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Thinking, Fast and Slow Audiobook

Thinking, Fast and Slow

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Publisher's Summary

The unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of Thinking, Fast and Slow, Daniel Kahneman's pioneering work that tackles questions of intuition and rationality. Read by the actor Patrick Egan.

Daniel Kahneman, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences for his seminal work in psychology challenging the rational model of judgment and decision making, is one of the world's most important thinkers. His ideas have had a profound impact on many fields - including business, medicine, and politics - but until now, he has never brought together his many years of research in one book.

In Thinking, Fast and Slow, Kahneman takes us on a groundbreaking tour of the mind and explains the two systems that drive the way we think and make choices. One system is fast, intuitive, and emotional; the other is slower, more deliberative, and more logical. Kahneman exposes the extraordinary capabilities-and also the faults and biases-of fast thinking, and reveals the pervasive influence of intuitive impressions on our thoughts and behaviour. The importance of properly framing risks, the effects of cognitive biases on how we view others, the dangers of prediction, the right ways to develop skills, the pros and cons of fear and optimism, the difference between our experience and memory of events, the real components of happiness-each of these can be understood only by knowing how the two systems work together to shape our judgments and decisions.

Drawing on a lifetime's experimental experience, Kahneman reveals where we can and cannot trust our intuitions and how we can tap into the benefits of slow thinking. He offers practical and enlightening insights into how choices are made in both our professional and our personal lives-and how we can use different techniques to guard against the mental glitches that often get us into trouble. Thinking, Fast and Slow will transform the way you take decisions and experience the world.

©2011 Daniel Kahneman (P)2011 Penguin Books Limited

What the Critics Say

"There have been many good books on human rationality and irrationality, but only one masterpiece. That masterpiece is Daniel Kahneman's Thinking, Fast and Slow. Kahneman, a winner of the Nobel Prize for economics, distils a lifetime of research into an encyclopedic coverage of both the surprising miracles and the equally surprising mistakes of our conscious and unconscious thinking. He achieves an even greater miracle by weaving his insights into an engaging narrative that is compulsively readable from beginning to end. My main problem in doing this review was preventing family members and friends from stealing my copy of the book to read it for themselves... this is one of the greatest and most engaging collections of insights into the human mind I have read." (William Easterly, Financial Times)

"Absorbing, intriguing...By making us aware of our minds' tricks, Kahneman hopes to inspire individuals and organisations to identify strategies to outwit them" (Jenni Russell, Sunday Times)

"Profound ... As Copernicus removed the Earth from the centre of the universe and Darwin knocked humans off their biological perch, Mr. Kahneman has shown that we are not the paragons of reason we assume ourselves to be." (The Economist)

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    Ali Bayswater, Australia 01-23-14
    Ali Bayswater, Australia 01-23-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Life Changing / Paradox Shifting"
    What did you love best about Thinking, Fast and Slow?

    At the start of the book I was disappointed but as soon as I understood where the author is going, I realized that this is no ordinary book.
    I'm listening to it again back to back to absorb as much as I can


    What did you like best about this story?

    In detailed examples of mental errors and errors in judgement


    Which scene was your favorite?

    First one hour of the book I was completely lost and I didn't know what this book is all about. I thought it is about statistics but then it all switched to all my logic errors.


    What insight do you think you’ll apply from Thinking, Fast and Slow?

    Investment


    Any additional comments?

    I don't know if anyone is reading me review but if you are don't miss out on this one.
    A book from a winner of a Nobel prize, worth reading (listening to in this case).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Matthew Mt Gravatt, Australia 04-06-12
    Matthew Mt Gravatt, Australia 04-06-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Complex yet engaging, worth the time invested."

    This is not an audiobook to listen to in the background - best suited for a long rail commute or just some quiet hours over a couple of weeks, the ideas presented deserve your full attention.

    Patrick Egan's narration is clear and consistent and serves the tone of the book perfectly. Although the audio refers to data and graphs that may not be readily at hand, it's not totally necessary to view all of the facts and figures to visualise the points being made. The text itself is highly approachable; a mixture of interesting anecdotes and fascinating research.

    I highly recommend this ebook if you prefer listening over reading and you have the time to devote to focus entirely on this terrific book.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Henry Chatswood, Australia 07-14-13
    Henry Chatswood, Australia 07-14-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Behaviors and choices explained."
    Was Thinking, Fast and Slow worth the listening time?

    Yes. It was a good introduction to various concepts in behavior, psychology, economics and decision-making.


    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Maryke Durbanville, South Africa 12-09-13
    Maryke Durbanville, South Africa 12-09-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Patronizing performer"
    Would you try another book from Daniel Kahneman and/or Patrick Egan?

    No. The content is unorganized and appears to be made in-accessible on purpose.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Daniel Kahneman again?

    No.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The narrator made dry content that were poorly organised sound condescending and patronizing.


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

    No.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • Rob
    Doncaster, United Kingdom
    3/5/14
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    "Difficult but Insightful"
    Would you listen to Thinking, Fast and Slow again? Why?

    I will definitely listen to this again because I found some parts difficult to understand and I believe a second listen would help me get to grips with them.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The 'econs' because some people I know would perceive themselves as entirely logical beings and it helps highlight the fact that realistically our brains struggle to work in that way.


    What about Patrick Egan’s performance did you like?

    His voice is well suited to giving lectures because it sounds intelligent and coherent.
    I disagree with other reviews that criticise his voice as boring because I think it is more the difficult aspects of the book that make it appear boring.
    One day when I'm a Granddad and telling stories to my grand-children, I would like a voice like Patrick Egan's.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    There were some bits that were very interesting and left me thirsty for more information but equally there were other bits that were hard to digest and I felt like I needed a break, if anything just to analyse the information in my own head and let it sink in.


