1) Coming from an academic back ground myself, I extremely enjoy how someone like Dan Ariely looks at even the simplest incidents in real life. Such as "why we can not tickle our right side of the body with right hand and get the sensation" and offer such absolutely profound reasoning based on research and his work... He's one of the noblest people I have ever seen in this field (now I know why I didn't make it to MIT :P ). I have read his other book "predictably irrational" and that one was even more gratifying and as always contained priceless approach to behavioral psychology and information.
2) Simon Jones does an extraordinary job. Let me put it this way: I am an atheist, but if I listened to the Bible read by Simon, %99 I would convert to orthodox Catholic ! His voice is energetic, he makes such vivid narration that rarely have I seen in any other audio book.
Overall, I am ultimately grateful that I won't leave this body without having experienced and learned this work.
Why do people act they way they do? Get an idea of what motivates people or creates ambivalence. A good read for managers. Acting irrationally is more common than one thinks. It can help or hurt. Very insightful, with studies to help you understand why people act the way they do.
This is a great book. The author gives a lot of really interesting information while managing to keep the book entertaining and readable. It helps give insight into the way we live and make decisions, which I found both interesting and useful.
The writer has a very deep understanding of human nature and makes several interesting insights. Quite amusing at times. Although some parts a bit drawn out and repetitive.
Overall, the content of this audiobook was interesting - Ariely tends to wander off on tangents, and his personal parables detract from the research based information presented, but the subject matter was nonetheless quite engrossing. What turned me off from this audiobook was the unfortunate narration. The narrator has a very affected British accent - there was a certain ridiculousness in his reading of the book that was very distracting. I would recommend purchasing the actual text and skipping this audiobook.
I'm a lawyer and mediator. I represent businesses in disputes with their insurers and in other complex litigation. I also assist machinery companies and manufacturers (primarily international) with equipment sales, non-disclosure agreements, and business issues. I also mediate commercial disputes.
This is a fascinating book that explains why humans don't always act in a "rational" manner from a purely economic perspective. From explaining our love of work (and attachment to things we make ourselves) to our tendency to seek revenge, and many other topics, the book offers many fascinating insights. One warning: The book has repeated and graphic descriptions regarding a tragic accident early in Dan's life. For my particular tastes, this recurring topic could be a little less recurring, and is a bit distracting. At the same time, Dan's personal resilience is quite inspiring.
By now, even those who never before read (or listened to) Ariely's other book have heard him on youtube or TEDTalks. We all recognize his alto voice and slight Israeli accented American English. So why then is this narrated by Simon Jones in Bass British enunciation? It is the most off-putting narration I have ever encountered. This might be acceptable if the book were a third-person social science work, but it is written almost entirely in first person, with multiple personal testimonials and anecdotes from Ariely's own, Israeli-raised, life. There is something so inauthentic about the narration that it's hard to hear the gold lurking in the content. I plan to buy the actual book and read it on paper, with Ariely's voice finally audible, at least in my own mind -- and in that way be sure fully to absorb the (unquestionably awesome)contents.
Go buy Predictably Irrational by Ariely. If you are looking for something comparable, this isn't it.
Do not buy this book.
This book is more entertaining and simply informative than the more scholarly book Predictably Irrational also written by Ariely. Ariely works clever stories and examples into the book making it a pleasant listen while still being fascinating and informative. The tongue-in-cheek humor in the book matches well the pleasantly aloof style of the narrator Simon Jones, his British voice is a perfect match for this book.