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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,845 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Dan Ariely Narrator: Simon Jones Publisher: HarperAudio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2012 ISBN:
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This program is enhanced with 14 never-before-heard episodes of Dan Ariely's Arming the Donkeys podcast, available exclusively on this audiobook!

The New York Times bestselling author of Predictably Irrational and The Upside of Irrationality returns with thought-provoking work to challenge our preconceptions about dishonesty and urge us to take an honest look at ourselves.

Does the chance of getting caught affect how likely we are to cheat? How do companies pave the way for dishonesty? Does collaboration make us more honest or less so? Does religion improve our honesty?

Most of us think of ourselves as honest, but, in fact, we all cheat. From Washington to Wall Street, the classroom to the workplace, unethical behavior is everywhere. None of us is immune, whether it's the white lie to head off trouble or padding our expense reports. In The (Honest) Truth About Dishonesty, award-winning, bestselling author Dan Ariely turns his unique insight and innovative research to the question of dishonesty.

Generally, we assume that cheating, like most other decisions, is based on a rational cost-benefit analysis. But Ariely argues, and then demonstrates, that it's actually the irrational forces that we don't take into account that often determine whether we behave ethically or not. For every Enron or political bribe, there are countless hidden commissions, and knockoff purses.

In The (Honest) Truth About Dishonesty, Ariely shows why some things are easier to lie about; how getting caught matters less than we think; and how business practices pave the way for unethical behavior, both intentionally and unintentionally. Ariely explores how unethical behavior works in the personal, professional, and political worlds, and how it affects all of us, even as we think of ourselves as having high moral standards.

But all is not lost. Ariely also identifies what keeps us honest, pointing the way for ach... Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Milton Moon Louie | 2/13/2014

    " Basically there is a little dishonesty in most of us. Not much suggestions on how to be more honest. But still a good read. B "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andy | 2/12/2014

    " I love the whole science of behavioral economics, and Ariely is one of my favorite writers in the space. In this book he explores what drives us to cheat and draws some very interesting conclusions about how to prevent cheating. Of particular interest for me was the studies in company groupthink which can bolster honesty or accelerate the slide into cheating. There is compelling data on the drivers for cheating - surprise, money is not even close to the top! Definitely a must-read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lauren Gemske | 2/12/2014

    " Very, very interesting. Dan Ariely provides research-based insight on what people - from the corporate bankers embroiled in the Madoff scandal to everyday people like you and me - lie about and why, and the extent to which people are comfortable cheating. He discusses the social factors that precipitate lying and cheating, and briefly talks about how companies and people can manipulate these antecedents to limit lying and cheating in their organizations and lives. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elio Nakouzi | 2/5/2014

    " A collection of very cool and insightful social experiments on the topic of honesty and cheating. Very surprising and interesting results. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carolyn | 1/21/2014

    " Could provide an interesting discussion "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julia | 1/13/2014

    " Dan Ariely is always thought-provoking. Well worth reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joel Liriano | 1/10/2014

    " Amazing insight into the human nature of cheating! Recommended "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dave | 1/3/2014

    " Very interesting. But also very disconcerting, especially since we like to think of ourselves as better than we obviously are. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jared Likes | 12/28/2013

    " I enjoy Mr Arielly's writing and this was no exception. He raises some very interesting theories about how "good" we all are. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Quinten | 12/28/2013

    " rehash. read one of his earlier books instead "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heather Anne | 11/24/2013

    " Popular science book about how many of us, frequently cheat by a small amount. The author covers many factors which increase or decrease the incidence of cheating in a company or group of people. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Casey | 11/10/2013

    " Definitely interesting, but more of a rehash of the ideas presented in Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions than a new viewpoint on dishonesty. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jocelyn | 9/4/2013

    " A look into why people cheat. It turns out that people try to balance financial gain and morality. We want freebies, but we still want to think of our ourselves as good people. Some of the experiments get a little repetitive but there are some fun finds through the tests. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Angela | 4/2/2013

    " Honestly, this book was a bit too dry for me. I did enjoy the personal notes in the book, which I take to be the author's attempt to lighten the material. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Writerohit | 3/7/2013

    " Hilarious, relaxed and well researched. Interesting insights on dishonesty "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris Myrick | 2/8/2013

    " Wonderful stuff, very much in the same vein as his first two books. As a follower of his blog and "Arming the Donkeys" podcast, much of the research discussed was familiar, though detail was added. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cyrus | 12/24/2012

    " Definitely some very cool insights into human psyche. I love how the author can think of social experiments to prove his hypotheses. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kevin | 10/19/2012

    " i equate it to reading about 7th grade science class. experiment, result, experiment, result. that's just not my cup of tea. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mike | 9/10/2012

    " A quick read with some interesting insights, but a little repetitive at times. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Frank Mcgeough | 9/2/2012

    " Its not that any part of this book is that bad. I think the research is actually pretty interesting. However, most of the parts of this book I had read elsewhere so I was a bit disappointed. "

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About the Author
Author Dan Ariely

Dan Ariely is the author of the New York Times bestsellers Predictably Irrational and The Upside of Irrationality. He is the James B. Duke professor of psychology and behavioral economics at Duke University, with appointments at the Fuqua School of Business, the Center for Cognitive Neuroscience, the Department of Economics, and the School of Medicine. He earned one PhD in cognitive psychology and another in business administration. He is the founder and director of the Center for Advanced Hindsight. His work has been featured in many outlets, including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Boston Globe, and others.

About the Narrator

Simon Jones is an AudioFile Earphones Award-winning narrator. He has appeared in the films The Devil’s Own, Twelve Monkeys, For Love or Money, Green Card, Brazil, Monty Python’s Meaning of Life, and Miracle on 34th Street. His television appearances include a role in The Cosby Mysteries and Murder She Wrote, and he has been featured in nine Broadway productions.