This book was very interesting. I found that it illuminated some things that I'd already had a feeling about, but in a scientific way. If you enjoy research articles with stories behind the research attached, you'll enjoy this book. I honestly felt like I was smarter after reading it. It also helped illuminate some of my own irrational behaviors.
I like both versions. I like having the book. But the narration and nature of the book lends itself well to listening also. Ariely is a fascinating man who conducts really fun and interesting research into human behavior. I don't agree with all of the ideas he brings forward as solutions to specific problems. But he just brings them forward for consideration, and they have merit and definitely provide food for thought.
It's a nice companion book for the Upside of Irrationality, which I believe the author intended.
Excellent, each one.
Surprise! Well, not so much.
The underlying research is interesting from a social psychology perspective, and it points to some areas of decision-making that we should be more mindful of. It highlights numerous areas where we are vulnerable to simple cognitive failures, clever marketing maneuvers and a good deal of self-deception. It also provides useful insights into how we might trick ourselves into making better decisions.
No, this book was stretched for content as it is, and without a sizable increase in relevant research there may not be enough material to scrape together another book on the theme.
This book (and audiobook, in particular) could have benefited from more editorial oversight. It's highly repetitive - if there are five ways to reformulate a question you can be assured the author will cover all of them, and experiment results echo constantly throughout each chapter (just in case you forgot what the narrator was saying thirty seconds ago).
The book also suffers at it moves away from its experimental underpinnings and into practical application. While the research is generally well-formulated and worthy of consideration, the various attempts to extend experimental observations into real-world changes are usually simplistic and sometimes embarrassingly naive.
In general, there's genuinely good content and original research to be had here. Just go in knowing that you'll be wading through some padding and fluff to get to it.
This has been one of my favorite reads so far. It is obvious that he is very well studied, driven to the subject by his own tragic life experience. I read (listened) to this a while back, and I find myself referencing it on almost a weekly basis since I read it. Amazing book.
Terribly researched book. Dan Ariely is a discredit to his university and social science generally.
Yes, the reading is not the problem, he did fine.
Frustration and disappointment. I was so hoping to like this book.
Do not read, you will not sound smarter at a cocktail party, you will just be less informed if you read this book.
This category of book is overcrowded. Some are good, many are mediocre. I was very impressed with one. It was entertaining, interesting, and useful. I highly recommend it.
Very good performance.
Considering this book was based on experiments and data, the author does a poor job of accounting for alternate explanations to his conclusions and gives the reader little information about sample sizes or other important experimental data. It's as if the author wants to draw all the conclusions for you and expects you to take everything he says as fact. Their are few critical thinking skills needed when reading this book because all the information is prepackaged and delivered with one explanation, the explanation the author wants you to believe. Even though most of his ideas have value and are supported with some data, he does a disservice to his readers by not providing more information about the experiments themselves so the reader can feel confident in the conclusions he provides. Also, while he does present a few interesting, surprising and unique ideas, I found several of his conclusions were common sense ideas. Overall if you just want to know a few more facts about how humans behave and why, this book offers some interesting explanations. If you were expecting more details to perhaps challenge some of his ideas or draw your own conclusion, this book will leave you disappointed.
The book made it easy to understand the differences between behavioral economics vs standard economics.
The creative type.
Dan is a brilliant man with a keen ability to breakdown human behaviors with scientific studies and refreshing clarity. The books is a great listen and the content will keep you up late at night.
I recommend this book to anyone, lot's of insights about how decisions could be influence or how you get to strange decisions about everyday things
I have recommended this book to my entire organization. Understanding the forces at work can make everything we do more effective. The narrator's British accent was a bonus, but I wish Mr. Ariely would have narrated it. Judging by his YouTube videos, he has a pleasant voice also.
The chapter on honesty.