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Without Conscience Audiobook

Without Conscience: The Disturbing World of the Psychopaths Among Us

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Publisher's Summary

Most people are both repelled and intrigued by the images of cold-blooded, conscienceless murderers that increasingly populate our movies, television programs, and newspaper headlines. With their flagrant criminal violation of society's rules, serial killers like Ted Bundy and John Wayne Gacy are among the most dramatic examples of the psychopath. Individuals with this personality disorder are fully aware of the consequences of their actions and know the difference between right and wrong, yet they are terrifyingly self-centered, remorseless, and unable to care about the feelings of others. Perhaps most frightening, they often seem completely normal to unsuspecting targets. Presenting a compelling portrait of these dangerous men and women based on 25 years of distinguished scientific research, Dr. Robert D. Hare vividly describes a world of con artists, hustlers, rapists, and other predators who charm, lie, and manipulate their way through life. Are psychopaths mad, or simply bad? How can they be recognized? And how can we protect ourselves? This book provides solid information and surprising insights for anyone seeking to understand this devastating condition.

©1999 Robert D. Hare, Ph.D. (P)2011 Tantor

What the Critics Say

"A fascinating, if terrifying, look at psychopaths.... Hare makes a strong case for the view that psychopaths are born, not made.... A chilling, eye-opening report - and a call to action." (Kirkus)

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    Martha Humphreys Montana, USA 05-30-12
    Martha Humphreys Montana, USA 05-30-12 Member Since 2014

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    "When Bad People do Bad Things..."

    An authority on the subject of psychopaths, the author freely admits that he, too, had been fooled by one even though he wrote the book on the subject. For any of us who've been hoodwinked by these charming, fast talking con artists, this information provides a measure of relief with the knowledge that it can, and does, happen to any and everyone. Unfortunately, there is no effective cure, treatment, then when the book was written a decade or more ago,and nothing has happened since then to change their behavior or the results on the rest of us. Run away, run far, far away when you encounter one of these "without conscience" characters....and the word "character" is misapplied to these societal outcasts, because even villains love cats, or cigars, or music, or something -----or else they wouldn't be satisfying characters.

    6 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    tcp100 Flemington, NJ United States 06-28-13
    tcp100 Flemington, NJ United States 06-28-13 Listener Since 2008

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    "Intriguing and engaging - but dated and hyperbolic"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Audible: These banal questions for a review are horrible. Anyway, this book is certainly interesting - and the author is intelligent and thorough on the topic. However his constant digressions about "runaway juvenile violent crime" and "unprecedented criminality" painting a picture of an epidemic of psychopathy are neither accurate or honest.

    Perhaps the original mid-90s publishing date can excuse this, but crime on the US and Canada, where the author has been drawing his anecdotes, has been drastically decreasing - not increasing - over the past two decades. This is especially true of violent crime.

    While all starts well, when he turns the focus towards children at the end, his well thought out dissection of psychopathy takes on the clueless, uninformed tone of the frustrated parents he showcases - drawing way too many examples from film, TV and pop culture to be taken seriously. It's a damn shame, since he does begin to touch upon the true scourge psychopathy has wrought on society in the form of white collar criminals, con men and manipulators. However, he ends sounding like the narrator from a 1950s Reefer Madness short.


    Would you recommend Without Conscience to your friends? Why or why not?

    Redundant question, Audible.


    Which character – as performed by Paul Boehmer – was your favorite?

    Again, this review format is atrocious and horribly thought out. This is a non fiction book.


    Was Without Conscience worth the listening time?

    Absolutely.


    Any additional comments?

    Interesting nonetheless. A worthwhile listen despite its flaws.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    sarah Gold coast., Australia 11-18-11
    sarah Gold coast., Australia 11-18-11
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    "Interesting"

    This was an interesting and informative read however it seemed like the author was scare mongering at points. His theory that young people were more likely to be phycopaths was based on opinion rather than fact and I personally discount this idea on due tomy own observation that the last generation has always lemented the ruin of society in the next. More media reports does not infact indicate a rise in actual crime. I recommend it but keep your sceptical mind on... as with anything.

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    Thomas Pentzer 06-05-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Bad Narration"
    What would have made Without Conscience better?

    The story itself was decent, but the terrible narration made it almost unlistenable. He sounds like a "text to speech" function, with strange pronunciations and emphasis on inappropriate syllables throughout. The only time his voice sounds normal and not forced is when he reads quotes in a particular character's voice.


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    Kate Oats 05-28-17
    Kate Oats 05-28-17 Member Since 2017
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    "The definitive guide to psychopaths"

    The book itself is outstanding, which is to be expected from the father of psychopath research. The examples of psychopath behaviour are fascinating, particularly because they are drawn from people that a reader might chance to encounter. The narration was a little disappointing - the high-pitched voice the narrator used when quoting women grated a little, and a longer pause between paragraphs and subheadings would have been helpful. But definitely listenable, in any case.

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    540 Buyer 04-14-17
    540 Buyer 04-14-17
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    "a most compelling book"
    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Oh, I laughed the whole way through! How is that for glib and superficial?


    Any additional comments?

    the most compelling book that I have heard on this topic so far

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    shadi masri 12-07-16
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    "informative and professional"

    informative and consistent in the way it Describes such sensitive issue, I looked how the book remained conservative and warned from jumping to conclusions or poor diagnosis

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    Amazon Customer 09-26-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Scary: Accurate and Real"

    Dr Hare has nailed it. Too well and too often. You can imagine these ppl whether they are in your life or not. Only negative, is that he is very reptative.

    Some portion of this work should be taught in HS and even more in depth in College. Same goes for Narcacists. We need to teach our children what to watch out for before it is too late.

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    Nancy Olson Denver, Colorado 07-02-16
    Nancy Olson Denver, Colorado 07-02-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Very illuminating!"

    I have read the sociopath next door and enjoyed it immensely. This book is different in that he did not cobble together composites of sociopaths. Instead used examples of a variety of different sociopaths that we are all familiar with. He gave practical tips on how to spot a sociopath and avoid the web of lies and deceit. The narrators voice was wonderful and easy to listen to. This is good reading for anyone who wants to be able to deal with somebody they think is the same as everyone else but is actually a sociopaths laying a net to catch you.

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    Bill ARLINGTON, WA, United States 12-14-15
    Bill ARLINGTON, WA, United States 12-14-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Eye opening book"

    Love this book, but have to admit that my jaw is on the floor after reading. Required material for anyone alive on Earth today.

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