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The Truth Audiobook

The Truth: An Uncomfortable Book About Relationships

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Publisher's Summary

No more games; it's time for the truth. I am not the hero in this tale. I am the villain.

Do you believe in monogamy? Neil Strauss didn't. The New York Times journalist made a name for himself advocating freedom, sex and opportunity as author of The Game - with intimacy and long-term commitment taking a backseat.

That is until he met the woman who forced him to ask the questions that men and women are asking themselves every day: Is it natural to be faithful to one person for life? Do alternatives to monogamy lead to better relationships and greater happiness? Can you keep passion and romance from fading over time?

Strauss set out on a quest for answers. It took him from Viagra-laden free-love orgies to sex addiction clinics, from cutting-edge science labs to modern-day harems and, most terrifying of all, to his own mother and his family's secrets. What he discovered changed everything he knew about love, sex, relationships and, ultimately, himself. The Truth may have the same effect on you.

©2015 Neil Strauss (P)2015 Canongate Books

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    Demetrios 05-26-17
    Demetrios 05-26-17 Member Since 2017
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    "It's all about his issues"
    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The book just spoke about Neil's personal issues that he went through. There was nothing to gain from a readers perspective on how to manage their relationships.


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  • James
    3/31/16
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    "Powerful"

    Neil taught me a lot about picking up women in my twenties. The tactics worked very well. These techniques allowed me to successfully 'open' and court my now wife. Like Neil, probably most people, our intimacy/love issues, likely result of childhood trauma have led to a very rocky marriage. Now I'm my thirties, married, I think the knowledge and Wisdom and 'The Truth' will be more effective on a deeper level for my personal development than 'The Game' was. Thanks again Neil!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • James
    11/11/15
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    "Surprisingly powerful"

    This is the first review I have done. I bought this after enjoying the game. Whilst expecting an exciting narrative, I was floored by the honesty of the author and his journey. It is equal parts entertaining, titillating and awesome in scale(relatively!) The truth will change your life.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • inbr1ghtestday
    12/28/16
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    "Fantastic and uncomfortable listening"

    Listening to this just after a break up was just what I needed to restore a little faith but also take a good hard look at myself - recommended, highly!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Connie
    United Kingdom
    3/26/16
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    "AMAZING"

    I'm so so pleased Neil has written this book. I wrote my thesis on polyamory and made a film about monogamy and was thinking of writing a book, but I feel Neil has done it for me. THANK YOU. I urge everyone to read this.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Nathalie Nahai
    London
    3/22/16
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    "Unexpectedly rich and thought-provoking"

    I rarely review books, but this proved to be an exceptionally provocative piece - an enthralling, insightful and emotional roller coaster, both intimate and candid.

    Strauss' journey from pickup artist, through a spectrum of relationship styles, towards intimacy (and where this finally takes him) is gripping from the get-go, and I found myself plugging in to hear more of the story at every opportunity.

    The fact that it's narrated by the author lends it even greater warmth, and there are psychological insights that I can imagine would prove useful for any reader/listener.

    If you're curious about relationships, sexuality and identity in any way, then this is for you.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Zoot
    8/14/17
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    "Beautifully awkward"

    Neil Strauss is a wonderfully cognisant writer. I haven’t read any of his other books before but I certainly plan to now because this was a really interesting journey and story to have him take me through. I took a lot of his descriptions and events with a grain of salt because memory is fallible and things can be twisted and reworked to suit a writers needs as appropriate – and nobody has a perfect memory that enables them to sit down and write word for word the events that have passed, particularly those describing nights accompanied by memory-inhibiting substances. Nevertheless the story felt in-the-main genuine. The few criticisms I have are minor and really only personal details.

    In the beginning he gives the over-spiritualist alternative scene a satisfyingly critical eye but towards the end I was a little put off by his unquestioning acceptance of “alternative medicines” – it’s not a major part of the story but it’s a pet peeve of mine when people mention such things without an ounce of questioning to the possibility of their illegitimacy.

    Throughout the book I couldn’t help thinking he places a lot of weight on a very narrow aspect of psychoanalysis and that seemed a little unusual to me. Especially as he initially comes across as so positively skeptic, eager to critically examine.

    His narration had a distinct rhythm that I can only really describe as a bit “choppy.” It’s clear he’s not a dramatic reader like many others on Audible. I do really like that he read it himself but unfortunately the reading style prevented me from becoming “fully immersed” in his story, not unlike a fishing line tugging me back to the real world every time I was in danger of slipping away.

    Lastly, it’s hard to escape the reality that his journey inevitably concludes in a relationship that ultimately shapes a bias to the whole story. I mean, it can’t not affect it. So, again, pinches of salt.

    These are really all minor points though, to what was really a well presented and clear representation of a storyline that is presumably very messy, confusing and difficult to describe. Strauss pulls it all together in a way that makes it flow and seem very easy to digest, freeing me to comprehend the truckloads of awkwardness that ensues. Hats of to the guy for his fearless and somewhat honest expression of emotions but I find it hard to believe there wasn’t a little more in there that was left unsaid.

    Strauss is a thinker and questioner, a skill and attribute that very much compliment his writing. Furthermore, he’s clearly an ardent note taker and vehement diarist. Where I am sure some details were missing, events reinterpreted, emotions altered (all of which actually turning out to be good things), his knowledge of the past, regardless of how accurately it was presented, enabled him to write a very compelling book that was comparatively quite tidy.

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  • cristiano sanches
    7/25/17
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    "really loved this book! thank you Neil!"

    Loved it! made me dream, smile and nearly cry!
    So true how our feelings can lead us the wrong way....

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • d t
    7/1/17
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    "The perfect sequel"

    For those of us who grew up with The Game and many of the experiences described in this book too, this book is a relief and a completion of a journey in relationships many of us are still making.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • will
    5/4/17
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    "Honest"

    This audio book, read by Neil himself, and really hard to put down. I was captivated by Neil Strauss's honesty in his quest to regain a mere fragment of true self.
    His own inner dialogue of his own thoughts and extracts of viewpoints from partners during the book was genius. Dispersing the curiosity that I was getting, wondering what he and his partners were thinking during those emotionally charged scenarios.
    It also made me feel the desire to reflect more about my relationships with others.
    Great audio book, addictive read.
    Thank you

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Alan
    12/22/16
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    "A pale imitation of Strauss' earlier work"

    A half baked autobiographical account of NS's sex addiction.

    I was a big fan of his earlier work (The Game/Emergency) but I'm sorry to say this was a damp rag in comparison

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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