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  • By: Robert Greene
  • Narrated by: Paul Michael
  • Length: 28 hrs and 26 mins
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By: Robert Greene
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Robert Greene is a master guide for millions, distilling ancient wisdom and philosophy into essential texts for seekers of power, understanding and mastery. Now he turns to the most important subject of all - understanding people's drives and motivations, even when they are unconscious of them themselves.

We are social animals. Our very lives depend on our relationships with people. Knowing why people do what they do is the most important tool we can possess, without which our other talents can only take us so far. Drawing from the ideas and examples of Pericles, Queen Elizabeth I, Martin Luther King Jr, and many others, Greene teaches us how to detach ourselves from our own emotions and master self control, how to develop the empathy that leads to insight, how to look behind people's masks, and how to resist conformity to develop your singular sense of purpose. 

Whether at work, in relationships, or in shaping the world around you, The Laws of Human Nature offers brilliant tactics for success, self-improvement, and self-defence.

©2018 Robert Greene (P)2018 Penguin Audio

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highly recommended. Greene's best work so far

this book builds on Greene's previous ideas and beliefs and combines them to reveal his philosophy on how to live. his analysis on some well known and some lesser known literary and cultural figures was incredible

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Absolutely phenomenal

Robert Greene has managed to articulate the most interesting and thought provoking aspects of life into a single book. The narration is outstanding and the content is an absolute MUST for anyone who wants to understand human beings on a deeper level. I can not recommend this book highly enough.

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A classic !

This is a spot-on, honoust observation of human nature, one of the most insightful books on this topic I encountered to date. The author has a remarkable ability to see through learned behaviour into the motives driven by human nature. Based on the same principles as his previous book, The 48 Laws of Power, but applied wider, this book discusses human nature in a straightforward manner, illustrated by fascinating biographies, and then coaches readers how to respond to those human behaviour in others and oneself, and apply aspects of our nature positively, rather than destructively. This book helped me more than any other selfimprovement book. I listened to this book 3 times, and bought it in hard copy for future reference.
The narrator is one of the best I have ever listened to.

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Massive book

Feels like listening to a thesis in its enormity and essay like structure. I found it lacked personality. However, that said it's commentary is thoughtful and profound. Good listen but unsure of whether it's worth giving 28 hours to.

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Should be in every school!

How this man managed to condense so many psychological theories into a simple narrative is beyond me. The books' structure starts each chapter with a 'story' and then deconstructs whatever the chapter is titled - greed, dishonesty, ego etc. I have listened to this book over and over again and always manage to learn/find something new. It's a novel, a guide, and a study. Now I listen to the book and also read my hard copy in unison, writing notes on the pages. It's fascinatingly obvious what Robert writes but you don't actually realise this until you read his theories, A truly magnificent book!

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If I was an alien with one book to choose...

...on understanding humans, perhaps faced with the task of becoming one myself, this is the one I'd choose.

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Outstanding!

Robert Greene has a way of explaining extremely complex topics in the simplest way. His style of writing grows neurons as you read, or better yet listen. Words that inspire, you feel immersed in the story, and as a result your smarter for it too. Robert Greene pulls together stories from history, to help explain the facts of the present, as we all know history repeats. The Laws of Human Nature is a must read or listen. I purchased the audio book and, was that impressed, I purchased the physical book too.

You don't have to read this cover to cover to understand the concepts, you can actually pick a chapter and just read what's relevant to your current situation. The book covers human nature from several different angles. Helping you to realise yourself better, interpret others better, empower you to 'take on toxic types', human motivations, and will give you the power to alter negative patterns.

I highly recommend this book to anyone looking to make sense of humans on a deeper level. As Robert Greene conceptualises, "You're about to become a student of human nature".

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Worst narration I've ever heard

Giving 5 for overall and story because quite honestly I don't think I can make it through the first chapter, let alone 28 hours of this audiobook without putting a gun in my mouth.

I've never done a review before but I felt compelled to warn people just how bad the narration is here. It is a shame given how many 5 star reviews there are for this book. Really hope they redo this with someone who isn't so robotic and monotone.

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Immensely engaging

Incredibly well written, into deep understanding of human traits, emotions and characteristics. The historical accounts that elaborate on each is excellent and so immersive. Such attention to detail provides so much colour
This is my top book and I cannot recommend this book enough to my friends
While it was vey long, I was upset I finally finished this gripping learning experience. Easily the most notes I have taken on any book

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a must read/listen

audiobook is great quality. book is insightful. a must read/listen, takes your introspection to the next level

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