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.
You know how sometimes reading a book changes your basic assumptions? This is one of those books for me. I readily admit that at times my mind wandered and I had to back up the recording. At time chapters were compelling and I couldn't stop listening.The premise of the book is that our brains operate on 2 systems, fast and slow. The fast being unconscious reactions and the slow thinking out problems. But what is different about this book is that the author describes multiple ways (halo effect, jumping to conclusions, priming and many more) that our brains use these 2 systems to make correct answers to complex problems, to mislead our decisions, to be manipulated, to respond quickly in threatening situations. I loved the research he quoted -- some his, some other people. It made the concepts understandable and were described in entertaining and interesting ways. This is not a self help book. Actual research backs up his ideas,not the 'I think', 'I saw', 'my friend said' reasoning. The author is the winner of the Nobel Prize, which to me validates his academic standing.
Though not always and easy book to listen to, I highly recommend it.
While to content is interesting, it is presented in a very dense, heavy manner. This is not an enjoyable pop-science read. And the 450 pages! Not a quick read either. If you want a more enjoyable read, explaining the same contents and experiments, consider reading Dan Ariely's three books: Predictably Irrational; The Upside of Irrationality; and, The Honest Truth About Dishonesty.
I love books about cognitive science and Kahneman and Tversky are giants in the field. They used thought experiments (followed up by actual experiments) to show how little insight we all have into our decision making processes -- how often we fall back on mental short cuts that give us incorrect answers, and how shockingly unaware we are of the problem. After hearing so many other authors reference their work, I thought it would be great to hear it described first hand, and it was, for the first half of the book, but Kahneman just tried to pack too much stuff in. And each chapter started with examples of how to use their new insights in business situations -- which seemed interesting at first, but got pretty annoying.
I read another review that said "probably good in text, not great as audio." - which sums it up for me. This audiobook is twenty hours long and it's a tedious twenty hours. If you're curious about the content in this book, you would likely be better off finding other books which are derived from the content in this one.
Dual process theory is interesting stuff; but more discussion of System 2 earlier on in the book would make things more interesting to listen to - I felt as if the attributes of System 1 were drilled repeatedly into my head and I was left craving more information about System 2.
Honest, Diligent and Clear.
Book contents provides a great insight on widespread cognitive biases of humans. It provides helpful models and explanations for non-rational behaviors. It scientific foundations are very solid, yet well vulgarized. Having previously read "The Happiness Hypothesis", "Switch" and "Blink" I consider this book as the most advanced one on the matter. I would not recommend it as an -entry- read, but a it's a must to someone who wants to dig deeper.
The narrator does an excellent job, considering that the book contents itself is very challenging to narrate. Is worded in a more scientific fashion: text is concise and every word matters. This means that you either need to be hyper-attentive, and/or frequently use the "rewind" button to get everything. ;-)
Also, obviously, the narrator cannot describe figures that are used in the book. That means that you must sometimes guess what the author talks about when referring to a figure.
Fascinating insight to daily thought, behavior, and decision making. I easily reference it once a month. After the intro and basic book summary the book is a little dry and clinical for the next couple of chapters. Push through and you will be rewarded with a book that you will think about and refer to for the rest of your life.