I value intelligent stories with characters I can relate to. I can appreciate good prose, but a captivating plot is way more important.
I listened to this book a couple of times.... mostly because the first time I wasn't giving it my full attention.
I have to say that it lost me the second time, too. Then I realized.. hey, it's not me... this book is actually pretty slow in some places.
I like these authors, and I enjoy their podcast. But if I'm in the mood for this sort of book, I'm going to head over to Malcolm Gladwell first. This is the B team.
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.
This book is more dramatic and refined than the first one. Very enjoyable. They don't shy away from controversial subject areas. This no doubt hurts their user ratings, but it's a necessary part of doing what they are trying to do. This series is a brilliant introduction to the world of microeconomics for the lay person. Dubner's reading is not polished but grows on you.