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Art of Seduction

An Indispensible Primer on the Ultimate Form of Power
Lu par : Joseph Powers
Durée : 22 h et 51 min
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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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Excellent book

The elements of History in this book makes it very captivating. Really nice book, we learn a lot in it.

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Confus

J'ai n'ai pas accroché autant que les autres livres de Robert Greene. Celui-ci est difficile à écouter, vague et on s'en distrait vite

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  • Jonathan
  • 24/01/2016

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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  • Matthew Sullivan
  • 07/07/2019

Incomplete Picture - Take with a grain of salt

There's certainly value to be had here - analyzing different personality types and identifying if someone is trying to manipulate you.

A recurring theme of the book, however, seems to be that you put on an act and make sure they never figure out that you're manipulative and insincere. If you're interested in more win-win people skills books without the risk of being discovered as manipulative (because the praise is both sincere and strategic), I would recommend How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie and also How to Have Confidence and Power in Dealing With People by Les Giblin (both available as great books on Audible). Though dated, the principles remain true.

Another issue I have is he states that certain qualities must "appear" to be such and such, or that certain qualities simply cannot be faked, without instruction on how to sincerely develop these qualities. When you sincerely develop qualities there is no risk of being "discovered" because you genuinely have them. A great book on this is Psycho Cybernetics by Maxwell Maltz (though the audiobook is a bit lackluster - I would recommend getting the book itself).

Opinions on manipulation aside, there are many examples in the book which point to works of fiction as evidence rather than real world application. Other parts give extreme examples of famous figures and celebrities possessing these qualities. Examples of modern day application for the average person seem to be virtually nonexistent, and the whole thing comes off as someone who studies something more than they practice it (for example, learning from someone who writes about professional basketball as opposed to learning from a LeBron James).

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  • D. Hines
  • 03/08/2017

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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  • Michael
  • 16/10/2016

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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  • El Bruno tal
  • 26/08/2017

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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  • McHughes Anokwuru
  • 27/07/2017

Worth every penny

Inspiring and factual reference for real life execution. Requires practice to develop into the desired seducer but the material is complete for you to work with.

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  • LaLyn
  • 07/04/2016

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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  • Mona
  • 15/12/2015

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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  • Divine Depaz A. Dennis
  • 07/11/2017

Realization of who each of us are.

It opened up my mind to a reality that labels who we are based on our actions and the result of what it is we do in anything we do there is a cause and effect regardless if intended or not. Wow.

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  • J
  • 16/10/2019

mindblowing

This book is one hell of a rollercoaster ride. It gets very dark and uncomfortable to listen to at times but you won't find a more comprehensive book about all the different forms that seduction and influence can come in. A masterpiece for sure. Might be a minute before I return because of the discomfort I felt while listening, but everything within it is good to know, for your benefit and protection.

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  • Utilisateur anonyme
  • 24/05/2019

Amerikanisierte Archetypen-Analyse

Das Buch leiert wiederholt sehr Oberflächliche und einseitige Gedanken über Liebe und Verführung herunter. Es werden zwar einige Literarische und Historischr Beispiele genannt, durch die obsessive Verwendung von Superlativen (it's the ULTIMATE... gives you ABSOLUTE...) und ein übermässig dichotomes Weltbild ohne jegliche Graustufen stumpft der Inhalt schnell ab.

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  • Dejan
  • 11/08/2019

This is not an audiobook, but a manifesto!

This is quite what i expected from the author. But still he surprises me a lot. With this knowledge you can transform your life into a whole library of novells about Romance and political influence.