• Models

  • Attract Women Through Honesty
  • By: Mark Manson
  • Narrated by: Austin Rising
  • Length: 7 hrs and 52 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (8,280 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Models is the first book ever written on seduction as an emotional process rather than a logical one, a process of connecting with women rather than impressing them. It's the most mature and honest guide on how a man can attract women without faking behavior, without lying and without emulating others. A game-changer. Inside, you'll learn:

  • The root behavior that causes all female attraction.
  • Why typical dating advice and pick up theory is counter-productive in the long-run.
  • How to overcome nervousness and anxiety around attractive women.
  • How any man can make himself appear attractive with a little time and effort.
  • The three keys to keeping conversations with women interesting and engaging.
  • How to discover the beliefs and attitudes that are sabotaging your success with women.
  • How to develop a genuine and joyful sense of humor.

And much more...

Please Note: This audiobook does not include any accompanying material.

©2011 Mark Manson (P)2011 Mark Manson

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The content is great but the reader is awful

What did you like best about Models? What did you like least?

Models shows a great way for men to think about the world and their relationship with women. It really focuses on improving yourself.

Mark Manson read it himself. It sounds like it was recorded in front of his computer and he left all the misreads and stumbles in. I could hear mouse clicks and I'm pretty sure he got text messages while recording.

Would you be willing to try another one of Mark Manson’s performances?

No. Absolutely not. It was a 7 hour book recorded in 7 hours and a ton of mistakes left in. The negative listening experience definitely can overshadow the amazing content.

Did Models inspire you to do anything?

It inspired me to change the way I thought about my relationships with women.

Any additional comments?

Mark, please have this re-recorded with a pro reader.

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The narration kills all credibility

While I’m not against an author narrating his own book, there are instances like this one when it’s just a bad idea. Not to say that this author could have done at least an adequate job if he had made an effort. Instead, what the listener is brutally subjected to is an unedited, unrehearsed and haphazard attempt at reading the text. It’s reminiscent of a junior high school student fumbling through a presentation of a just finished report, which was copied out of an encyclopedia and never really comprehended. It’s a shame, because the content has value but the delivery completely ruins even the most robust of concepts. All credibility in the material is lost when it’s coming from a source that sells such a weakly produced product. In addition to the lack of editing or proofreading, the author seemed to not even have given it a listen before releasing it for sale. The copyright and legal disclaimer at the beginning is read and for some reason explained before launching into the first section, which begins by repeating the same thing. I feel bad that the author doesn’t have a coach, advisor or even friend that could have told him of that and other mistakes. Or maybe he just doesn’t care. Expecting people to pay for something so poorly rendered is just wrong. I’ve often found that complaints regarding narrators of audiobooks were a bit petty and based mostly on certain style preferences. However, this audiobook is in an entirely new and more severe category of bad productions. I think I’m being a bit generous in giving the content a B+, the writing a C-and the narration a D-.

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Narration has been updated - it’s great!

I was almost turned away because of the reviews warning against the author’s narration. Looks like he took their advice and hired a pro. Austin does a great job. This is a fantastic book!

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Narration is the worst I have ever heard!!!

Buy the book. This is so hard to listen to. He stumbles over words over and over.

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its just good!

its like a friend's uncle just kicked knowledge for some hours and it was all stuff that you could relate to and/or understand. its not read as well as "the subtle art of not giving a f" but that also makes it easier to relate to the narrator...who happens to be the author. It wasn't underwhelming at all to me because none of what he said sounded contrived or like something somebody says to just sound like they know it all. Alot of it is just encouragement/reassurance but don't let that stop you, because it might be new to you. Things I've been told before or have come to realize, Mark talks about. But for me that was cool because its like I get to have somebody remind me, that being realistic and doubting myself are NOT the same thing. I hope this helps.

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A fapping book

Apparently, the author got into so many women's pants in his early ears, that he didn't have time to masturbate. To make up for that lost opportunity, he wrote this book.

