I hadn't followed the podcast others have spoke of, and haven't been exposed to either of the authors before this. I found the topics discussed to be very interesting, thought-provoking, and entertaining. Unfortunately, I think the book suffered from two major problems:
1. The book is incredibly repetitive. Not just callbacks to things previously mentioned, but large parts of this book were like nails on a chalkboard as the author repeated large segments (10-15 minutes) verbatim from elsewhere in the book. I could deal with it if it were at least presented differently, but it was so jarring I had to (on multiple occasions) check to make sure I hadn't accidentally skipped backwards a couple chapters.
2. The book contains way too much hero-worship. I get it, Levitt is a smart guy, and he's done some cool things, but do we need to devote a quarter of the book to how much of a genius he is, how many awards he's won, how much more superior he is to everybody else in his field? I could deal with this the first time it was presented, but there was just too much recurring "let me talk about how great Levitt is." The story telling is good enough that the work can speak for itself.
It has increased my interest in this brand of "economics" but I want to get it from another author.
The storytelling is done well, leaving you with just the right amount of suspense and "well that's how they did it!" but it is mired in terrible repetition and hero-worship.
The narration was done very well. Among the better narrations I've heard.
The information will astound you. It changed the way I consumed information.
I was sad when the book ended..
The audio is engaging...
Learn to think better.
This book goes out of its way to inform the customer that it has no theme. I disagree. It spends a lot of energy on racial disparity, although that's far from the only subject covered. That said, it does an excellent job of proving the conditions that give rise to that disparity and many other situations having nothing to do with race. But it returns to that theme often. That would be fine with me under most circumstances, but the book incorporates two quotations containing the "n word" that I found to be superfluous. These were not meant to offend the reader/listener or to create controversy; however, I do think the authors anticipated some shock value (one quote was from a KKK member and the other a black gang member, which were both the subjects of objective and insightful data analysis). The book would have lost nothing important without them. They were not needed and should have been avoided. For the record, I'm a white male. Regardless of my feelings about this, the book is definitely worth reading and is highly effective in dispelling myths and prejudices that have taken root in the minds of ignorant people. It is jam packed with amazing facts that everyone should be aware of.
A deeper approach to the topics being covered. Somehow interesting, but it is limited to an economist's personal interest for a list of specific situations.
Not really, just this one I did not like at all. The topics that were interesting to the author were not interesting to me.
The book leaves the reader with the potential idea that his explanations are totally true, when it really only shows part of the big picture.
I like what these guys present, and it felt like an extended podcast, some of it I thought had heard in the podcast, but also other stuff, so not a rehash (or pre hash). Not an unworthy purchase.
very well narrated book, his tone of voice was just right trough the entire book.
this is a great book and when u start it you need to keep an open mind, and understand that this book analyses a different point of view of things, a view not necessarily shared by all. So remember to keep an open mind and not to be quick top judge!
I enjoyed listening to the book. The themes where easy to follow.
I loved the compassion between teachers and sumo wrestlers.
A new prospective way of looking at life.
The long term effect of abortions.
I felt it was worth my time listing to the book.
I found Freakonomics to be entertaining as well as educational. I now can see the world of economics from a different perspective.
The story telling was impeccable, and the real life scenarios brought the concepts to life.
Yes, but I couldn't, I commute so my drive ended. So as soon as I started driving again, my listening continued.
Discovery that realtors wait 10 days longer to sell their house & get a 3% increase in price was especially eye-opening.
I enjoyed the opportunity to hear how the author finds ways to make data speak to issues and help answer improtant questions like whether the sale of guns should be more restricted.
entertaining, but did not live up to what I hoped. I read the paperback synopsis at a book store, and was excited to later down load the book. I also downloaded the sequel. I wish I had not done either. I found myself forcing myself to finish it, since I already spent the money. The authors are very "self-confident" and you can feel that. I find it hypocritical that they opine very negative attitudes towards several groups of proffesionals who have an "information advantage" over the average US citizen. But the authors have made millions of dollars on the intellectual property laws of publishing a book about their opinion of groups of data. I bet that if someone in the public tried to make money on the authors' own data interpretation, the authors would sue that other party. The authors would be correct in doing it, but don't make money on information advantages by bashing others doing the same. Poor taste and low class actions.