The 48 Laws of Power

  • by Robert Greene
  • Narrated by Don Leslie
  • 9 hrs and 53 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Amoral, cunning, ruthless, and instructive, this piercing work distills 3,000 years of the history of power into 48 well-explicated laws. This bold volume outlines the laws of power in their unvarnished essence, synthesizing the philosophies of Machiavelli, Sun-tzu, Carl von Clausewitz, and other great thinkers. Some laws teach the need for prudence ("Law 1: Never Outshine the Master") and the virtue of stealth ("Law 3: Conceal Your Intentions"); many demand the total absence of mercy ("Law 15: Crush Your Enemy Totally"). But like it or not, all have applications in real life. Illustrated through the tactics of Queen Elizabeth I, Henry Kissinger, P. T. Barnum, and other famous figures who have wielded, or been victimized by, power, these laws will fascinate any listener interested in gaining, observing, or defending against ultimate control.


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Customer Reviews

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Not a how to guide ..

After the first few laws I wasn't sure what I got myself into .. My first thought was "What kind of person would enjoy listening to this garbage". Then I came back to read the reviews and I found several other people who thought the same thing.

Either way I found myself listening a little bit more. The more I listened the more I found myself enjoying this audiobook.

Why do I say this? Because I don't see this as a "how to guide". I see this as two things 1. A history lesson .. If you dont learn from the past you are bound to repeat it.
2. YES some of these laws are sick and manipulative, but welcome to the real world. There are people that think like this.

Final thought:
The 48 Laws of power is a step by step how to guide, you have to listen between the lines and realize that the world is not all puppy dogs and rainbows. This book shows you how the world is and you can learn from the lessons presented.
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- Ricardo

Listen at High Speed

The production is high quality, but the guy talks soooo sloooowwwlllllyyyy that you can easily listen to it at 5x speed and understand every word.

As for content, Greene put a LOT of work into this and it really shows. The stories really help lock the laws into your memory.

But there is a ton of stuff in the book that the audiobook leaves out. The way it is organized, it would be impossible not to.

My advice? Get the book as well. You can find it online cheap and it has even more stories and insight to share.

Was the audiobook version worth the money? Yes.

Was it fun to listen to? Yes.

Do I recommend it to you? Only if you want to learn about power in all its gory details. If you're squeamish about the underbelly of wielding power, this is not for you.
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- John "Avid audiobook listener since 2007. I've enjoyed thousands of hours while jogging, driving, and working around the house."

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-25-2007
  • Publisher: HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books