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Thinking, Fast and Slow Audiobook

Thinking, Fast and Slow

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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

What the Critics Say

"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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  • KittyB
    Leeds
    3/14/17
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    "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.


    Any additional comments?

    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
    UK
    3/5/17
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    "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
    2/23/17
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    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Olivier RIGAUD
    2/13/17
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    "Excellent book but not really suitable to audio format"

    It's an excellent book and the narration is good in itself, but I just think the content of the book is not really audiobook-friendly. It requires to pause and think and for some of the problems presented, I had to rewind 4 times and write it all down to be able to properly think about it. There's also an accompanying pdf that the narrator often refers to. Everytime this happens, you need to pause and get your phone out, and find the pdf, etc. in order to get the full value of what he's saying. Not very practical, especially if driving. If I could go back in time I would have bought the paper version.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bo
    HornsletDenmark
    2/12/17
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    "Fascinating"
    Where does Thinking, Fast and Slow rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I've listened to hundreds of audiobooks over the past two decades, and this was in the top ten percent.


    What does Patrick Egan bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    The narrator did an excellent job.


    Any additional comments?

    LIsten to it. You'll learn a lot.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wicked Wolfie
    2/9/17
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    "An Amazing Insight into How the Brain Works"
    Where does Thinking, Fast and Slow rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the most interesting


    What other book might you compare Thinking, Fast and Slow to, and why?

    Nothing really compares.


    What about Patrick Egan’s performance did you like?

    He takes a dry subject and makes it engaging and personable.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Some of the insights are real eye openers and will help with daily decision making.


    Any additional comments?

    The book is long. Very Long. And there is a fair bit of repetition but overall the content is so very worth it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    2/9/17
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    "amazing"

    Great book for anyone looking to enhance their critical thinking skills and understanding how the brain works.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Auguste Dupin
    London Angleterre
    1/21/17
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    "Superb book, superb performance"
    What made the experience of listening to Thinking, Fast and Slow the most enjoyable?

    This is a scientific book. Although written to reach a broad audience it does not do so by trivializing the research, and can be read by experts as well as novices. The reader Patrick Egan read as if he understood everything that was being said, and this really helps the reader along.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Some of the most important research in behavioural science is explained clearly, and placed in the context of an organising narrative that makes the science into a story. The use of System 1 and System 2 as "characters" is a masterstroke. Eminently quotable.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    What you see is all there is.


    Any additional comments?

    Patrick Egan does such a great job that after listening to the book for a while I started to think that THIS was Danny Kahneman's voice. It was a strange experience.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Chris W.
    1/9/17
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    "Insight can be useful"

    it's a lot of material - there's no way to get the best out of it without putting some study effort in, but even just listening there's plenty to learn.

    I would expect there is a more concise book on the subject matter and one that is more leading in term of how to use the findings.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Anna Grudeva
    1/9/17
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    "a bit too technical but overall very useful"

    struggled to understand certain research but overall good listen. would definitely recommend, although it might need a second listen

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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