This is as entertaining and thought provoking as Freakonomics (but I still rate "Undercover Economist" above these two.) but the whole chapter about prostitutes was, to put it mildly, difficult to listen to in a family setting! (Not suitable for kids) Just thought I would put in this note of caution so that you can avoid listening to it on your car stereo when your kids are in the backseat. :)
I really enjoyed the first one, but this second installment of freakonomics was great. I find it refreshing to find that the authors do a full investigation on issues and make crazy connections through economic analysis. I especially enjoyed the review on "Global Warming" and how it really isn't what everyone thinks it is. It just goes to show how easily the media can manipulate and scare the population. A majority of people really just don't know what they are talking about. I loved it: "if you want to stop global warming, don't buy a hybrid, just stop eating red meat."
Single Dad. Mid 50's.
Couldn't get enough of this book! It held me captivated from start to finish. Can't wait for another!
My title says it all....seemed to be more obvious information in this one, or maybe I'm just getting smarter after having read the first one!
The subjects covered in this book aren't as interesting to me as the first book, which I loved. It was still a good book.
Much weaker than Freakonmics. Although there are some interesting insights, it seems like the authors were desparate to cash in on their first success and lowered the quality of their insights in a rush to get into print. There are far too many pop-science tangents.
One thing is consistent -- the poor naration. As is often the case, an author lacks the naration skills of a professional making the book much harder to listen to. I suggest that if there is a third book, the co-author put aside his ego and hire a pro.
I fully expected a collection of interesting situations which defied conventional wisdom once placed under the scrutiny of the behavioral economists. This follow-up book was a disappointment. The format was repetitive and the stories seemed contrived and forced to make a point. There were a few good insights, but nowhere as good as the original.
If you are looking for a good listen in this genre, try anything by Malcolm Gladwell!
I loved the original Freakonomics book and found this just as interesting. It was by random chance I bought the first book years ago, and fell in love with economics. Superfreakonomics is endlessly interesting, and entertaining the whole way through. Dubner's voice as narrator is pleasing to listen to, and I managed to finish this audio book in one day because I could not stop listening to it.