 Canongate Books Ltd

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Weird, sad, but interesting

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I decided to listen to this book because I wanted to find out what the Pick Up Artist community is all about, why it exists and what they do. I find the whole PUA culture weird, disturbing and rather tragic, but I found this book very interesting and compelling.

It doesn't say good things about our society that the PUA community is so large and that guys feel this is the best, or only, way to meet women. I understand that part of the process if to make men feel more confident in themselves and therefore make them happier and more attractive. This seems like the positive part of the process, but they way they go about it and their attitudes towards women are just WEIRD. It seemed like they saw women as another species who have to be tricked and manipulated, or even a collectible card game where you try and get the special edition card that the other guys covet the most. It didn't seem like they were getting to know women or picking up girls they were personally interested in, but trying to score the 'prizes' they thought would most impress other men.

I don't think this is a book to listen to if you want to learn the PUA techniques, but it's very entertaining if you want to find out about the culture and what they were up to at the time this was written (apparently things have changed and the movement has split into competitive factions all trying to cash in on some mens inability to talk to women).Overall, although I enjoyed the craziness of the car-crash being played out in the book, it made me feel pretty sad about the state of male/female relationships, and I had to keep reminding myself that these guys are in the minority. The narration is good and the pace of the book is good too.

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Not what I expected

I started listening thinking it was something, but after I finished I realized it was something else

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Captivating story

Strauss proves that in the short space of two years one can go trough a complete radical transformation if the motivation is strong enough. But the message is clear, be careful what you wish for!

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  • Anton
  • Auckland, New Zealand
  • 06-10-15

Great listen

I found this book very entertaining. It was easy to listen and get into this novel, and not once did it lose my attention.

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Entertaining but don't expect to be educational

A great and interesting story. A entertaining book with some good pick up tips. It's not a "educational" book, but it was good reading.

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  • MR
  • 03-21-16

A noughtys hit I missed and now caught up.

a load of nonsense made entertaining. a strange premise which just about worked. I wouldn't recommend but when this first came out I was in my later teens and was forever being mentioned in the lad mags as a kind of dark art guide to bedding whoever you want. glad I satisfied curiosity but all just a bit far fetched to be believed and had , for me, a now bygone attitude for women that I have since grown out of and left behind.

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  • Paul Miller
  • 09-07-17

A great book

I discovered the PUA community online when I was in my teens and to hear the whole story behind it all was really fascinating. Even if you know nothing about it, it's still a great book. Read by the author too, which is always good!

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  • Paul
  • 09-12-16

A fascinating rabbit hole

I really enjoyed it, very fascinating material. Would listen to again. Only problem I had was at certain parts Neil Strauss gets caught up in the words as if he's reliving it.

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  • Andrius
  • 09-11-15

Waste of money ant, most important, time.

Waste of money ant, most important, time. Few good point which can be easily explained in half an hour

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  • Shaun Solomon
  • 04-05-18

good book

good story! entertaining and interesting.



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  • Keith B Cook
  • 03-25-18

Well worth a listen

Where does The Game rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Not my normal book, but a great diversion. So good, I listened twice - back to back!!

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Game?

The anology of a cat that plays with string. But that was just one of many!

What about Neil Strauss’s performance did you like?

Excellent narration!

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

No. Just the fact that it was well balanced.

Any additional comments?

An interesting insight into a dark, yet true, world. You just have to figure out if it’s the game or being a player that you’re interested in.

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  • Juaneezy
  • 01-27-18

Excellent story teller

Excellent author. Fun and interesting all the way through. Im a woman & I learned!

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  • obada
  • 01-15-18

Moral of the story

Reflect what you are about to read into your life and pay attention to moral of the story.

P.S. don't apply any technique of this book before finishing it

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  • Ryan Law
  • 12-22-17

Great classic

Read this as a kid. Got really into the techniques and sub-culture. Followed the back and forth of the industry. But everything comes back to this book.
If you've read "the truth" you see the story continue and see how Strauss' mindset has changed over the years

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-31-17

Absolutely moronic

Lame from start to finish. Worth a star, but no more. Guy travels about & does what every other heterosexual man does. He then slaps himself on the back & has an army of dorky dungeons and dragons disciples that lap it up.

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  • Ivan
  • 09-25-16

good book

Some parts of the paper version are missing. All in all is a good book for life about life. Thanks Neil.

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  • Clancy
  • 03-14-18

not what I thought

I avoided reading this book for years because I had formed the opinion that it was a guide to picking up women. To my surprise and delight it's much more than that, it of course discusses methods to engage with people of the opposite sex for the purpose of picking them up, but these methods are just as applicable in building rapport with anyone in any situation. More than that though I found that Neill shows a depth of thought and perception in the human condition that makes for a great listen and is for me thought provoking and rings true in my own experiences of human interaction.
All in all I really enjoyed this book and would recommend it highly.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-17-18

A life changing book

Neil Strauss is quite possibly the most emotionally intelligent and self aware person I've ever heard speak. This is only added to by the fact that's it's read by him, so said as he intended it to be. I never write reviews, but felt this needed to be said.
Only on a superficial level is this book about picking up women, its primary purpose in my eyes is to self improve to the point where you are your best version. I certainly felt it did that for me. I do not use any of his techniques, but still create more possibilities for myself than I did before to find the right companion in life. I am more confident, have a better understanding of social dynamics and, most importantly, I'm more emotionally intelligent when I speak to women and when I speak to the rest of the world. It truly has changed my life.

Thank you Neil.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-05-18

Unsatisfactory quick moralising finish

Great narrative but left with too many, "what nexts?" at a rushed end. Needs a Game 2 or updated edition with a few more chapters and maybe a more complete look ar some of the famous techniques.

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  • Phillip Krasnoff
  • 01-12-18

Entertaining, interesting & authentic.

Would you consider the audio edition of The Game to be better than the print version?

Don’t know haven’t read the print version.

What does Neil Strauss bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

It felt like a very authentic experience. The same guy who experienced the story, wore the story and (in the audiobook version) read the story. It felt more real, being voiced by the author. He’s a good story teller.

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  • Luke
  • 12-26-17

Smoothly done.

Neil Strauss invites you into a world where most of us would only dream of entering. He gradually introduces new characters to the story who are not only intriguing but also relatable. I can imagine a lot of would be Don Juan's getting a kick out of this book. Not Bad at all...

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  • Chris
  • 08-18-17

Fantastic

Terrific audio book. Well performed and a very interesting story. I did buy the book under the impression is was an instructional so I was disappointed it wasn't as practical as I thought however I very much enjoyed the story. I suppose I can Google the practicalities I wanted more depth on.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-01-17

Motivating with an awesome story

This book is the best thing I've ever listened to in my life. It's motivated me to learn more about pick up and develop my social skills. Lucky I got hold of this book at 17, I believe this might change my whole outlook on life. Definitely should read!

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  • kris
  • 05-11-17

absolutely fantastic from start to end

really really enjoyable. it starts off like some kind of unbelievable, over the top hilarious world and gets more real from there. I loved it

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-27-17

captivating from start to finish!

not the story i expected but loved how honest it was with the pros and cons! really makes you think