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The Psychopath Test Audiobook

The Psychopath Test: A Journey Through the Madness Industry

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Publisher's Summary

The Psychopath Test is a fascinating journey through the minds of madness. Jon Ronson's exploration of a potential hoax being played on the world's top neurologists takes him, unexpectedly, into the heart of the madness industry. An influential psychologist who is convinced that many important CEOs and politicians are, in fact, psychopaths, teaches Ronson how to spot these high-flying individuals by looking out for little telltale verbal and nonverbal clues. And so Ronson, armed with his new psychopath-spotting abilities, enters the corridors of power.

He spends time with a death-squad leader institutionalized for mortgage fraud in Coxsackie, New York; a legendary CEO whose psychopathy has been speculated about in the press; and a patient in an asylum for the criminally insane who insists he's sane and certainly not a psychopath. Ronson not only solves the mystery of the hoax but also discovers, disturbingly, that sometimes the personalities at the helm of the madness industry are, with their drives and obsessions, as mad in their own way as those they study. And that relatively ordinary people are, more and more, defined by their maddest edges.

©2011 Jon Ronson (P)2011 Tantor

What the Critics Say

"Engrossing.... This book brings droll wit to buoy this fascinating journey through 'the madness business.'" (Publishers Weekly)

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    tZaharchuk 12-07-13
    tZaharchuk 12-07-13
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would definitely recommend this book!


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    Jon Ronson has a way of presenting his experiences in a very emotionally connected way making you both anxious and scared at moments, and laughing hysterically at others.


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

    It is hard to stop listening. Would be perfect for a long flight.


    Any additional comments?

    This is Ronson's second best book behind Lost at Sea.

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    beth and chris philadelphia 11-25-13
    beth and chris philadelphia 11-25-13 Member Since 2015

    Beth reads books. She holds them in her hand and she turns the pages and reads the words. I download, plug in, and listen.

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

    usually i speed up a book towards the end, but not with this book. maybe it was the way he read it. maybe it was just the right length. maybe it was just that interesting.


    Any additional comments?

    I didn't know much about this book and never heard of jon ronson or the staring at goats story. and while listening i kept wondering if this was fiction or non-fiction.

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    Lissa 11-20-13
    Lissa 11-20-13

    xrayiiis

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    "Jon Ronsons is hilarious!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, and I have and they liked it! What a sense of humor this author has and funny insights into some pretty creepy people.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Jon Ronson of course, seeing these people through his eyes was just the best.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I don't want to give it away but when he goes into tracking down the psychopaths and gives his own twisted brain insights into what he thinks they're thinking.


    If you could give The Psychopath Test a new subtitle, what would it be?

    I wouldn't.


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    wobbly WNC USA 11-17-13
    wobbly WNC USA 11-17-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Jon Ronson has a new fan"

    I had heard reviews and stories about this book that tweaked my interest, but was not expecting to enjoy it as much as I did. First, I love Jon Ronson's voice. His delivery reminds me of Ricky Gervais, and his writing is frequently just as funny. But his method of reporting the story he has uncovered obviously involves extensive research as well as his perception of the comic aspects of the story. This book explained the amazing increase in the diagnosis of childhood disorders that I observed in my own work over the last 40 years and made me even happier to be retired. I look forward to listening to another of his books.

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    Brianna United States 11-16-13
    Brianna United States 11-16-13
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    I'd heard about the Psychopath Test.. sort of on accident.. With a The Daily Show rerun playing in the background while I made dinner.. What.. A year? Several years ago? I made a point to stop what I was doing and go sit down for what remained of the interview, I remember. Now, I don't remember what the interview was about, except The Psychopath Test. I had come to think of it as one of those self-help books? With questionnaires for the reader to determine if they should be committed and hugging themselves in a nice white jacket, or at least drugged up.<br/><br/>Uhm. It's not.<br/><br/>It's not that at all, as you can tell from the summary. But that's what brought me back to it during the Halloween sale.It is sort of a collection Ronson has gathered on his sort of.. unintentional journey to discover what, exactly, goes on with mental disorders. Some of the things he writes about have me a little worried for the people who more or less run the country.. But take it all in with a grain of salt, just like he did. Though you will probably start analyzing everyone you know anyways.. Since he DOES include the checklist for the actual Psychopath Test. I've had some fun with it.<br/><br/>The book is a little dry and dragging at some points... But it is all very eye-opening. It's put yet another slant on the way I look at the world, which is what he was aiming for, I think. To educate people about this industry, and the industries these people affect and rule. <br/><br/>Besides, Ronson's narration brings a life and texture to the script that had me giggling all the way down the interstate. I've become a fan, of course, and his other books are on my wishlist, waiting for spare credits.

