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S. Greene

Palo Alto, CA USA | Member Since 2007

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  • Nudge: Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth, and Happiness [Expanded Edition]

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Richard H. Thaler, Cass R. Sunstein
    • Narrated By Sean Pratt
    Overall
    (405)
    Performance
    (228)
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    (228)

    Every day, we make decisions on topics ranging from personal investments to schools for our children to the meals we eat to the causes we champion. Unfortunately, we often choose poorly. The reason, the authors explain, is that, being human, we are all susceptible to various biases that can lead us to blunder. Our mistakes make us poorer and less healthy; we often make bad decisions involving education, personal finance, health care, mortgages and credit cards, the family, and even the planet itself.

    Jay says: "An overly long Nudge in the right direction"
    "Awfully awfully long"
    Overall

    I actually agree generally with the positions the authors advocate; but the book is way too long, making it very difficult to sit through in the audiobook format. If you're interested in this topic, I'd suggest the print format so you can skip ahead if you already have read anything about behavioral economics (several chapters repeat basic stuff from the field) or if you can "get it" after one or two examples and don't particularly need to hear the third, and fourth, and fifth.

    Personally I also find the narration monotonous... though it is a dry topic so can't necessarily fault the reader :).

    17 of 18 people found this review helpful

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