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The 48 Laws of Power Audiobook

The 48 Laws of Power

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Amoral, cunning, ruthless, and instructive, this piercing work distills 3,000 years of the history of power into 48 well-explicated laws. This bold volume outlines the laws of power in their unvarnished essence, synthesizing the philosophies of Machiavelli, Sun-tzu, Carl von Clausewitz, and other great thinkers. Some laws teach the need for prudence ("Law 1: Never Outshine the Master") and the virtue of stealth ("Law 3: Conceal Your Intentions"); many demand the total absence of mercy ("Law 15: Crush Your Enemy Totally"). But like it or not, all have applications in real life. Illustrated through the tactics of Queen Elizabeth I, Henry Kissinger, P. T. Barnum, and other famous figures who have wielded, or been victimized by, power, these laws will fascinate any listener interested in gaining, observing, or defending against ultimate control.

Listen to the companion audiobook, The 33 Strategies of War.

©2000 Robert Greene and Joost Elffers; (P)2007 HighBridge Company

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    Amazon Customer 21/08/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "Very deceptive in nature"

    a guide to decieve and manipulate ruthlessly solely for personal gain. if thats your thing.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Andrew M 06/07/2015
    Andrew M 06/07/2015
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    "A great book which I'm sure I will return to again"

    Great book. Eye opening. I'd like to see more modern history examples though. Well written. Excellent concept.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    wade salmond 04/06/2015
    wade salmond 04/06/2015 Member Since 2014
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    "A frightening look into the dark side of life!"

    A frightening look into the dark side of life, made horrifically real by Don Leslie's sociopathic tone! Must be listened to twice because the first few hours are spent recoiling from the Machiavellian sociopathic nature of the content. Very quickly however one identifies as the victim of many a person's use of these laws,and you identify strategies to avoid manipulation and strengthen ones own position (without going to the dark side).

    If however you find a sociopathic person reading this book, be afraid. Very afraid. Employing these laws for evil instead of good, constitutes a sociopaths 'how to guide'!

    Overall though, in the top three business books ever.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ashima 26/10/2016
    Ashima 26/10/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "Love it!"

    Clear n crisp narration. Great examples from history which help understand the various laws of power.

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    Mike 05/10/2016
    Mike 05/10/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "Good book but"

    Not sure that it adds to the learnings that the narrator was briefed to recite everything in character as a medieval ancestor of Doctor Evil

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    Andy Queensland, Australia 20/09/2016
    Andy Queensland, Australia 20/09/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "Not a way forward for me"

    I tried to grab the nuggets in this but overall I just couldn't escape the feeling that this was a way to exploit others and climb over them. There must be better ways that to look at life as a war or dog eat dog.

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    Henry-j 17/09/2016
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    "Unexpected history lesson"

    Enjoyed the content, however I thought this would include more about what makes a powerful person and less about what's happened in the past that might not still be relevant today

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    David 11/06/2016
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    "so manipulative and devious"

    I never want to become the person this guy suggests you should be. Power shouldn't come at the cost of integrity

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    Konar 07/03/2016
    Konar 07/03/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "wonderfully Educational"

    Loved it, many usefull tactics for life and games. Worth a second listen
    Recommended book for youth and adults

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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  • Ricardo
    Texas USA
    19/03/13
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    "Not a how to guide .."

    After the first few laws I wasn't sure what I got myself into .. My first thought was "What kind of person would enjoy listening to this garbage". Then I came back to read the reviews and I found several other people who thought the same thing.

    Either way I found myself listening a little bit more. The more I listened the more I found myself enjoying this audiobook.

    Why do I say this? Because I don't see this as a "how to guide". I see this as two things 1. A history lesson .. If you dont learn from the past you are bound to repeat it.
    2. YES some of these laws are sick and manipulative, but welcome to the real world. There are people that think like this.

    Final thought:
    The 48 Laws of power is a step by step how to guide, you have to listen between the lines and realize that the world is not all puppy dogs and rainbows. This book shows you how the world is and you can learn from the lessons presented.

    69 of 71 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    Honolulu, HI, United States
    11/01/14
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    "Powerful Material but the author has a DarkOutlook"

    I think the content is great. I love the stories and case studies/historical examples that the author uses. The author likes to use words that suggest that in order to be powerful you must use trickery and deception. Perhaps his view of the world has always been of scarcity which is why his view on these topics feels so dark. I believe that by changing a few words but keeping all the same points there is an abundance based way to view and write this content that speaks to ways that we can achieve our aims without manipulation and create our success without feeling the need to walk all over the people around us to get there.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • James
    SEATTLE, WA, United States
    24/03/13
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    "We All Have A Lot More Power Than We Realize!"

