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The Game Audiobook

The Game: Penetrating the Secret Society of Pickup Artists

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Hidden somewhere, in nearly every major city in the world, is an underground seduction lair. And in these lairs, men trade the most devastatingly effective techniques ever invented to charm women. This is not fiction. These men really exist. They live together in houses known as Projects. And Neil Strauss, the best-selling author, spent two years living among them, using the pseudonym Style to protect his real-life identity.

The result is one of the most explosive and controversial books of the year -- guaranteed to change the lives of men and transform the way women understand the opposite sex forever.

On his journey from AFC (average frustrated chump) to PUA (pick-up artist) to PUG (pick-up guru), Strauss not only shares scores of original seduction techniques but also has unforgettable encounters with the likes of Tom Cruise, Britney Spears, Paris Hilton, Heidi Fleiss, and Courtney Love. And then things really start to get strange -- and passions lead to betrayals lead to violence.

The Game is the story of one man's transformation from frog to prince to prisoner in the most unforgettable book of the year.

©2005 Stately Plump Buck Mulligan, LLC; (P)2009 HarperCollins Publishers

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    Deep Reader 05-13-10
    Deep Reader 05-13-10

    Learn, understand, then decide whether you accept or reject.

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    "An Interesting Trip Through the Culture"

    I've gotten into this audiobook reluctantly, thinking it's going to be about a group of horny womanizers going through an orgy of sexual conquests. It seemed to head that way at first, until it discussed their tactics with NLP and hypnosis, two topics I've had some interest in for a while now. Afterward, it starts turning into a cliche riddled story in which some of the pickup artists start having feelings for a girl they met and try to keep the other pickup artists away from her.

    It's a weird story riddled with shameless sexual descriptions of "conquests" in the first half, followed by a rise to the top and the benefits it brings in the third quarter of the book, and then a sobering fourth quarter where the sex parts are downplayed in favor of discussing feelings and conflicts on interest.

    I give it four stars for being unlike any audiobook I've ever gone through.

    26 of 32 people found this review helpful
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    Diane United States 02-28-12
    Diane United States 02-28-12 Member Since 2016
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    "A fascinating cautionary-tale"

    This book is a well-written, honest account of the author's personal experiences as a pick-up artist. Neil Strauss takes us into a world of young adults (both men and women) whose low self-esteem leads them into a life of self-destructive behavior. People of all ages (and both genders) will benefit from hearing his story.

    9 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Sri 04-30-16
    Sri 04-30-16 Member Since 2015
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    "the story was great but the duration was really ba"

    the story was good but the narration was bad there are parts that I felt depressed during his voice

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    K. Smalls 04-19-16
    K. Smalls 04-19-16 Member Since 2015
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    "One Hell of a story!!!"

    This book taught me so much over the last few days, about love, social interaction, and the pitfalls of taking it for granted... A must listen!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Dominque Dixon 04-03-16 Member Since 2014
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    "great learning experiences "

    The book talks about life experiences from different people situation but most of all how to picked up girls, their teaching really do work im glad i had the chance to read what this book was teaching and really do recommend everyone to read it as well who knows you might learn a thing or two

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Charlie 01-05-15
    Charlie 01-05-15
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    "Inspirational"

    Any guy can read this and take something from it, it's more than just about picking up women it's the life of these pick up artists and the lessons learned overtime.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    W Perry Hall 05-28-14

    "There is scarcely any passion without struggle." Camus, The Myth of Sisyphus and Other Essays

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    "A Book Like No Other"

    I found this book fascinating. A trip to a transformation of most guys' dreams, but one that comes to a realization of the emptiness of conquests only.

    I read this over a year ago, but it's one that sticks with you. A quick synopsis from memory: Strauss, a reporter for Rolling Stone, decides he's tired of losing with the ladies so he signs up for some pickup artists' courses. He becomes somewhat of a mythical figure in the pickup society, and, if you've ever seen Strauss, you too will be awed by the ladies with whom he got lucky.

    The book is the story of his transformation (the good and the bad and the ugly) and a quite the psychology course in the female mind in matters of love or luck or lust.

    The stories in this book are simply incredible. But all true, from a guy (a reporter) who knows he'd be called out if he embellished or lied in the book. And, when I look back on those long ago days of a quarter century ago when I was single, I would have then given anything to know the secrets of Mystery and his Method.

    While Neil Strauss is no hero to NOW, he gives hope to the homely, the lonely and the down and out in love, at least to the guys that fit this bill.

    I cannot give Strauss' performance 5 stars though. He's just way too in love with himself.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Mark J. Pachlhofer Somewhere, CT 08-05-09
    Mark J. Pachlhofer Somewhere, CT 08-05-09 Listener Since 2009

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    "Great story with excellent info"

    Another great one on social dynamics and how to create attraction. This is a must have. I would also check out Neil's other books if you are looking for more good stuff. Try "Rules of the Game"

    10 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    J. Siri 10-06-09
    J. Siri 10-06-09
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    "Honest Perspective"

    What this book is not: This book is not a playbook on how to approach women.

    What this book is: I found the book to provide honest insight into the world of PUAs. The Author clearly tries to provide a candid perspective on how his life changed upon entering the community of PUAs. Throughout the book Neil discusses his humility and experience with the various "schools" of pick up (i.e. Mystery Method, Social dynamics, NLP, etc).

    8 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Nels 09-14-16
    Nels 09-14-16
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    "Not at all what i expected"

    I was expecting a how to on seduction but instead i got a thoroughly enthralling depiction of neil strauss' journey through the world of pick up artists. The story is so outlandish in some parts that i can't help but think on occasion that some of it is an embellishment but i couldn't stop listening.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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