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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: HarperAudio; Abridged edition (26 Jan. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061995320
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061995323
  • Product Dimensions: 13.4 x 4 x 14.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (131 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 816,341 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon Review

Is it for real? Is The Game by Neill Strauss an assiduously detailed, highly entertaining exposé of a fascinating secret society -- the international community of pickup artists who have refined their talents for getting women into bed to the nth degree? Or is it an extremely funny hoax? Early drafts of the book had people wondering, and men in particular speculated if the book would deliver some valuable ‘how to’ tips as an aid to entering a sexual wonderland. In fact, it doesn't really matter whether you take the basic premise seriously or not: Strauss’ wonderfully diverting book delivers great entertainment whatever your point of view.

According to Strauss, the clandestine society of men he describes here take wagers in clubs and bars throughout the Western world over just who can chalk up the most Casanova-like quantities of pickups and seductions. But this isn't merely for the thrill of an army of sexual conquests -- all of this is coded and organised according to an almost military-style ritual, with an elaborate series of rules and regulations that the participants rigorously follow. Strauss went undercover in this glamorous world, and learned the secrets of these top-drawer seducers. But, for him, there was a useful corollary affect: Strauss found himself transformed from a nerdish, unconfident journalist into a silver-tongued Lothario, quite the equal of many of the ladykilling males he had been enjoying the company of. For him, the ultimate accolade was being noted The World's Number One Pickup Artist -- and then he made the mistake of setting his sights on a woman who could give every bit as good as she got.

The world of excess presented here is not one most of us move in, but (if the truth were told) it has its irresistible attractions. Strauss wheels in such celebrities as Tom Cruise and Courtney Love, and this unblushing peek into a secret world where sex and seduction are treated with cool scientific detachment is mesmerisingly readable. --Barry Forshaw --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

Review

"Touching and witty, four stars." -- Time Out New York

"The book everyone's talking about." -- GQ

"Compulsive reading." -- Irish Times

"Entertaining." -- Newsweek

"Strauss is a superstar.a stunningly explicit book." -- The Times (London)

"an engaging and hilarious read...empowering." -- Pop Matters

"The funniest book I have read all year." -- Tony Parsons

"The single guy's bible." -- The Daily Express

The book everyone s talking about. --GQ

The single guy s bible. --The Daily Express

Compulsive reading. --Irish Times

Entertaining. --Newsweek

"an engaging and hilarious read...empowering."--Pop Matters

"Compulsive reading."--Irish Times

"Entertaining."--Newsweek

"The book everyone's talking about."--GQ

"Neil Strauss has it all figured out. When it comes to the mating dance, Strauss knows how to lead."--Chicago Sun-Times

"Touching and witty, four stars."--Time Out New York

"Strauss is a superstar...a stunningly explicit book."--The Times (London)

"Strauss is either a sex god or the anti-Christ, depending on your perspective."--The Daily Express

"The funniest book I have read all year."--Tony Parsons

"To call it a book would be an understatement. I prefer to think of it as the Bible."--The Sunday Mercury

"Probably the most important self-help book you'll ever read."--Sunday Sport

"The single guy's bible."--The Daily Express

"a fascinating window into a world that Strauss has brought up from the underground. It's impossible to put down."--Calgary Herald

"The first time the alphabet of male seduction has been painstakingly translated and written down."--The Observer

Strauss is either a sex god or the anti-Christ, depending on your perspective. --The Daily Express"

The funniest book I have read all year. --Tony Parsons"

Neil Strauss has it all figured out. When it comes to the mating dance, Strauss knows how to lead. --Chicago Sun-Times"

Strauss is a superstar a stunningly explicit book. --The Times (London)"

The book everyone s talking about. --GQ"

Touching and witty, four stars. --Time Out New York"

Probably the most important self-help book you ll ever read. --Sunday Sport"

The first time the alphabet of male seduction has been painstakingly translated and written down. --The Observer"

The single guy s bible. --The Daily Express"

a fascinating window into a world that Strauss has brought up from the underground. It s impossible to put down. --Calgary Herald"

Compulsive reading. --Irish Times"

To call it a book would be an understatement. I prefer to think of it as the Bible. --The Sunday Mercury"

an engaging and hilarious read...empowering. --Pop Matters"

