No, I think the book has too many references to printed tables and exercises which makes it hard for an audio book.
Yes, but not in Audio format
Researcher/oral historian and fitness enthusiast from Austin, TX, currently residing in San Diego. I love to read, but traditional books require a person to be sedentary while reading. Audio books make it possible for me to increase both my physical activity and reading quantity.
This book is not cut out for audio format. Unless you have a visual impairment or a cognitive condition that makes reading print editions difficult, do yourself a favor and buy this book in print. However, if you have a condition that makes reading print difficult, then you will gain great insight and get some very useful information from this audio book. Even though I've already listened to it twice and referred to the print PDF files that accompany the audio file, I am still going to purchase a print copy to keep as a general math/statistics and decision making reference guide. Kahneman's book is extremely useful for this purpose.
No, I cannot take another minute listening to the reader.
I feel like I understand myself and others better. I learned that life is more random than I thought so I'm going to relax, be observant of patterns, give more thought to my more important decisions and make data more important in the decision.
Anyone but Patrick Eagan. His reading had a rough and sarcastic tint which is totally opposite of Daniel Kahneman.
The more people who read Daniel Kahneman's book the better off we will be as a society. Understanding ourselves and others will help us improve the discourse of the average man which in turn should improve the discourse of our leaders and we can move the human race ahead.
For a research driven book this one is up there on my list. The main concepts of system 1 and system 2 are interesting and the implications are important to anyone's life. That being said, it can be dry at times. The audio version references a pdf with graphs and charts frequent enough that its annoying not having these.
It's a bit long at 20hours. The information is great and can be life changing (or at least make you look at things a bit differently) but the presentation and length detract from the message.
In the first few minutes of listening to the combination of this book and Patrick Egan's style I wanted to quit. I am glad I didn't. They explain things later in the book that makes the first chapter more tolerable but the first chapter is a tough one to get through. The rest of the book left me rivited. I cannot wait for my morning commute to hear more. The insights and examples are very interesting. The Law of Small Numbers and Regression Towards the Mean were especially interesting to me. My System 2 persisted and now my System 1 is happy.
Kahneman lays out the foundational research of the recent crop of books on "irrationality", though he decries the use of the term in this context. I've read many of those books, and his name is a constant refrain in them - along with Tversky.
If the way the human mind works is your fascination, this book is a page-turner that you won't want to put down. He explains many of his (now classic) experiments, the thought behind them, how the experiments of others relate or expand on his own, and where he'd like to see more research done.
An all-in-all excellent read.
Very well written.
Nothing. Also there are times when one needs to look at the graphs - should have found a better way to deal with this - given people may listen to audiobooks on their walks or drives.
First off, let me say that I agree with other reviewers who find the narrator's precise diction a bit ... annoying. And whoever though that referencing figures in a separate PDF file for an audio book should be fired - or perhaps blinded so they'd understand just how stupid the idea is.
That said, this is an amazingly compelling and important book. Mr Kahneman explains in understandable terms the reasons for a tremendous amount of human behavior. He's like Malcolm Gladwell's much smarter brother. As I listened, I frequently found myself nodding my head or thinking of specific instances of the behavior being described like The Illusion of Pundits or The Endowment Effect. The writing is clear and understandable even for people like me with little formal training in economics.
It may take you a little while to settle into the narrative, but stick with it. You'll be glad you did.
I did not read the print version although figures, charts, graphs and diagrams are eluded to in the reading. While it is comprehensible without looking at the graphics it simply cannot be as rich an experience as if you could see them.
I have not read a book that compares.
Gravitas. It is, however, a bit disconcerting to hear the narrator say "I" when I know this is not the voice of the author. My System 2 brain wrestles with the fact that he who says "I" is not "he". My System 1 brain says, "Listen to the words."
It's not a story. It's an explanation. I placed no importance on being "moved". That is quite possibly the reason I feel unmoved. For me, it was more interesting when statistics gave way to analogies and anecdotes. Statisticians would probably find the opposite to be true.
This would be a better read than a listen. It is filled with theories and examples that would be better to have gone back and read and re-read to get a better understanding. If you are listening in the comfort of your home it may work but not so well in a vehicle.
Topic was good and interesting.
Patrick Egan did a fine job with the book.