As someone interested in data, I looked forward to listening this book for a while. I was very disappointed. The authors clearly have an agenda (or agendas) that they wish to promote, and the most prominent one is their own ego - show how everyone else is an idiot and we are geniuses. However, the most frustrating part is how the authors do just what they rail against - irresponsibly use data to make a point they want. Most commonly, this is by inundating the reader with data, then saying, "see? A happened after B, so A must have caused B." Causality is rarely shown by the authors, but rather assumed by associations. We call that bad science.
lose the music.
No reason to have music in the background, it was distracting and annoying.
Too much time was spent glorifying the authors, and one of the key points (that correlation does not imply causation) was beaten half to death. The concepts were solid, but the delivery was indirect and often tedious.
Interesting points to think about... But I think it would be a mistake to bite too hard on the authors statistics without a bit of skepticism for some of them to consider writers bias.
The narrator was great. He made the entire book sound like his own conversational thoughts which kept the book interesting and stimulating. The book itself was overly shocking at times but otherwise had perspectives worth considering and really creative ideas.
I'm a huge fan of the Freakonomics Radio Podcast and assumed this would be very similar. While the subject matter and narrator were the same, I felt that Dubner didn't have anywhere near the amount of personality (vocal inflections, etc.) that he does on the podcast. Still very informative and overall
a good listen, but a bit on the short side so spend thy credits wisely.
I enjoyed when the young college student went into the projects with his questionnaire, only to be held there for as long as he did. The story that ensued after that was amazing and it was a very enjoyable and informative part of the book.
I would suggest this book to anyone who considers themselves as having a different way of looking at things. I would also suggest that people who want to expand the ways they think about different situations and ideas.
The variety of topics this book covers is impressive. However, each topic is thoroughly researched. I was impressed with the authors ability to uncover and calculate raw statistics from uncommon places. This book makes you see the world differently.