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Spy the Lie Audiobook

Spy the Lie: Former CIA Officers Teach You How to Detect Deception

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Publisher's Summary

Audie Award Nominee, Business and Educational, 2013

Three former CIA officers - among the world’s foremost authorities on recognizing deceptive behavior - share their proven techniques for uncovering a lie.

Imagine how different your life would be if you could tell whether someone was lying or telling you the truth. Be it hiring a new employee, investing in a financial interest, speaking with your child about drugs, confronting your significant other about suspected infidelity, or even dating someone new, having the ability to unmask a lie can have far-reaching and even life-altering consequences.

As former CIA officers, Philip Houston, Michael Floyd, and Susan Carnicero are among the world’s best at recognizing deceptive behavior. Spy the Lie chronicles the captivating story of how they used a methodology Houston developed to detect deception in the counterterrorism and criminal investigation realms, and shows how these techniques can be applied in our daily lives.

Through fascinating anecdotes from their intelligence careers, the authors teach listeners how to recognize deceptive behaviors, both verbal and nonverbal, that we all tend to display when we respond to questions untruthfully. For the first time, they share with the general public their methodology and their secrets to the art of asking questions that elicit the truth.

Spy the Lie is a game-changer. You may never experience another book that has a more dramatic impact on your career, your relationships, or your future.

©2012 Philip Houston, Susan Carnicero, Don Tennant, Michael Floyd (P)2012 Macmillan

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    Marjorie 07-23-13
    Marjorie 07-23-13
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    "Great information! Very insightful."
    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I've listened to this book several times. There's a lot of information that I want to commit to memory and listening skills I want to use in my interactions with others every day.


    Any additional comments?

    As the mother of 4 children and in my career as a trial lawyer, this book was extremely valuable for confirming what I previously felt were only "hunches" about a person's truthfulness. This author gives you many examples of specific responses that are given when someone is lying, instead of answering the question truthfully. If you want/need to know when someone is being honest with you, or if they're avoiding telling you the truth, then this book is a "must read."

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    Chris San Jose, CA, United States 07-16-13
    Chris San Jose, CA, United States 07-16-13 Member Since 2010

    Avid Audio Book listener. Usual suspects are Leadership, Business, Philosophy, Biographies, and Random Fiction. But once every couple of months I choose a book I might not have picked...ever...but with good reviews.

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    "Interesting quick read"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This book would be an good book for a friend to read as long as they are not conspiracy nuts or are the type to diagnose everyone when they learn of a disease. It teaches you a lot of things to look for to help tell if deception might be present.


    What other book might you compare Spy the Lie to and why?

    Is not a current book I can compare it to.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    The narration wasn't the best but not the worst. It is straightforward and informative but not particularly dynamic.


    What did you learn from Spy the Lie that you would use in your daily life?

    Learned to pay attention more to what people don't say as much as what they do. Plus learning different types of tells for deception and how to ask the right questions for truth.


    Any additional comments?

    The book also has some really great information for parents who want to grill their kids.

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    Christopher 06-13-13
    Christopher 06-13-13
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    "Facinating"
    What made the experience of listening to Spy the Lie the most enjoyable?

    This is a great presentation of a fascinating subject. What you think you hear is not what people are actually saying. What seemed plausible before now seems clearly untruth!If you sick of politicial double talk or just want to see more clearly when someone is being deceptive or just hiding something I suggest this book. The only downside- this is just an introduction. The complexity of the subject would require a great deal of study and work to become proficient.


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    Tah 05-17-13
    Tah 05-17-13
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    "Fascinating! I've listened to it multiple times"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Spy the Lie to be better than the print version?

    Not better than print. There are indexes that are not included in the audible version. But a great listen! Whenever I finish one book, I go right back and listen to Spy The Lie for a review. Love it!


    What did you like best about this story?

    I was shocked by all the ways people, politicians, coworkers, bosses, KIDs, everyone lies. Especially useful for parents!!


    What insight do you think you’ll apply from Spy the Lie?

    Being able to identify the times and ways people prevaricate. Very interesting...MMT


    Any additional comments?

    Well worth the money!

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    Peter 04-21-13
    Peter 04-21-13
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    "Fantastic"
    Would you listen to Spy the Lie again? Why?

    This is not only very entertaining but also highly practical. A great method for detecting deception. It would be even better if they then moved into how to obtain a confession!


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    Aaron Lakeland, FL, United States 03-25-13
    Aaron Lakeland, FL, United States 03-25-13 Member Since 2015

    I enjoy listening to The Great Courses I have some books that are not from that series. I started listening because I was on the road a lot.

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    "Amazing!"
    Would you listen to Spy the Lie again? Why?

