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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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So much to learn and apply from this book .

I've just started to listen to this book again as soon as finished. so much good content .

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I’ve read 200 books... this is #1

Most widely encompassing book I’ve ever read. Packed full of wisdom to be applied to all aspects of life. Great starting point to truly understanding humans and to improve our future

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is good

if younthink you'll like this book most definitely will. paul michael is also very good

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Extraordinary Book!

This will be a book people will talk about decades from now. So much depth and insight into our human nature.

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Truly Outstanding

Every time l listened to this book my inner peace and an unexpected joy rose deep from within me and l can hardly wait to listen to it again!
Every human being on the planet would be blessed by this book!

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Definitely held my attention, hit rewind alot!

Geat narration. Re-inforced my own intuition when meeting manipulative, predator type, or transparent human beings. Reminded me that not everyone is nice naturally nor sincerely. Great timed read (listen) for me!
Got a little put off due to its biased historic timeline & " facts" but take those bits out & it's good for a reader who never realised such blatant & often disturbing intricacies of human nature exist.
Next I choose a happy book...but I say this one's worth your time.

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A Grade

Robert is doing God's work delivering this kind of content. The pinnacle of his work. The cherry, on the icing, on top of the cake.. ;)

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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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  • 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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  • Wence
  • 05-02-2019

Heavy reading - yet a wonderful book.

The law of Human Nature is basically, the first book I have finished to read & listen in my entire lifetime.

I must say that I'm amazed by a ton of valuable information that Robert has put into this book. It contains so much insight on the good and bad aspects of being human and definitely altered how I view myself and others as a human being.

Although it was a heavy reading, but it is definitely worth to read.
Next!

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  • Mr. Wayne Ramsay
  • 29-01-2019

Great reference book

A useful aid to navigating the complexities of life and self. I felt compelled to share and gifted to friends and family

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-12-2018

Excellent book- Another Masterpiece

A great book. Beautiful way to understand ourselves as humans... am reading it again and again.

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  • Ahmed
  • 01-12-2018

An all-in encounter of human nature

Awesome encounter of the human nature, different personalities and everything we try incessantly to cover behind our social masks

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  • Kardell
  • 11-11-2018

Robert Greene does it again.

I have been looking forward to this book since Mastery Social Intelligence chapter and this book doesn't disappoint.

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  • Rafael
  • 08-11-2018

Robert Greene the best writer ever!!!

This is the book to read if you want to understand people better!
Written by a Master, Robert Greene does it again!

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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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  • Naz
  • 17-02-2019

can be useful

I have just finished this very interesting audiobook. Indeed full of tips and deep analyses of the diverse human personalities and feelings out there. The analyses support the common perceptions about human nature out there but with elegance and clarity that would give you a deeper understanding by the end. However my problem is I couldn't help but notice again and again the extremely cynical tone of the audiobook: basically essentially everyone is out there to get you. I'm not questioning this and not interested in that as it is very subjective. In fact the audiobook is an exercise in subjectivity of the author. Although I would say I learnt much from the little stories about the various historical figures! I would recommend this with a condition, selectively pick the tips of the book. And remember mindfulness and compassion are a better approach to connecting with people (to be fair he says presence is important)! And for goodness' sake don't manipulate people as the author recommends at points!!! Yes true story!🤨

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  • frosty-g
  • 04-01-2019

Rambling

I found this book to a rambling collection of examples of different stories that don’t really seem to add up to anything particular. I listened to most of it and then couldn’t bring myself to continue, which is rare for me - and I have got his other books.

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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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  • Juri
  • 18-03-2019

Awesome book

i really like the book..the story is very rewarding. The author could have done it a bit shorter as in some cases the story does not require a 15minute explanation. Otherwise a wonderful book to listen to! Enjoy!

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  • Mr R D Finnen
  • 14-03-2019

Psychology combined with history

Very good... Sometimes too long spent on explanation but overall very good. Interesting biographical interpretations of psychological themes