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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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    Grumpy S. Monkey Walpole, MA, United States 01-04-14
    Grumpy S. Monkey Walpole, MA, United States 01-04-14 Member Since 2016

    I'm a bear that likes honey, climbing trees, stealing picnic baskets and listening to audiobooks.

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    "Compelling and Thought Provoking"
    What made the experience of listening to Trust Me, I'm Lying the most enjoyable?

    Holiday does a really good job of explaining how the media works in the internet age and how the pay-per-view culture of blogging encourages shoddy journalism.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Trust Me, I'm Lying?

    What I will take away from this book is a better understanding of how easily we can be manipulated by the media, how little truth matters when it comes to drumming up buzz, and how important it is to be responsible as a writer and a blogger.


    Any additional comments?

    Highly recommended. You'll never be able to see an article from Gawker or Buzzfeed or the Huffington Post without thinking about what Holiday has to say in his book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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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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    JB 08-05-12
    JB 08-05-12 Member Since 2016
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    "I liked this a lot."

    This was very helpful. Holiday is good, no doubt about it...

    However much the underbelly of New Media may shock you in this book, I cannot shake the feeling that Holiday sensationalized the book himself. His "unveiling" of how Youtube uses Thumbnails to increase Click-through-rate is not as crazy as he suggests. Although there is manipulation going on, I don't think it is bleak as he professes.

    I DO recommend the book for anyone who makes their living from new media.

    5 of 7 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 10 people found this review helpful
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    DAGarcia 06-19-17
    DAGarcia 06-19-17
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    "WHO KNEW?!?!?"

    Wow, my eyes have bee opened. Thank You for insight to the underworld of Blogland!!!

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    06-13-17
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    "👌👌👌👌👌👍"

    well read, well researched, honestly amazing. Best book I've read on media since amusing ourselves to death

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    Wiktor 05-23-17
    Wiktor 05-23-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Informative and thought provoking."

    I'd suggest everyone to read this at least once in their lifetime. Thoroughly enjoyable to listen.

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    05-16-17
    05-16-17 Member Since 2017
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    "very informative work"

    Truly opened my eyes a bit more about the manipulation of media. I appreciate the author for sharing his stories, even if they were falsified, it enlightened me.

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    Eddie Memphis, TN, United States 04-02-17
    Eddie Memphis, TN, United States 04-02-17 Member Since 2015
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    "if are not already cynical..."

    Fascinating information. A quasi-confessional account of media manipulation. it will make you pause before accepting the veracity of news, even from those who slam the "main-stream" media. It is a cry for higher ethical standards for Truth, but is unable to see how that can happen in the modern climate of rumor-becomes-truth.

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    Allan Nanaimo, BC, Canada 03-23-17
    Allan Nanaimo, BC, Canada 03-23-17 Member Since 2011
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    "Not what I thought it would be."

    The reader is very hard to listen to. Not a professional. The material could be condensed.

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