Most men reading this book are doing so because they're in the opposite situation as the author. That the author pretends to understand their situation, and that he thinks they're problem is the same problem he had (taking sex partnes so much for granted that he couldn't keep their names straight) is laughable. This is just so much self-congratulatory projection. The premise is that all it comes down to is attitude. Give it a pass. If "changing your attitude" was all it took, why was he so successful in his youth with his "bad attitude," why was he a walking herpes ad?

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The anti-PUA book

This is by far the best book on pickup I’ve ever read. Mark Manson offers an introspective look on how to conquer your own demons, start living a more attractive lifestyle, and tips to attract and be more attractive to the women you want to meet. Interestingly I also found a lot of parallels to how I interact with family friends and coworkers and I would even recommend this book for anyone who’s already in a relationship or even married because especially in the early chapters he talks about how certain types of incompatible people wind up feeding off their own insecurities and toxic relationships. Fascinating stuff! Best of all he talks about “the other pickup artists” and offers foundations on why those methods work, why people seek them, why they aren’t long term solutions, and why you may become a terrible narcissist if you study “game” too much. Seriously - man woman lgbtq - read this book.

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I like that he had trouble narrating.

This is a book about fear, growth and building yourself so that the life outside of you is that way that you want. Is about running towards a mixture of failure and success, because that is the only way big successes will come about.

The author's narration was sometimes troubled. He was always easy to understand, but he often sounded like your buddy at a dive bar telling you his discovery about dating.

And that is the point.

He isn't perfect and polished the whole way, because he isn't afraid to screw up. If Simon Vance were narrating this would get an Audie, but probably not change as many lives. As it is, this is the book I needed right now. Not for dating insights or style tips, but a kick in the ass to go pursue the life that I want.

tl;dr: GET THIS BOOK!!

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Just what I needed

I thought it was going to be a sleazy pick-up book. It turned out to be a long journey into self-discovery that I needed many years ago.

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Great book for any "Needy" guy in relationships!

Outstanding book Mark, not only have you taught me to be more self aware of how I interact with women, but your book has educated me to in-power my me by improving my self image! My existing girl friend had notice positive changes immediately once I started reading your book!

Thank you Mark, I really appreciate your outstanding knowledge specifically when it comes to understanding the opposite sex!

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  • Alexander Welsh
  • 04-07-16

Superb

Had this recommended by a female friend, listened to it while walking around my city and it really really spoke to me. I feel like an idiot to be thinking this but I feel like it's changed my perception of the world. Before I focussed on bettering myself to make others like me - now I'll do it to give ME a better life, the other things will come naturally. Thank you mr Manson, I'm sure you know you've changed a few lives in your life.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-10-14

Excellent insightful book marred by the narration

What did you like most about Models?

A truly first class book on understanding what women want. Probably the best I have ever come across.

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

The error the writer Mark Manson made is in narrating the book himself. Really worthwhile, thought provoking information comes across quite flat. Also there are clicks at the beginning of each chapter where he is turning on the recording machine. The recording quality is poor too.

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  • 01-10-16

Hire a professional!!!

Such annoyingly cheap amateur production. Content is alright but audible: I paid you to deliver quality but lately you let all the authors read themselves. Be worth your money!!

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  • Giorgio Guglielmino
  • 05-20-19

Enjoyable book

I have read and listened to this book at different times, and I have found it very enjoyable with a good idea to follow. Let's say this book will introduce you to the interesting concept about yourself and the person you are attracted to; it is up to you to take action then.

