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
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.
Useful information, optimization for audio.
Anything that refers to items that cannot be seen.
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.
This book is full of new information and quite different from others I've read. It deals with a more scientific basis for entrapping liars, like how just how the brain/speech/body language work together when telling a lie and it teaches you what you need to know to spot when lies are being told. You have to utilize their technique for it to work for you.
Every parent, especially of a teenagers, significant others of a cheating partner, employers, teachers, probation and parole officers, well heck, everyone needs to listen to this informative and well written book with good narration if they want to be one up on those who lie.
Exellent, educational, be able to see and understand how deceptive people respond.
The way most people act when they are trying to be deceptive.
You have to be in mode L2 (L squer ) In order to be able to detect a deceptive person.
Be more aware and pay close attention to the persons responses to your questions.
Be in mode L squer.
Simply not enough time in the world to read all the books I want to, so now I listen to them.
This was, at the time I listened to it the best book I had listened to. Its still great, but the one I am on now is even better.
Very easy to listen to, nice smooth easy to listen to voice.
If you have ever wanted to know for sure if someone is telling the truth, or hiding things from you this is a book you will want. They go over real world examples of times when people are flat out lying, and you know they are, but this book tells you HOW you know, so that you can spot it in other real life situations. What is amazing about this book is that they go beyond the typical things people look for when you think they are lying. Most of that is garbage. They show you new things to look for that are much more reliable in spotting a lie. While you wont know exactly what the truth is, you will know where to press them for more information so you can get the truth.
Excellent book. Unfortunately without the PDFs it's a bit hard to imagine when the authors reference pictures. For those interesting in helping people get their feelings out, the author's prescribed method can be an excellent tool in assessing honesty or at least indicators of dishonesty, e.g. with mediators, counselors, coaches.
Include the PDF.
Nothing. The authors didn’t have any great insight or knowledge that wasn’t provide in an afternoon of cartoons.
The Night Circus, by Erin Morgenstern
Sorry, but no.
Good introduction to what appears to be a long process if your interested in detecting deceptive statements. I think you would need more training and practice to make it useful - definitely more than what the book gives you.
3.5 stars for story
4 stars for narration
I found the book informative on the subject and the content credible. Diagrams not present in the audio format sometimes presented a challenge in deciphering what was being said.
My biggest complaint in the writing style of the author, was his frequent reference to a subject being discussed, and then saying 'we will study this more in depth in later chapters'. This happened often enough that I started to wonder when we would discuss these subjects, and by the time we did I had forgotten what we were talking about earlier. This may have worked better in written form, but in audio form it became a distraction for me.
My other complaint was that I did not care for the anecdotal style of writing. I would have preferred more hard and fast details about analyzing behavior with specific examples (which did happen often later in the book). In the end, the method was revealed, and there were a number of helpful hints and strategies to help one negotiate such the subtle art of understanding behavioral "tells".
I would recommend this to anyone interested in the subject.
Excellent book with practical suggestions on observing what is going on around you. Valuable and interesting. A little slow but...
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.
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