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Freakonomics Audiobook

Freakonomics: Revised Edition

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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

What the Critics Say

"Refreshingly accessible and engrossing." (Publishers Weekly)

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    interesting anectodes in this book and vertical well told. the narrarotor does a great job of holding your attention.

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    VS 05-02-16
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    great book overall. narration was clear. could have done without the music breaks though. Will be reading the next book soon

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    Andreas 04-12-16
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    "this is a funny and well written book . "

    love it. really easy to listen, good fun facts turned around and used for everything

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    Struggled to finish. Extremely liberal in the thought processes, just not my cup of tea.

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    David Bell 04-03-16
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    Music in the middle each chapter was a little odd, but the book was great.

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    Where does Freakonomics rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I really liked this book. Although it's written by a serious economist it does seem sort of popular or fluffy in its content, which is OK I suppose: I'm not an economist but I could understand and enjoy this book. Its worth a thoughtful listen.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Stephen J. Dubner?

    You know, I listen to the Freakonomics podcast weekly, it's one of my favorites. Stephen Dubner is great, in that. His reading of this book is somewhat awkward and stilted.


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    Jake Gamble OLYMPIA, WA, US 03-11-16
    Jake Gamble OLYMPIA, WA, US 03-11-16
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    an economist puts metrics to interactions and questions that seem more sociological and psychological. fun read

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    Dondrae Mills 03-09-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Well read, great book!"

    I enjoyed every part of this book and the Way was read kept my attention all the way through

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    You'll actually learn something about topics you've probably never even giving a second thought about. I give it 4 stars.

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    David L Juckem 02-11-16
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    "Enjoyable book to listen too."

    Interesting topics which I enjoyed listening to. I hope the author does another book I work definitely listen to it.

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