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3.59 out of 53.59 out of 53.59 out of 53.59 out of 53.59 out of 5 3.59 (17 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Robert Feldman Narrator: Bob Walter Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2009 ISBN: 9781600246555
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In The Liar in Your Life, psychology professor Robert Feldman, one of the world’s leading authorities on deception, draws on his immense body of knowledge to give fresh insights into how and why we lie, how our culture has become increasingly tolerant of deception, the cost it exacts on us, and what to do about it. His work is at once surprising and sobering, full of corrections for common myths and explanations of pervasive oversimplifications.

Feldman examines marital infidelity, little white lies, career-driven resumé lies, and how we teach children to lie. Along the way, he reveals—despite our beliefs to the contrary—how it is nearly impossible to spot a liar (studies have shown no relationship between nervousness, lack of eye contact, or a trembling voice, and acts of deception). He also provides startling evidence of just how integral lying is to our culture; indeed, his research shows that two people, meeting for the first time, will lie to each other an average of three times in the first ten minutes of a conversation.

Feldman uses this discussion of deception to explore ways we can cope with infidelity, betrayal, and mistrust, in our friends and family. He also describes the lies we tell ourselves: Sometimes, the liar in your life is the person you see in the mirror. With incisive clarity and wry wit, Feldman has written a truthful book for anyone who whose life has been touched by deception.

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  • Bob Walter adds his own pizzazz in his narration. With an approach that is arresting but not alarming, you can feel the drama as he delivers examples of lies that occur in personal, government, media, and business arenas. His vocal centeredness helps him engage with the book's exposé approach and make listeners pay attention without making them feel manipulated. AudioFile
  • Bob Walter adds his own pizzazz in his narration. With an approach that is arresting but not alarming, you can feel the drama as he delivers examples of lies that occur in personal, government, media, and business arenas. His vocal centeredness helps him engage with the book's exposé approach and make listeners pay attention without making them feel manipulated. AudioFile

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wil Roese | 1/16/2014

    " People lie more than we think. We lie for many reasons including thrills, building our self esteem, being social and greed. One problem with the book is the authors constantly makes excuses for lies as a social norm as if you can not be social and honest at the same time. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kam | 12/16/2013

    " at 1st, I liked it. Very clear. Good expression of thoughts. But then it didn't answer the title. It was about all the lying around us. It just went on and on about that. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Thom | 11/21/2013

    " The gist - if something is important, assess the truth of it. The advice - try to be more honest. Lots of anecdotes, lots of psych studies, and an attempt to name each kind of lying - a "lie with intent" for instance. An interesting read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elizabeth | 11/18/2013

    " So far - quite good and I like the anthropological/biological underpinnings cited for why & how we lie - and real-life examples of the different types of lies within society. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carla Ann | 10/18/2013

    " Loved reading about all the case studies involved in this book. Very good read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dennis Willingham | 8/27/2013

    " Not a relationship book as the title would make you think, but a lay persons introduction to some of Feldman's 25 years of research on lying. A lot of food for thought here "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Yuki | 10/11/2012

    " I enjoyed reading and learning from this book. I think all you need to know about lies are in here. Definitely recommended. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jenny | 5/22/2012

    " It's ok, fun in the beginning, increasingly not as interesting and I skimmed the last third. I think my interest level was more at the article-level, not the book level. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Meg Trucano | 5/17/2012

    " I listened to this on a long car ride, and I was pleasantly surprised. It definitely changes how I think about lies of all kinds, and how frequently we all lie and are lied to--even without really realizing it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lauren | 3/14/2012

    " Very insightful. Not so much for the insight as to "why" people lie, but for insights as to why certain lies upset one more than other lies. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Megan | 2/13/2012

    " The liar in your life is....everyone. And you aren't excluded from that list. The entire book is dedicated to the many reasons we lie, ranging from altruism to mental illness. After listening to the author characterize different forms of lying, I have been thinking about lies in a new way. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Meg | 11/30/2010

    " I listened to this on a long car ride, and I was pleasantly surprised. It definitely changes how I think about lies of all kinds, and how frequently we all lie and are lied to--even without really realizing it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elizabeth | 10/5/2010

    " So far - quite good and I like the anthropological/biological underpinnings cited for why & how we lie - and real-life examples of the different types of lies within society. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wil | 10/3/2010

    " People lie more than we think. We lie for many reasons including thrills, building our self esteem, being social and greed. One problem with the book is the authors constantly makes excuses for lies as a social norm as if you can not be social and honest at the same time. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kam | 9/14/2010

    " at 1st, I liked it. Very clear. Good expression of thoughts. But then it didn't answer the title. It was about all the lying around us. It just went on and on about that. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dennis | 8/26/2010

    " Not a relationship book as the title would make you think, but a lay persons introduction to some of Feldman's 25 years of research on lying. A lot of food for thought here "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Megan | 11/18/2009

    " The liar in your life is....everyone. And you aren't excluded from that list. The entire book is dedicated to the many reasons we lie, ranging from altruism to mental illness. After listening to the author characterize different forms of lying, I have been thinking about lies in a new way. "

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About the Author

Robert S. Feldman is Professor of Psychology and Interim Dean of the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He is a fellow of the American Psychological Association and the Association for Psychological Science. A winner of the College Distinguished Teacher award, he is on the board of directors of the Federation for the Advancement of the Behavioral and Brain Sciences. Feldman received a BA from Wesleyan University and an MS and PhD from the University of Wisconsin–Madison. He is a winner of a Fulbright Senior Research Scholar and Lecturer award and has written more than 100 books, book chapters, and scientific articles, including The Liar in Your Life, Understanding Psychology, Fundamentals of Nonverbal Behavior, and Development Across the Life Span. He lives in Massachusetts.

About the Narrator

Bob Walter is a producer, director, and audiobook narrator. He is best known for his work as a music producer and sound effects designer for the movies Halloween, The Little Brave Toaster, and Apocalypse Now. His audiobook narrations include several nonfiction and fiction titles from Hachette, Random House, and HarperCollins, among others.