The Truth About Lies

  • by Andy Shea, Steve Van Aperen
  • Narrated by James Wright
  • 8 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

This compelling audiobook will change the way you look at people forever. Two well-respected experts examine how to distinguish fact from fiction in a wide range of contexts. Who lies more easily: men or women? Why does anyone lie in the first place? How can you tell? What do you look for? The Truth About Lies will help you separate fact from fiction. It will help you tell who's lying and who's telling the truth. It will show you how to detect a liar from what people say, how they say it, and from their body language. From medieval witch-dunking to state-of-the-art truth serums, Andy Shea and Steve Van Aperen use examples from history and from modern-day celebrity cases to spin a tale about lies and lie detection through the ages. They pull apart written and spoken words to explain how lies are so hard to carry off - because our bodies betray us - and, if you know what to look for, how easy lies are to spot. The Truth About Lies provides compelling insight into why people lie and how to make sure you don't get taken for a ride.


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

About 1/2 Good

I started out enjoying this book very much. The historical stories about truth and justice and the information about how to spot lies were interesting (even if not really new stuff.) The information about the brain and how the lie detector works was also interesting.

Somewhere in the middle the book has long chapters on OJ Simpson, Jon Benet Ramsey, "A dingo took my baby" and the woman who killed her kids in the car by drowning them. I thought I had bought a tabloid book. For me, these chapters were unbearable. I understood that points were to be made but too much of the info was filler and stories that I always avoided on the news.

Later the book got back into the subject and discussed government testing of drug induced confessions. That was OK. The book also discusses different political figures and how they are evasive. We are then to decide if they are lying.

Three stars for about 1/2 an enjoyable book.
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- David

Good from the historical perspective

I've read the reviews and decided to give it a try. 
What strikes me as odd is when people buy entertaining, ostensibly non-scientific books with titles that go, I'll teach you how to read other people's mind, they really hope to find there clear-cut rules of discerning lies. Seriously, they can't be so naive! We can't rely on how-to-spot-the-liar rules like 
1. liars rub their eyes; 
2. they can't look you in the eye; 
3. they tug at their earlobe or scratch their neck or rub their nose etc. 
Please. It's always context specific and individual. We are sensitive to nonverbal cues but it doesn't mean we're accurate in decoding them. Moreover, different people can see different things in the same situation and interpret them in another manner. So we need to consider lots of factors since human behaviour is highly complex. 
I knew what to expect, so I bought the book. It looks at examples from history (Emma of Normandy, Charles Dawson etc.), literature (Shakespeare), media/politics (Clinton, Al Gore, Richard Branson etc.) and refers to studies in psychology and nonverbal communication in particular (Paul Ekman, Wallace Friesen etc.). I'd call the book recapitulation or summing-up of facts and data. Good book, catchy title. If you need profound and scientific stuff, well, that's not it. Books or scientific journals aren't available at any shop.
I loved the narrator (BTW he's been an actor for 30 years and was awarded the Trish Trinick Prize for the Best-Narrated Audio Book of the Year). Mr. Wright articulated and intoned perfectly. I liked his timbre (I'm a phonetician, so things like pitch, pauses and voice modulation really matter to me :D). All in all, good value for my money.
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Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-15-2007
  • Publisher: Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd