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Editorial Reviews

Even though our current society is flooded with a constant stream of information - nonstop TV programming, websites upon websites - it doesn't always translate to correct information. The Book of Common Fallacies, by Phillip Ward and Julia Edwards, is a scrutinizing and entertaining look at many of the popular beliefs and "facts" we have come to accept as gospel. With a clear and engaging performance by veteran narrator Traber Burns, this audiobook sets the record straight on things ranging from the truth behind the hallucinogenic qualities of absinthe, to the width of the Atlantic, to the comical theory that the size of a man's member can be ascertained by the size of his feet.
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Publisher's Summary

Everything you thought you knew was wrong!
Long before and Wikipedia, The Book of Common Fallacies set out to debunk popular beliefs and set the record straight. By tracking down the facts and citing experts in a multitude of fields, Philip Ward points out the senseless ideas that we have come to accept as fact. Newly updated with today’s common misconceptions, The Book of Common Fallacies exposes the truth behind hundreds of commonly held false beliefs.
©1978, 1980, 2012 Philip Ward and The Oleander Press. Additional content 2012 by Skyhorse Publishing, Inc. (P)2013 Audible, Inc.
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2 out of 5 stars
By Dana on 06-10-16

A few good entries, but most are obscure

Was The Book of Common Fallacies worth the listening time?

I felt the urge to fast-forward often! I would say that more than half of these "common fallacies" are ones that I have never heard of. It should have been called "Very Obscure Fallacies". I thought it was going to have more "old wives tales" and things you hear every day. Most of these I can't believe that people would have thought was true, except maybe 1000 years ago! There are LOTS of common fallacies that I hear all the time in the general public that were not even mentioned, but yet very trivial things that no one would ever say or think of like "A phrase always means what it says", I mean huh? Also, quite a few of the "Fallacies" were merely opinions, or things that cannot even be proven or disproven - so how can those be fallacies?? I found myself saying "what the....??" a lot while listening to this book. Every now and then, however, I did hear something familiar, and it was neat to hear the origins behind the fallacy.

Any additional comments?

Just a weird book, so many trivial and uninteresting things that are passed off as being common. I'd love to know where on the planet most of these are common.

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2 out of 5 stars
By T. Rodriguez on 02-28-16


Would you try another book from Phillip Ward and Julia Edwards and/or Traber Burns?


Has The Book of Common Fallacies turned you off from other books in this genre?


How did the narrator detract from the book?


Any additional comments?

This book doesn't lend itself to the audiobook form. It's made up of small snippets of information and hearing one after the other is boring. It would have been much better if it included some longer pieces.

I do think it would be fine as an actual book that you pick up and read for a few minutes as a time, but listening to it for extended periods tedious.

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