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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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    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.

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    kath 04-07-15
    kath 04-07-15

    kath

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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.

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    Amazon Customer 03-26-15
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    "Audible lacks proper "choice architecture""

    The authors would argue that the various editions available lack the paternalistic libertarian "nudge." I'm not sure I got the latest or most complete edition.

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  • "Got nudged"

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

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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

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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."

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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...


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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

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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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