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Nudge: Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth, and Happiness [Expanded Edition] | [Richard H. Thaler, Cass R. Sunstein]

Nudge: Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth, and Happiness [Expanded Edition]

Every day, we make decisions on topics ranging from personal investments to schools for our children to the meals we eat to the causes we champion. Unfortunately, we often choose poorly. The reason, the authors explain, is that, being human, we are all susceptible to various biases that can lead us to blunder. Our mistakes make us poorer and less healthy; we often make bad decisions involving education, personal finance, health care, mortgages and credit cards, the family, and even the planet itself.
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Every day, we make decisions on topics ranging from personal investments to schools for our children to the meals we eat to the causes we champion. Unfortunately, we often choose poorly. The reason, the authors explain, is that, being human, we are all susceptible to various biases that can lead us to blunder.

Our mistakes make us poorer and less healthy; we often make bad decisions involving education, personal finance, health care, mortgages and credit cards, the family, and even the planet itself.

Thaler and Sunstein invite us to enter an alternative world, one that takes our humanness as a given. They show that by knowing how people think, we can design choice environments that make it easier for people to choose what is best for themselves, their families, and their society.

Using colorful examples from the most important aspects of life, Thaler and Sunstein demonstrate how thoughtful "choice architecture" can be established to nudge us in beneficial directions without restricting freedom of choice. Nudge offers a unique new take - from neither the left nor the right - on many hot-button issues, for individuals and governments alike. This is one of the most engaging and provocative audiobooks to come along in many years.

Included in this recording are a bonus chapter and a Postscript that was added in the paperback edition.

Download the accompanying reference guide.

©2009 Richard H. Thaler and Cass R. Sunstein; (P)2009 Gildan Media Corp

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    Fiezullah 10-25-13
    Fiezullah 10-25-13 Member Since 2013
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    "too general"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    if it was more applicable for an individual


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    something i can use


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

    it describes the issue quite quickly, the rest of it was general. especially, when it discusses very US specific issues, it is quite boring for an international reader...


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jose NaucalpanMexico 03-12-13
    Jose NaucalpanMexico 03-12-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Must Read to improve your life"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend it as we can learn how to be better leaders and make better decisions in a world where decision making is not clear


    What did you like best about this story?

    The concept of choice arquitecture will be very helpfull for me


    What about Sean Pratt’s performance did you like?

    Do not recall a particular thing


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Inmersed in a World of Touch Choices


    Any additional comments?

    It is great reading with practical help

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Rusty New York, NY, United States 02-11-13
    Rusty New York, NY, United States 02-11-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Heavy on the authors' political views"
    What did you like best about Nudge? What did you like least?

    Choice architecture is an interesting topic and the authors address framing and default options in a compelling way.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Richard H. Thaler and Cass R. Sunstein ? Why or why not?

    No. The authors were unable or unwilling to keep their, onesided, political views out of the book. Moreover, those views did not enhance the content in any meaninful way (unless politics is what you're looking for).


    What three words best describe Sean Pratt’s voice?

    Pleasing Balanced Appropriate


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    Too often it seems that university professors fall victim to the echo chamber in which they operate. Sadly, Thaler and Sunstein probably felt they restarined their political leanings when, in fact, they crept (unwelcome to this reader) into every chapter.

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    Toni Lebbeke, Belgium 12-19-12
    Toni Lebbeke, Belgium 12-19-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Insightfull, but too long"

    This is mostly a very interesting, surprising and insightful (audio)book.

    But, maybe due to the expanded nature of this version, it becomes at times a little boring on the details. It does this by repeating quite some existing literature but more importantly by discussing at length the details of loans, mortgages, etc.

    That said, the book is full of practical tips and tricks about how to improve decisions and behavior on a large scale.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Bobby Antioch, CA, United States 06-17-12
    Bobby Antioch, CA, United States 06-17-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Boring and obvious. Nothing original."

    This is a poor attempt at riding the wave of interest in Malcolm Gladwell's style. This book combines grating narration with lessons including: eat healthy food, save more money for your future and other obvious suggestions that need no explanation. You would be better off re-reading any of Gladwell's books and skipping Nudge. I love Audible but this book is down-right boring; I finished it on principle but my wife (smarter than me) stopped after 45 minutes.

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    Rohit Melbourne, Australia 02-25-10
    Rohit Melbourne, Australia 02-25-10 Member Since 2007
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    "Boring and repetitive"

    When I picked this book, I was very enthusiastice. However, after going through the first few chapters I found the book rather repetitive. It goes on-and-on on US healthcare policies and 401K. Large sections of the book is particularly irrelevant and boring if the reader is outside of the US.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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