Robert Greene's previous best seller, The 48 Laws of Power, distilled 3,000 years of scheming into a guide People praised as "beguiling... literate... fascinating" and Kirkus denounced as "an anti-Book of Virtues."
In Art of Seduction, Greene returns with a new instruction audiobook on the most subtle, elusive, and effective form of power because seduction isn't really about sex. It's about manipulating other people's greatest weakness: their desire for pleasure.
Synthesizing the work of thinkers including Freud, Diderot, Nietzsche, and Einstein, reporting the enticing strategies of characters throughout history, The Art of Seduction is a comprehensive guide to getting what we want any way we can.
©2001 Robert Greene and Joost Elffers. (P)2015 HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books
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I bought the abridged Art of Seduction narrated by Jeff David. It was enchanting and the text was animated so interestingly! Loved it.
That encouraged me to buy the full book. Maybe my expectations were elevated but the narration wasn't by Jeff David and instead the book is read as if it's a regular book. Being quite a long book, it sounded quite boring and monotonous.
Please redo the book by Jeff David PLEASE!!
"I have been seduced"
It's not at all what I expected, and for that I am glad. I imagined it might be some pick up artist babble, but what I got instead was a devilishly insightful glance into an essential part of human nature. Greene does not sugarcoat anything, and unveils the secrets of not only romantic seduction, but manipulation of almost every kind. The numerous archetypes of seducers and anti-seducers are explained in lovely detail with many historical and fictional examples to boot. I found myself falling for the book as if I was being seduced myself. The stories and examples throughout not only give great manifestation to the technique discussed, but also have rejuvenated a spirit of wonder and excitement within me. The narration is clear and wonderfully read in a perfect cadence. I cannot recommend this book enough. For someone like myself who has always yearned to grasp more and more power in the realm of social dynamics, this a goldmine.
"I have had my eyes opened"
What a stuff up I have made of my own seductions. What I have missed, what time I have wasted, how cynical I have become. What a fool and not only in love. Business, work, career, family, any relationship. This book is worth the study and when I say study I don't mean listen to and forget. Get your notepad out and start working. Will probably change your life.
"Probably the most cynical books I've yet read"
Yes and no. Apparently the print version has a lot of stylistic printing art, which is lost. However, the narrator of the audio book is very good.
Yes... But only if they have a prior interest.
The deep timbre of his lively voice, and the cynical sarcasm by which he reads certain passages.
The historical fragments were extremely interseting. I learnt a lot about French royal society, Catherine the Great, Cleopatra and several other historical figures.
"Stunningly awful handbook for the would be stalker"
This is a very, very bad book. Buyer beware:
1) it is 22 hours of constant repetition
2) it is very poorly researched. The author bases his evidence on cherry-picked literary texts and biographies, yet makes sweeping statements about human psychology.
3) some of the generalizations the author makes are truly astonishing: No woman is immune to X. Everyone wants Y etc.
4) It glorifies awful people and their deeds
5) It makes baseless claims about types and categories of people. "There are 9 types of seducers," etc. Completely made up by the author.
6) It is deeply sexist and misogynist, though it pretends to give an equal stage to female seducers (Cleopatra!), as well as to homosexual ones. Somehow, though, it seems to relish especially the stories about old men manipulating young girls into giving up their virginity.
7) It gives "advice" to would-be seducers, as though it were trying to be a handbook for stalkers and psychopaths. It literally tells you how you should approach "your victim." Your VICTIM?! I found this incredibly creepy.
8) A central piece of advice is to never give up, even when "your victim resists!" What on earth?
9) Most of the historical figures the author gives as examples were exceptionally intelligent and practiced their "craft" by intuition and cunning. I worry about some average Joe trying to follow the advice in this book (and some will). Please, average Joe, do not try this at home! (Unless you want a police record).
10) Buyer beware...
Definitely not something about how to manipulate people (or, as Green calls them "your victims"), to do what you want against their own best interests.
If I read the book I would not have made it all the way through. Because I listen in the car, and he has a pleasant voice, I listened just to pass the time and mentally throw rotten tomatoes at the author. So you could say that the reader helped me get through this awful piece of "literature."
The reader was good. I would gladly listen to another book ready by him. A good book, though.
I cannot understand how this book got so many good reviews. It makes me fear for humanity.
"good one to hear"
i heard it over and over and over again..to understand each and every chapter...loved it...
"never be an unwilling victim again"
I learn so much from this book, feel empowered and in the driver seat of my life.
"A book that drones on and on"
This book drones on and on. I couldn't finish it despite being interested in the topic. It's a historical analysis of successful seducers from cleopatra to French nobility. And that's all it is, an ANALYSIS. The only chapter worth reading was the intro and the first chapter about sirens, such as cleopatra. Beyond that, Greene follows the same formulaic retelling. Basically a book on "naturals" with no practical takeaways. Save your time and buy another book. Maybe 48 laws of power is better, I haven't read it yet.
"fantastic! very informative."
this book is so jammed-packed with information, there's no way you can absorb all of this in one go: a definite repeat!
"Well worth the time, great Book!"
This book has been extremely helpful to me over the past 7 years, I stumbled upon it, purely by accident, it was being used as a text book, it's a great read, very long though, the audible version made it easy to get through. I love this book! It's like a bible of sorts! I'm looking forward to reading Greene's book on Power! 10 stars!
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