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The Laws of Human Nature

Narrated by: Paul Michael
Length: 28 hrs and 26 mins
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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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  • Ed
  • Melbourne, Australia
  • 10-11-2018

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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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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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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genius

this guy is a genius. the way he teaches lessons followed by historical examples makes it very easy to absorb

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Very interesting, insightful and entertaining.

Great book. Smooth well done narration and so interesting with it's relevant story's to prove points and showcase human nature in action. Going to have to listen a few more times and put it to practice. Would definitely recommend.

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Most personally influential book I've ever read.

A brilliant, must read book. Greene should be a household name up there with Jung and Freud.

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Captivating!

It’s so entertaining and fascinating that I was transfixed for over 28 hours!
I understand so much about people all of a sudden, it’s like I can see straight into their souls and read their every thought.
Also, I suffer with extreme ADHD and therefore have a busy, wandering mind.
....A moment of boredom and my brain is gone!
To keep my focus like that is pure Genius!😁

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 26-12-2018

Lots of knowledge, but too much to grasp

this book is filled with so much information and knowledge, that I felt a bit lost and overwhelmed by it.

a workbook or a more structured summary would be a great advantage. some practical guidance for implementing these ideas into daily life would also be appreciated.

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  • Vashist Reddy
  • 07-06-2019

Simply profound!

I am astounded by the profoundness of this book. Robert Green has gone deep and deep and deep into the rabbit hole of human nature to unearth this gem. There is so much to learn and to understand on our own realities as human beings. I cannot help but be in awe with the level of consciousness the author must have reached to write so extensively on this matter. His research and stories are so enriching. The style of the book is also unique, you see the stories, you look at the interpretations and then you are given the keys of human nature in relation to that specific chapter you have just covered. When I reached the chapter on our mortality, it was simply the best way to wrap up this wonderful piece of art. From the depth of my heart, I say thank you to Master Robert Green. You Sir, has for sure contributed to raise my vibration and consciousness and spurred forward my own evolution further. Be blessed!

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  • amogha
  • 05-06-2019

I love Robert greene.. But this book was not

After chapter one.. I am confused.. Its a brilliant book but cannot understand what he wants me to learn

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  • Angela Shearer
  • 19-05-2019

Brilliant guide to surviving humans

I've read all of Robert's books. He amazes and inspires me. I've learned so much from. These books have changed my life and my approach to it. Thus is pure treasure.

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  • Rob Vith
  • 07-05-2019

Hidden Gems

This book has a lot of hidden gems inside. It requires patience and attention to really engage.

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  • Rodney van Royden
  • 29-04-2019

worth listening to but lack of supporting evidence

worth listening to but lack of supporting evidence presented.

A good reminder of one cynical interpretation of human nature

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  • Mishal Alexander
  • 28-03-2019

Beautiful book. Peaceful narration. Must read.

This book dethroned 48 Laws of power as my favourite. There's a lot of immediate take aways. The narration was at the right pace. Overall well done. Recommended.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-03-2019

As good as it gets

Great book on the nature of human nature, discussing the topics of history, psychology, philosophy and biology. The manner of the story telling preceding the explaination of the principles of behaviour is art in its own right.

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  • leila
  • 05-03-2019

A must read/listen by all humanity...

Take from it what works for you. So much of great advice. Deep and well researched yet easy to digest and implement in day to day life.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 14-02-2019

Very good insights and examinations

A great examination on the human condition, what drives us knowingly or otherwise, and the extent of how much is within our control.

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  • david joel rodrigues ferreira
  • 08-11-2018

Amazing as always

It truly gives us an understanding of what it means to be human. Thanks again Robert and all the best with your recovery

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  • henoc mimbo
  • 12-11-2018

God bless Robert Greene, this is exceptional

This Book is perhaps his best, it consolidates all his previous ideas to great this master piece

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  • Melody
  • 27-12-2018

Really interesting read

I really enjoyed it. Makes you start to profile everyone you come into contact with though.

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  • Chuks Emenike
  • 12-12-2018

Self Awareness

I found this book quite interesting. While listening through it I was able to identify blind spots that I need to work on.. though a great book but I feel it had a bit of a depressing tone as it brought back memories of past scares I thought I had forgotten. I will recommend this book to everyone and will definitely listen again in the near future.

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  • Sam Smith
  • 13-11-2018

Robert Greene's magnum opus

If you are a human and you've ever had a thought or feeling buy this book.

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  • Kenya
  • 31-10-2018

Brilliant.

Essential reading for everyone. Extremely well written and thought provoking. I simply love this book and I'm sure to re-read it. Having also read "48 Laws of Power" and "The 50th Law", I highly recommend Robert Greene's style of writing.

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  • Benjamin B.
  • 15-06-2019

Fabulous insights

Some of the historical demonstrations are a bit long/boring but the applications are spot on.

A must listen for anyone interested in behaviourism.

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  • Tomek
  • 14-06-2019

Absolutely great book !

Lots of examples from historical figures with detailed explanation of process behind their actions. Very insightful.

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  • Zak
  • 11-06-2019

Heavy listen but well worth it

The book overall is brilliant, very well executed narration wise as well.
I dont think of this book as something that should be listened to constantly however as there is so much information, so much good information that can be missed by trying to take it all in.

I would recommend this to anyone who wants to know a lot more about why people do the things they do and the causes behind them.

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  • pouria
  • 08-06-2019

Robert the real deal Green

Eye opening book. Gets you in touch with reality of the world we live in.