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.
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.
This book contains random useless information that I found boring and I would not recommend it to others.
I read this book because of the book Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell. However, I really didn't think that they were very much alike. Some of the suppositions in Freakonomics are really too strange to accept. I enjoyed Outliers because it rang true but Freakonomics did not.
I personally don't know how revised this edition is, but I only tried this title because of all the original rave reviews...Real estate agents and Ku Klux Clan are similar because they hoard information...Sumo wrestlers cheat....Who cares...It did not hold my interest and I cut this one short before I wasted 4 more hours of my life...
The author took a long time in setup for the book and finally when the meat of the book begins...I found it to be incredibly boring. They don't stay on any one topic long enough in my opinion. This is the first audio book of many where I just gave up and quit listening to it after 2 hrs.
The insight into why abortion helps keep the crime rate down is good. Although I don't agree with abortion except for some instances. Why drug dealers live with their mother encourages blue collar guy like me to keep working hard and honestly. Good Book