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Art of Seduction

An Indispensible Primer on the Ultimate Form of Power
Written by: Robert Greene
Narrated by: Joseph Powers
Length: 22 hrs and 51 mins
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Publisher's Summary

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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Robert Greene is a guide to life

This book gives an invaluable framework for how your relationships sexual and otherwise are organized. If you wish to romanticize relationships don’t read it, but if you want to understand and control them, reading this book will fundamentally change how you view the world!

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The Seduction Bible

Amazing information and interesting examples/stories that keep you entertained. Definitely reading it again. SO GOOD.

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A Book of Secrets

Robert Greene does a fantastic job detailing the process of seduction in massive detail, from the types of seducers to types of victims and the whole seduction process/processes in a non linear way, that is, he provides the reader with a whole array of tactics to choose from. He also provides many, many examples of everything he says. To be fair, the examples got a little tedious to listen to which is why I gave the story 4 stars but they were still extremely helpful! This is a book that I will listen to again and that I will also read physically! Definitely not for everyone but beware, however, that if you are not the seducer, you are the seduced.

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Good perspective but repetitive!

If you love courtesans, you will love this book. The author uses the same examples a few times throughout the book. You can fast forward once you have heard the example once.

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Useless. Not sure who the target audience is

Useless. Not sure who the target audience is, but I hope they stay out of my life. Peace.

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Masterpiece

Having already read The 48 Laws of Power, I can see now that Robert Greene has found a very successful formula for writing books, as the general format is quite similar between these two books. There is a charming overlap (and not superfluous) of concepts covered in the books as well, as they are both inextricably linked.

Naysayers of the book will say that it's manipulation, but as Greene aptly pointed out in the book, to reject these concepts and believe that you are immune to being seduced, then you are putting yourself in a vulnerable and unsuspecting position. Someone will come along that dazzles you, whether in your business or personal life, and if you aren't educated on the subject, all you can hope for is that they aren't malevolent. Even if they aren't that doesn't mean they'll cause you pain and anguish. It's up to you to be prepared.

After reading this book I can now confidently identify all the times I was unconsciously competent and incompetent in the past. Very empowering.

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disapointing

I love Robert Greene books, however this one is subpar. i was disapointed by this book

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Absolutely loved this book

Well written and great performance! I couldn't stop listening to this book. Pure pleasure! I also have the kindle version.

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Great listen.

Great listen, exactly what I wanted to hear. However it's very similar to the 48 Laws.

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  • Jonathan
  • 2016-01-24

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.

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  • El Bruno tal
  • 2017-08-26

A history of seduction, now with 10% more honesty

Is there anything you would change about this book?

Some of the examples given can be perceived as creepy and or primitive (well, because they come also from a more primitive stage of society).
It would have helped to try to ease the reader into these examples so that there isn't an automatic rejection of the interesting information within them.

What did you like best about this story?

I really liked the realistic view of people and seduction that is presented by the book.
I also enjoyed the thoroughness with which each case was presented, with explanation and plenty of examples.

What about Joseph Powers’s performance did you like?

The narration is really nice and engaging, with a hint of complicity that makes you feel a little bit of a naughty boy. It was really entertaining and funny at times.

Was Art of Seduction worth the listening time?

The whole experience was entertaining in and of itself, and somehow challenging to one's concept of reality, especially for people who don't know much about the topic or come to it from a more naive perspective.

Any additional comments?

I think this book has to be taken for what it is, which is an introduction to the reader to what the author considers is the world of seduction.
I wouldn't be so quick to dismiss the content of this book as "outdated" or "not applicable" to today's world as many recent political results have shown, we seem to be more than ever vulnerable to cheap seduction tactics. By ignoring this important part of the human experience, we only make ourselves easier targets.

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  • Michael
  • 2016-10-16

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.

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  • D. Hines
  • 2017-08-03

I've bought several copies.

My copies of this book keep disappearing. It's a great book. I read it again ever couple years and always learn something.
A book which enlightens your thoughts on sales men and con men alike.

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  • Francois
  • 2015-09-13

Probably the most cynical books I've yet read

Would you consider the audio edition of Art of Seduction to be better than the print version?

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.

Would you recommend Art of Seduction to your friends? Why or why not?

Yes... But only if they have a prior interest.

What about Joseph Powers’s performance did you like?

The deep timbre of his lively voice, and the cynical sarcasm by which he reads certain passages.

What did you learn from Art of Seduction that you would use in your daily life?

Hmmm.... ;)

Any additional comments?

The historical fragments were extremely interseting. I learnt a lot about French royal society, Catherine the Great, Cleopatra and several other historical figures.

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  • Mona
  • 2015-12-15

Monotonous

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!!

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  • Mike
  • 2017-07-04

Better than I initially thought.

it took a chapter or two for me to get into it, but once I did, I couldn't put it down. or turn it off. you know what I mean.

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  • kimchirichie
  • 2016-08-29

fucking amazing stories

although i started not thinking i would finish it, the stories in this book are very entertaining.

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  • LaLyn
  • 2016-04-07

good one to hear

i heard it over and over and over again..to understand each and every chapter...loved it...

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2017-09-28

This Book Saved My Life!

I first read this book in 2001 and went from 1 girl every three months or so to 5 per month on average until I finally met my wife. It works!

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