    Any additional comments?

    Although I think the content is good, I think it has been miss-sold as an audio book because for me the statistical problems are hard to digest if they are being spoken to you in real time, whereas in a paper book you can pause on a problem and let your brain comprehend it which is how I believe this book was designed.
    There were also a lot of references to the PDF, which in a paper book would just be illustrations. It defies the point of an audio book if you have to read a PDF!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Lyudmil
    United Kingdom
    12/23/12
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    "Great Book"

    I am always on the lookout for ways to improve my scientific thinking. That’s why I have an interest in the areas of sociology concerned with decision making in groups and how the individual is influenced by this. And this is also why I have an interest in cognitive biases - intuitive judgments that we make without even noticing; judgments which are just fine most of the time but can be scientifically fallacious. Daniel Kahneman’s book “Thinking, fast and slow” is an excellent introduction to the topic.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Trevor
    Camblesforth, United Kingdom
    7/5/13
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    "Not Convinced"

    Its an interesting read but in places leaves you scratching your head. There are a number of mind puzzles, that simply do not work. I understand the System 1 and System 2 dynamics of understanding things, but the puzzles presented were not great, to say the least.

    One which the author continually uses as an example is a bat and ball pricing puzzle. I've asked this puzzle to about 10 people including my 16 year old daughter. Not one person got this wrong, 8 got it right within 2-3 seconds, 2 deferred to answer thinking I was tricking them. Yes - I know mine are not controlled experiments, but I think the text states most people get this wrong, and only 80% of Harvard graduates get it right. hmmmm.

    Then, (I wont ruin this) he strings two words together designed to make you you sweat, feel ill and seriously want to cringe, with the same reaction that you get scratching a chalkboard. I won't tell you the words but for me it did nothing. I think if you have kids and tease them like I do, then I use words much worse to tell them what they have for lunch, In fact the two words for me was tame ! I can give him much worse I assure you.

    I think a lot of this is written from an American perspective. We have a TV show in the UK called QI, which basically sums up his System1 and System 2 in one episode.

    Q> How Many Wifes did Henry VIII have ?
    System 1 is Alan Davies saying 6 wifes (followed by a big alarm bell)
    System 2 is Stephen Fry explaining he had 2 wifes contrary to popular belief

    The show is full of classics like this where the public believe something which is blatantly false which is disproved, like not eating closed mussels. (in fact they are the best ones, not the worst).

    Going back to the book, another amazing admission is that the author claims to have go his statistical sampling wrong. Although this is great to hear, and the whole explanation really fascinated me, I then thought, what about his results before this revelation. He never mentions if the core of the work, basically in his early years was then rewritten or accepted with error.

    So, in summary, its a fascinating read, but to me there is no science here. Its common sense and the results are dubious based on the statistical errors admitted to.

    17 of 30 people found this review helpful
  • Olivier RIGAUD
    2/13/17
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    "Excellent book but not really suitable to audio format"

    It's an excellent book and the narration is good in itself, but I just think the content of the book is not really audiobook-friendly. It requires to pause and think and for some of the problems presented, I had to rewind 4 times and write it all down to be able to properly think about it. There's also an accompanying pdf that the narrator often refers to. Everytime this happens, you need to pause and get your phone out, and find the pdf, etc. in order to get the full value of what he's saying. Not very practical, especially if driving. If I could go back in time I would have bought the paper version.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bo
    HornsletDenmark
    2/12/17
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    "Fascinating"
    Where does Thinking, Fast and Slow rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I've listened to hundreds of audiobooks over the past two decades, and this was in the top ten percent.


    What does Patrick Egan bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    The narrator did an excellent job.


    Any additional comments?

    LIsten to it. You'll learn a lot.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wicked Wolfie
    2/9/17
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    "An Amazing Insight into How the Brain Works"
    Where does Thinking, Fast and Slow rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the most interesting


    What other book might you compare Thinking, Fast and Slow to, and why?

    Nothing really compares.


    What about Patrick Egan’s performance did you like?

    He takes a dry subject and makes it engaging and personable.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Some of the insights are real eye openers and will help with daily decision making.


    Any additional comments?

    The book is long. Very Long. And there is a fair bit of repetition but overall the content is so very worth it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    2/9/17
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    "amazing"

    Great book for anyone looking to enhance their critical thinking skills and understanding how the brain works.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Auguste Dupin
    London Angleterre
    1/21/17
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    "Superb book, superb performance"
    What made the experience of listening to Thinking, Fast and Slow the most enjoyable?

    This is a scientific book. Although written to reach a broad audience it does not do so by trivializing the research, and can be read by experts as well as novices. The reader Patrick Egan read as if he understood everything that was being said, and this really helps the reader along.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Some of the most important research in behavioural science is explained clearly, and placed in the context of an organising narrative that makes the science into a story. The use of System 1 and System 2 as "characters" is a masterstroke. Eminently quotable.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    What you see is all there is.


    Any additional comments?

    Patrick Egan does such a great job that after listening to the book for a while I started to think that THIS was Danny Kahneman's voice. It was a strange experience.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Chris W.
    1/9/17
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    "Insight can be useful"

    it's a lot of material - there's no way to get the best out of it without putting some study effort in, but even just listening there's plenty to learn.

    I would expect there is a more concise book on the subject matter and one that is more leading in term of how to use the findings.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Anna Grudeva
    1/9/17
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    "a bit too technical but overall very useful"

    struggled to understand certain research but overall good listen. would definitely recommend, although it might need a second listen

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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