Great humour, great topics, great book!
There are a couple studies that I don't agree with, thus the 4 star rating, but overall it's a great book to everyone!
I highly recommend.
I really enjoyed this book.
Each chapter describes an experiment that documents "predictably irrational" human behaviour. When each piece of research is described, you can "predict" fairly accurately the findings before you are given the results, but none the less, the results are fascinating.
What I also liked was the authors' attempt to explain the reasoning behind the behaviour and try to give us some tips and tools to avoid behaving "irrationally".
I also enjoyed the narration. A nice posh easy to understand voice that captured the moments of irony and sarcasm perfectly.
Overall a decent book with interesting data and some thought provoking questions. However, much of the material is intuitive, we just need the occasional reminder to be conscious of such things. Where the book strays off course is when specific experiments are used to make broad public policy suggestions. The author may be so used to conducting experiments on people that he begins to think of people as nothing more than subjects for further experimentation. This book finds trends in distributions of people, and looses the individuals in the averaging.
Interesting, thought-provoking and a good listen, not earth shattering.
extremely interesting digest of psychological studies that have meaningful impacts on daily life. easy to read yet rich in content. entertaining as well as informational. can't recommend highly enough
I found this book very enjoyable. I have been fascinated with behavioral science and found this full of insights that will both help me and make me crazy ;o). Plus the charm of a British narrator never hurts. Thank you Dan for this book and your research.
this is a very good very easy read. great narrator and it is insightful to know why we do what we do with out knowing why we do it!! lol its confusingly sensible. enlightening, fun, light and well written. I enjoyed this very much. will read it again.
the studies themselves
maybe, not sure. his performance was great. the audio engineers throwing in the silly transition music was 1) randomly pointless, 2) a nuisance because they'd keep it going for another 5-10s after he resumed reading
Very enjoyable little read. Behavioral economics and its various experiments/studies are so very fascinating. The material at hand was solid as was the writing itself. The narration was great, but they threw in some random ass techno-y elevator music time and again that was a nuisance to the experience. It wasn't even during regular transitions (chapter to chapter, mid-chapter break, etc.) and would continue for 5-10s after the narrator had begun reading again. Very strange indeed. Otherwise, a recommended (audio) book!
This book is a must have for anyone on the path of becoming a better critical thinker. Easy to listen to. A 7 hour book that feels like a 2 hour book
How difficult to compare: all that I've read so far have been really good (I've been lucky). I first saw Ariely in a TED presentation and found his ideas really interesting. Because of the nature of the presentation I was left wanting more. The book didn't disappoint at all.
My first on Behavioural Economics so nothing to compare it against. I would say this though: I believe a lot of very smart people these days are advocating for something similar: go back to the search for an integral human being rather than the one sided, competitive, greedy, status and money seekers our current context advocates. Dan's book in this regard may be compared with Quiet (Susan Cain), The Power of Vulnerability (Brenee Brown), the three excellent books.
No, but the performance was superb.
Yes, unfortunately my current timetable did not allow for that.
Really happy to have discovered Audible thanks to a friend. Now my being stuck in traffic and commuting have a completely different flavor to them.