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  • Freakonomics: Revised Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Steven D. Levitt, Stephen J. Dubner
    • Narrated By Stephen J. Dubner
    Overall
    (2851)
    Performance
    (1316)
    Story
    (1313)

    Steven D. Levitt is not a typical economist. He is a much-heralded scholar who studies the riddles of everyday life, from cheating and crime to sports and child-rearing, and whose conclusions turn the conventional wisdom on its head. Thus the new field of study contained in this audiobook: Freakonomics. Levitt and co-author Stephen J. Dubner show that economics is, at root, the study of incentives: how people get what they want, or need, especially when other people want or need the same thing.

    Shackleton says: "Good, but be careful"
    "Interesting but..."
    Overall

    It was disappointing. I liked the premise and they are clearly on to something compelling, but the execution was awful. There was so much repetition and overlap, and they didn't give the reader much credit. Perhaps this was due ultimately to the limited content in the book. This would have been an excellent submission for an article, or series of articles, to the New Yorker or similar, but it is not ready to be a book.

    Its really a shame. If there was twice as much content, distilled properly and effectively, this could have been a great book.

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful

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