    I have listened to it 10 times and I still learn something new each time. I am not in law enforcement but I do many investigations in my line of work. Since reading this book I have been able to Spy the Lies and conclude many of my investigations to the satisfaction of my boss and our clients. Thank you for this informative book and the tools it has given me and the skill it has taught.


    What about Fred Berman’s performance did you like?

    Very easy to listen too. Thanks Fred good job !!


    What insight do you think you’ll apply from Spy the Lie?

    The Method


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    William 03-14-13
    William 03-14-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Essential reading for physicians and therapists"

    This book uses a structured approach to interview and listening that should be in any physician's toolkit. As a psychiatrist, I often have to assess for risk of self harm or assault. As noted early in the book, the most important first step is a willingness to doubt the truthfulness of your subject. People contemplating self harm and assault are often deceptive about their symptoms and plans. People malingering self harm and assault are also deceptive.

    Hence, this book can help train the interviewer to listen and observe clusters of symptoms consistent with lying and deception. In many ways, I think this book is an improvement over Roger's Clinical Assessment of Malingering and Deception with brevity and good use of examples.

    Another review criticizes the references to 2 tables. This reference to the tables is not vital at all. The references are clear and concise.

    I found this book very accessible at 1.5 to 2.0 X, but suggest reading/listening to it twice.

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    BetseaK 03-03-13
    BetseaK 03-03-13
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    "Informative and entertaining"

    This audiobook was a light, informative and entertaining listen, with some good tips and illustrative life examples. After a bit slow start, a very good narration kept me interested and entertained. I was a little surprised to learn that the good-natured, nice guy type is better at detecting deception than the cold, dispassionate one. I particularly liked the descriptions of the three categories of lies (the lies of commission,the lies of omission and the lies of influence) and the part on popular misconceptions regarding micro-expressions, such as poor eye-contact.
    Being a general reader, I found a sample narrative analysis in Appendixes a little too long and detailed for my taste and had to force myself to listen it to the end.

    Overall, this book does a good job of outlining what detecting and evaluating deception looks like to those who are trained but it won't quickly teach you how to do it yourself. If you are a normal adult person, it will give names to your common sense approaches to identifying deception. Bearing in mind that you should not jump to conclusions based on a single sign of deceptive behaviour and that this book must be employed with understanding that what it yields is information that requires further examination and training, some tips and questions it provides could be used as an effective tool in resolving everyday situations, with a word of advice (quoting the authors): Don't ask a question until you are sure you really want to know the answer! :)

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    Fausto Miramar, United States Minor Outlying Islands 01-17-13
    Fausto Miramar, United States Minor Outlying Islands 01-17-13
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    "Interesting subject"

    A very interesting book on a remarkably important subject. Lies! The authors seem to possess the know-how and put forward a sizable number of examples to that end. Unfortunately they chose to provide a limited amount of details on those examples which impairs the ability of the reader to fully grasp the concept being advanced. I concede that there is a chance that was precisely the goal.
    In any event, a good book for non-experts (like me) in the subject of deception and interrogation.

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    Marcus Long Beach, CA, United States 01-05-13
    Marcus Long Beach, CA, United States 01-05-13 Listener Since 2005
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    "Worst Book I've Ever Listened to or Read"
    What would have made Spy the Lie better?

    Useful information, optimization for audio.


    Would you ever listen to anything by the authors again?

    Absolutely not.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Fred Berman’s performances?

    Yes.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Spy the Lie?

    Anything that refers to items that cannot be seen.


    Any additional comments?

    This is, without a doubt, the worst book I have ever listened to or read. The information is basic common sense with almost no added value.

    Further, the examples provided are so watered down and underwhelming that I found myself struggling to continue to the end. In nearly every one, the "suspect" spontaneously confesses to everything in a matter of minutes after being asked the simplest questions.

    The analysis of instances like Anthony Weiner's bungled press conference show no exemplary deception detection prowess. Anyone watching that disaster knew he was hiding a great deal.

    Lastly, the book is not optimized for audio, more than once the narrator refers to items that cannot be seen.

    Wish I could get a refund and nearly 3 hours of my life back.

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  • Adrian
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    2/25/13
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    ""Oh yeah""

    This is an enjoyable, educational book on some of the techniques used to help you spot when someone is not being honest with you. Mostly, it's common sense and then some but an interesting listen if you enjoy trying to read people. It's marked down a very small amount because I'd have loved to hear some more borderline cases of lies, rather than one that pretty much anyone could recognise even before understanding "the technique" but more importantly because the narration is slightly irritating at times. I can't quite put my finger on it, but I just get the impression that every sentence is voiced as though the narrator is about to say "Oh yeaaaaaaaaaaaaaah" at the end. Have a listen to the preview - if that doesn't put you off too much, then chance a credit on this audiobook. I'm glad I did.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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