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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,129 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Robert D. Hare Narrator: J. Paul Boehmer, Paul Boehmer Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2011 ISBN: 9781452674094
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Most people are both repelled and intrigued by the images of cold-blooded, conscienceless murderers that increasingly populate our movies, television programs, and newspaper headlines. With their flagrant criminal violation of society's rules, serial killers like Ted Bundy and John Wayne Gacy are among the most dramatic examples of the psychopath. Individuals with this personality disorder are fully aware of the consequences of their actions and know the difference between right and wrong, yet they are terrifyingly self-centered, remorseless, and unable to care about the feelings of others. Perhaps most frightening, they often seem completely normal to unsuspecting targets. Presenting a compelling portrait of these dangerous men and women based on 25 years of distinguished scientific research, Dr. Robert D. Hare vividly describes a world of con artists, hustlers, rapists, and other predators who charm, lie, and manipulate their way through life. Are psychopaths mad, or simply bad? How can they be recognized? And how can we protect ourselves? This book provides solid information and surprising insights for anyone seeking to understand this devastating condition. Download and start listening now!

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  • “A fascinating, if terrifying, look at psychopaths…Hare makes a strong case for the view that psychopaths are born, not made…A chilling, eye-opening report—and a call to action.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • A fascinating, if terrifying, look at psychopaths. . . . Hare makes a strong case for the view that psychopaths are born, not made. . . . A chilling, eye-opening report---and a call to action. Kirkus

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Liliana Bachelder | 2/15/2014

    " hard to imagine people without consciences, but they exist--better to confront reality and know the signs. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cassandra | 2/13/2014

    " Very informative without being dragged down with heavy verbage. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pearlyn Lim | 2/8/2014

    " Accessible, incisive and insightful. A must read for anyone who has ever lived, dated, worked or even just heard about people who are confusing, obnoxious, perpetually lying, megalomaniacally charming and just plain exhausting to be with. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dave Cullen | 1/16/2014

    " This is THE classic book on psychopathy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Scott | 1/16/2014

    " A must read. Even though we aren't qualified to diagnose Psychopaths, it's important to know that they are out there and the impact that they have on society. 1% - 5% of the population are Psychopaths; 20% of the prison population are psychopaths; 50% of all violent crimes are committed by psychopaths. Psychopaths are also white collar criminals. They can be police officers, soldiers, doctors, lawyers, financial planners, etc. etc. Not all psychopaths are axe murderers. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Abasi | 1/10/2014

    " Contains a few good tales about psychopaths. The bits about psychopathic children are somewhat chilling. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kate | 1/9/2014

    " highly recommended. easy read for the lay person. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joe | 1/2/2014

    " Very, very good! Surprised me how many people I've met in my life that fit a lot of the characteristics of 'psychopaths'. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rachel McCarthy James | 12/24/2013

    " Quite good! Comprehensive, if slightly too focused on the prison population. I preferred The Sociopath Next Door, which had a greater focus on sociopaths in daily life, but I think that this is better grounded. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Beth | 12/23/2013

    " Not a fan of this book, which manages to make this topic boring and repetitive, and is heavy-handed in its promotion of the diagnostic tool created by the author. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 April Welch | 12/21/2013

    " Everyone should read this book - so that they can recognize the psychopaths around them. I wish that i would have read this before! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Audrey | 12/15/2013

    " If you want to know about psychopaths, this is the guy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brian | 9/15/2013

    " Great book, if you are interested in the subject. Much deeper detail than many other books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katie Brown | 8/24/2013

    " Also Brilliant. A little more clinical than the Sociopath Next Door, but still good. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nancy Day | 6/26/2013

    " Interesting, based on the author's research. However my hunch is that this is a very controversial topic and other scientists' perspectives would have given a more balanced view. Worth reading though, if you're interested in deviant social behavior. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alice Ayden | 5/23/2013

    " Scary but necessary to know. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Carolina Herrera | 3/10/2013

    " While somewhat interesting, this book minimizes the entire realm of mental health to focus on one particular theory that is by no means widely accepted in the profession. It also subtly encourages laymen to diagnose their acquaintances, and that can become quite dangerous. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karen Lewin-Hicks | 5/1/2012

    " Fascinating, disturbing truth about this sub-human group. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jim Flora | 3/13/2012

    " Thoughtful, balanced and fascinating introduction to a topic who's importance is often underestimated. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rebecca McKanna | 2/14/2012

    " Althought I wasn't completely sold on Hare's Psychopathy Checklist, this cleared up some misconceptions I had about the term 'psychopath'. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jenaya J | 12/28/2011

    " Good for the layman, if you don't have a psychology background. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Emma Weine | 11/6/2011

    " Interesting introduction to 'psychopathy'. Mainly interested me because I recognised some people I know in his descriptions and psychopathy check-lists. Useful and insightful; a good handbook on how to handle those people who give off that certain, cold and creepy vibe. Worth a quick read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 John Leach | 8/21/2011

    " Very interesting, if somewhat overly dramatic in style. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anita | 7/19/2011

    " Good, but somewhat dated. Too many quotes from fictional sources. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeff | 7/9/2011

    " Somewhat dated, but still a hair-raising book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marjie | 7/9/2011

    " Because of Oz I had to read this book. It kind of just validated things I already knew and managed to also terrify me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tom | 6/24/2011

    " Good if rather depressing (obviously) overview of what a psychopath is and why they do it. There's also a short survival guide on what to do if you come across such a person.

    Recommended for those who want to understand a bit more about these 'human predators'. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melina | 6/22/2011

    " Great book. Clear, uncluttered writing. Engaging and without unnecessary terminology. I really enjoyed this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katie | 5/5/2011

    " Also Brilliant. A little more clinical than the Sociopath Next Door, but still good. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Helen | 4/30/2011

    " A Must Read if your boss is letting certain people get away with a lot of things, and you just can't figure out how they are doing it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alexis | 3/9/2011

    " After having dealt personally with someone that had no remorse or regret for the things he did to me or to anyone else, this book really helped me understand and move on with my life. "

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About the Author

Robert D. Hare, PhD, is the author of Without Conscience and the creator of the standard tool for diagnosing psychopathy. He is an emeritus professor of psychology at the University of British Columbia, and president of Darkstone Research Group, a forensic research and consulting firm. He has won numerous awards for his research, lectures widely on psychopathy, and consults with law enforcement organizations, including the FBI. He lives in Vancouver, British Columbia, with his wife.

About the Narrators

Paul Boehmer is an American actor best known for his numerous appearances in the Star Trek universe. He began his audiobook work in 2000 and has since lent his voice to many fiction and nonfiction titles. He has won nine AudioFile Earphones Awards as well as the prestigious Audie Award for Best Narration in 2009 and 2014. Between books, he is active in regional theaters across the country. His television appearances include guest spots on Nip/Tuck and Numb3rs.

Paul Boehmer is an American actor best known for his numerous appearances in the Star Trek universe. He began his audiobook work in 2000 and has since lent his voice to many fiction and nonfiction titles. He has won nine AudioFile Earphones Awards as well as the prestigious Audie Award for Best Narration in 2009 and 2014. Between books, he is active in regional theaters across the country. His television appearances include guest spots on Nip/Tuck and Numb3rs.