I will echo the previous reviewers, and say that this really helped me answer the "tell me about yourself". It is also fantastic in getting you hyped up with the right tone for the interview. I used this before going through a several-week round of interviews, and I re-listened to it about once a week. Even though, yes, it is somewhat basic information that you may already intuitively know, the recording forces you to focus. I have listened to several other of these type of books, and this was my hands down favorite.
I loved the subject matter of this book. Some might complain that it has no overarching theme, but who cares? There's one interesting topic after another, and I actually like that they are separate, because it makes it easier to take breaks from listening!
Many of the subjects are controversial (Roe v. Wade was a major factor in the crime downturn of the 1990s?), but they are well thought-out and not discussed in a sensational sort of way. Let's put it this way. The politics of the authors were not readily apparent, and both sides of the aisle can be just as easily taken aback.
My main gripe about Freakanomics as an audiobook is that I suspect there were some visual aids that did not translate well into audio form. When the reading began to get tedious, it was usually because I was hearing a list that surely was made for a chart. At the end, the authors go into a long, long, long discussion about names (which I actually immensely enjoyed... none of those richy rich names for my kids). This probably appears in the book as maybe a set off list that you can just scan through. Not as easy to do that with an audiobook.
Regardless, I Ioved it. If you have a curious nature and enjoy working with numbers, then you'll probaby like this.
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