The Pickup Artist

  • by Erik von Markovik
  • Narrated by Alan Sklar
  • 9 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The Pickup Artist is a salacious book about the continuing adventures of the world's most famous pickup artist, Mystery, who was first introduced as the ringleader of a subculture of pickup artists chronicled in Neil Strauss's 2005 best seller The Game.
After fame, fortune, and reality television, a group of pickup artists live in a gorgeous Miami mansion and live the life many merely dream of. As you go on Mystery's journey for love, he will teach you all he knows about the art of seduction. The Pickup Artist reveals the next level of game theory and technique, designed to catapult timid and insecure men into a world of confidence, attractiveness, easy hookups, and all-around success with women. Half of the book consists of never-before-published tips and techniques, and the other half comprises stories from Mystery's life---the most extreme and enlightening pickup anecdotes---illuminating the game and helping you to avoid the pitfalls of today's dating scene.


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Tortuous to Hear

This book may be outstanding (I'll never know), but the narrator has a nasty habit of waiting several seconds (that's right -- dead silence) between each subsequent character's lines. I could not stand it and just deleted the book.

If you're lying down and perhaps looking for a sleep aid, this audio narration might do the trick.

The description of the book looked so great -- maybe they'll release it with a reader who speaks more normally. I'd probably buy it under those circumstances.
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- Steven


The best thing about Neil Strauss' "The Game" wasn't about picking up women, it was how honest "Style" was about his transformation. Style had highs to be sure, but many, many lows--and these were balanced and portrayed fairly.

By contrast, Mystery's "The Pickup Artist: The New and Improved Art of Seduction" reads like someone in junior high wrote a story about how awesome he's going to be when he grows up. It's like Entourage without humor or intelligence: "Oh no things might not work out! Oh wait, they will work out. Yay!" Nothing about the "story" contained within it contains any emotional weight.

Also, the narration is ridiculous. Alan Sklar has a great voice, but this wasn't the appropriate venue for it.

But, I'm sure if you're a pickup artist or just interested in the subculture you'll buy this book anyway, and I won't blame you. Mystery is a genius, and I hate to admit that I would have put one of my credits towards the book even if I had read this review. It's just sad that for such a great illusionist, the picture he paints in this book doesn't seem real at all.
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- Kayvon

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-05-2010
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio