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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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    Justin Denton, TX 10-19-17
    Justin Denton, TX 10-19-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Change your mind"

    You don't really know why some things happen, or how seemingly disparate ideas and ideals are actually the same. if you really want to know the underlying why, you have to ask the right question and back it up with data. This book does that for some very interesting questions.

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    alvin s. myers 10-19-17 Member Since 2017
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    "excellently done."

    it was genius, and we'll put together I'm forever changed for the better as a thinker

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    Ellen Russak 10-08-17
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    "Scientific, Socially Inclined, and Funny as Hell!"

    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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    Anonymous 10-05-17
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    "Thought provoking"

    This book makes you think twice about things you hear before you just accept "conventional wisdom"

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    Stephanie Sasser, GA 09-24-17
    Stephanie Sasser, GA 09-24-17
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    "Required Reading for Adults"

    I wish my Congressmen would read this (or provide as much detail in their proposed tax code rewrites). @sendavidperdue @senisakson #taxcode #commonsenseplease

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    Christina Melch 09-24-17 Member Since 2016
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    "inspirational "

    thought provoking and insightful. it brings a piece of the candle problem to modern economics.

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    Anonymous 09-20-17
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    "The probability of you liking this book is less 5%"

    By in large this book meanders, has now point and is an utter time killer. In finer points, it is a fine compilation of data which we must take for granted as having been processed and interpreted successfully and honestly.

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    Joel Adkins 09-16-17
    Joel Adkins 09-16-17 Member Since 2015
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    "This book gave me plenty "

    I wasn't sure what to expect when I started listening this book. Then I started it and it discussed abortion and reduction in crime in the same breath. I knew this was going to be good.

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    Eileen T 09-13-17
    Eileen T 09-13-17 Member Since 2016
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    "I would recommend this"

    Content was intriguing. Dubner's performance was good. Didn't like musical interludes that covered some words.

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    Amy Norman 09-06-17
    Amy Norman 09-06-17
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    "Interesting, but easy to tune out."

    I learned a lot about incentives and what drives some decision making (microeconomics) but sometimes the data wasn't presented clearly. There seemed to be a lot of thoughts and information that felt like tangents. Still interesting, but sometimes it felt like there was too much information, so the point wasn't made clear. The baby names chapter especially wasn't easy to follow. Maybe I just need to listen to it again to catch anything missed. Also, I would've appreciated a warning about language before listening to it in the car with my young kids in back... If there was one, I must've missed it. Oops.

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