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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.
©1999 Robert D. Hare, Ph.D. (P)2011 Tantor
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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)
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5 out of 5 stars
By Julie Lowe on 02-07-2018

<br /><br />I love this book.

Best book written on psychopathy. Easy to understand. I can listen to it again and again.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Kim on 10-02-2018

Amazing! Thorough descriptions and explanations.

What made the experience of listening to Without Conscience the most enjoyable?

The authors descriptions and evaluations were well explained for the layman to understand

What other book might you compare Without Conscience to, and why?

Snakes in Suits as it deals with psychopaths in the workplace but its not as well written and researched as Without Conscience is, possibly because psychopaths in the community are harder to get solid evidence on.

What does Paul Boehmer bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

He has a strong voice that adds an intensity to listening.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, if I had the time.

Any additional comments?

Highly recommended and easy to listen and understand.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Douglas on 01-03-2012

When I gave up on books that supposedly would...

tell me how to avoid getting taken advantage of (like the moronic How To Deal With Difficult People) and the worse than useless In Sheep's Clothing), I decided to take a look at the opposite end of the problem--the manipulators themselves: a much better idea, as it turns out. Without Conscience provides a nicely developed portrait of the psychopath, people born without the ability to empathize and register normal human feelings, even though they can imitate them convincingly enough to con and abuse others. (There are an estimated 2 million psychopaths among us in the US, and they are not to be confused with their most extreme representative: the serial killer. Chances are you know or have known a psychopath.) The neurology represented in this book is a bit behind the current wisdom and for better information about the brain's role in psychopathy, one might read The Science Of Evil and The Tell-Tale Brain. Overall, Without Conscience is a very useful book for understanding the serious manipulator and how to deal with him/her.

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4 out of 5 stars
By PhreshMeet on 26-03-2012

Father of a certain school of thought

This book was written twenty years ago but the concepts are not dated. Hare developed the Hare Checklist for Psychopathy that has gained wider and wider acceptance as time has gone on. Your life has been touched by a psychopath/sociopath. The significance of that influence likely determines how interested you are in the subject. If your interest is high you must read this book as a seminal work on the subject. If your interest is somewhat lower, I would recommend the more recently written The Sociopath Next Door by Martha Stout.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Heidi on 07-10-2014

fascinating

Would you listen to Without Conscience again? Why?

Yes read it over 20 yes ago . Brilliant.

What did you like best about this story?

No nonsense no drama

What does Paul Boehmer bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Clear vocals

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

not that kind of book

Any additional comments?

don't feel you need to be a forensic professional to enjoy this book

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 27-04-2015

Eye opening

This is a fascinating book. Really makes you think and very accessible. Great listen. Look forward to hearing more.

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