We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.com/access .
The Psychopath Test Audiobook

The Psychopath Test: A Journey Through the Madness Industry

Regular Price:$24.49
  • Membership Details:
    • First book free with 30-day trial
    • $14.95/month thereafter for your choice of 1 new book each month
    • Cancel easily anytime
    • Exchange books you don't like
    • All selected books are yours to keep, even if you cancel
  • - or -

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)

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

4.1 (3980 )
5 star
 (1749)
4 star
 (1401)
3 star
 (596)
2 star
 (128)
1 star
 (106)
Overall
4.1 (3354 )
5 star
 (1501)
4 star
 (1120)
3 star
 (542)
2 star
 (109)
1 star
 (82)
Story
4.2 (3363 )
5 star
 (1738)
4 star
 (969)
3 star
 (450)
2 star
 (119)
1 star
 (87)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    William Shock Chicago Illinois 06-01-11
    William Shock Chicago Illinois 06-01-11 Member Since 2012

    RH

    HELPFUL VOTES
    35
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    43
    3
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    "Fascinating - couldn't stop listening."

    "The Psychopath Test" takes us on a journey through a host of interesting characters, including scientologists, psychiatrists, patients, and of course "psychopaths", giving us a variety of perspectives and insights along the way. Jon Ronson takes a postmodern approach to his subjects, an underlying skepticism which leads to interesting questions and speculations. While a moral relativism mutes some of the book's passion, this is made for by Ronson???s introspective self-doubt and honestly. Ronson brings some important social quandaries to light ??? what to do with psychopaths, the potentially psychopathic nature of our leaders, the reliability of psychiatric checklists, and the potential dangers of diagnosing and medicating children, to name just a few.

    27 of 32 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Spencer Oklahoma City, OK, United States 06-29-11
    Spencer Oklahoma City, OK, United States 06-29-11 Member Since 2005
    HELPFUL VOTES
    47
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    39
    9
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "The Sociopath Next Door is better"

    When trying to find information about people that lack a conscience, I would listen to, "The Sociopath Next Door." It's an easier listen and more informative.

    9 of 11 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Amanda Phoenix, AZ, United States 11-02-11
    Amanda Phoenix, AZ, United States 11-02-11 Member Since 2017

    I rate as follows: 5 Stars = Loved it. 4 Stars = Really liked it. 3 Stars = Liked it. 2 Stars = Didn't like it. 1 Star = Hated it.

    HELPFUL VOTES
    2880
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    374
    78
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    924
    34
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Fabulous On So Many Levels..."

    Jon Ronson is an extremely gifted writer and an extremely gifted speaker. He uses both these talents to their fullest on this project.

    Ronson does the narration himself, and since the book is written in an auto-biographical format, it makes the book feel very personal and intimate as the author takes you through the story of how he got involved in the initial inquiry that kicked off his research for this subject, and also how closely it tied in with his own personal fears regarding his own state of mind and how he processes emotions when he is worried or concerned.

    The book covers many different aspects of the mental health industry. You may end up with more questions than answers when you're done listening, but make no mistake; that's a good thing. The writer clearly didn't go into the research for this book with an agenda. He went into this project with an open, curious, smart mind, and shares all his thoughts and insights with you as he goes - not just the bits that would neatly fit together into a pretty package with a bow on top.

    A great book on a fascinating subject presented by a gifted speaker. Who could ask for more?

    25 of 32 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Scott Scarborough, ON, Canada 04-15-15
    Scott Scarborough, ON, Canada 04-15-15 Member Since 2013
    HELPFUL VOTES
    365
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    218
    114
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    19
    4
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Illuminating while being far from heavy handed"
    What did you love best about The Psychopath Test?

