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Publisher's Summary

"Once upon a time, Corporate America paid certain people huge fees to tell organizations what they were doing wrong. These men and women really knew next to nothing. They trashed businesses, destroyed careers, and wasted time and money. They called themselves Management Consultants. I know them well. I was one of them. Welcome to the House of Lies."
When Martin Kihn joined a powerhouse New York consulting firm, he thought his job was to help organizations. In reality, the consultants spent precious work hours prowling for new clients, and offered little or no useful information. From power breakfasts with mind games to the screaming indignity of "Feedback Camp" in New Jersey, House of Lies reveals the truth about a "profession" that could threaten your job, your career, and your life... and even throws you some lifelines should the suits start circling your company.
©2005 Martin Kihn (P)2012 Hachette Audio
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By Michael on 04-14-12

Surprisingly Entertaining!

Despite some negative reviews I read on other sites, I downloaded this book with lower expectations however this book turned into a nice little surprise.

At times, especially at the beginning, I found the author’s story-telling style a bit frustrating, specifically I found it lacking context and I struggled to understand. But once I got passed it (used to it?) this book was a thoroughly enjoyable ‘listen’. At times, I was laughing out loud at the author’s stories.

Although I have never worked as a consultant, I have worked with and hired them in my career and I found it easy to relate and understand the author’s stories as he poked fun at his industry – everything from his McKinsey interview (this was priceless) to his consultancy engagement with the tire manufacturer.

He pretty much confirmed my suspicions of consultants when defined “low-hanging fruit” as the things that the client could do themselves but are usually too lazy to do it on their own. He definitely nailed that one!

This is my first audio book narrated by Johnny Heller. He too has an interesting narrative style, sounding a bit old-school but his style worked well with this book and I am going to search out other titles that he narrates.

I recommend this book - not just to those who hire consultants or thinking about being a consultant but to anyone looking for a lighter entertaining ‘read’.

Please note that while the Audible release date is January 2012, this book was actually published (in print) in 2005, which makes it 7 years old now. As a result, the references the author makes in the book are at times, a bit dated.


Michael

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By Jayson on 05-30-17

Not Bad!

Not what I expected, in terms of prose. but Marty seems to have done it.

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By Graham on 12-18-16

How did it ever get published?

What disappointed you about House of Lies?

TOOOOOO long, too tedious, too badly written

Would you ever listen to anything by Martin Kihn again?

Under no circumstances

How did the narrator detract from the book?

He was ok but not particularly good

What character would you cut from House of Lies?

The author

Any additional comments?

Possibly the worst of the many Audible books I have bought

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