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Trust Me, I'm Lying Audiobook

Trust Me, I'm Lying: Confessions of a Media Manipulator

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Publisher's Summary

"You’ve seen it all before. A malicious online rumor costs a company millions. A political sideshow derails the national news cycle and destroys a candidate. Some product or celebrity zooms from total obscurity to viral sensation. What you don’t know is that someone is responsible for all this. Usually, someone like me. I’m a media manipulator. In a world where blogs control and distort the news, my job is to control blogs—as much as any one person can. In today’s culture…

  • 1) Blogs like Gawker, Buzzfeed, and the Huffington Post drive the media agenda.
  • 2) Bloggers are slaves to money, technology, and deadlines.
  • 3) Manipulators wield these levers to shape everything you read, see and watch—online and off.

"Why am I giving away these secrets? Because I'm tired of a world where blogs take indirect bribes, marketers help write the news, reckless journalists spread lies, and no one is accountable for any of it. I'm pulling back the curtain because I don't want anyone else to get blindsided. I’m going to explain exactly how the media really works. What you choose to do with this information is up to you."

©2012 Ryan Holiday (P)2012 Gildan Media LLC

What the Critics Say

"Ryan Holiday is part Machiavelli, part Ogilvy, and all results… this whiz kid is the secret weapon you've never heard of." (Tim Ferriss, #1 New York Times best-selling author of The 4-Hour Workweek)

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    James Carlsbad, CA, United States 12-12-12
    James Carlsbad, CA, United States 12-12-12
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    "A little too much trust"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Probably not. While interesting, it was not as thought-provoking as advertised. That combined with little to no actual sources to back up his claims, it is really just the author's word hoping to be taken as truth.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    It was read well, however there are particular moments in the book where the audio cuts to what sounds like last-minute additions. The audio is lower quality, and sounds as though recorded through a built-in computer microphone.


    Was Trust Me, I'm Lying worth the listening time?

    It is a quick read, so I have no regrets.


    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Elton Los angeles, CA, United States 08-13-12
    Elton Los angeles, CA, United States 08-13-12

    I teach Business, Economics, and English at a university in Tokyo. My interests are in politics, economics, and philosophy. I hold a BA in English Literature, and an MA in Political Science.

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    "Don't Read Your Own Book, but Listen to This One"

    Mr. Holiday tackles a pretty tough issue in this book. He does it intelligently and informatively. There is a lot of conflict in its telling. It's like listening to Pandora lament about opening the box.
    Mr. Holiday outlines the ways in which the news is being manipulated by the Internet. He does this from the POV of being a manipulator. Much of what he says is common sense, but seeing the illustrations and having it laid out in plain view somehow solidifies it in the mind.
    If you are trying to start your own Internet blog sensation, this book is a must listen. If you are an avid Internet news consumer, this book is a must listen. If you never use the Internet for news, this book is a must listen.
    While his reading felt like listening to a reading race, over time he either slowed down or I got used to the pace.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jeff Richecky 12-21-14 Member Since 2016
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    "Worst Narrator Ever!"
    Would you listen to Trust Me, I'm Lying again? Why?

    No, I wouldn't listen to this again. I couldn't listen to it the first time. His mono tone and lack of enthusiasm while presenting his story makes it extremely hard to follow. I literally had to shut it off after 15 minutes.


    6 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    maxwell pond 09-10-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Once you know a thing, you can never un-know it"

    Everyone who depends on media of any kind to make a living should read this book. Teaching someone to not be naive is typically something they have to experience on their own. Holiday renders an exception with this book. Finding out what's behind the curtian of media isn't pretty but educating your self about it is a step closer to a better more honest world.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    J. Altman 08-22-16
    J. Altman 08-22-16
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    "Honest, informative, insightful, reflective."

    First off, I love when author reads his own book. Only then can you hear the true feelings and thoughts come through in the author's voice.

    In this book, Ryan tells of the hidden world of marketing, blogs, and public relations. His own techniques are outlandish, successful, astounding, and creative.

    I was shocked at how retractions are handled, clarifications are ignored, and how false stories do not get the corrections that are deserved. If they do, it seems, the corrections are put at the bottom of a post that is published or posted or shared again.

    Trust Me I'm Lying is well outside my area of expertise, but not really. This information should be if interest anybody who reads a newspaper, magazine, blog, or advertisement.

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    HereticalOne 08-04-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Completely changes how you view the media"

    I was expecting rlto walk away from this book with some knowledge of insider tricks. What I got was walk-through of the economics of our current media system and how it's system of incentives has made it utterly corruptible. A highly recommended read.

    One sour point of the audiobook is that the author narrates it himself; he would have been better served with a professional voice actor. His voice is nasally and a little harder to follow at low volumes and sudden changes in volume make it obvious that certain sections were edited out of sequence. If lackluster voice acting is a deal-breaker for you, pick up a physical copy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    All 07-12-16
    All 07-12-16 Member Since 2016
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    "A book to manipulate you into hate manipulation "

    A great read to grasp the way that the information is manipulated in today's world, but the author uses the tools that he is criticizing to manipulate you towards a point of view, trying to paint a darker world and exaggerate how the it works

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Victor 06-20-16
    Victor 06-20-16
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    "Too Fast"

    The narrator spoke too fast. I got used to it a few chapters in, though.

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    khaled 06-09-16
    khaled 06-09-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Could have been shorter"

    Content is good but repeats himself a lot. Massive amount of examples and situations that doesn't add much to the story
    Yet the first half was pretty good

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    Sheila 06-03-16
    Sheila 06-03-16

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    "Important (but coarse)"

    The content of this book is important and I wish everyone were familiar with it. Unfortunately the delivery is coarse - unnecessarily so in my opinion. I am not fully comfortable recommending it because I don't want to endorse the language but I do want as many other people as possible to be educated about this important subject. Hmm... Was that a neutral retweet?

    The audio quality is poor though for me the material was worth listening through it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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