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  • Messy: The Power of Disorder to Transform Our Lives | Tim Harford

    Messy: The Power of Disorder to Transform Our Lives

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Tim Harford
    • Narrated By Nicholas Guy Smith
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    Messy: The Power of Disorder to Transform Our Lives celebrates the benefits that messiness has in our lives: why it's important, why we resist it, and why we should embrace it instead. Using research from neuroscience, psychology, and social science as well as captivating examples of real people doing extraordinary things, Tim Harford explains that the human qualities we value - creativity, responsiveness, resilience - are integral to the disorder, confusion, and disarray that produce them.

    Amazon Customer says: "I'm a neat freak with three kids..."
  • Fifty Inventions That Shaped the Modern Economy

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    • By Tim Harford
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    Fifty Inventions That Shaped the Modern Economy paints an epic picture of change in an intimate way by telling the stories of the tools, people, and ideas that had far-reaching consequences for all of us. From the plough to artificial intelligence, from Gillette's disposable razor to IKEA's Billy bookcase, best-selling author and Financial Times columnist Tim Harford recounts each invention's own curious, surprising, and memorable story.

  • The Undercover Economist | Tim Harford

    The Undercover Economist

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Tim Harford
    • Narrated By Robert Ian Mackenzie
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    Author of the extremely popular "Dear Economist" column in Financial Times, Tim Harford reveals the economics behind everyday phenomena in this highly entertaining and informative book. Can a book about economics be fun to read? It can when Harford takes the reins, using his trademark wit to explain why it costs an arm and a leg to buy a cappuccino and why it's nearly impossible to purchase a decent used car.

    Paul Norwood says: "Everyone needs to know this."
  • FREE: Audible Sessions with Tim Harford: Exclusive interview | Tim Harford,Robin Morgan

    FREE: Audible Sessions with Tim Harford: Exclusive interview

    • ORIGINAL (22 mins)
    • By Tim Harford, Robin Morgan
    • Narrated By Tim Harford, Robin Morgan
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    Tim Harford joins Robin Morgan in the Audible Studios for an exclusive interview. His latest book, Messy, may just make us all feel better when we have a messy desk at work!

  • Adapt: Why Success Always Starts with Failure | Tim Harford

    Adapt: Why Success Always Starts with Failure

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Tim Harford
    • Narrated By Jonathan Keeble
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    In this groundbreaking work, Tim Harford shows us a new and inspiring approach to solving the most pressing problems in our lives. Harford argues that today’s challenges simply cannot be tackled with ready-made solutions and expert opinions; the world has become far too unpredictable and profoundly complex. Instead, we must adapt. Deftly weaving together psychology, evolutionary biology, anthropology, physics, and economics, along with compelling stories of hard-won lessons learned in the field, Harford makes a passionate case for the importance of adaptive trial-and-error....

    Joshua Kim says: "Will Prove Influential"
  • The Undercover Economist | Tim Harford

    The Undercover Economist

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Tim Harford
    • Narrated By Cameron Stewart
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    Ever wondered why the gap between rich and poor nations is so great, or why it's so difficult getting a foot on the property ladder, or how to outwit Starbucks? This audiobook offers the hidden story behind these and other questions, as economist Tim Harford reveals how supermarkets, airlines, and coffee chains, to name just a few, are vacuuming money from our wallets.

    Neuron says: "Down to earth economics"
  • Messy | Tim Harford

    Messy

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Tim Harford
    • Narrated By Roger Davis
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    The urge to be tidy seems to be rooted deep in the human psyche. Many of us feel threatened by anything that is vague, unplanned, scattered around or hard to describe. We find comfort in having a script to rely on, a system to follow, in being able to categorise and file away. We all benefit from tidy organisation - up to a point. A large library needs a reference system. Global trade needs the shipping container. Scientific collaboration needs measurement units. But the forces of tidiness have marched too far.

