The production quality was good. The reader had a good voice and communicated the information relatively well. However, the author's "unconventional" and "expert" interpretations and opinions were neither "unconventional" nor "expert". A straightforward communication of the statistics and relative material would have been far more interesting. In short, "Freakanomics" was really "Pooreconomics." The book was highly speculative, biased, dull and worse yet typical. It reminded me of real estate ads that read: "Charming, spacious, great neighborhood!!!!!"
This was a great book that requires you to step back and look at life and see that maybe stats and numbers aren't all there is to life but maybe they are reflective of life. Or maybe not.
This is a very interesting listen. It offers fascinating statistics and sheds new light on "everyday" subjects, such as whether or not Sumo wrestlers cheat, the history of the Klan and the Klan's effect on the number of lynchings, etc. The only problem that I have with the book is that the author frequently talks in sweeping generalizations, and this takes away from his credibility.
A fascinating insight into the connections between things, and how statistics lie, Levitt and company provide interesting insights into how everyday economics works. My only real complaint was that it was too short--I would have loved to listen to 5 more hours of this.
Biomedical entrepreneur. Lifelong Libertarian. Yoga enthusiast.
This book should be made mandatory reading for every politician, legislator, United States president, governor, journalist, news editor, professor, teacher, student, lawyer, judge, business executive and -- in sum -- human being with a pulse and an interest in how the world works. It all sounds like common sense but SURPRISE! this sense isn't all that common. You owe it to yourself to read this book and raise your understanding of cause and effect, and the damage caused by truisms that aren't true at all.
This book is not about economics. I'm not sure what it's about.
I gave it one star, but only because I couldn't rate it zero.
I grieve for the forests decimated to make the paper to print its original release; such a waste.
Not too heavy or terse, but full of well researched and developed information...just fascinating. A great listen for just about anyone; though a couple of topics can be touchy, the authors are careful to approach them purely from a scientific economics perspective with no social agenda.