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Publisher's Summary

The unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of Thinking, Fast and Slow, Daniel Kahneman's pioneering work that tackles questions of intuition and rationality. Read by the actor Patrick Egan.

Daniel Kahneman, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences for his seminal work in psychology challenging the rational model of judgment and decision making, is one of the world's most important thinkers. His ideas have had a profound impact on many fields - including business, medicine, and politics - but until now, he has never brought together his many years of research in one book.

In Thinking, Fast and Slow, Kahneman takes us on a groundbreaking tour of the mind and explains the two systems that drive the way we think and make choices. One system is fast, intuitive, and emotional; the other is slower, more deliberative, and more logical. Kahneman exposes the extraordinary capabilities-and also the faults and biases-of fast thinking, and reveals the pervasive influence of intuitive impressions on our thoughts and behaviour. The importance of properly framing risks, the effects of cognitive biases on how we view others, the dangers of prediction, the right ways to develop skills, the pros and cons of fear and optimism, the difference between our experience and memory of events, the real components of happiness-each of these can be understood only by knowing how the two systems work together to shape our judgments and decisions.

Drawing on a lifetime's experimental experience, Kahneman reveals where we can and cannot trust our intuitions and how we can tap into the benefits of slow thinking. He offers practical and enlightening insights into how choices are made in both our professional and our personal lives-and how we can use different techniques to guard against the mental glitches that often get us into trouble. Thinking, Fast and Slow will transform the way you take decisions and experience the world.

©2011 Daniel Kahneman (P)2011 Penguin Books Limited

Critic Reviews

"There have been many good books on human rationality and irrationality, but only one masterpiece. That masterpiece is Daniel Kahneman's Thinking, Fast and Slow. Kahneman, a winner of the Nobel Prize for economics, distils a lifetime of research into an encyclopedic coverage of both the surprising miracles and the equally surprising mistakes of our conscious and unconscious thinking. He achieves an even greater miracle by weaving his insights into an engaging narrative that is compulsively readable from beginning to end. My main problem in doing this review was preventing family members and friends from stealing my copy of the book to read it for themselves... this is one of the greatest and most engaging collections of insights into the human mind I have read." (William Easterly, Financial Times)
"Absorbing, intriguing...By making us aware of our minds' tricks, Kahneman hopes to inspire individuals and organisations to identify strategies to outwit them" (Jenni Russell, Sunday Times)
"Profound ... As Copernicus removed the Earth from the centre of the universe and Darwin knocked humans off their biological perch, Mr. Kahneman has shown that we are not the paragons of reason we assume ourselves to be." (The Economist)

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  • MISS L E TURNER
  • 06-04-17

Detailed and insightful

It is well worth downloading the accompanying PDF and absorbing these apps examples incase you are listening to this on the move. It appears Daniel's work has been sighted by numerous other authors. This book will always stand as an insightful piece as it's observations will make the building blocks for future research. Detailed book but with the listen.

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  • Kris
  • 05-25-17

Such a shame

Had such high hopes for this book, but the monotone narration throughout stopped me in my tracks after the first few chapters. Sorry to say, but 1 star.

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  • Ahmed Kharrufa
  • 05-16-17

one of the most insightful and useful books

a must read for everyone. I've read it before and now I've listened to it too ensure I remember it well

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  • James
  • 05-13-17

The chapter summaries are my new bible.

Real world examples magnify the relevance of this book.
Alot of recapping (required if not binged upon) but a more concise version would be great

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  • Rafael
  • 05-07-17

Repetitive and slow, maybe meant for psychologists

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I couldn't finish the book even trying different chapters. Quite repetitive and slow. Maybe it is very interesting for people with a background in psychology.

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  • Mr. J. A. Ball
  • 04-18-17

Understanding the brain and decision making

Quite a big book really and a lot of detail and explanation for how and why we think and decide as we do. Fascinating but dry and technical at times. I certainly came away feeling I'd learned some valuable information.

