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  • An Indispensible Primer on the Ultimate Form of Power
  • Written by: Robert Greene
  • Narrated by: Joseph Powers
  • Length: 22 hrs and 51 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (104 ratings)

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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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Very Insightful

Sometimes insight this raw can be a dangerous weapon if it lands in wrong peoples hand.
Just like every book of Robert Greene, this one is also well researched and gives guidelines to alternative psychology.

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it's a long book for half seduction

here examples become stories , examples should have been for instructional purposes but these are full stories onto themselves

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This book is a Life saver

It really teaches you good stuff.. makes you avoid blunders..
If mix of principles applied properly, can really prove beneficial.

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Good Book with Great Narration!!!

The book is like a history lesson on seducers projected in an interesting light. The narrator is extremely well versed with the language and keeps it entertaining.

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Amazing read

loved it! very insightful read. the short stories really drive the authors point home. recommended.

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Quite unrealistic

Too much informative but it doesn’t make sense for all or in different situations or different cultures.
Examples are so dramatic,kind of narrative but they are from different era.
This book could have been better if it has written in a short.

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insights on seduction

a great book for the one looking for an amoral stand on seduction as a process to lure in your audience for the jitters and magic of power over someone else.

a little time consuming but worthy of your attention.

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  • 27-06-19

New perspective on Emotions

great read on human emotions. a little long, as are the other books by the author.

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  • Matthew Sullivan
  • 07-07-19

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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  • Jonathan
  • 24-01-16

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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  • Ray Raasch
  • 17-01-21

Food for Thought

I got this book because I've noticed a few of the men that I've dated running a stupid game and I was curious where in the world they had gotten the idea that such behavior would help them to achieve their desired outcome.

I have never had any trouble getting dates, but I have been curious about the mechanics of attraction. What is it that makes people attracted to one person and not another? This book offered some thought-provoking answers to that question.

As far as this book's usefulness as a "how to" guide, it scored pretty low for me. This author isn't citing studies or statistics. He's mostly using characters in works of fiction written by men in centuries past to illustrate his point. It doesn't take a genius to see that the author is using the very strategies of seduction described in this book to seduce the reader into thinking that it's good.

Finally, it should be noted by every reader that some of these suggestions are truly rapey. Anything more than the lightest touch could actually get you criminal charges. Be careful, and perhaps consider whether you actually need to get laid That badly.

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  • Michael
  • 16-10-16

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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  • Mona
  • 15-12-15

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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  • El Bruno tal
  • 26-08-17

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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  • D. Hines
  • 03-08-17

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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  • Katerina
  • 02-10-16

Stunningly awful handbook for the would be stalker

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

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...

What do you think your next listen will be?

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.

What does Joseph Powers bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

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."

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

The reader was good. I would gladly listen to another book ready by him. A good book, though.

Any additional comments?

I cannot understand how this book got so many good reviews. It makes me fear for humanity.

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  • Jon
  • 24-08-15

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.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 23-03-20

Life is easier now

I’ve noticed after reading this book I have had the ability to seduce anyone in a sexual/non sexual way. My dating/work/social life has improved. If I wasn’t atheist I would think I sold my soul for this kind of power. Great read.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 16-10-19

a psychopaths guide to human relationships

I can't deny my fascination with the book. However, it is hard to draw the line between cold pragmatism, and downright calculating psychopath behaviour. Thus, listening to this gave me cold shivers down my spine.
I kind of wonder how Greene gets these insider thoughts of his many characters.( He mentions journals, and that makes sense ofc)
He makes it sound like he was the best friend of Lord Byron, Napoleon, as well as some fictional characters, who confided the details of their live lives in him.

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  • Adrian J. Smith
  • 16-04-20

A Bible of all non-coercive persuasion

The Art of Seduction may also be termed the art of persuasion. Either way, it follows a similar tract to Greene’s other works, however, this is a Bible of all forms of non-coercive persuasion. In many ways, very similar to both the 48 Laws of Power and The Laws of Human Nature, however, this uses several examples of Cassanova, Don Juan, Rakes and other seducers, along with modern examples of political persuasion.
While the title may hint at sensual seduction, the book essentially concerns all forms of seduction and persuasion. Greene has many themes he likes to return to, and often revisits Cassanova, Dangerous Liaisons, along with other favourites of his including John F Kennedy, a recurrent theme throughout his work.
The book is informative and thought provoking, the only criticism is that the examples used to illustrate the laws could perhaps be shorter, as one gets lost in the details before getting to the punchline.
Overall a decent work, though very similar to Greene’s other works, but nonetheless plenty of food for thought. The book deserves a decent ranking due to the variety of examples and depth of analysis, regardless of however much unnecessary elaboration is given.
The narration by Joseph Powers keeps a decent pace and one does not find themselves getting bored or lost among the narration.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-03-17

very good

I would recommend this to anyone. A real insight into the subtle complexities of human attraction

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  • Nathan
  • 17-07-18

let's be honest here...

