Monday, August 23, 2010

Review: The Liar in Your Life by Robert Feldman (Audiobook)

Deception is a central feature of everyday life. We hear it not only from Presidents ("I did not have sexual relations with that woman"), the dean of admissions of M.I.T. ("I have three college degrees"), or the sleazy sales associate at the local car dealership ("This SUV gets terrific mileage!"); we also hear lies from the people we meet and interact with on a daily basis, including our family, friends, colleagues-and yes, the woman ahead of us in line at Starbucks.

The issue confronting us is not whether people lie to us-they do-but how much and why. Just as importantly, we need to consider why we're so prone to believe the deception we hear from others, as well as the lies we tell ourselves. Finally, we need to explore why we view certain lies as harmless, while rejecting others as manipulative and shameful. Robert Feldman has unique knowledge of how deeply dishonesty is engrained in our everyday lives and broader culture.

Received from the publisher for review.

This one gets two stars.  This was nine hours long and I felt every moment of it.  The reader was very good but even he sounded bored by the material he was reading, which is never a good sign.  The material was just snooze worthy in this incarnation.  Perhaps if it were in book form it would be more palatable.  Needless to say I was just not feeling this, but some of the author's messages were beneficial.  They did lose some of their charm when experienced in the half hypnotized daze induced by the reader's voice.  If you are so inclined to venture into this arm yourself with a copious amount of caffeine and pick up a copy of the print edition.

☆☆= Just Okay


afineday said...

Seems like an interesting read. I'll see about getting the book since the audiobook is kinda stale. Thanks!

Bookventures said...

I dont know. If its slow and boring in the audio book then chances are its the same way in The title is very...ummmm, interesting. I am tempted to give it a try but don't necessarily want to fall asleep while doing so. Thanks for sharing this though. I really liked your review.

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