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  • Danh07
  • 04-13-17

Great content but heavy going

I really enjoyed the key themes of this book as it explores some of the psychological reasons for the decisions humans make. It is is heavy going though. I usually rattle through audible books, but this 20 hours did drag, and even then I found that I would blank out a few minutes of listening time as my mind would wander!

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  • KittyB
  • 03-14-17

Goes on a bit but makes you think!

What did you like best about Thinking, Fast and Slow? What did you like least?

Thinking, Fast and Slow bored me stiff at times, but also changed the way I think, or at least how I reflect on my thinking. It is a very clever book with a lot of great information in it, but it does feel a bit too long at times.

If you’ve listened to books by Daniel Kahneman before, how does this one compare?

Daniel Kahneman is a psychologist who won a Nobel prize for his work on economic science. I have not read any of his previous books, but this book does elude to his previous academic work. I imagine any previous work of his on the subject of human decision making probably makes some appearance here.

Which character – as performed by Patrick Egan – was your favourite?

The book features various different psychological experiments that represent different psychological theories. At times these were hard to follow, I either found them too abstract, too obvious or I got bored. At other times though a study would really stand out to me. I particularly liked the one about the made up character of Linda. As far as I understand it, Linda is either a) a bank teller or b) a bank teller and a leader of a feminist movement. Quite often when asked to say which one Linda is people often go for B although in reality it is much more likely that Linda is A). I found this example interesting and it made me reflect on my own thoughts and how we often jump to conclusions based on what we feel is right.

Was Thinking, Fast and Slow worth the listening time?

Yes but you have to be willing to work with it. There is a lot of good stuff in here but there is a lot of stuff I found dull and went over my head. I do feel I was more engaged with this book till about half way through. I'd say if this is read more in terms of psychology there might be more enjoyment from it than reading it more as a self-help book. I think the intention of the book was to hit some middle ground between the two but it feels like it tilts more toward psychology.

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I enjoyed it although it felt like it became something of a chore towards the end. Still I have some interesting examples, like Linda, to reflect on my decisions in the future. I should probably also point out that commuting with this book can get a bit tricky. It often references to a diagram supplied in a power point along with the audiobook.

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  • Andrew Kirtland
  • 03-05-17

Very interesting. Intelligent book.

Some hot ideas. Inserted in between are some Kahneman fallacies 😊
Good listen and I enjoyed it and learnt a lot.
Listen critically.

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  • Mr Julian C Rea
  • 02-23-17

Not a quick listen but some interesting ideas

A bit dense and heavy going at times, but worth the effort if this is a topic you are at all interested in. Offers food for thought that applies to pretty much all areas of life and work.

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  • Leon
  • 10-04-16

Patrick Egan not very convincing, content is good!

Good concepts, interesting to sit and listen to on the drive to work. System 2 at hard work whilst driving and listening ;) haha

Patrick Egan isn't the greatest narrator; he's not particularly convincing and in a subject matter already quite involved in thought, it further makes it difficult to pay really close attention.

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  • steve
  • 08-10-16

pretty good book

helped me understand the way i think abit more, alot of useful information in there but you wont be able to put it to use straight away

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  • johan
  • 06-06-16

Good info

This book has a lot of information and should be read multiple times but is a very very good read so I highly recommend it.

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  • Chirag
  • 04-26-16

Amazing

Loved it. Long but insightful. shares some great research and convinced me to rethink the way we make decisions. Also introduced some important vocabulary around the issue.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-24-16

excellent if over long

Very clear narration.

I struggled with the content towards the middle, but found the book as a whole excellent. Learning from the book, it would be a mistake to score it on the final impression!

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  • Torsten
  • 09-30-15

The limits of human capacity

This book takes you deep down into an understanding of how decisions are made. It challenge our understanding of every single fact that we accept as truth.

It should be a part of our education!

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  • Syliva
  • 09-09-17

Quite good

Really detail exploration of how the human mind works. It definitely took me a lot of mind energy to learn and remember.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-14-17

Couldn't get into this

Listen to this for 15 hours waiting for the something that didn't evolve. Annoyed that I wasted so much time. Not what I was expecting at all. Disappointing

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