    Ronson’s investigation into the shadowy world of psychopaths has his usual mixture of self-deprecating humor, man on the street reporting, and tongue in cheek sleuthing. At the heart of the book is the question of what is a psychopath, can we reliably identify and diagnose it, and if so, what is to be done anyway. Robert Hare, arguably one of the world’s foremost experts on the subject, serves as Ronson’s guide slash mentor and their interchanges are often amusing. Ronson also interviews incarcerated psychopaths, as well as one former CEO of a major corporation among others. Their dialogues with Ronson are expertly self-revealing and chilling. I found the parts of the book that focused solely on psychopathy interesting and illuminating; other parts that digress away from the topic (e.g. a mysterious manuscript sent to Neurologists, the dubious over-prescribing of medications to children among others) felt out of place. As usual, Ronson makes an excellent narrator of his own work, conveying the anxiety, uncertainty, and exasperation these investigations seem to bring out in him (love his bits on iatrogenic illness) Though The Psychopath Test isn’t Ronson’s best work, it is still an amusing and worthy read.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Mishka Haznor 09-27-12 Member Since 2017

    I solder metal while I listen to books. Someday, I hope to find time to return to reading, but in the interim, I listen.

    HELPFUL VOTES
    26
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    14
    6
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "First Jon Ronson Book experience"
    If you could sum up The Psychopath Test in three words, what would they be?

    criticism of psychological diagnosis


    What did you like best about this story?

    The meandering tale that linked stories and character traits between the various people jon ronson interviewed on his path to get a well rounded view of mental health in modern society and how it is or is not diagnosed.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Interview with Al Dunlap


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    no, but I loved it....I did actually laugh a couple times


    Any additional comments?

    Great Narrator

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Laurel Cofell 11-29-11 Member Since 2017
    HELPFUL VOTES
    23
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    7
    3
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Delightful romp into the world of madness"

    This is my first Jon Ronson book and I found it to be a highly amusing and interesting exploration of the concept of "psychopath." As a psychologist, I was fascinated with his exploration into the background of the DSM and his interviews with Drs. Hare and Spitzer. In addition, I thought the accent and intonation of the narrator was quite delightful and provided an extra incredulousness to the narration.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Lynn 10-21-11
    Lynn 10-21-11
    HELPFUL VOTES
    879
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    162
    144
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    381
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Why is the World so Mixed Up?"

    A journalist, Jon Ronson sets out to answer the question: Why do some leaders mess with people, disrupt their lives, and still are rewarded for inhumane behavior? He does this by focusing on mental health in general and psychopathic behavior in particular. Each chapter opens the reader to aspects of the human condition. Readers are introduced to characters from many walks of life and shown how they behave in psychopathic ways. It becomes evident, that psychopathic behavior is a plus in organizational life and to the ambitions. It separates the ordinary from the highly productive in many cases. Certainly, Ronson makes it clear that individuals with abhorrent behavior are often the most likely to find organizational success and to garner the rewards associated with that success. This book will be of help to anyone interested in the nature of leadership in our modern world. Negatively, the book could have been a little more coherent in presentation. While exciting and informative, the book can leave readers without a common thread and theme at times. The author reads the book himself to advantage

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Marci portland, OR, United States 05-14-13
    Marci portland, OR, United States 05-14-13 Member Since 2007
    HELPFUL VOTES
    2868
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    484
    130
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    644
    9
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Interesting listen but it didn't go anywhere"

    This story started out slow, picked up for most of the book, to the point where it was really interesting, and then, it just ended. It was like a book report from a middle school student. I listened to this because it was by Ronson who is a wacky and controversial writer. But in this book, he didn't take a stand, he didn't give his opinion, it's a cop-out. He writes about what he saw and who he talked to, but then doesn't really give his opinion on anything. Anyone could have written this book since it doesn't reveal his point-of-view. Lame.

    13 of 17 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Diane United States 06-04-11
    Diane United States 06-04-11 Member Since 2016
    HELPFUL VOTES
    263
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    184
    60
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    75
    0
    Overall
    "Couldn't put it down"

    I loved this book! The fascinating, well-written prose really came to life with the author's narration. He had me laughing out-loud with his hysterically funny self-effacing humor.

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
  •  
    DS 01-26-13
    DS 01-26-13

    Say something about yourself!

    HELPFUL VOTES
    363
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    1230
    160
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    22
    5
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "IF YOU WEREN'T CRAZY BEFORE...."

    I kept waiting for this to get serious.... and then it was over.
    Listening to this made me crazy.
    The whinny, anxious tone was not due ONLY to the reader, it was in the writing and the reader reflected that.
    I learned nothing about psychopaths that I didn't already know, and I know relatively little.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank you.

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.