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Nudge Audiobook

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

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Publisher's Summary

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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    Tristan 01-18-16
    Tristan 01-18-16 Member Since 2015
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    "There's no such thing as a neutral default"

    Many fields of government require small, seemingly-arbitrary decisions about how to set up programs that can have an impact on the behaviour of thousands, even millions, of citizens. It's impossible for these decisions to have a neutral impact, so we might as well choose ones that "nudge" people towards the best results.

    Sometimes people hear about this book and get nervous they're talking about social engineering. Really, it's about trying to switch unintended consequences with intentional good outcomes. If it leads to government improving our lives at low cost, I say it's a great idea.

    I hope more people will read this book so these kinds of programs will gain strong public support.

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    D. Reynolds 09-10-15
    D. Reynolds 09-10-15

    Dr. Chiffres

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    "Better to read print version"

    Interesting book covering important material. About 1/3 too long. The later chapters on product recommendations feel a bit contrived.

    Narrator has annoying voice and repeatedly mispronounces well-known
    proper nouns.

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    Yosuke 05-06-15
    Yosuke 05-06-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Good example are contained"

    Good reasoning and being very persuasive.
    This is a book worth read repeatedly. And I hope this book influence political policies of Japan.

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    Fuad 05-02-15
    Fuad 05-02-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Great book"

    great great book, but the audio edition is ver y bad, this boom hace up to 18 chapters but is divided in 10 i dont know why, but great content

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    Joisey Joe 04-26-15
    Joisey Joe 04-26-15
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    "Enlightening your perspectives"
    Would you listen to Nudge again? Why?

    Nudge is another building block to the field of behavioral analysis that allows you to think about your reactions to everyday scnarios. Like learning a language, it is all about repetition.


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

    Yes, I think the examples are clear and real and the viewpoints are backed by other notable researchers in the field. They all seem to have a mutual respect for each other.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Top Nudges make you think.


    Any additional comments?

    Interesting, will revisit again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    kathalytic 04-07-15
    kathalytic 04-07-15 Member Since 2012

    Kathalytic

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    "Highly informative & narrator does impressions"
    What did you love best about Nudge?

    Gives great information about presenting people with their best options.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    It's not a novel, so there aren't really characters.


    What does Sean Pratt bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Not only is he clear yet emotive where necessary, he also does great impressions where quotes warrant some voice acting.


    What insight do you think you’ll apply from Nudge?

    Hopefully it will help me make better decisions for myself, giving me inspiration to think about my choices and make myself more informed.


    Any additional comments?

    I do think the book tried a little too hard not to take political sides; I wouldn't have even considered a political leaning if not for the fact that the authors try to make a point the book has no political leaning.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • "Got nudged"

    Great read to get nudged to do all the important things that you have been postponing! Enjoy reading this book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Joseph Celes Los Angeles 12-23-14
    Joseph Celes Los Angeles 12-23-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Now we are all Libretarian Paternalists"
    If you could sum up Nudge in three words, what would they be?

    Interesting, Thoughtful, Educational


    What did you like best about this story?

    The strategies they recommend for nudging people in the right direction.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    No scenes. The finance section was my favorite.


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

    No extreme's. I think I laughed out loud once, but I can't remember why.


    Any additional comments?

    Great book. I recommend it to anyone who makes decisions for others or has the responsibility of decision making.

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    david PORT HUENEME, CA, United States 08-04-14
    david PORT HUENEME, CA, United States 08-04-14 Member Since 2013

    Hi

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    "Dense with information, instead of narratives"
    What made the experience of listening to Nudge the most enjoyable?

    No full of unnecessary anecdotal stories that drag on. Solid, relevant information, at a good pacing.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    NA


    What does Sean Pratt bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Good tone of voice, not overly monotonous or boisterous for the topic,


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

    Libertarian Paternalism comes to your home.


    Any additional comments?

    Maybe a little more engaging and even more detailed information

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    GadgetRunner 05-31-14 Member Since 2008
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    "Miserable Attempt at Gladwellian Tome Falls Flat"
    What would have made Nudge better?

    If the authors had not skimped on the research, they would not have jumped to simplistic unsupported conclusions.


    What could Richard H. Thaler and Cass R. Sunstein have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    By injecting their biased opinions, the authors made broad unsupported generalizations using anecdotes instead of data.


    What three words best describe Sean Pratt’s voice?

    okay, adequate, level


    What character would you cut from Nudge?

    There were no characters.


    Any additional comments?

    Don't waste your time with this drivel. The authors describe themselves as "paternalistic libertarians." They are more like "simplistic narcissists."

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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  • Mr. R. D. Cox
    London
    1/13/11
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    "Under rated by academics"

    Under rated by academics - overrated by Politicians

    This needs common sense combined with Ethics and Morals. i wish I had known about this stuff 4 years ago when I was working on default options

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Sara
    Gloucester, UK
    2/7/10
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    "Disappointing"

    I was really looking forward to this audiobook and it started off being quite promising. I liked the idea that behaviour can be changed by simple nudges and it was this that appealed to me. However as a UK listener the emphasis on American society lost me at several points, particularly the chapter on pensions and medicaid. I suppose this is so different from our NHS system that I found it hard to relate to. Eventually I abandoned it. There were some interesting points, but overall not one of my favourites.

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  • Harbir
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    "wishful thinking"

    the book is about thinking positive and has no science behind it. its very wishy washy and i am suprised soo many people have goven this book positive reviews. it claims things like, ' newborn baby might be disabled because it was giving out a negative vibration'

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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