Entertaining. --Newsweek" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Format: Hardcover
This book suggests that there is a hidden power to be learnt to pick up women via magic tricks and NLP and claims that the author's friends were the best seduction pick up artists in the world. Its all rather sad and I'm genuinely sorry to say - typically, and rather arrogantly, 'American'. Its Vulgar. But Vulgar is good. Its certainly not dreary.
NLP may help create a more positive mind set and magic tricks may fascinate but there is nothing here that the average 20 year old hasn't already worked out for themselves via chance or observation.
Neil's amazing pick up routines in Vegas and Hollywood could equally be seen in effect in just about any Surrey village pub on a Saturday night - but somehow or other, he tells the story as if this was something unique to him and his friends. Something that they had discovered. There's no acknowledgement that this has been going on since sex began!
The concept of the 'Neg' is stuff you discover when you are 13 going on 14 in the school playground. It's telling that this is something 'new' to people in Hollywood in their 30's. Frankly I was suprised this was presented as being such a new concept and revelation.
The book is written in an easy to read comfortable style and has some memorable sentances i.e. "The first time I saw her she was having a SH*T." Which make your jaw drop, but by and large this work is a little depressing - linking the process of picking up women directly to commerce and bypassing romance and affection altogether.
To be fair, I think that was the author's point.
This is not a handbook for how to do it - its a warning that you sell your soul if you take this robotic route.
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Format: Paperback
This is fashioned as the "bible" for pick up artists: the cover is faux black leather on which the title of the book and some artwork are imprinted in gold. The pages are gilded and there is a red ribbon sewn into the binding to allow the aspirant to keep his place for future reference, possibly in case he gets tongue-tied.

HIS place, note. This book purports to teach young guys how to pick up chicks, how to elicit the "doggy dinner bowl look," i.e., "the entranced expression a woman gets in her eyes when she is attracted to a man who is talking to her." (Glossary, p. 441) The underlying premise is that it doesn't matter if you are short and balding and still live with your parents. If you've got a good line and exude confidence and know how to manipulate people, the babes will swoon. You are not required to be an alpha male.

In other words, this is a book biz hustle aimed at ordinary joes who aspire to be Don Juans. I think what Neil Strauss, who previously coauthored a book called, I kid you not, "How to Make Love Like a Porn Star," asked himself one day was, how does the "average frustrated chump" (see Glossary) who has no money, no talent, no future, no looks, no build, no charm, and no education get what he really wants--that is, chicks in bed just for the asking? Well, he doesn't, he concluded after some thought. And then he asked himself the real question: how can I as an aspiring literary artist take advantage of this situation? What is it that these guys believe or want to believe? If I can tell them that their belief is true, then I will have them laying down cold hard cash for a book of pure unadulterated BS.

Bingo, it hit him! You gotta have real insight into the female mind. That is what they want to believe since that can be learned.
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Format: Paperback
This book will NOT make women jump into your arms. This book will NOT transform you into a pickup artist. However, this book WILL present you with possibillity of turning your life around and point you in a direction where you will be able to become successful (or at least more successful) with women.

Read it with an open mind, but don't take it literally. This book is very entertaining and easy to read (I actually cried of lafter when reading one of the chapters about a guy who lost his virginity, I myself expirianced the exact same scenario), while keeping you hooked with this classic "What will happen next" feeling.

On a more personal note: This book is affecting my life, not directly, but it directed me to someone who opened my eyes a lot (DeAngelo). And the great thing is, just by working on myself a little bit, I started to notice changes. Today, a colleague of mine whom I have been interested in for a while, actually asked ME out... And this after I have been testing some of the theories on her for a week or two. Coincidence? You tell me, I have been around this women for over half a year trying to get her to go out with me. She always said no. But now all of a suddon the tables have turned? Awesome :)

ps.
I apologise for any grammar errors, English is not my native language.
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Format: Hardcover
i think the average guy that reads this book will think "wowwww!! now i can pull girls like style using these techniques! YES!" however the problem with this idea is that the average reader will not be spending two years of his life with MYSTERY who is renowned as being the worlds greatest pick up guru.in actual fact style has been posting on the seduction boards since 2001 so i think the idea that he had only been in the game for 2 years is nonsense, its more like 4-5 years. So i think in the book neils abilitys before he entered the community were underestimated and his many many failures have been skipped in order to increase th "wow factor" of the story. its important to realise that niel strauss already had a high status career with many A list connections. He was living in a huge mansion in LA a la jucuzzi hot tub etc where the monthly rent was about 15000 dollars a month between about 5 of them! It was the old rat packs mansion. if you could n t pull in these circumstances i think you should consider suicide! Plus if you look at him he s not ugly and is already stylish. Hes not some completely introverted ugly computer geek . Also he had the time and resources to be out every night at expensive and exclusive bars on sunset stip. Also when hes transitioning from AFC to PUA he has A LOT of very deep hypnosis with experts to get over his own insecurities most people will skip this part and try to use his techniques. In addition Also i think mysterys method is good and will work if done effectively, HOWEVER in my opinion the average guy in the street won t have the motivation, dedication, balls and lack of fear of failure/ rejection and self belief in order to get good results. Don t forget that mystery himself is a highly skilled illusionist who has been offered TV deals and suchlike.Read more ›
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