Okay people this book is about personal seductions. Others allude to its political value and so does Greene every now and then, but nowhere in the book do I recall it in context. Is it a bit... strange (for want of a better word)... to read a book about seducing people? Perhaps. But that's just an opinion anyways and what I'd call a jealous one. Greene as always provides plenty of advice, examples and guidelines (much to much to chew all at once of course) that make the read entertaining. I can't say I've put much of the book to use yet, but... there is a fun and exciting element to the idea, to whatever extent you plan to follow it through, that may just be enough to spice up life when it starts to drag.

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  • ricardo
  • 12-01-17

A must read for anyone interested in influence

It talks about learning how to fulfill the needs of others and yourself. Looking in depth into various archetypes. We can all fit into 1 or more of them, whether your consciously aware of it or not. This book uses historical examples and makes reading somewhat poetic and engaging. The book is seductive it it's self as Greene uses examples the evoke the imagination. Simply put this book shows many ways of seducing a person or even a group of people through whatever it is that they feel they may be missing. The role of the seducer encaptures and leads their target through a rage of emotions and human needs.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 22-12-17

Awesome book

Absolutely incredible book, Amazing narrative too. Read it thrice now and it's definitely a must read.

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  • P
  • 31-07-19

Really good and helpful, but it could be a little bit shorter.

I found the book really good, informative and helpful, however, it could be a little bit shorter.

The author spends a very long time (roughly half the book) explaining the personalities of the different types of seducers - it almost made me consider abandoning the book. This can definitely be shorter.

Apart from that it was pretty good, thanks!


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  • sophie
  • 22-11-18

The must Read !!!


This book is like the seduction bible, must reqd for everyone not just love

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  • stefan
  • 08-06-17

Brilliant insite - best I have read on the subject

excellent at explaining and analysing how different people attract each other and why it works or fails. Is probably the most insitful book on the subject I've read. includes grate examples across history to give legitimacy to the book.

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  • Terence Alan Browning
  • 08-02-17

A must for any serious politician

This is applied psychology as seen from The Dark Side. If you want to understand how charisma works, or why anyone would ever *ever* vote for Trump, then read or listen to this.

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  • Laura
  • 29-01-17

Not a book on healthy relationships!

I think this is a good book so you can see when other people are using these tactics but the words "seduction" and "emotional manipulation" mean the same thing in this book. You'd have to be a sociopath to follow all of Greene's advice.

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  • javin
  • 31-10-16

Great!

Well worth the money n the duration. sad that it's also available on YouTube for free

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  • Anonymous User
  • 22-08-19

Outstanding

You know why you're here looking at the reviews.

Go on, be more than before.

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  • Sobin
  • 02-06-19

Another one of my favourites

The book looks into the different ways of seduction (not just SEX) and its use in countless endeavours,
Wanna know how PM Modi won people's vote? U will understand once u read the book. How his PR team worked towards making his Brand.
This book is useful if ur running for election, running a business / startup and ofcoz SEX too😋

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  • Client d'Amazon
  • 20-09-18

Fantastic book, beautifully written and delivered.

I was interested in this book from a general perspective and for that purpose it has overdelivered.
I am a story teller and an artist and I feel very educated in better selling my vision and casting an alluring air to my potential audience.

Incredibly informative and factual but also very enjoyable and colourful.

A must read for anyone wanting to learn the keys of seduction, for understanding the desires of people and of the individual reading it.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 16-06-20

So pragmatic and powerful.

A distillation of some great works. The author is clear, linear and well founded.

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  • Andrew Ko
  • 16-06-18

Very educational

Not only is this book about tips on seduction and influence, it is also educational about history and literature.

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  • Rick
  • 18-03-21

pfft

this book taught me to fall sleep in the middle of the day at least 5 times while I tried to get to the end of it. It's the worst book in my library.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-03-21

A staple for information seeking readers

A classic Robert Greene book: information rooted in history and the lessons that it teaches us.

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  • james pick
  • 01-03-21

It’s too long...

Interesting but needs a good edit or perhaps an abridged version ok ok ok ok.

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