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The Way of Men

Narrated by: Jack Donovan
Length: 4 hrs and 59 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (56 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

What is masculinity? Ask 10 men, and you'll get ten vague, conflicting answers. Unlike any book of its kind, The Way of Men offers a simple, straightforward answer - without getting bogged down in religion, morality, or politics. It's a guide for understanding who men have been and the challenges men face today. The Way of Men captures the silent, stifling rage of men everywhere who find themselves at odds with the overregulated, overcivilized, politically correct modern world. If you've ever closed your eyes and wished for one day as a lion, this book is for you.

©2012 Jack Donovan (P)2015 Jack Donovan

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Poor recording

This is a poor recording, skipping all over the place cutting out words making it frustrating to listen to.
How about you pay a professional reader to read your book. Also pay for a professional recording. it sounds like your recording this on your phone.
I'm not angry at you, just disappointed.

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yes

awesome. recording was a bit skippy. but otherwise a solid book with some extremely thought provoking ideas

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Good with a strange ending

Good setup through 2/3 of the book. The ending I found a bit strange.

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  • Lobby
  • Australia
  • 07-10-2017

Painful!

The most painful book I've ever listened to. Made 56 min by the skin of my teeth. If you want some baseless information on how to be a man this is the book for you. There's no facts in this just the thoughts that are coming to his head while he strokes himself

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Amazing observation on PC culture<br />

At first Jack's narration threw me off a little as he was getting into the rythm of the book but eventually i grew to enjoy it and this book is exceptional!!! i implore anyone who is seeking an explanation and direction in this PC and feminized world of too much red tape and male isolation. I am a fan.

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Awesome

Purely inspiring, everyman should read this book. Reclaim your right to be a man, now.

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  • Avid Reader
  • 19-05-2017

Needs to be re-recorded

Author/Narrator is good, but technical glitches take away from the book.

Content is very interesting.

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  • SlimCognito
  • 10-07-2015

A book I plan on reccomending my sons

Where to start? An amazing book which makes you understand yourself as a man better, and how we fit into this world.

It addresses and answers so many questions a man goes through life asking himself. What does it mean to be a man? What does it mean to be a good man? What does it mean to be good at BEING a man?

Most importantly. This book talks about what sort of lifestyle/society humanity had come from, and the dark direction we are going towards. It does get a bit dark towards the later chapters, but all throughout it is attention grabbing and interesting book.

It talks about topics of survival, masculinity, femininity, strength, courage, mastery, honor, society amongst many.

Chapter 13 was the one that hit home the hardest, look forward to it.

Give it a try, it was really a great book which I plan on letting my sons read. It will help you understand yourself better, what more could you ask for, for a mere 15 bucks?

Only reason for 4/5 Performance is that a small portion of the book, had choppy recorded audio and skipped. But it went away as book progressed. The book is narrated by the author, which conveys the information smoothly.

Some related books one might also read after this: No More Mr Nice Guy By Robert Glover and 48 Laws of Power by Robert Greene.

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  • 30-04-2018

A good primer for more in depth exploration of men and masculinity

As a man that leads hundreds of men in the topics pertinent to men and masculinity, I have some issues with some notions Donovan presents. The balance between brawny and intellectual representation of masculinity is missed and shows a lack of finesse. There are times to be the traditional warrior, times to be the diplomat, and times to be both. Yet, the presentation is geared more toward the warrior who has little skill in being a diplomat and near zero capability toward being both.

I would certainly recommend this book as one of many books for men who are interested in the topic should read in order to expand their understanding of the full spectrum of perceptions and opinions on the matters discussed. But if you are looking for a book that will be a great guide into the world of masculinity and men, this book would be dangerous to base your future thoughts and conversations on. It’s off the mark enough to make you more hazard than help.

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  • Evan Resing
  • 03-10-2018

You should start a gang and rebel against society


Starts out interesting as he outlines the 4 underlying characteristics required of a manly man: strength, courage, mastery of skill and honor.  Unfortunately after laying the groundwork, the book devolves into an angry rant against the "globalists" and "feminists" who have bubble-wrapped our world and removed all outlets for manly expression.  Men are stuck watching porn and playing fantasy football to get their manly rocks off.  While this is certainly worthy of consideration, it's definitely not the only response to society's steady march of progress. The author yearns for the good old days when tribes of men brutally attacked one another for ownership of land, resources and mating rights with women.  The main problem I have with this book is that Donovan fails to make the case that returning men to acting on their tribal, violent and sexual impulses will actually increase their happiness. He argues that manliness has been stripped away by the comfort culture of plenty we have been born into and he insists we need to gang-up and rebel against woman and society and take back what is rightfully ours.  But for what?  So we can live in a patriarchal society dominated by the most brutish and violent among us?  I see the goal of society as reducing suffering.  I can't picture a scenario where violent gangs ruling over the fearful masses can possibly reduce more suffering than our modern "bubble-wrapped" world.
But if this "they stole our manliness" line of thought resonates with you and you want to hear this case made using stories from popular dude movies like Pulp Fiction, The Godfather, Gran Turino, Star Wars and DieHard, then this would be a good book for you.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-12-2017

audio was a little off.