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  • Jody Deane
  • 09-27-17

ESSENTIAL LISTENING! Wish I had this when I was 15

Best book ever about dating at any age. This is the book. Get it and listen! You will thank me if you do, and you will be released from all the dissatisfaction you currently have and set on a road to fulfilment. This thorough book leaves no holes barred and tells you like it is. The author completely nails it. Following the advice in this book will save you countless time, money and angst. This is the definitive manual. I listened to this book over a 10 day period and already I've had results just in this time. I've had a date already with a v attractive lady and I've arranged for 2 more dates with two others. This would not be the case if I hadn't read this book. It gave me the courage, knowledge and strength to make those dates which I never would have done as I'm quite shy and often vague and blocked in being sexual with woman (I don't mean girlfriends, I mean girls I'm attracted to). I thought I wasn't until I listened and then realised how unclear and scared I really was. And that by giving in to my fear and insecurities I wasn't being true to myself at all or going for what I really wanted and this book has given me the balls and reasons to make the shift and follow through. For instance, I literally have turned a gourgeous woman who was a coworker and who I was scared to ask out into a hot date this Weekend just by manning up and expressing my interest in an honest and playful way, where she feels beautiful and desired. I have listened to many podcasts and watched many dating videos over the years, and had many girlfriends, so yes I have experience already and I've slept with over a hundred women, but have been failing miserably recently to have a decent sex life and love life yet in days the nuggets in this book have helped me so much in my understanding of the dynamics of dating and male female relating and I'm already seeing the results. I intend to relisten once a month, so it really goes in. Mark Masons is a hero for all men who have challenges in the dating realms.

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  • Gus
  • 09-08-20

Some ideas are ok, some ideas aren't good at all

First things, first. Not Mason's best book. Why?

1) It doesn't flow a nicely "to the ear" as The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck and some of his other work.
2) Not enough proof that "his techniques" work; as opposed by other writers in the field such as Mystery, Torero and others.

I strongly disagree with his idea that "lines" and "routines" are not working and they shouldn't be tried. It is true that for a beginner a canned line won't work (as anything else also won't) but the canned line allows the individual performing the seduction to focus on body language, tone etc.
Also, Masson here ignores basic elements of human behaviour and evolutionary biology. His idea of "being vulnerable" has the danger of seriously back-firing, especially for more inexperienced dudes starting to date "more experienced" girls. It allows a man to fantasise about a "purity fantasy" which will most likely hurt him and disappoint him about women altogether.

Overall an ok book to listen to if you're already in seduction and have read other pickup books. If you want this to be your first one, forget about it. Go and collect a copy of the Mystery Method, you'd be better off.

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  • soozoo
  • 08-05-18

Zero fluff, right to the point.

I'm 2 hours in and there hasn't been a single drop of filler. Everything he says is cut throat to the point and somehow there's still 6 hours left.

He tells you how it is, followed by a story, and as he's telling you the story you can already see everything the guy is doing wrong like it was obvious the whole time. And then you realise that's just how fast you're learning.

All the negative reviews seemed to be about the author (Mark Manson) reading this too monotone, but they evidently have swapped him out for someone more expressive.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-11-16

Basic and boring.

It's very basic and boring. Self-help manual. Plenty of similar titles out there. Taps into PUA culture. If you are in your 20s, go for it.
Narrator's voice is clear and rescues this otherwise very average audiobook.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-08-22

Great

Overall a great book, and audiobook. Great performance by the voice “actor”. Definitely listen to it

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  • Tree Two One
  • 08-16-22

more than expected

great insight into what the world of dating and relationships are about. A great framing of the whole enterprise. Enjoyably narrated.

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  • Jesse C. Sudich
  • 02-01-16

Lazily Recorded

Great book to read but incredibly lazy recording. Noisy and many misreads unedited. Read it

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  • Derek Jones
  • 12-04-20

A must Read for Any man.

Great book all men should read this book. Craps on the low value pua books out there.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-02-21

The voice is good

A lot matches the red pill theory. Put yourself in the center of your world. Invest yourself first then others. Rollo tomassi said enlightened self-interest, which I am doing it.

Things I learned: demographic, I should attend more activities I like in order to meet that kind of woman.
I will attend dance and yoga course next week.

Things I am not sure: show your sad stories to your woman, if the author said his girlfriend left him even when he said it. He said that kind of girl is not worth his attention. But maybe it’s simply a wrong thing to do?

Things the female readers do not like: the last 2 chapters about sex, girls like to be dominated.
I also read the same content from book: sex goddess. I will give it try

Overall a really good book to balance my thoughts from red pill, it is also a good inner game textbook.

Drawbacks: he favors direct open than indirect open, which may screen out many “maybe” girls. He just justifies it with the reason: if she rejected you then you are not suitable.

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  • Reece
  • 08-21-19

This book is life changing.

I dont say that lightly. If you want to revolutionise your confidence and perception of yourself, then read this book.