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    Stephinaners New York 10-25-13
    Stephinaners New York 10-25-13
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    "Makes you wonder how many psychopaths you know..."
    Where does The Psychopath Test rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Full disclosure: I'm an enormous Jon Ronson fan. I heard "Lost at Sea" before listening to this book and it was mesmerizing. I feel the same way about this book. He's not only a really genius and accessible writer but a great narrator. Part of why I listen to his books and don't read them is because I want him to read them to me. The book is really, really interesting and you can't help but wonder how many psychopaths you know after reading it. It also makes you rethink psychiatry and psychology and the fact that they are not exact sciences. One man's ADD can be another's bipolar disorder. However, it also made me really respect the fields (and realize exactly how nuts Scientologists are). <br/><br/>Just really wonderful... A+++. I HIGHLY recommend this book!


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    Brad Littleton, MA, United States 10-14-13
    Brad Littleton, MA, United States 10-14-13 Member Since 2017
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    "You Begin to Worry That You May Be A Psychopath"

    This is a very interesting, first-hand exploration of the psychopath in contemporary times. There are many fascinating revelations in this nonfiction work. This is a Gonzo novel, wildly subjective as the author wobbles around and meets an array of very interesting characters. This is the type of writing that Jon Ronson does so well. It is funny, heart-breaking and will touch you.

    I learned quite a bit about this subject that if not taboo; it is seldom discussed in detail. He calls it a "Journey Through the Madness Industry." Well, there are some interesting types that commercialize the mental misery of others (not all are drug companies). You begin to wonder if any part of our mental health delivery system is either effective or honest in their purported knowledge or purported results.

    This book will also create some reader unease as things are not quite right in the mental health industry.

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    Linda Lee MO USA 07-28-13
    Linda Lee MO USA 07-28-13 Member Since 2014

    A classic detective mystery lover. Especially mysteries taking place in quaint English villages!

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    "Fascinating but don't read at NIGHT!"
    What did you love best about The Psychopath Test?

    This was disturbing, creepy, eye opening and FASCINATING!<br/><br/>To make a long story short, I thought I was listening to a mystery. You know. Like Miss Marple?! Lol What I heard was an intense look into the mind of real life psychopaths. <br/><br/>I discovered this slight miscalculation as I lay... IN THE DARK, away from home, BY MYSELF! I could have topped but it grabbed me like the wreck you know you should look away from but you just can't. I was compelled to finish this thing and pro,poly told everyone I love about it.<br/><br/>It may not be everyone's cup of tea but this piece of investigative journalism or whatever you choose to call it is FASCINATING!


    What about Jon Ronson’s performance did you like?

    Jon Ronson is THE PERFECT person to read his own work. I'd love to chat with him any time.


    Any additional comments?

    BAD LANGUAGE ALERT! I would typically leaf through a book and scan for bad language. I can't see that as an option here so I chose to ignore the bad language I heard. Never-the-less the language used is quotes from psychopaths. I suppose they of all people are least interested in my distaste for the use of the "F Word". ;)

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    Patrick san carlos, CA, United States 05-31-13
    Patrick san carlos, CA, United States 05-31-13 Listener Since 2007
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    "Riveting and incredibly insightful."
    If you could sum up The Psychopath Test in three words, what would they be?

    I have to say that listening to the book has been riveting and incredibly insightful. I found myself not wanting to leave the car so that I could listen to more.The author (who is not a psychologist) covers a huge amount of material including the work of Robert Hare (preeminent researcher in area of psychopathy) as well as the work of other well meaning, but disastrous physicians.


    What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

    They (psychopaths) can be found everywhere... not just in jail and mental institutions. The ones that carry a brief case can be as, if not more dangerous than those that carry a knife.


    Any additional comments?

    This is by far one of the best audible titles I have ever listened to.

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    Mephistopheles Chandler, AZ, United States 05-18-13
    Mephistopheles Chandler, AZ, United States 05-18-13 Member Since 2016

    'I think hell’s a fable.' 'Ay,' says Mephistopheles, 'think so still, till experience change thy mind

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    I don't believe in magic, astrology, or the business of Psychology; somehow this book reinforced my suspicions of psychology. There's more to this book than making Psychology look as foolish as it is; but that's all that stuck with me. Good listen, interesting, would recommend.

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