A delightful, accessible examination of things you THOUGHT you understood but probably didn't. Why is the crime rate dropping accross the country -- abortion. Do school teachers cheat on governmentally mandated standardized testing (to feather their own nests) -- let me count the ways. Are important Sumo wrestling matches rigged -- you bet. Is there any truth to the idea that your given name = your destiny -- not really.
Fascinating, fascinating, fascinating. You're not likely to finish the book thinking about the world around you in the same way you were when you started the book. And, that's a good thing.
This book was great. This truly made me think "out of the box". Not only was this book interesting, I learned a good deal from it. Besides the detailed way they put everything together, I gained more insight to what the book was about. It was about a different way of thinking. This really has made me look at lots of things different. The one thing I would say you will gain from this book is simply to "Think Different" with everything around you.
Terrific book, but if you're a republican you will HATE it. Aside from the evidence of the relative safety of guns, this book pretty much repudiates right-wing theories of human nature. Don't get me wrong, the book isn't written with any political slant, it's just that as I was listening I couldn't stop imagining the effect the facts presented would have on my conservative friends.
The authors explain the methods and limitations of their research and clearly identify when they are stating their opinions or hypothesis'
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.
Recovering engineer turned entrepreneur, at least until acquired last year. Interested in...well...almost everything except romance novels.
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.