Well written with interesting studies and stories, this book should be on everyone's to-read list. The world would be a much better place if we were all more aware of our thinking biases, and this book does an excellent job of pointing them out.
This book has a ton of great information on cognitive biases written in an accessible and clear style. Kahneman isn't a Nobel prize winner and this work summarizes a lot of his clever research on behavior. The only downside to this book is that it has so much information, it starts to feel like reading a list about half way through. Also the text refers to a pdf file with figures that make listening in the car difficult to follow in some sections.
The information within this book is useful and easy to absorb. I listened to this book on a long car drive and found it to be slow and difficult to stay interested in. It may be an easier book to actually sit down and read. The author often repeats the same phrases and I finally had to stop listening because I was tired of hearing the reader continuously say "system 1 thinking" or "system 2 thinking". I may come back to this book and listen to it at a faster speed, or skip over some of it.
While the author does on a few instances reference printed PDF's, most of the time is it still clear what he is speaking about. If I had any criticism in that regard, it would be to audible not providing a PDF with the download. I wouldn't have minded pulling up an illustration on my phone to match what the author was speaking about.
Aside from that though, I think the audio version of this was fantastic. The narrator became one with the author and, I felt, perfectly conveyed the tone and attitude of the content.
I'm sure the related books section can do a better job of this than me, so I'm going to make a more far-fetched connection for someone looking to branch off a little farther from this book. I would compare this book to Ryan Holiday's book "Trust Me, I'm Lying". Both books point to the mold-ability of our thoughts in relation to what we actually experience. Ryan Holiday's book is more about the application of these manipulation techniques in our modern media system.
No, but I loved him in this narration.
This audio book is INCREDIBLY long, however, where I would have lost interest in other books, this book kept me captivated. There are so many enlightening nuggets of information about all sorts of topics. There are certainly moments that are a bit dense, but Kahneman does an excellent job of presenting his findings clearly to the reader.
I really enjoyed this book, however I wouldn't recommend it to everyone. I think if you are the kind of person who is seriously looking to better their understanding of how our thoughts can be shaped by our experiences, this is the book for you. And you may even like this book if your a conspiracy theorist who believes that the government is trying to brainwash us - seriously.
This book presents some keystone discoveries about human perception that seem so powerful, it's almost frightening. It's not hard to see how someone with an incentive to change the way a group of people thinks could use these concepts to their benefit.
It's not a lite listen, but the speaker is slow. I prefer when the narrator speaks more quickly, but that only takes. Little from the book itself. You can always speed up he speech on an I device.
The story, no, not a story, the book is about the way people think. If you have an unusual thinking style and you think no one else does. Or worse you think everyone around you is slow, read this, it may help you understand how others think.
Reviewing books like this are hard in that it's not a story as much as someone's thesis. The narrator does a really good job keeping you focused on the book. Some narrators read with such disinterest that the listener has no choice but to become disinterested.
Again,it's Not a story. It's a lecture. And it did make
Me laugh. Maybe because I agreed with some if what he said, and sometimes because he was so wrong( with respect to me.)
Listen to it, it may help you understand that odd ball down the hall.
If you're down with the ISTP then we can read Wikipedia together all night.
Excellent perspective on human thinking, a must know.
The book is so long it all melds together actually.
Made me feel very predictable
Glass blower and audiobook junkie. Books are my schoolroom and my entertainment!
This is the book to read if you want to know all of the ways your decision making is routinely biased without your conscious knowledge (way beyond when it is simply skewed by emotion). It made me wish my mind actually was more like a computer, if only so that I could download all the content in there and store it - because it was very densely packed with information. One of those books you can only hear for so long before you have to take a break, because your brain feels full. The writing, however, is clear and accessible, which helps.
I do wish they'd found a different narrator. He wasn't the worst, but I was getting VERY tired of his voice and intonation by the end.
Thinking, Fast and Slow is to Malcolm Gladwell's 'Blink' as high school psychology is to a doctorate in psychology.
It made me think.
You must read this book.
i still find the ideas and concepts presented in this book useful, influential and informative months after reading it.
The clear explication of interesting, transformative theories without hyperbolic claims.
Despite the principle of regression to the mean I am confident that this book will be better than the last hard science book you read. Unless that last book was the Fabric of the Cosmos.