    A. J. Russell says: "Tim Harford is turning into Malcolm Gladwell :("
  • The Undercover Economist Strikes Back: How to Run - or Ruin - an Economy | Tim Harford

    The Undercover Economist Strikes Back: How to Run - or Ruin - an Economy

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Tim Harford
    • Narrated By Cameron Stewart, Gavin Osborne
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    A provocative and lively exploration of the increasingly important world of macroeconomics, by the author of the bestselling The Undercover Economist. Thanks to the worldwide financial upheaval, economics is no longer a topic we can ignore. From politicians to hedge-fund managers to middle-class IRA holders, everyone must pay attention to how and why the global economy works the way it does.

    Noah says: "Macroeconomics is hard"
  • Adapt: Why Success Always Starts with Failure | Tim Harford

    Adapt: Why Success Always Starts with Failure

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Tim Harford
    • Narrated By Jonathan Keeble
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    Everything we know about solving the world’s problems is wrong. Out: Plans, experts and above all, leaders. In: Adapting - improvise rather than plan; fail, learn, and try again. In this groundbreaking new book, Tim Harford shows how the world’s most complex and important problems - including terrorism, climate change, poverty, innovation, and the financial crisis - can only be solved from the bottom up by rapid experimenting and adapting.

  • The Logic of Life: The Rational Economics of an Irrational World | Tim Harford

    The Logic of Life: The Rational Economics of an Irrational World

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Tim Harford
    • Narrated By John Lee
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    Life sometimes seems illogical. Individuals do strange things: take drugs, have unprotected sex, mug each other. Love seems irrational, and so does divorce. On a larger scale, life seems no fairer or easier to fathom - why do some neighborhoods thrive and others become ghettos? Why is racism so persistent? Why is your idiot boss paid a fortune for sitting behind a mahogany altar? Thorny questions, and you might be surprised to hear the answers coming from an economist.

    Rebecca says: "enlightening & good fun"
  • The Undercover Economist Strikes Back | Tim Harford

    The Undercover Economist Strikes Back

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Tim Harford
    • Narrated By Cameron Stewart, Gavin Osborn
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    A million listeners bought The Undercover Economist to get the lowdown on how economics works on a small scale, in our everyday lives. Since then, economics has become big news. Crises, austerity, riots, bonuses - all are in the headlines all the time. But how does this large-scale economic world really work? What would happen if we cancelled everyone's debt? How do you create a job? Will the BRIC countries take over the world?

    G. Blazys says: "useful even for PhD economist"
  • How Messy Problems Can Inspire Creativity | Tim Harford

    How Messy Problems Can Inspire Creativity

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    • By Tim Harford
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    Challenges and problems can derail your creative process...or they can make you more creative than ever. In the surprising story behind the best-selling solo piano album of all time, Tim Harford may just convince you of the advantages of having to work with a little mess.

  • The Logic of Life: The Rational Economics of an Irrational World | Tim Harford

    The Logic of Life: The Rational Economics of an Irrational World

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Tim Harford
    • Narrated By L. J. Ganser
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    Life sometimes seems illogical. Individuals do strange things: take drugs, have unprotected sex, mug each other. Love seems irrational, and so does divorce. On a larger scale, life seems no fairer or easier to fathom: Why do some neighborhoods thrive and others become ghettos? Why is racism so persistent? Why is your idiot boss paid a fortune for sitting behind a mahogany altar? Thorny questions - and you might be surprised to hear the answers coming from an economist.

  • Fifty Things That Made the Modern Economy

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Tim Harford
    • Narrated By Roger Davis
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    The world economy defies comprehension. A continuously changing system of immense complexity, it offers over 10 billion distinct products and services, doubles in size every 15 years, and links almost every one of the planet's seven billion people. How can we make sense of this bewildering system on which our lives depend? From the tally stick to Bitcoin, the canal lock to the jumbo jet, each invention in Tim Harford's fascinating new book has its own curious, surprising and memorable story, a vignette against a grand backdrop.

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