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Dr. M. Scott Peck has inspired millions by combining the deepest insights of psychiatry with those of religion. In this first of a three volume audio series based on his best-selling book People of the Lie, Dr. Peck once again integrates religious teaching with the science of psychology as he offers hope for healing one of society's most persistent failings -- human evil.

In his characteristic warm and accessible style, Dr. Peck explains that while the notion of evil has been present in religious thought for centuries, the concept has not been fully addressed by the psychiatric community. Dr. Peck links the two to show us how truly evil people are not necessarily criminals but those among us who appear as upstanding members of society. Using individual case studies to present vivid incidents of human evil, Dr. Peck describes how these "People of the Lie" hide behind the facade of normalcy as they continue to plague our lives.

A groundbreaking and compelling audio program that explores the essence of evil, People of the Lie sets us on a path toward understanding and coping with this age-old program.

©1992 M. Scott Peck (P)1992 Simon & Schuster

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It's basically just a sample

This volume includes about the introduction and first chapter (or maybe two) of the book. He gave one vignette (the story of the boy whose parents gave him the gun his brother used to commit suicide) and talked briefly about Erich Fromme, and then it was over. The entire printed book is short enough that I can't make sense of why it should have been either abridged or cut into three volumes. If I'd realized what I was getting, I'd have passed.

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uninspir God-besoten conclusion. waste of time.

Uninspired God-besoten conclusion. waste of time. Wish to have $ back. Only 2 examples and a weak argument for the thesis.

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Excellent book, recommended by my counselor

Very well written, eye opening and convincing. Scott Peck puts things in proper perspective and gives mankind the two choices that every person must make consciously or unconsciously. Great read, I have to read The Road Less Traveled now!

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Beware: you get only few chapters of this book

Is there anything you would change about this book?

I would make the whole book available as one purchase. I was disappointed that I had to buy it in sections -- at a cost of 3 credits!

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

The "story" -- the content -- was thought-provoking and helpful.

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

The narration of Scott Peck is stiff. But I'm glad it was himself, and not some other stiff person disconnected from the writing.

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1 Credit for Half of an old book - 1 hr, 23 min

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

I read The Road Less Traveled many years ago and it still stands up as a decent book. However, the follow-up books that I have attempted to read by Scott Peck since his first, I find disappointing.
I was recommended to read People of the Lie for a very few pages to understand and experience with which I was dealing. In preparation for a meeting, I turned to Audible to download it immediately so I could listen for the section. I found that to download this older, paperback book, I had to use 2 credits to download this thin book in two sections.
This doesn't make sense and except for the short section I found and transcribed for the meeting, the rest of the book was as disappointing as I remember.
Scott Peck, after The Road Less Traveled seems to have gone off the rails and into the woods on the subject of lies, evil, demon possession, etc. I prefer to stay more in the real world of understanding human behavior.
I download many good, lengthy books for 1 credit each. On the other hand, I have had a membership with Audible for many years and have let more credits expire than I like to think about.
So when a small, unremarkable book is split in two, 1 credit each, it just isn't worth it.

Would you ever listen to anything by M. Scott Peck again?

No - not out of personal interest.

How could the performance have been better?

Read a different book.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment, boredom.

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A clear description what evil is!

A very important book for everyone. It describes in layman's terms how people become evil. Written by a psychiatrist who was an agnostic and became a Christian because of what he experienced in his practice!

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Too short

I thought the book was good, but too short. I was shocked and disappointed that it was finished. I guess I'll need to get vol. 2.

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Excellent

I first read this book when I was college student and took a course on Sin Satan and Evil . With all that is going on in this world today I felt I needed a review of what it is. Dr Peck give us well excellent account of how subtle evil can seep into our lives and that it is not alway glaring us in the face.

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A Sentimental Journey

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Any friend looking for an idealized view of inverasity from a folk psychological perspective; this would be the perfect title. Scott Peck has indeed taken "the road less traveled", since modern neuroscience began to inform us psychologically.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

Peck's discussion of a dishonest patient.

What does M. Scott Peck and M. Scott Peck bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Dr. Scott Peck brings a blast from the past. It was valuable for me to familiarize again, our culture's pre-scienticic era, circa 1880 to 1985. Dr. Peck is the cultural icon for the bygone era, that still serves our general population.

Do you think People of the Lie Vol. 1 needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

I am fairly sure this volume was adequate.

Any additional comments?

I hope the neuroscience texts will offer more actual insight in socially discordant people.

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Worthwhile listening, describes some that I know.

What other book might you compare People of the Lie Vol. 1 to and why?

"The Psychopath Test" by Ron Johnson

Any additional comments?

Will buy follow up books on subject by this author. I have and will continue to listen to this book as it gives insight at each pass.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful