I listened to this book and really enjoyed it, but reading it in hard copy is probably a much better way to actually absorb the information. This is not to detract from the narrator; I can't imagine a better reader for the material than Patrick Egan. The information is really well presented, even in audible form, but being able to see the illustrations and lists, re-read and review the concepts, principles, and examples would have helped make it all "stick." At least, I should have downloaded the available pdfs from the audible.com website, and may yet...
The book provides research-based information about the way we think, form opinions, and make decisions. The interesting examples and study anecdotes make the concepts quite accessible. The premise of the book is based on our two systems of thinking: system 1 is fast, gut-level, emotional, and intuitive. System 2 is slow, analytical, and methodical. Sometimes these systems are referred to as right and left brains, but Kahneman does not use that language. Each system has both advantages and disadvantages. I found it interesting and reassuring to learn that even illustrious researchers with years of statistical study and application (D.K. calls them "econs") manage to fall into the same flawed thinking patterns as most everyone else.
This book explores the delta between science and intuition and points out flaws in our intuition. This has some very great insights into the human psyche and will be a great foundation of knowledge for anyone trying to understand knowledge, intellect, intuition, statistics and a host of other topics that have been brought together over the course of Kahnemn's career. This book can be his legacy.
Nobel Prize worth.
This book revisits Amos Tversky and Daniel Kahneman works on Prospect Theory (not a romance narrative), and in several passages, Kahneman share with the reader what was like working with Amos and dozens of other big names in behavioral economics along these years. I would say that Kahneman is a real character ;)
No, I did not. Patrick Egan gave us a engaging perfomance. Hard to stop listening.
Has much repetitive information (and an almost uncomfortable amount of name-dropping). It could, and should, be 40% shorter. But the good parts are worth it.
I would give $100,000 to have read this book thirty years ago: because I am certain that I would be at least $500,000 richer today if I had. I do not know how to recommend a book more strongly; if I did I would do it.
The book provides deep insights into how we think and therefore touches on many aspects of life. These insights that not only affect one's world view but much of what one does every single day.
If I were a teacher (on whatever subject), I would make this book part of my course; if I were the head of an educational institute, I would make sure all students learn its contents before they graduate. I would like to give this book to every young person I care about (and not so young persons too). If I were Bill Gates, I would give a copy to every one alive.
There are books that are "great" in various ways, from the Bible to Tolstoy novels to Lao-tzu to Eckhard Tolle. This one has no claim to "greatness", but it is surely among the most useful, at least to anyone who still lives in the mundane.
This was a hard book to listen too. There were graphs and charts and figures being referred to and, well, I wasn't going to try and find those things while I was driving. I didn't get through it all. Quickly became a bit easy to predict and not very interesting. Wouldn't buy it again.
No, because the author refers to a pdf exhibit frequently throughout the book, has the reader do exercises and activities, etc. Not convenient for someone listening in the car.
I would recommend reading it either on kindle or hard copy.
I really felt insulted at the pace and the level of detail provided. The narrator was so slow I was losing interest. The content was so thick & voluminous that I understood the point of the story about 1/3 of the way through; but had to keep listening. The content was great but the telling of the story was very laborious.I guess I'm a little faster than most, but really this book over 20 hours of this type of thing. Maybe they could read "Made to Stick" By Chip & Dan Heath. Get to the core of the message and illustrate with a few stories, move on.
The pace and level of detail provided was too slow, too detailed. (I love details, but not all of them)
I may buy the book as a reference, I thought that there were many great things brought out if you're patient enough to wait for them.
I loved hearing this book. What is said makes complete sense. Very easy to follow. Takes the listener to depths of how the brain works. There is an uncanny truth about what's said in the book. We don't notice what we are thinking, but this book draws the attention to it.
This book just good. It introduced me to the "It depends on where you start"