A monotonous rush through statistics, with more intention directed to making an average person say, 'Wow...' than having any substantial effect. I recommend Dan Ariely for anyone that wants more relative and purposeful statistics.
Which led to a bit of a let down. I did want to hear for myself what the hype was about, and while unique in ways of thinking, I was wondering when it would end.
I loved the idea that Freakonomics takes only the numbers into account. It may assume something to start off, but then it proves it with numbers.
If you think you have a good idea of why stuff happens... you should listen to this book, it'll blow your mind.
I have to make a confession my interest was peaked in reading this book after watching an episode of the show Orange is the New Black. This book brings up ways of looking at questions of the world one may not have or been afraid to look at. Data driven, one can logically see the correlation of many seemingly unrelated factors that persuade behavior of individuals and socio economic standing of a person. I definitely would recommend it.
I just love this stuff. While I can see how some may find the subject matter hard to stomach, or boring, the reality behind the statistics can give the thinking person a valuable insight to the truth behind trends and news stories. I find the information contained to valuable as well in lowering ones anxiety in every day life!
I always had the naive impression that the field of economics was constricted to the study of economy. The questions posed and examined by Steven Levitt written about in this books have completely changed my view of economics, and sparked my own interest in learning how I can investigate such questions with the tools of economics.
Fantastic book, with a fantastic narrator. As someone who typically listens to audio books at 2x speed, I found Stephen Dubner's consistent tone and pace a fantastic 'feature' of this audiobook.