I tried this book after hearing about it from a friend. Was a good book with some different ideas. Great to listen to on long drives. Worth the price I paid (sale.)
Excellent listen. Sound economic analysis of controversial issues. The section about sumo wrestlers was interesting, but not exactly relevant to an American audience. I would recommend this to anyone interested in the whys of society.
Interesting view of the world from a non politically correct, statistition's point of view. If you like to think for yourself and learn new points of view, this book is without peer. OK, 29 pages of the frequency with which minorities name their kids wierd names is boring, but other areas are great. I finally understand regression analysis and why its important. If you are a new mom, getting ready to quit your job for the baby READ THIS. Enjoy........
The content of this book is thoroughly interesting, but the author sounds like someone you'd hear reading on NPR. He often sounds like his nose is clogged, and can regularly be heard breathing into the microphone. They really should have hired someone else to read it.
You can see, right off the bat, that Dubner and Levitt, see data and the world, in a unique manner. This book is loaded with fun facts and, some depressing facts. The author's weave facts, motives and much more, making for an easy enjoyable read. I'm not explaining this very well...the book rocks!!!!!
Dr. Levitt explored a number of subjects. Hardly everything. His conclusions are drawn from logic inferences and they seem to make sense. Correlations, as the authors point out, do not demonstrate cause-effect. They are mere indicators. The next guy may have different opinions... All in all, the book makes for an interesting listening.
Always listening ...
The book addresses so many great interesting headline worthy topics, and each from a novel perspective. In turn, its a great audiobook listen, as it is broken down into interesting mini-lectures and issues. There is something for everyone. My one limited beef is that when a list is read in an audiobook, as compared to viewed in a paper book, it can sometimes be annoying to hear, and the lists included in the book (such as popular children's names, or crime statistics) gets tedious at times in those subjects. Not sure there is much for an audiobook producer to do if they are providing an unabridged reading, but I guess its a good time to hit 3X on the audible.com app when they begin.
Enjoyed the first few chapters, but got totally lost listening to the lists of popular names in the chapter on Parenting, Part 2. Might have been more enjoyable had I been reading the lists. Epilog repeated much of what was in intro.
But I think it's a great book to change your manners of thinking. It's definitely a book about cause and effects. Not as mind blowing as I've heard though.
This book comes highly recommended.
I thought it was too obvious.
Maybe coming from a Science background (myself), we are taught to question everything, so the results in this book are not ground-breaking to me. Yet, I think non-science people must be reading this and saying, "wow, I never thought of it that way before". Welcome to the true science world.