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  • Freakonomics

  • Revised Edition
  • By: Steven D. Levitt, Stephen J. Dubner
  • Narrated by: Stephen J. Dubner
  • Length: 6 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,873
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,696
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,696

Steven D. Levitt is not a typical economist. He is a much-heralded scholar who studies the riddles of everyday life, from cheating and crime to sports and child-rearing, and whose conclusions turn the conventional wisdom on its head. Thus the new field of study contained in this audiobook: Freakonomics. Levitt and co-author Stephen J. Dubner show that economics is, at root, the study of incentives: how people get what they want, or need, especially when other people want or need the same thing.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good, but be careful

  • By Shackleton on 07-03-08

Scientific, Socially Inclined, and Funny as Hell!

5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-08-17

Narrated by the man who runs the currently ongoing podcast with the same name (and one of the authors {Dubner}), he us great at communicating the very interesting but still complex concepts. This blends economics with statistics, sociology, psychology, and pretty much everything else. I listened to all but the last half hour (which I just finished over a week later) in 3 days, though admittedly I don't work. All in all it's innovation of thought mixed with a unique perspective, and it's all put together with the very unoriginal, but incredibly effective, tools of economics.

NOTE: Talks about drugs, sex, and violence (all scientifically) and uses foul language in a couple spots. I don't mind but just an FYI. Enjoy!

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