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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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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
  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-07-17

Good book interesting listen.

Not as controversial as others had made out out. Worth a listen, celebrities of Paris Hilton, Courtney Love and Britney date it a little bit.

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  • MR
  • 06-20-17

Good book, awkward reading

Pronunciation of 'didnt' and 'wouldnt' was really strange throughout the book, and became so jarring it distracted from the content.

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  • K Thomson
  • 04-27-17

strong start, forlorn middle satisfying end!

very well read in the authors on words seemed to loose track in the middle but worth a buy.

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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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  • 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

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  • Kaillen
  • 03-24-17

Read the hard copy.

This is my third reading of this book the first time was when it came out. the second was 5 years later when I went through a bad break up and needed something to lift my spirits and now when I'm board.

But the problem with the audio book is it's not all here. There is more in the hard copy and I feel the hard copy has a better flow to it.

Also now that I am older married and have kids I feel this book comes across a bit childish, but I think that is due to the subject not Neil Strauss his book Emergency helped me get through some paranoia and I'm about to start reading The Truth.

to sum up its a good story and a fun time but not in the audio format.

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  • paul
  • 01-09-17

Very dark

What began as a tutorial into how to pick up women turns into a sad depressing account of how losers sell their soul to conquer other souless losers

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  • Paul
  • 09-29-16

interesting

Great audio read. there are some interesting philosophies in this book. The writer is a great writer by describing scenes well. Worth a listen.