Audio skipped a little. The book was a look into my heart,.Thanks for a voice for "us".

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  • MuseGlance
  • 14-11-2015

Unfortunately, quite understandable

As a female with a nurturing side I rebel at the presentation, but as a philosopher that studies innate natures this was quite enlightening. I thank Donovan for saying it as plainly and intelligently as he did. Good job.

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  • KIXX
  • 02-02-2017

Blow your Brains out!!!!

I was assigned by one of the presidents of the Motorcycle Club that I am prospecting for to read this. I started the book off with a mindset of... let me just get this task done so that I can appease him. After the first two chapters I found myself intrigued, addicted, blown away by the morals and values of what Jack Donovan was preaching.

I'm looking forward to getting started on his next book

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  • Otter
  • 09-07-2016

Eye Opening Introspective Look

Jack has written one of the most eye opening books I have ever read. Chapter 13 especially made me realize how society uses men and seeks to replicate pseudo masculine activities in an effort to placate men to get them to do it's bidding. I look forward to reading another book by Jack Donovan, Becoming A Barbarian, which was not available on Audible at the time this review was written.

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  • Jonathan Rayburn
  • 01-06-2018

Unimpressed

Didn’t get anything out of this book. Although I found the concepts expressed to be true. It is monotonous.

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  • Paxx
  • 30-11-2017

Beginning narration is terrible but worth getting past

Very refreshing point of view and many things to consideras you ponder the reality of man.

Well worth the time and money, not sure it is worth listening to again, but for any man or those that have a man in your lives I think this is well worth the time. Puts a different spin than what we are used to hearing.

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  • Mr Stephen A Daws
  • 15-08-2018

a must read for every man.

A must read for every man. A clear presentation of how society and civilisation has damaged Man's identity and lead to disconnection from our core natures to the detriment of men and women

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  • Anonymous User
  • 20-06-2018

interesting listening

Very good, it has a slow start but then it keeps getting more and more interesting. The audience it is aimed at are clearly men and all men should give this book a try. It really helps to understand what is the essemce of being a man. And Jack has a nice voice, so I overall enjoyed it very much.

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  • Mike
  • 25-03-2018

content good. some performance issues

content good. some performance issues. skipped a bit. not sure if my phone or the recording.

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  • Richard Acquaye
  • 28-12-2017

Words from an father or uncle I wish I had

If you could sum up The Way of Men in three words, what would they be?

Retrospective, reassuring and aspiring.

What did you like best about this story?

I loved the contrast between men of old to men in this day and age. Jack describes man's need for skill mastery and strength in order to attain social standing. He also explains the need for male company, camaraderie and team work.

Any additional comments?

Don't get me wrong, I have my dad and uncles in my life but I haven't felt they've been rolemodels to pull me aside and grant manly wisdom. Though I've sought their guidance, most times i'm given generic anecdotes or no answer at all which leaves the women to raise the most of me.

But I digress... I recommend this book to any boy approaching adulthood or any man deemed as a "nice guy".

My only gripe with this audiobook is when Jack always says "Quote" when referring to a quotation.

In my opinion i'd prefer

"As the saying goes: {quotation}. {author, year}" or "{author} once said, {quotation}"

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  • Edward Corby
  • 28-09-2016

A must read for any man feeling lost

Jack Donovan strips masculinity down to it's raw elements and clearly explains what makes us men. He explains where masculine ideals come from and what they mean in modern society and in a civic sense.

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  • wulfgar
  • 06-10-2015

every man

I wish I had this book when I was 15. I must read for any true man.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 20-01-2017

A great book

A very, very good book and well worth a read, you will learn lots and it will motivate you. However it spends alot of time just telling you to establish a tribe or 'gang' of good mates in alot of different ways. It's good to hear it in the author's own voice and I smashed it out in two days, I also loved chapter 13, it really sent shivers down my spine!

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  • BlackenedNeo
  • 11-03-2019

Thought provoking

Really suitable for men who want to know what makes them men.
I would recommend this to any of my friends.

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  • Danny
  • 04-03-2019

Great book, not so great audio

The book is really good, but unfortunately the audio quality is not. You can still get a lot from the book though!

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  • Michael Hooper
  • 23-01-2019

This book is Brilliant, I highly recommend it

Not every man is going to read this book, but even if 0.1% of Men is Europe were to read to, it would have a continental difference.