Narrator was perfect.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-08-18

Amazing

Never left a review for a book before, but I thought I would as I thought it was that beneficial!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-22-20

great for understanding women +understanding life

this will change any mans life. read it please? And don't take life so serious

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-15-20

Great read

Great book to read if you're having issues with the ladies and impressing them

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  • Phillip u
  • 08-08-20

Guide to understanding woman

Whish I had read this book sooner. The valnerability part was an eye opener

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-18-20

Best read for men at understanding women

And themselves

Couldn’t imagine a better use of my time than reading this

Absolutely foundational for all men

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-02-19

Good book but more philosophical than practical

I was excited for this book due to the great reviews. However half way through I found myself still waiting for the actual "strategies".

I found the book mostly philosophical/common sense and self-improvement focused, rather than a practical pick up instruction manual. It did serve as useful reminders, but a lot of stuff I knew already and it is probably more tailored to people who haven't had much experience with women or have low self-esteem.

The premise of the book was on attracting women by not being needy and being comfortable with who you are, whilst also being vulnerable and targeting girls within your league.
 
I find most of this true in theory, but in reality there's a fine balance between showing interest, but not coming across as TOO interested (or needy), which it didn't elaborate much on (push/pull, as some other PUA material refers to it as).

The author appeared to almost put down other PUA material that focused on techniques and processes (I sensed a lot was directed at Mystery Method), rather than taking an honest and natural approach which this book advocates for.
 
If you are looking for a book with canned pick-up openers and conversation points, this is not the book for you. If, however, you are looking to improve your self-esteem, and gain the reassurance of being comfortable with who you are (which in turn will improve your attractiveness to women), whilst overcoming fear of approach and rejection, this is a good book.
 
Bits I liked (mostly useful reminders):
- The overall philosophy of the book of being comfortable with who you are and being true to yourself
- Targeting your demographic (e.g. don't dress like an investment banker if you are into goth chicks)
- Being aware that you will NOT be successful ALL the time. No guy has a 100% success rate and EVERY guy will face rejection. The quicker you can accept this and get used to it, the quicker and better you will be at overcoming the fear of approach which will help you get more women (it’s a numbers game after all).
- Following on from the above, just because a guy is successful in one arena, doesn’t mean he will be successful all the time (e.g. a highly-flying middle-aged executive will be considered attractive amongst his corporate peers, but will likely struggle at a college party to compete with the care-free jock who can down a pint in 10 seconds)
- Not being needy and obsessing over one girl. A personal saying of mine which helps me quickly overcome rejection is “there’s always another girl” (which there is, no matter how convinced you are that the person that rejected you was the ‘one’). The more girls you are talking to (even as friends) helps you in the long run by 1) social proof (girls are attracted to guys who get other girls), 2) boosts your confidence and makes you generally better at speaking to women, and 3) when you know you have options, you are less likely to invest all your stock in one girl (at least early on) and thus come across as needy
- Although not as relevant to me, it did provide some basic tips on increasing your attractiveness with your dress sense, fitness etc.
 
What I didn’t like:
- The book doesn't provide much practical material to work with such as openers or conversation points
- The book focused on targeting your "convertible" range e.g. girls that are either already attracted to you or unsure. But this is easier said than done, as you can always use the excuse for a failed pickup that the girl was never going to be attracted to you anyway. It doesn’t give much insight into determining the girls that are ‘unsure’ VS ‘uninterested’ either. I believe this is more a philosophy however, to help overcome the fear of rejection and approach, which I believe is the author’s main intention
- Following on from the above, “being honest” and “true to yourself” may work to a degree, but it helps if you are already somewhat confident/attractive. For the less good-looking or experienced people, I feel more practical techniques could be helpful rather than simply “playing within their league” – although there are plenty of other books focused on this
 
Closing remarks:
The book mainly focuses on your mental state, overcoming fear of rejection and increasing your odds by approaching as many girls as you can, with the idea that if you are comfortable with who you are and true to yourself (as well as work on things such as your dress and fitness), you will in turn maximise your attractiveness and thus increase the odds of the amount of women you get.

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