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Daniel Kahneman and Amos Tversky met in war-torn 1960s Israel. Both were gifted young psychology professors: Kahneman a rootless son of Holocaust survivors who saw the world as a problem to be solved, Tversky a voluble, instinctual blur of energy.

In this breathtaking new audiobook, Michael Lewis tells the extraordinary story of a relationship that became a shared mind: one which created the field of behavioural economics, revolutionising everything from Big Data to medicine, from how we are governed to how we spend, from high finance to football.

Kahneman and Tversky, shows Michael Lewis, helped shape the world in which we now live - and may well have changed, for good, humankind's view of its own mind.

©2016 Michael Lewis (P)2016 Penguin AudioBooks

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  • Judy Corstjens
  • 12-24-16

Great writer finds a great topic

If you loved Daniel Kahneman's 'Thinking Fast and Slow', you will enjoy this biography + elaboration from Michael Lewis. If you haven't read the Kahneman yet, you definitely should and then read this, assuming the 400+ pages of Kahneman left you wanting more (which is the normal reaction, I believe.)

No point in me repeating that ML is a great writer and story teller, but it probably is worth saying that the narration by Dennis Boutsikaris is of that 6-star quality that leaves you feeling sorry for people who read the hard copy version to themselves. He adds to your understanding. Leaves you waiting for the film version...

By the way, I've recently downloaded and audioed 'Winter is Coming' by Gary Kasparov and 'The Euro' by Jospeh Stiglizt from Audible.fr - the French website. I can't review them on the UK site, but I thought I would flag up that there is a different selection of Audio-books in the 'Paris Store', so you might want to check that out. So much for the single market!

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  • Bill
  • 09-15-17

A powerful and evocative story of twinned minds

Where does The Undoing Project rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

The best philosophical biography i have ever read/ listened to

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Undoing Project?

How Danny Kahneman and Amos Tversky's experiences of the Holocaust (and War in Israel's military) fundamentally shaped who they were; was it these experinces that fostered characters destined to be collaborators together as much as it created people that would inevitably tear apart from one another?!

Which character – as performed by Dennis Boutsikaris – was your favourite?

Amos was the most compelling and intriguiung character as you don't feel you get to understand or see all of his emotional levels.

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

Yes, it opened my mind to collaboration between scholars as being completely equal. The whole is greater than sum of the parts is as true in Academia as it is anywhere else in life.

Any additional comments?

The story of two trailblazers who will leave/ have left the world a better place as a result of their work.

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  • Tony Dunn
  • 12-28-16

Total joy from start to finish.

I love Michael Lewis and I love Danny Kahneman.

This is the book I most wanted to read in the world and I hadn't realised it until it existed. Cannot recommend it enough. Serves as a perfect companion to Thinking fast and slow.

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  • Chris
  • 01-27-17

OK

I was expecting more, but maybe there wasn't anymore to get out of the story. If you've already read TFAS then you'll know most of it.
Not as good as M.Lewis's previous books.
It gives you more details about the relationship between the two characters than Thinking Fast and Slow does, so if you're interested in that then buy it.

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  • Gareth
  • 01-06-17

Perfect ...

Fascinating and important material, superbly written and beautifully narrated.

A real treat of an audio book.

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  • D. J. Pritchard
  • 01-24-17

A must read for anyone interested in anything

Truly engaging and enlightening telling of the way all areas of life have been affected by the work of two amazing characters. I can see myself listening to this over and over.

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  • Mr. Harry C. Sharman
  • 01-23-17

Magnificent

A brilliantly engaging account of two incredible minds, and the origin of behavioural economics. I thoroughly enjoyed this audiobook.

I know a bit about behavioural economics, but this book adds so much colour and context around the subjects origins it helps piece everything together.

Brilliant. Can't recommend this enough.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-09-17

Good book, woefully narrated (IMHO)

Incredibly interesting story ruined by by a really monotonous narration. I increased the speed to offset the lack of pace but there was no getting away from the fact the narrator sounded well, bored.

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  • Tom Scott
  • 03-06-17

michael lewis at his best

I listen to pretty much everything from Michael Lewis I can get my hands on. his books are detailed interesting and always tell a great story along with the subject matter. this is no different and, although this is a subject I have no real interest in I found it really interesting and engaging. now I want to know more

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  • Samantha Pearce
  • 02-18-17

Definitely worth a read

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I went to University to study Economics & Finance in the early 90's and then my Masters in the late 90's some of these ideas were coming through even then, although most models still relied on "rational economic man". I suspect this is partly not just a mindset, but it makes the mathematical models simpler. I really enjoyed how Kahneman & Tversky worked together and the way they came up with questions that no one else was asking. The end of there relationship is incredibly sad, but the work these two men did is utterly compelling and I hope as time goes by more widely known and not just by psychology students. I studied some basic statistics at undergraduate level, so I am aware of a small number of the pitfalls, it doesn't mean that like everyone else I don't make them. Fascinating and highly recommended

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  • wideeyedgirl
  • 04-28-17

Tragic and overwhelmingly beautiful

The story of Danny and Amos sneaks up on you. Michael Lewis writes with their pragmatism which guards you as you listen to stories so unimaginable in their horror... until the last sentence where you fracture. Amazing - this book and these men have affected me in a way no other book has.

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  • Yaniv
  • 03-25-17

Fantastic book

Great story mixed in with some really exciting discoveries in the field of psychology and economics. Dense with information and very thought provoking.

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  • Michelle
  • 06-13-17

Great book

Compelling, thought provoking story. I'll probably need it in paperback as well as it have me a lot to think about

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  • Lincoln Maurice
  • 01-11-17

A Beautiful Telling

This was a beautiful telling of the lives of The Odd Couple of the unexpected, yet wholly important, bridging of the studies of economics and psychology, later galvanised in Richard Thayler's work on Behavioral Economics.

The telling of their story is superb and, despite Lewis' stated attempts to present a book which would be "unfilmable" has, to me, so articulately constructed a work which renders itself so easily to the big screen, that I believe if that's his true ambition, he ought to try harder. Given his roles in Lewis' previous adaptations, Moneyball and The Big Short, I would cast Pitt as Redelmeier.

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