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
"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.
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!!
"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.
"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.
"You must be pretty naive to buy this pseudoscience"
Got it after reading Greene's other books which are much better. This is rubbish!
First the source material is mostly French and rehashed again and again being portrayed as a different aspect but really in the end its the same thing. Greene attempts to classify his subjects but ultimately his hierarchical classification falls apart and he blends everything together. He sells the book as a serious application of the art of seduction but in the end it's a tenuous list of anecdotes and stories that don't really illustrate the case well. It reads like a collection of short stories that borders on plagiarism except for the attempt at making a case for the model of seduction he claims is operating. It was a total waste of my time.
Get it if you have spare credits and want to say 'you've read everything by him' and then try to forget the stupidity.
"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!
"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.
"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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