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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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    easdf 12-12-16
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    loved it
    this was an intriguing look into many different topics
    I recommend this to anyone that is interested in the statistics behind interesting facts of life.

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    Adam 12-11-16
    Adam 12-11-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Random logic without any proof"

    I could not finish this book. However, throughout five chapters the author provide multiple tales of corresponding events, and insisted on labeling them as causation and fact. I apologize for this review if the rest of the book is packed with experimental, double-blind, randomized trials with statistical relevance. However, I won't waste my time trying to find out.

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    Christine Martin-Arrington 12-04-16 Member Since 2012
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    "Good read"

    I liked this book a lot. The stories was very interesting a couple of them are real.

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    Bill 11-30-16
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    "Unpleasant truths told in entertaining manner"

    Good refresher and insight into human society and interaction that allows one to gain a more rational outlook towards their environment and world issues

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    John Celli 11-30-16
    John Celli 11-30-16 Member Since 2016
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    this book consisted of a random smattering of random but interesting studies. Not particularly useful or fascinating. This is especially true if you are looking for economics

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    Sean 11-22-16
    Sean 11-22-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Captivating"

    I finished this Audi on book 3 times faster than my other one of equal length. It just grabs you and doesn't let you go. I only wish it was longer, but that is why I bought the second book.

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    Jennifer WI 10-26-16
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    "I was already a fan"

    I really enjoy freakonomics the podcast so this book just beefed up some of the stories I've already heard, and did cover some new parts I have not heard. Stephen Dubner did the voicing and did well but I do prefer the podcasts where his voice gets a little more excited and you get snips from Stephen Levitt. I will get the other books they put out!

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    "Started strong.... ended weak!"

    The first few chapters were very good it really held my attention and had me naturally interested. As the book moved alone I just didn't see the point. The chapter on the names while interesting the reading of over 100 names was brutal and was my breaking point that I was done!

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    Bruja Chingona The Republic of Texas 10-13-16
    Bruja Chingona The Republic of Texas 10-13-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Who knew I'd enjoy an economics book?"

    The questions and subsequent answers posed by Levitt made me wonder what I'm missing, what I'm taking for granted in the world. Things look one way, but may really be something else. Very enjoyable.

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    Mr Crowley 09-28-16
    Mr Crowley 09-28-16 Member Since 2015
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    This book was less interesting than I thought it would be.
    I didn't hate it, but I didn't love it either.
    There were some interesting parts ( about how drug dealers lived at home with their moms section) and some boring parts (the ever long ranting out of statistics section).
    I'd only recommend to anyone who loves statistics and economics. Though there are some interesting fun facts for those who just like general odd information overall.

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