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Think Like a Freak: The Authors of Freakonomics Offer to Retrain Your Brain | [Steven D. Levitt, Stephen J. Dubner]

Think Like a Freak: The Authors of Freakonomics Offer to Retrain Your Brain

The New York Times best-selling Freakonomics changed the way we see the world, exposing the hidden side of just about everything. Now, with Think Like a Freak, Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner have written their most revolutionary book yet. With their trademark blend of captivating storytelling and unconventional analysis, they take us inside their thought process and offer a blueprint for an entirely new way to solve problems. The topics range from business to philanthropy to sports to politics, all with the goal of retraining your brain.
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Publisher's Summary

The New York Times best-selling Freakonomics changed the way we see the world, exposing the hidden side of just about everything.

Now, with Think Like a Freak, Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner have written their most revolutionary book yet. With their trademark blend of captivating storytelling and unconventional analysis, they take us inside their thought process and offer a blueprint for an entirely new way to solve problems. The topics range from business to philanthropy to sports to politics, all with the goal of retraining your brain. Along the way, you’ll learn the secrets of a Japanese hot-dog-eating champion, the reason an Australian doctor swallowed a batch of dangerous bacteria, and why Nigerian e-mail scammers make a point of saying they’re from Nigeria.

Levitt and Dubner plainly see the world like no one else. Now you can, too. Never before have such iconoclastic thinkers been so revealing - and so much fun to read.

Steven D. Levitt, a professor of economics at the University of Chicago, was awarded the John Bates Clark medal, given to the most influential American economist under the age of 40.

Stephen J. Dubner, an award-winning journalist and radio and TV personality, has worked for The New York Times and published three non-Freakonomics books.

©2014 Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner (P)2014 HarperCollins Publishers

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    Nancy Portland, OR 05-26-14
    Nancy Portland, OR 05-26-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Only if you don't listen to the podcast....."
    What disappointed you about Think Like a Freak?

    If you follow and listen to the almost weekly podcasts you will have heard pretty much all of this material already. I really like what these guys do, but I felt duped for buying this audio book. If you have not listened to any podcasts you will like it.


    If you’ve listened to books by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner before, how does this one compare?

    Again, this was really a remake of prior materials.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    The delivery was fine.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    disappointed - nothing really new


    13 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    flossdaily Bayonne, NJ, United States 05-15-14
    flossdaily Bayonne, NJ, United States 05-15-14 Member Since 2011

    I value intelligent stories with characters I can relate to. I can appreciate good prose, but a captivating plot is way more important.

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    "Very little new material - deceptively short"

    I've been following the Freaks for a while, so I was excited to get this audiobook and tear through it. But there was little in here that I hadn't heard in their previous books or on their podcast. Nearly everything they mentioned sounded very familiar.

    The book was also extremely short, but supplemented by several podcasts at the end to artificially inflate the length. I'm tempted to ask audible for my money back. I wouldn't have spent an audible credit on such a short bit of entertainment. I could have put this credit towards a 47 hour Stephen King book and gotten waaaaaaaay more for my dollar.

    I like the authors and their style, but this purchase was misleading and lacking in substance.

    Boo.

    35 of 37 people found this review helpful
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    Steve McKees Rocks, PA, United States 06-11-14
    Steve McKees Rocks, PA, United States 06-11-14 Member Since 2009
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    "Heard it all before"
    Would you try another book from Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner and/or Stephen J. Dubner?

    Yes


    What could Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Everything in this book was great the first time I heard it, but if you have listened to the podcasts or the other books its pretty much the same.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Stephen J. Dubner?

    SD is a great narrator, its just old content.


    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    CK1 Urbana, Illinois United States 05-20-14
    CK1 Urbana, Illinois United States 05-20-14 Member Since 2007
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    "Very Disapointing"

    I loved Freakonomics, liked Superfreakonomics and have listened to every podcast they have ever put out. So I was excited for their next offering. Sadly, about 80% of this book is recycled from the podcast.

    Dubner's narration is excellent as always.

    18 of 19 people found this review helpful
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    Bobbie Tempe, AZ USA 05-24-14
    Bobbie Tempe, AZ USA 05-24-14 Member Since 2006
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    "Not much new"

    If I were not a subscriber to the Freakonomics podcast I would give this a 4.5 star rating, but as I listened to the book I realized that much of it had been trotted out on the podcast. The book is one credit. The podcast is free. Where's the economics in that?

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Jason DeFillippo Hollywood, CA 05-21-14
    Jason DeFillippo Hollywood, CA 05-21-14 Member Since 2002
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    "Not a good trend"

    This is the second book this month that I've bought that has had podcast content tacked onto the end. This inflates the running time and makes you think you're getting more than you actually are. Any book that does this gets an immediate 1 star across the board. False advertising...

    33 of 37 people found this review helpful
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    Futuredave Santa Monica, CA 06-03-14
    Futuredave Santa Monica, CA 06-03-14 Member Since 2013

    FutureDave

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    "Too much here from the podcast"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Big fan of the podcast, but there was too much regurgitated that I'd already heard.


    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Ricardo Ernst 05-30-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Very Dissapointing"
    What disappointed you about Think Like a Freak?

    Many stories which seemed manipulated or forced to illustrate points some vaguely articulated. Also, some of the stories made longer than needed.


    What was most disappointing about Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner ’s story?

    The gap between what the book offers and what it delivers. Over promises and under delivers. The message of thinking like a freak is not actually accomplished. It is another compilation of studies like previous editions but this one much worse with no element of novelty. Many cliches.


    What didn’t you like about Stephen J. Dubner’s performance?

    It was average. Sometimes got monotonous.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Think Like a Freak?

    I would cut or combine some chapters.


    Any additional comments?

    The first books made an impression that this book tried to leverage. Unfortunately, it did not do it.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Chris 06-22-14
    Chris 06-22-14 Member Since 2008
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    "Disappointing"
    What would have made Think Like a Freak better?

    It was way too short of a book and failed to make good points like in the first 2 books.


    What could Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Lengthen it.


    What about Stephen J. Dubner’s performance did you like?

    He is a great reader with very good inflection.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Yes. I love the "freak" mindset.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    AJ 05-31-14
    AJ 05-31-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Not freakonomics but a decent read"
    If you could sum up Think Like a Freak in three words, what would they be?

    Thought provoking & interesting


    If you’ve listened to books by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner before, how does this one compare?

    Not as good in comparison but it's a good read on it's own.


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

    Yes


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No extreme reactions - no life changing thoughts either.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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