    When I first read this book a couple years ago, it was so apropos for were I was in my life as I was going through a career change myself. The book helped me to realize that harboring deep inside of me, was a lot of untapped potential and power that I've yet to utilize. Ever since then, I've made it a point to implement as many of the 48 Laws of Power into my daily life as I possibly can. If nothing else, this book is a great "get off first base and start rounding the bases" book for anyone who feels that their life could use a little bit of a kickstart.

    I thought that the author, Robert Greene, kept the book on track, simple, easy to follow and matter of factual. Anyone who's willing to implement even 5 or 10 (you'll quickly find that The Laws naturally flow into each other and build upon each other) of these Laws of Power into their lives, won't be able to help themselves from making better decisions, and taking more control over their lives. Yet, at the same time, living a very fulfilling existence as we all ought to do.

    I highly recommend this book as a great reference tool for your "toolbox kit of life"!

    21 of 23 people found this review helpful
  • John
    Garland, TX, United States
    25/07/07
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    "Listen at High Speed"

    The production is high quality, but the guy talks soooo sloooowwwlllllyyyy that you can easily listen to it at 5x speed and understand every word.

    As for content, Greene put a LOT of work into this and it really shows. The stories really help lock the laws into your memory.

    But there is a ton of stuff in the book that the audiobook leaves out. The way it is organized, it would be impossible not to.

    My advice? Get the book as well. You can find it online cheap and it has even more stories and insight to share.

    Was the audiobook version worth the money? Yes.

    Was it fun to listen to? Yes.

    Do I recommend it to you? Only if you want to learn about power in all its gory details. If you're squeamish about the underbelly of wielding power, this is not for you.

    54 of 61 people found this review helpful
  • Briana Melissa Ford
    Lewisville, TX
    16/04/13
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    "How to Be a Villain, Narrated by Severus Snape"
    What did you love best about The 48 Laws of Power?

    There were some practical laws, for good & evil doers


    What about Don Leslie’s performance did you like?

    He sounded like he would cue evil laughter at any moment


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    How to Be a Villain


    Any additional comments?

    Pretty good book. Check your motives before reading/listening

    36 of 42 people found this review helpful
  • Elizabeth
    Kenosha, WI, United States
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    "With A Grain of Salt"

    I want world domination. Sure, don't we all?
    Filled with interesting anecdotes, and methods of machiavellian maneuvering, this book is ideal inspiriation for the brooding evil genius or dictator within us. Often contradictory, the contents are still certainly fun.

    The narrator does have a tendency towards slow, deliberate speech for unnecessary emphasis, but it's still listenable. The random musical interludes could have been done away with. Otherwise thoroughly entertaining.

    18 of 21 people found this review helpful
  • G. House Sr.
    Sherborn, MA, United States
    10/05/12
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    "Engaging in a Machiavellian Way"
    Would you listen to The 48 Laws of Power again? Why?

    No. I would just peruse the 48 laws. They are listed and easy to review.


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

    There is a lot to get through if you read this book conventionally. Listening gives you a fighting chance to get through them all.


    If you could give The 48 Laws of Power a new subtitle, what would it be?

    Sparknotes for Machiavelli


    24 of 29 people found this review helpful
  • Collette
    Piscataway, NJ United States
    14/04/15
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    "Restarting it immediately."

    This is a perfect guide for maneuvering yourself and others. Loved it and have recommended to several people already. Perfection

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Moe
    8/02/15
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    "keep an open mind"

    This book offers many great lessons and aspects. The long history behind each law is to help you understand what mostly was another man mistake or success which I found very helpful in order to be able to relate and also it helps to make the law more memorable. I have seen many bad reviews concerning evilness of this book which I can understand where it might be true depending on your perspective. In my understanding it is not evil by any mean nor is it telling to practice each and every law. some of the "evil" are there to help you protect your self and if need for any of them to be used or practiced they are not meant for a coworker or your next door neighbor they are for bigger enemies which will try to defeat you in the bigger picture if happen to become a man of great success.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Nathan
    OAKLAND, CA, United States
    15/05/13
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    "Whatever....."
    What three words best describe Don Leslie’s performance?

