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Publisher's Summary

The author of the best-selling You Are Not So Smart shares more discoveries about self-delusion and irrational thinking, and gives readers a fighting chance at outsmarting their not-so-smart brains.

David McRaney's first book, You Are Not So Smart, evolved from his wildly popular blog of the same name. A mix of popular psychology and trivia, McRaney's insights have struck a chord with thousands, and his blog - and now podcasts and videos - have become an Internet phenomenon. Like You Are Not So Smart, You Are Now Less Dumb is grounded in the idea that we all believe ourselves to be objective observers of reality - except we're not. But that's okay, because our delusions keep us sane.

Expanding on this premise, McRaney provides eye-opening analyses of 15 more ways we fool ourselves every day. McRaney also reveals the true price of happiness, why Benjamin Franklin was such a badass, and how to avoid falling for our own lies. This smart and highly entertaining audiobook will be wowing listeners for years to come.

©2013 David McRaney (P)2013 Gildan Media LLC

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speech impediment!

the poor guy can't finish a sentence without a sharp whistle.. like the old creepy dude from family guy. Another thing whoever did the recording didn't do this guy a favor either the recording exaggerated this lisp😒.. you can feel the microphone was tailored to pick up mostly the sharp sound. 😐 I hope this can be rerecorded.. other than that whistle, the reader has a great tone and I hope instead of me getting a refund I just get a great recording.

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Fascinated from beginning to end.

When this book was recommended to me the title threw me off a little. I have now recommended this to many of my friends and coworkers. I wish everyone could be aware of the principles covered in this book.

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Informative and entertaining

Author was very witty and narration was top notch. One of the best AudioBooks I've listened to in recent times

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Excellent Information, Horribly Boring Narrator

Is there anything you would change about this book?

The book itself is very interesting. I would change nothing regarding the content.

What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

I truly enjoyed learning about the psyche and psychological studies to help the listener/reader understand the premise behind how the human brain has evolved to act and understand things.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

The narrator has a voice like Droopy Dog - very hard to follow along unless concentrating very well. A more lively narrator would make this book extremely more enjoyable.

Was You Are Now Less Dumb worth the listening time?

It was a good book, don't get be wrong. I just found myself rewinding quite a bit because I would get extremely bored with the narrator.

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Great stuff.

I love these books by David McRaney. The perspective, and studies are really interesting for a peak into the human condition.

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great book

I'm still not sure if a giant cupcake is still a cupcake or a cake cake..

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great to listen to over and over

I try to listen to this every few weeks/months just to remind myself of some of the self deception and little quirks about being human. It's incredibly informative, and provides lots of information that can be research online to find out more on the topics. It's also incredibly funny and lots of fun to listen to.

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very insightful

made me laugh at myself, my habbits, abd my beliefs a lot. highly reccomemd this one.

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Fun, and informative!

Think you're in control of the things you think and feel? Wrong. Your brain tells you what to think and feel. Millions of years of evolution are behind your every desire and descretion.

David McRaney uses excellent, and sometimes unexpected humor combined with a summary of some of the most fascinating behavioral psychology to hammer home how to be less dumb as you go though life tightly swaddled in your own biases.

Don Hagen is the perfect narrator for this book. his charming-old-man voice provides just the right combination of wisdom and whit to ensure that you will listen to these chapters again and again!

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Great everything!

The author is hilarious while presenting the information. This is the second book I've listened to by David McRaney. I've listened to the other more than once. This book is gong in my personal favorites, also.