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Freakonomics Audiobook

Freakonomics: Revised Edition

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Publisher's Summary

Which is more dangerous: a gun or a swimming pool? What do schoolteachers and sumo wrestlers have in common? Why do drug dealers still live with their moms? How much do parents really matter? How did the legalization of abortionaffect the rate of violent crime?

These may not sound like typical questions for an economist to ask. But 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. In Freakonomics, they explore the hidden side of...well, everything. The inner working of a crack gang....The truth about real-estate agents....The secrets of the Klu Klux Klan.

What unites all these stories is a belief that the modern world is even more intriguing than we think. All it takes is a new way of looking, and Freakonomics will redefine the way we view the modern world.

©2006 Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner; (P)2006 HarperCollins Publishers

What the Critics Say

"Refreshingly accessible and engrossing." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Anonymous 08-30-17
    08-30-17
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    "Will not recommended to anyone"

    These guys are good with numbers and bad with life.

    They suggest that abortion is a good thing because it can be traced to a decrease in crime. They summarize that "Unwantedness leads to crime and abortion leads to less unwantedness". That is cold-hearted wickedness and a deceptive way to cover up the truth.

    Unwantedness is what leads mothers to wanting an abortion in the first place. So rather that killing the baby to prevent the possibility of future crime (yes, that's what they suggest. Kill innocent children to reduce crime.) put the baby up for adoption where it can be raised by a loving parent. After all, stats show that adopted children do just as well in school as biological children.

    I wish the author would answer one question for me: If we called abortion what it is, homicide. How would the murder trend look with respect to R v. W?

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    Indio P. 08-16-17
    Indio P. 08-16-17
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    "book has a lot of white privilege in it"

    too much white privilege and too much judgement from the gaze of well-off white men.

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    Lilia 08-10-17
    Lilia 08-10-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Review of Freakonomics"

    The authors provide a unique perspective on how to look at and analyze things in an effort to gain a better understanding of what you are looking at.

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    Kieran 08-05-17
    Kieran 08-05-17
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    "needs better chapter divisions"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    put things like the anecdotes about the author's life in a separate section from the first chapter.
    I don't really care about his life and it would make it easier to skip it without missing real content


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    least interesting : first chunk that repetitively told readers how special the author is for how he thinks & how regular economists don't respect him. boring.

    rest of book mostly interesting


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    yes


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    scotopic 07-31-17
    scotopic 07-31-17
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    "Great content backed by data"

    Audio: Overall it was read well at a great pace and with well placed pauses.

    Book: Fantastic content backed by data and put into a fascinating read/listen. If the whole book were to be written as the last portion describing the life stories of the economists then the book might have never made it to the top charts.

    I'd recommend this book to anyone who likes uncomfortable truth and fact check

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    Tyler 07-16-17
    Tyler 07-16-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Podcast fan listens to the book"

    I love the podcast, but the book was a little short. Even with the extended material. I'd still recommend both if you're a real Freakonomics head.

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    Wesley Baugh 07-12-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Good"

    helps u see the world a little bit more clearly through using data and critical thinking

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    Happy Ellie 07-11-17
    Happy Ellie 07-11-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Very good book!"
    If you could sum up Freakonomics in three words, what would they be?

    This book is worth it! Definitely entertained me and I learned a lot from the author's perspective. I plan on listening to the whole narration again.


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    Amazon Customer 07-07-17 Member Since 2017
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    "I'm hooked! Love it!"

    Great story telling and honesty! Just purchased the next 3 freak books! Hopefully we will see a new freak book in 2018

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    Anonymous 07-04-17
    07-04-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Inspiring and entertaining"

    This book encapsulates the sense of the author's research very well. The book contains a lot of twists and turns that take conventional knowledge and put it on its head. It's very interesting and it opens up this world of data in a way that everyone can understand.

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