    Condescending. Slow. Ummm....did I mention Condescending?


    Any additional comments?

    This book was entertaining in the way it was several historical vignettes, however I'm dubious of the accuracy of some facts. The lessons would contradict each other frequently. And if you follow these lessons, you will have no friends because you'd be a complete dick.

    11 of 13 people found this review helpful
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  • GenKan
    21/05/14
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    "Learn to deal with, not become a tyrant"
    If you could sum up The 48 Laws of Power in three words, what would they be?

    A guide how to see signs of people using, abusing, playing games and controlling you. Or if used it can make you a very powerful and manipulative person who most would view as evil.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Christopher Columbus, some one who took the power by just aiming for the stars and got away with the moon. If proof was ever needed that with confidence and knowing what to ask for and how, will make you appear much more powerful then you actually are.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    It would become a sketch movie that would jump from century to century


    Any additional comments?

    If you want to become a powerful monster, its a step by step guide

    If you want to learn how to deal with the monsters, its a step by step guide as well. Bottom line is that people will use the techniques used in this book against you, subconsciously or knowingly and regardless it helps knowing and seeing the signs that some one is playing you.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Omotola Alade
    15/06/16
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    "very good"

    full of contraditctions from one law to the other. but such is the mystery of power. they dont teach things like this in school. must read

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ismail
    6/10/15
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    "Powerful book. Complicated to follow"

    Its a great book. Powerful concepts. Examples can be very complicated to follow at times.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • harry burry
    23/07/15
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    "Incredible insight into the world of Ego/Greed!"

    If you want cut throat, selfish and egotistical brain massaging, this the book for you.

    This book takes as its premise that all people act purely to out of self interest and encourages the use of power play behaviours to take advantage of the weak, infirm and/or genuinely nice. According to this thinking altruism is a lie or at best an illusion.

    This book is truly poisonous in the wrong hands.

    I have read Robert Greene's 'Masters' and enjoyed his ability to entwine self-help sage advice with real life stories. Always aware that often this sort of advice is pre-desired by the reader rather than being some innate truth.
    The book covers have always been a big draw as the graphic is so strong and simple but completely on message. This is why my curiosity was drawn to Power. I was truly shocked by the content. On the other hand the book is well written and enthrallingly narrated.

    If you do buy this book, please remember with great power comes great 'responsibility' ; possibly a good title for Greene's follow up novel?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • D. Levy
    Manchester, England
    18/05/15
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    "A good listen"

    A good listen. Some of the stories are a bit hard to follow. Also the chapters don't have titles, what's that about? Overall a good book. Each law could probably be books in themselves. Of course at the end you're reminded of the paradox that you should forget what rules you've learned and adapt to the situation at hand.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Reneil Millington
    14/04/15
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    "Very good"

    it starts off a bit boring but improve to be quite good

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • a.nelson
    25/03/15
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    "one of my favourite books."

    absolutely brilliant. an intriguing read or listen. just for the short stories a must. for the wisdom a definite must.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Harem
    9/01/15
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    "Evil Genius!"

    One of the best books i have read in the past decade -- more educational than a pair of uneducated parents. Robert Greene, you are one evil genius. Having read it twice I can simply say this is a guidebook to politicians as Bible / Quran are to Christians / Muslims. Keep up the good work. I look forward to your next book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Anna
    Newmarket, United Kingdom
    10/02/14
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    "Evil, manipulative and purely wrong."
    If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

    As with all books - I went with my gut instinct here and returned this audiobook.

    I managed to listen to the preface and Law 1 only and had to turn it off. Half way through the preface I had a growing feeling in my gut that what I was listening to was WRONG. It was wrong on many levels, manipulative and bad for me to the point my stomach turned and I felt physically sick. I always trust my gut on this - this way of thinking about the world, other people and everything (you need to sneak your way to the top, disguise your intentions, lie, deceive, hide your emotions, conspire and "play the game") isn't good for you.

    I will go with truth, transparency, owning up to mistakes and emotional intelligence instead - and you will be much better off. Why not listen to the "Anatomy of peace" instead...


    Has The 48 Laws of Power put you off other books in this genre?

    Yes


    Would you be willing to try another one of Don Leslie’s performances?

    Maybe


    What character would you cut from The 48 Laws of Power?

    Are there any characters in that book?


    7 of 26 people found this review helpful

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