Where you excited about Freakonomics? Did you love the way that the authors used data to connect the dots on questions you've always had? Well, if you picked up Super Freakonomics hoping for the same new thinking, you'll be disappointed. It is more journalistic writing than analytical insight. The authors report on the writings of Malcom Gladwell and others, so it feels all along like you've read this book before. On the bright side, it was entertaining and held my interest, just not the breakthrough that the first book was.
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).
These books always fascinate and are replete with practical application. As with the first, they do tend to get a bit bogged down in certain sections, but that's what ff is for I found the prostitution piece a tad boring and devoid of application but the rest were brilliant.
A delightful and thought provoking book. I can see my own assumptions challenged. I certainly will look at altruism research more critically looking forward. I've very much enjoyed their podcasts and this is a longer more comprehensive version of that work. Well worth your time.
Tucked away in the beautiful mountains of New Mexico.
I enjoy the spin that these two put on economics. This book, like Freakonomics and the podcast of the same name, is a compilation of interesting examples used to illustrate a point about some aspect of economics. Think of it as a bunch of podcasts or short stories. There is a heavy focus on social economics, or why/how people make the decisions that they make.
If you liked Freakonomics, you'll like this book, too. I personally enjoy all of them (books and podcast). However, I sometimes got bored with the narration...just a bit monotonous for my taste. Perhaps it should have come with a warning label "may cause drowsiness" or "don't operate heavy machinery."
Band guy who always wants to be better at something.
Steven and Steven are excellent for looking at things from the direction you'd never expect.
It is at the top of my listening experiences. I listened to the last one and this one was as good. I wish everyone would listen to this.
Comments about global warming were important.
I really enjoyed the original Freakonomics audiobook. And this one doesn't dissapoint. This follow-up was not as arresting as the first book, but this is simply the result of me being familiar with the concept. It's still very enjoyable while being thought-provoking at the same time. I keep finding myself mentioning things from thsi book to friend and family!
Lively, with just enough humor
This book is full of humor and interesting history, statistics and theories. It covers important society problems such as terrorism, disease, prostitution, and global warming. Despite the subject matter, the book has an optimistic tone. It promotes the idea that the best solutions to our problems are usually the simplest and cheapest and take into account human nature and economic theory. The book gives lots of interesting examples. The statistics and science were well explained in a non-technical, interesting way. I imagine I will be thinking about the ideas in this book for a long, long time. Do yourself a favor and get this book.
The narrator did a great job. For example, when he read quotes you could feel the passion. I might not have picked up on this if I had read the book instead of listened to it.
I have to admit, if this wasn't on sale, it would have never gotten my attention. I was pleasantly surprised by listening to this during my commute. Its somewhat of a wake-up call, about things that never seemed to get any news coverage, because many of these topics are politically incorrect, or just have no place in our current defective media.