I started listening to Freakonomics through the podcast. I then watched the movie, and at last read (listened to the book.) By listening to the avenues first, you will hear a lot of the same information repeated. Although this was slightly annoying, it was nice to see the way that the authors chose to progress from point to point to make a flow of the information.
The performance was great, the economics are suitably freaky, but I like the first book better. If you liked the first one, you'll like this one. If you have not read/listened to the first one, start there.
I'd still recommend this book but the first one was more insightful. I felt like some of the information in the 2nd book was 're-processed'
This was a good read, I think I liked the first book better, the last section on global warming semeed to not fit in a as much with the rest of the topics, but still a good read. The author does a good job of narrating it.
Yes, brings up interesting points that most would probably never think about. Or things you do yet may not research....just wonder about.
Just little ol' me
This is another example of economists solving all types problems by using data. They tear down many common perceptions why things happen with actual data. The thrust of the book is explaining how people respond to incentives, but in a counter intuitive way.
I listen to books on my long commute.
I love this book in that it gives many interesting, factual tidbits wrapped around interesting main stories. The research is unique and presented in an engaging way.
The hook for each section made you wonder how two very different things could be related.
Where it explains what Al Gore and Mount Pinatubo have in common
Everyday things explained in a new way.
I'll keep buying these books if they keep making them like this.
Don't get me wrong, this book is very interesting. But it falls just short of the podcast that comes out about 2 times a month. Mainly because the podcast has a little bit better production value. But that is really the only beef I had. It is still a very fun listen. I would recommend it to anyone, especially if you are like me, and you like using some of the topics to start fun debates with your friends
This book continues the fresh, skeptical and illuminating look at things that was introduced in the first book, Freakonomics. But the threads tying together the topics in each chapter are weaker than before, so the narrative moves from one to another without providing a clear sense of the link that led the authors. However, the analysis -- and in some cases how the analysis came about -- still is fascinating. Maybe a better title would have been
I was worried about some reviews that considered this more sensational then scientific. The authors try to convey the science in an interesting way. I was satisfied.