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Freakonomics Audiobook
Freakonomics
Written by: 
Steven D. Levitt, Stephen J. Dubner
Narrated by: 
Stephen J. Dubner
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Freakonomics Audiobook

Freakonomics: Revised Edition

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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 abortion affect 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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    Tim 06-16-15
    Tim 06-16-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Thought provoking and perception altering!"

    I always had the naive impression that the field of economics was constricted to the study of economy. The questions posed and examined by Steven Levitt written about in this books have completely changed my view of economics, and sparked my own interest in learning how I can investigate such questions with the tools of economics.

    Fantastic book, with a fantastic narrator. As someone who typically listens to audio books at 2x speed, I found Stephen Dubner's consistent tone and pace a fantastic 'feature' of this audiobook.

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    Matthew 05-27-15
    Matthew 05-27-15
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    "Interesting with many good ideas"

    A college finance teacher suggested it to me and it was very good book. Interesting and somewhat relevant to my field if study.

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    Marco A Rodriguez 05-26-15
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    "Extremely Interesting"

    If you enjoy psychology and sociology then you'll love this book. The things that aren't necessary to know can be the most interesting things to know.

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    Rich 05-20-15
    Rich 05-20-15 Member Since 2014

    Thoreau's 'Walden' and Ayn Rand's 25th anniversary introduction to 'The Fountainhead' summarize my library well.

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    While this title does teeter on the line between hypothetical conjectures (the advertised way of thinking) and this-is-fact conclusions (how the book actually reads), I cannot deny I had terrific fun listening to this title. Narration is plenty fine.

    If the appearances of the world and the society around us don't cause you to wonder more about why we operate as we do, then this title isn't for you. Otherwise, well worth the credit.

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    "Great Way To Look at the World..."

    Greatly enjoyable. Thought provoking. The authors have a wry way of parsing and examining the everday issues we all face. Highly recommend Freakonomics...

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    C. Boaldin Davie, FL 05-02-15
    C. Boaldin Davie, FL 05-02-15 Member Since 2014

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    Most of the topics were interesting except the names. Since that was mostly listing names it was compelling to listen

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    William 04-28-15
    William 04-28-15
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    "Makes you think"

    Overall liked the book. I really liked the part about parenting and how much parents and school matter in a child's life. It gave me some good ammunition to bring down stuck up parents a few notches... Some of the sections seemed a little drawn out (mainly referring to the child naming section), but overall a good read.

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    Gadget Lover Michigan 04-19-15
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    "Entertaining romp ..."

    Quite entertaining and an easy listen overall. Some of the arguments, including the well known ones that link abortion to crime, for example, are quite jarring to hear...

    Still, am interesting romp through a variety of topics and the magic of incentives to shape behavior.

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    Dawna 04-19-15
    Dawna 04-19-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Perfect for my drive!"

    Great numbers crunching for a data junkie!! I was intrigued from beginning to end. Encouraging my husband to give it a listen.

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    B Spray Nashville, TN United States 04-09-15
    B Spray Nashville, TN United States 04-09-15 Member Since 2014
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    If you could sum up Freakonomics in three words, what would they be?

    This book shows how anything can be quantified and presents several compelling ways to look at situations in order to analyze them.


    What other book might you compare Freakonomics to and why?

    How to Measure Anything - because it provides unique ways to analyze data. Having said that, Freakonomics is much more story based where How to Measure Anything is much more of a technical howto.


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