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Without Conscience Audiobook

Without Conscience: The Disturbing World of the Psychopaths Among Us

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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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    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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    "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
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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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    Unapologetic Colorado 11-12-15
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    "Best guide on psychopathy so far!"

    I absolutely enjoyed analogies and examples provided in the book. Compare to Ronson's work, Dr. Hare provides hard data and in depth behavioral review of psychopaths rather than an entertaining perspective I received from Ronson. I would prefer an updated version, as most research and news stories are circa 1980s.

    I would recommend this book to anyone curious about psychopathy and/or suspects a psychopath in their personal and/or professional life. I decided to research the subject as I came across a few folk in my military career who could fit the psychopath bill.

    Also, Paul Boehmer did a wonderful job narrating the work. Would definitely like to listen to his narration again!

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    Gary LA 11-10-15
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    "A classic"

    This is a classic book about psychopathy. Although it is somewhat dated, it provides accurate about people who destroys others' lives.

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    Kindle Customer Chesterton, IN, United States 07-27-13
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    "Classic Text on Sociopaths"

    This is the book all the other books refer to on this subject, so I'm assuming it was written first. The writer is very impressed with himself, and that wears thin rather soon. He also repeats himself more than is really called for.
    But he gives some fascinating scientific answers and inquiries into what makes a Sociopath what he is. It's still a classic in the field.

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    DWR Minnesota, USA 07-08-13
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    "Interesting subject but poorly read."

    The subject, psychopathy, is well described but I found the narration irritating and difficult to listen to. The reader is painfully slow and maintains a constant timber: he uses commas as full stops, like a period, which makes the reading jerky. The writing uses common language and is easy to understand so there is no reason for such a slow delivery. This is definitely something to listen at double speed!

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    B.W. White 02-28-13
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    "Unscientific"

    I absolutely can not stand the idea that people are reading this book and going away thinking that they have learned something.

    The conclusions that Dr. Hare have reached are based on an extremely limited sample, using an incomplete analysis and without a contemporary understanding of neuroscience. I had to stop listening when he referred to the lateralization of brain hemispheres (right brain does this, left brain does that) as a fact, when it has been debunked as a myth since the early 90s.

    I do have respect for Dr. Hare in that he was, at one point, a pioneer in the study of clinical psychopathy, in that he actually went out and tried to study people who were obviously afflicted. But his theories need to evolve with current research if he is to be taken seriously. What outside research he did call upon in the book was limited and obviously cherry-picked to support his own outdated theories. That is no behavior for a man calling himself a scientist.

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    Nick Industry, CA, United States 11-22-12
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    "IF YOU'VE EVER WONDERED..."
    Where does Without Conscience rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    top 5


    What did you like best about this story?

    the subject matter


    Which scene was your favorite?

    no scene. it is all fascinating info, if you have ever wondered...


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

    yes. and again.


    Any additional comments?

    If you ever wondered, "How can they lie like that?", or why there seems to be an opportunist to snatch a child ,with only seconds of inattention a recurring event in news we hear and remember, this begins to throw light on that question. The light on that question is as significant as any you will have the rest of your life, IF you care about the quality of your life. And that of the rest of us.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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