• The Art of Seduction

  • An Indispensible Primer on the Ultimate Form of Power
  • By: Robert Greene
  • Narrated by: Jeff David
  • Length: 5 hrs and 9 mins
  • 4.2 out of 5 stars (3,590 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

When raised to the level of art, seduction, an indirect and subtle form of power, has toppled empires, won elections, and enslaved great minds. The Art of Seduction synthesizes the legacies of civilization's greatest seducers - from Cleopatra to JFK - with the philosophies of important intellectuals on the subject, including everyone from Freud to Kierkegaard and Ovid to Casanova, and the classic literature of seduction. Robert Greene identifies the rules of a timeless, amoral game and explores how to cast a spell, break down resistance, and, ultimately, compel a target to surrender. The Art of Seduction is an indispensable primer on the essence of one of history's greatest weapons and the ultimate form of power.

©2001 Robert Greene and Joost Elfers (P)2001 HighBridge Company

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"[Greene's] literary survey is fascinating." (Booklist)

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Slimy, Yet Satisfying

The worms and grubs of interpersonal attraction and seduction can be found here. I alternatively cringed, laughed, and took voluminuous notes as I listened. Put your ethics in neutral, listen, and, for God's sake, use only the "good side" of the force! This is an fascinating listen.

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The best book I purchased here

Great book. Lots of phsychology on sexes and their relationship. Explains pretty good why nice guys finish last. While it would be too much for me personally to use ALL rules and instructions in this book, but I can definitely use many of them. Also it definately helped me understand the other people's actions and my reaction to them much better. I would say the book is much more useful for guys rather than women. Guys, read it.

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Great narration, interesting material

Be advised that this approaches seduction from both a historical perspective, a psychological perspective, and a fair bit of "how to". Though some of the recommendations are questionable, the narrator's style is capitvating and elevates the material. Those looking for a "step-by-step" guide to seduction would do better buying another audiobook. Those looking for a relaxing, informative, and interesting listening experience have found the right book.

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VERY abridged

This is not abridged, it's a hint of the original. Many of the supporting points of the full book are missing here. The audio chapters do not correspond with the chapters read. The book is two parts. The audio recording is three chapters with Part II beginning 40 minutes into audio chapter two. it's like whoever cut this didn't even care. This audiobook should have been about two dozen chapters: one chapter per personality type and one chapter per strategy. but no.... you have hunt to find the beginning of part II.

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All parents of daughters and daughters should read

If you're a parent of a daughter, or a woman who's dating, this book will piss you off. But read the book and use it to learn the manipulation techniques that are potentially used against you. Forewarned is forearmed. Knowledge is power.

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Informative

If you're looking here for the "Magic book" that will teach you how to be attractive to the opposite sex then you have found it, or at least one of them (there are many more) BUT BE WARNED! this book is not for those with a strong amount of morals or who think that just by being nice you'll be fine. This book follows the path of the SEDUCER not the knight in shining armor who is always the good guy. this book is about manipulating your situation to your advantage, and it takes a completely neutral stand on the devious tricks of a seduction. if you do not feel you are comfortable with manipulating people for personal gain then do not get this book.

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The Art of Suduction

The GAME PLAYERS hunting guide to love and relationships.

Have you ever met a woman who was not very pretty but for some reason men seemed very drawn to her. If you have, you know that while looks are important to the opposite sex, there is certainly more to it than that. This book is not about that.

I bought this book to learn how to appear more sexy and desirable to the opposite sex not to learn how to manipulate, take advantage and control others.

This book suggests that you must play game with people to win their affections. It read/plays like a revenge guide. Some of the suggestions were things like -- you must isolate your victim by alienating them from their friends and family. Other advice was to keep them off balance by pursue someone aggressively and then turn cold as ice toward them once they start to show greater interest in you.
If this is what it takes to be sexy and desirable it?s not for me.
I stopped listening too it half way thought.

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Morally debase but interesting

Yes as the others have said this book is completely lacking in moral principles but we're talking seduction here, what did you expect?
While I don't agree with many of his ideas I found his stories compelling and his insights into human nature profound.
It was educational and entertaining. Keep your morality in perspective and just appreciate it for what it is.

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Great and Interesting Read (Listen)

Wow, This is my first review out of many titles listened to. That's how much I really enjoyed this book. Very well researched and layed out. I don't know how anyone can feel "slimy". When you listen you should not see this book as only instructional, but as a historical and psychological overview of how seduction has evolved and played out throughout the centuries of human existence. Well worth the listen. You will enjoy it.

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A for effort

The main problem I have with this book it that instructs young men to lie. That’s not right. Other criticism include the fact the author seems to think of sex as an act without a consideration to the emotions of either person involved, and my final point of objection is that this books author, Mr. Greene, tells his audience not to be themselves. All this goes against my upbringing and I find it mildly insulting.

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  • 04-22-21

Why?

This is not the whole book, I wanted to listen to it while I read, but this is not the whole book

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  • L. Weekes Jr
  • 01-14-15

Great book. Easy to follow.

It is indeed a great book. Extremely easy to follow. I would recommend this to anyone.

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  • Farah Soliman
  • 08-15-15

amazzzzzzingggggg book i loved it.

i loved this book. i will hear it again and again all thru my life. my bible and this book is all i need ! its perfect gave me huge great ideas on how to do get men in the right ways @

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  • Optimus Fine
  • 09-01-22

Great book, narrator sucks

Honestly, the book is great with interesting ideas but the narrator absolutely spoils it with weird and creepy sounding emphasis at inappropriate points. It’s a no from me dawg

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  • yousuf
  • 06-16-22

language needs updating

I loved the stories and the examples used. I will have to listen to this book again but I wished you used positive associations rather then negative ones. Also, the word 'Victim' should be replaced with 'Target' or 'VIP' as they should be treated as such.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-27-21

Fantastic listen!

So beautiful and a little bit devilish to listen to. lol.
Robert Greene goes into the depths of the mind further than anyone else I know. I totally enjoyed it

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  • patricia
  • 09-19-19

amazing

i loved the way it is presented, good eye opener, looking forward to apply tactics to avoid this type of manipulations!

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  • Luke
  • 03-10-15

A great read!

Was a very interesting read! Opened my eyes up in a lot of ways!
Another great read from Robert Greene

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-12-19

Absolutely aweful

I couldn't get past the first chapter. Such a machavellian premise. Only a narcissist would want these qualities.

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  • Chris
  • 09-04-16

Very very good

The best seduction book I've ever read. It gets very in depth into the psychology of seduction at a deep level. Highly recommended.