Defiinately worth a second listen.
Realizing what you think you know/thought, is often not based in reality...
I would highly recommend this audio book. It is relatively easy to listen to, even if you're not an economics person.
It puts forward some very contentious arguments about the story behind the numbers. It will make you think about the realities between correlation, causation, and the difference between micro and macro history and economics.
Yes, but the music at the beginning and the end of chapters was very cheesy and annoying.
Weird useful knowledge
I really like the laid back style of the writing. These tend to be complicated concepts but the author jus calmly lays back and tell you a story.
this was a fun book to listen to. lots of insightful facts and quirky theories.
Mostly..... The section about how names go in and out of fashion is a little slow
The first time I heard about the premise of this book I got offended. How can a man claim that the legalization of abortion led to a drop in the crime rate. I immediately dismissed the premise as intentionally inflammatory. After continuing to hear good things about the book I decided to check it out for myself. I found that, yes, some of what the book puts forth is disturbing and perhaps cold, but the authors realize this and try to present their data and conclusions in as non inflammatory a way as possible. It turned out to be a compelling read, and a most interesting look at how the world might actually work.
I like the "short story" type format, good for an hour or so of listening, and possible to come back to a week or more later without having lost the "story line". Very interesting, thought-provoking studies.
That said, what's with the weird little random musical interludes? I'm guessing it's to add variety to the reader's somewhat stilted style, but I find the music annoying.
I found this boring and didn't finish it. The author belabors points - many times I wanted to tell him "I got it a long time ago."
The narration is fine, but I didn't enjoy the books content as I'd hoped I would.
I learned some interesting facts, and enjoyed the perspective, but I felt the book was too short. It seemed as if there ought to have been much more meat on the bone, and the few examples of their work did not satisfy me enough. It was read well, if a bit slow.
book was great, well read by one of the authors. it's been on my 'books to read' list for a while and i'm glad i finally did. my only complaint was that it is too short.