Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed this book. However, it didn't blow me away as much as the original "Freakonomics". I really enjoyed the section about global warming, climate change, or whatever the alarmists are calling it now. I like how Levitt and Dubner put the whole subject into perspective, and pointed out that just how much money is being wasted on trying to change peoples' behavior, when far less money could be spent to actually fix the alleged problem. The section about prostitution was interesting, but not extremely surprising. However, the final story in the book about how monkeys tie into that subject is surprising. (Don't want to give it away though.) If you enjoyed "Freakonomics", then you'll probably enjoy this one as well. Just don't expect it to be super, and think of it just as you would any other sequel to a great movie.
I'm a mom. I have drama in my life. I don't want books with the F-bomb, nor graphic violence. I read for fun and to bring my family together. I read for reducing stress levels. We have never had a television in our home and our children are now mid twenties to 19. We listen together and look for belly-wrenching laughter. So what is it like to live without a TV? Awesomely educational and inspirational. Each new book is a marvel.
I love the concepts discussed in the 'Freak' books. Amazing and fun! This is certainly a great way to expand our understanding and perspective.
They have reasonably priced solutions to global warming.
There is an amazing experiment with capuchin monkeys - what happens when coins/money are introduced into their society. The monkeys commit crime and prostitution.
I was surprised the author Stephen Dubner narrated the audiobook. Many authors are not good at that. But he was. He was good. I’m looking forward to their next book.
Genre: nonfiction and economics
Addicted to audiobooks & podcasts. 5 Stars=I Loved It, 4 Stars=Enjoyed it Thoroughly, 3=Kinda Good, 2=Bad/Boring, 1=Complete Waste of Credit
As a fan of the weekly Freakanomics podcast, I came into this with a good idea of what to expect - which means the joy of surprise and enchantment a first-time listener may experience was bound to be elude me. I was right about that - nothing super earth-shaking for me, however my expectations were more than met and I really enjoyed this sequel to Freakanomics. These guys are just plain awesome and their mass appeal is obvious; I would recommend this for group car rides where you want everyone to think a little bit, discuss a little bit, laugh, and enjoy an escape from superficial assumptions about the world we live in. This would also be great for someone looking to increase their stash of interesting conversation starters for parties or awkward first dates (you may want to avoid the patriotic prostitutes though).
There's enough in this book, and its prequel, to offend just about anyone--and yet, the authors seem to have serious angst with...REALTORS!
After listening to their first publication I had high expectations for Super Freakonomics. I was pleasantly surprised with their product. This turned out to be another masterpiece of crazy ramblings!
The book is the literary equivalent of the movie sequel that shouldn't have been made. The same actors are in it, the same basic plot line, a few cars explode, the bad guy almost wins, then the hero saves the day.
What is interesting about all such books are the pods of hard data that are presented. The reader is taken from one "gee whiz, I didn't know that" pod to the next.
The problem is of course the age old problem of all wannabe philosophers, the problem of induction. The authors have taken a bite of a few apples, and declared knowledge of all apples. Or in other words, they've strongly implied many facts in this book, which are really not facts at all.
But the data itself is interesting, and if one doesn't sucked into their inductive narrative, it is worth reading, though I wouldn't recommend it to the gullible.
Superfreakanomics starts off just like the original, with a lot stats giving the reader insights. Unfortunately, the last section is more of a science review glorifying one group of inventors. Although it is interesting I would prefer the author stick with its initial design. Thoughts for the next book "The correlation of seemingly unrelated events."
I'm a little puzzled why so many reviews thinks this book doesn't compare to the original. I think is sequel had looked at more interesting topics and had better humor as icing atop the cake.
Maybe sequels are just more likely to disappoint despite its actual worth, perhaps Steven Levitt should look into that?