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Freakonomics: Revised Edition | [Steven D. Levitt, Stephen J. Dubner]

Freakonomics: Revised Edition

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.
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Publisher's Summary

Which is more dangerous: a gun or a swimming pool? What do schoolteachers and sumo wrestlers have in common? Why do drug dealers still live with their moms? How much do parents really matter? How did the legalization of abortionaffect the rate of violent crime?

These may not sound like typical questions for an economist to ask. But 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. In Freakonomics, they explore the hidden side of...well, everything. The inner working of a crack gang....The truth about real-estate agents....The secrets of the Klu Klux Klan.

What unites all these stories is a belief that the modern world is even more intriguing than we think. All it takes is a new way of looking, and Freakonomics will redefine the way we view the modern world.

©2006 Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner; (P)2006 HarperCollins Publishers

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"Refreshingly accessible and engrossing." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Yuet Woonsocket, RI, United States 11-09-10
    Yuet Woonsocket, RI, United States 11-09-10
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    ""Interesting but not hard data""

    This book provides and interesting way to view economic. I would even say that the author took a rather holistic approach to analyze economic. But there really isn't much hard data or statistic to back up his theories. But non the less it was still a very enjoyable listen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Brady Philadelphia, PA, United States 10-27-10
    Brady Philadelphia, PA, United States 10-27-10
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    "If you took some Econ it's not that stunning"

    There are some really surprising facts in here, but the way folks talked about it I thought it would be quote-unquote paradigm shifting for me. It turned out more to be a book of intriguing but not really mindblowing trivia. I was flat out bored in the last chapter thinking "who cares?" every 15 minutes. But it's worth reading. It's very much solidly okay, but it won't knock you out if you took some Econ in college.

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    shaheed lorain, OH, United States 10-25-10
    shaheed lorain, OH, United States 10-25-10 Member Since 2010
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    "This is an interesting book"

    I am a big Malcolm Gladwell fan and he mentioned in an interview that he liked this series. I bought it and thoroughly enjoyed it!

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    Gregg Smyrna, GA, United States 10-05-10
    Gregg Smyrna, GA, United States 10-05-10 Member Since 2007

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    "Excellent stuff..."

    Listening a second time. All around informative and entertaining. Superb. Rich. Concise. Enjoyable. And much more.

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    A. Best The Twin Cities, MN 09-06-10 Member Since 2009

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    "Eye-opening"

    I love Freakonomics and Super Freakonomics - and Dubner as the author and narrator lends a light tone and sense of strong credibility. Personally I always prefer the author to narrate whenever possible, for they are the true "voice" of the book. This one is no exception - he's got a great style, and his sense of wonder and fun shine through. Five stars! Both books are highly recommended and check out their new podcast as well!

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    Michael tinley park, IL, United States 07-22-10
    Michael tinley park, IL, United States 07-22-10
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    "Freako"

    Very thought provoking seemingly unconventional wisdom at work.

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    Ralph Foster City, CA, United States 07-21-10
    Ralph Foster City, CA, United States 07-21-10 Member Since 2000
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    "Biggest Weakness is Poor Naration"

    Very interesting take on many popular assumptions. The lesson is to delve beyond the "common wisdom."

    The major weakness of this book is the narration which is done by one of the co-authors. Apparently ego trumped objective analysis in the decision not to hire a professional.

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    Gohar Issaquah, WA 07-10-10
    Gohar Issaquah, WA 07-10-10 Member Since 2008

    I Like scifi-fantasy, non-fiction, historical fiction genres. Liked Wot, Got, Pillars of Earth, Century trilogy. Last read: Maritan. luvd it

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    "Good few chapters and confusing statistics"

    I bought this book because I loved Malcolm Gladwell's Outliers. This one is not as well written book as the former. Few chapters in the book are very interesting and it keeps you hooked but others like the low-en high-end names seems just useless and never ending. The chicago suburbs' chapter was very fascinating and I might buy Sudhir Venkatesh's book to read more about it. The narrator was good but the content sometime got very long and boring. OK book but I'd still read SuperFreakonomics.

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    Ileana Craft Dallas 05-26-10
    Ileana Craft Dallas 05-26-10 Member Since 2010
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    "Fun-Factual-Fascinating"

    I've heard this quoted so many times...glad I finally got to read it...twice! Great real-world look at every day economics. I've discussed with friends many times over cocktails and continue to knock their socks off...fun, fun stuff...

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    "Great read to get you thinking"

    Good reader (one of the authors), a great book that talks about a lot of things in a WAY that they are not normally talked about. The way it talks about them and the way to approach them is the real take-home... I, and I suspect the authors, will recognize the limits in the presentation.

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