A fascinating book with excellent audio track. This book does have serious I ration but it is by no means academic - light hearted and interesting throughout
'Read' this for my book group, and at first I wasn't keen, but once I got into it I found it fascinating! The tendency to begin to assess your own family and friends for 'evidence' of the various traits is unavoidable.
Although some of what Ronson reveals is really quite shocking, it's all done in a very accessible way, with plenty of humour too.
i am not really interested in psychology just bought this because it looked interesting. i found it fascinating. once again audible thanks for broadening my horizons. found myself looking at friends and colleagues differently and putting them on the psychopath scale.
While listening to this book, for the first time I wondered if I might be a psychopath. I conclude no but it amused me that the book could question this. Jon though did make me realise everything is not black and white when it comes to personality disorders. Jon reads the book well and it is an easy book to listen to even if you have no knowledge of the subject matter. I'd recommend trying the book out.
An excellect book, good descriptions and hints of how to become a pscychpath spotter. A 5 star, interesting read.
I could listen to Jon Ronson all day. He takes a slightly sceptical viewpoint in everything he does but has a knack of getting his subjects to open up to him, whilst revealing small bits about his own personality along the way. A great and enjoyable listen.
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If the purpose of the book was to leave me with more questions that answers, then it was a success. But I can't help thinking that that kind of journalism is sort of...lazy. Every time I wanted Ronson to delve a little deeper, he skirted aside or made a joke.
Overall, I did like this book, though my review might suggest otherwise. I wish it had gone deeper but it certainly aroused my curiosity and inspiring an audience to ask questions can't be a bad thing. I just wish there had been a few more answers than question.
I liked this, it was pretty short and snappy as books go. intriguing, but I wanted to hear a little more of the science behind some of the information in the book. Worth a listen, but I would have preferred if the book itself was longer, with more detail
When you buy a book titled "The Pychopath Test" it can be for probably one of two reasons. You may concerned of "passing" the test or you may merely like other works by the author. I fell into the latter category and would probably buy any book written by Jon Ronson. This book as always, has a way of looking at the sane (?) or normal world through Jon's highly observant words. Much humour and some disturbing topics too. However if look at the world in a bemused way and enjoyed his other books (like Men who Stare at Sheep) so I got much from this audiobook. I look forward to his next one - whatever it is!
Jon Ronson's reading style is as good as his writing, which, combined as they are here, makes an excellent audiobook. The narrative moves along at a good pace with Jon taking us along with him as he gets drawn into the world of mental illness and psychopathy. As he meets the various characters who help him tell the tale we get drawn in to his response to the science, myth and anecdote surrounding this subject.
Totally fabulous and highly recommended.