The Game

  • by Neil Strauss
  • Narrated by Neil Strauss
  • 9 hrs and 30 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Hidden somewhere, in nearly every major city in the world, is an underground seduction lair. And in these lairs, men trade the most devastatingly effective techniques ever invented to charm women. This is not fiction. These men really exist. They live together in houses known as Projects. And Neil Strauss, the best-selling author, spent two years living among them, using the pseudonym Style to protect his real-life identity.The result is one of the most explosive and controversial books of the year -- guaranteed to change the lives of men and transform the way women understand the opposite sex forever. On his journey from AFC (average frustrated chump) to PUA (pick-up artist) to PUG (pick-up guru), Strauss not only shares scores of original seduction techniques but also has unforgettable encounters with the likes of Tom Cruise, Britney Spears, Paris Hilton, Heidi Fleiss, and Courtney Love. And then things really start to get strange -- and passions lead to betrayals lead to violence.The Game is the story of one man's transformation from frog to prince to prisoner in the most unforgettable book of the year.


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Customer Reviews

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An Interesting Trip Through the Culture

I've gotten into this audiobook reluctantly, thinking it's going to be about a group of horny womanizers going through an orgy of sexual conquests. It seemed to head that way at first, until it discussed their tactics with NLP and hypnosis, two topics I've had some interest in for a while now. Afterward, it starts turning into a cliche riddled story in which some of the pickup artists start having feelings for a girl they met and try to keep the other pickup artists away from her.

It's a weird story riddled with shameless sexual descriptions of "conquests" in the first half, followed by a rise to the top and the benefits it brings in the third quarter of the book, and then a sobering fourth quarter where the sex parts are downplayed in favor of discussing feelings and conflicts on interest.

I give it four stars for being unlike any audiobook I've ever gone through.
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- Deep Reader

Really entertaining

Where does The Game rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

As a performance, it was very average, but the story was really well written and intriguing.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Game?

There were several moments where the main character reveals his own failings and somehow makes the story more interesting because of them. His encounters with what most men would fantasize about and the honesty about the fear and social paralysis that comes along with them. Great stuff.

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

I'm not sure. The author read the book. I suppose a pro could have done a smoother job of it, but the times where he was awkward in real life in the book came across that way in his narration. It just wouldn't have sounded believable coming from some silver-throated voice actor.

What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

It's a great "the grass is greener" example. I thought it was a fascinating view into a world where I would never want to tread but probably would have envied those who made the trip. Now, that's not the case.

Any additional comments?

Great character development and, despite what most would think given the subject matter, very deep throughout.

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- Rigsman

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-16-2009
  • Publisher: HarperAudio