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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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    Anestis Worcester, MA 07-24-13
    Anestis Worcester, MA 07-24-13

    Anestis

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    "Worst audible book I've ever listened to."
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    People who are easily titillated by vacuous sensationalistic prose will be thrilled by this book.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Robert D. Hare again?

    No - maybe in Guantanamo -


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Paul Boehmer?

    There is no narrator that could've improved this book.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Without Conscience?

    I'd start on page one and cut out though the last page of the last chapter


    Any additional comments?

    Incredibly drawn out, boring, vacuous and sensationalist, I managed to listen to the book from beginning to end desperately hoping for some kind of payoff. Paralleling the desperadoes in love with their own "psychopath" desperately hoping for some meaningful change, there was indeed, no payoff. You'll have a lot more fun watching Dexter or Breaking Bad if you're interested in psychopathology rather than listening to the drab deliberations of a "scientist" whose conclusion is "psychopaths are bad, try to protect yourself from them. Here are some redundant examples" Please save your money or credits.

    3 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    J. Eastham Austin, Texas 03-26-12
    J. Eastham Austin, Texas 03-26-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Helpful book"
    Where does Without Conscience rank among all the audiobooks you???ve listened to so far?

    The subject matter is in the top 5 books on psychopaths that I have read.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Without Conscience?

    Being that it is a nonfiction book, the most memorable moments are when I recognized the traits of paychopaths in certain people I have known.


    What about Paul Boehmer???s performance did you like?

    He makes the book clear and understandable. He does what a good reader does. He becomes the book rather than imposing his interpretation onto the book.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Psychopaths. How many do you know?


    Any additional comments?

    Since I have had unhappy dealings with psycho/sociopaths, I am always trying to understand how they get to be that way and if there is a positive outcome. The book has furthered my understanding is a significent way.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Big Mike 05-14-12
    Big Mike 05-14-12
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    "Didn't realize it was a "text""

    I either did not read the description closely enough or it was misleading at best. This book is essentially a text book describing the various facets of a psycopathic personality. I guess I expected much more detailed descriptions of various psycopaths and their crimes. What I got was a somewhat clinical analysis of what Dr's look for in order to make a diagnosis.

    I suspect this might be a good entry level text for pschology students, but was not what I wanted to listen to as a casual read. To top it off, it was very dated, which
    I also missed. Written 30+ years ago, I imagine that even most of what is written here has significantly
    evolved in terms of information known and studies done since then.

    I have not gone back and re-read the description that had made me think this would be a very different read than what it was, but suffice to say, for me it was like trying to read a text book as leisure reading

    2 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    steven 04-07-16
    steven 04-07-16 Member Since 2014
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    "I was not impressed."

    I did not learn a single thing.everything I heard was common sense to me . This was a collection of Mediocre stories

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    David Penn 03-13-16
    David Penn 03-13-16
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    "Interesting, but a little dated"

    Definitely worth a listen. It was written in the 1990s and a lot of research with brain Imaging has been done since then. The author has done plenty of research and wrote a check list for clinical use, so he knows his stuff.
    One of my favorite Parts was about Psychopathic speech. Although psychopaths have a firm grip on reality, apparently, they have a hard time telling the truth. when a subject was asked whether he thought he was violent, he replied, " I'm not a violent person, but I had to kill somebody once."

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    sandra 01-11-16
    sandra 01-11-16
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    "Book is great - audible leaves room to improve"
    What did you love best about Without Conscience?

    The ability to listen to course books while commuting several hours every day allowed me to listen to it multiple times each week. I can also listen to it while doing other household tasks or exercising.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Without Conscience?

    NA


    What three words best describe Paul Boehmer’s performance?

    Clear voice excellent tone, pleasant to listen to.


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

    no.


    Any additional comments?

    The chapters of the book do NOT match the sections marked by the audible file. For example today I needed to listen to chapters 11 & 12, these were eventually found under sections 13-15. Why this is not properly correlated is an unnecessary hassle.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Glenda Jo Sims 12-16-15 Member Since 2013
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    "More lecture than story."

    This was a good listen with lots of insight and very little fanfare. In fact I recommended it to my cousin who is a nurse because I fear in her field she might encounter these people more than most. But everyone can benefit from the knowledge in this book.

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    Janice 07-17-15
    Janice 07-17-15
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    "excellent information"

    I work in a prison. I've learned so much listening to dr. hare. He is right on!

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    Noah K. Kaufman Las Cruces, New Mexico, United States 07-16-15
    Noah K. Kaufman Las Cruces, New Mexico, United States 07-16-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Worthwhile, but..."

    A little dramatic at times. But worthwhile. Case studies are juicy and author knows his stuff big-time. Plus it's an important message for society.

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    Marissa 06-15-15
    Marissa 06-15-15 Member Since 2017
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    "Significant Insight"

    "Without Conscience" is one of the most important books I've ever "read." If only I had had access to this book earlier in life...say , by age 13... I would've been spared many painful experiences, or at least been armed with defense strategies. Many puzzling personal encounters and relationship glitches were explained, creating many ahhhh ha moments. Insights offered by Hare are an inoculation against naivety and are useful survival tools.....or defense weapons. I rated the book a 4, rather than 5 because I was confused by the 'Dr. Death of Texas ' chapter. I plan to read the book in print and then it will probably be made clear---but listening, it struck me as Hare back peddling on his own insights. I rated the performance a 4, only because it would have been helpful to hear the Chapter number and title announced as Boehmer moved through his reading. I want everyone I care about to read and heed this book.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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