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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 Audio

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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read this book (not for listenings)

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Audio books are meant to be listened. In your car, while jogging, biking (that's what I do). This book constantly requires you to look at figures in the addendum, worse, some parts go on forever with just numbers, like 99% - value1, 98%, value2, 97% value3. Probably a better read than a listen

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I'm happy that I'm finished.

I'm happy that I read that. I missed some parts sleeping on tube, sometimes didn't pay attention at all, but overall, it was good experience.

It would be great if audible can show related pictures on screen, e.g. when there is a math problem, or a chart to be shown.

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Comprehensively brilliant

The most useful explanation of our problems processing decisions in a rational way. Not a self help book but a text allowing insight and reflection on an individual and organisational basis. Unifies or compliments many of the other books I have read; Dawkins, Haidt, Pinker, Harris, Dennet and Robert Wright. Essential to download PDF file and stop the car if referring to it.

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An excellent and thorough review of the subject

This is a fascinating book. This was my first foray into this subject and it had me looking for more books in the same vein. It is content heavy but well written and well narrated. I've just finished listening to it for a second time - what greater recommendation can I give?

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Single most important book of my life.

When I started reading this book a few months back, I wasn't able to comprehend much of it. I then bought it's physical book and read it with Audible narration. Was a bit hard to still comprehend it in the start but my brain soon caught up and I was reading at full speed with great comprehension. It's not that the book was hard, it's that my mindset was on a lower level, had to jump-up my mind's game to the level of this book to understand it and I must say, it's one book that changed my perspective about so many things that I used to do wrong. I know where my brain is making intuitive faults now and how to come over them.

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Fascinating and instructive

I found myself implementing useful learnings from the book, one example being to do the most fun thing at the end of any event or holiday as it provides the strongest associative memory of that experience.

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Patronizing performer

Would you try another book from Daniel Kahneman and/or Patrick Egan?

No. The content is unorganized and appears to be made in-accessible on purpose.

Would you ever listen to anything by Daniel Kahneman again?

No.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

The narrator made dry content that were poorly organised sound condescending and patronizing.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

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Behaviors and choices explained.

Was Thinking, Fast and Slow worth the listening time?

Yes. It was a good introduction to various concepts in behavior, psychology, economics and decision-making.

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Complex yet engaging, worth the time invested.

This is not an audiobook to listen to in the background - best suited for a long rail commute or just some quiet hours over a couple of weeks, the ideas presented deserve your full attention.

Patrick Egan's narration is clear and consistent and serves the tone of the book perfectly. Although the audio refers to data and graphs that may not be readily at hand, it's not totally necessary to view all of the facts and figures to visualise the points being made. The text itself is highly approachable; a mixture of interesting anecdotes and fascinating research.

I highly recommend this ebook if you prefer listening over reading and you have the time to devote to focus entirely on this terrific book.

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Brain 2 is trying to catch up

Makes me step back and question my responses while understanding why gut feel answer is often correct workwise while totally off in other errors.

Lost me a bit with the statistics in the middle but enough meat either side. A good read.

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  • Carrie
  • 07-24-13

Interesting topic - but audiobook wrong format

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This is a fascinating book - outlining key research areas in the psychology of decision making. It also does a very good job explaining clearly the fundamentals of statistics in research - I wish it had been available when I was doing my psychology degree! BUT - it is a difficult book to digest in audiobook format. There are lots of references to the PDFs (difficult to refer to when driving!) and there are a lot of "lists" which you have to hold in your head whilst the theory is explained. It would be much easier to digest in traditional paper format.

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  • Judy Corstjens
  • 07-23-12

Brilliant. DK is a genuine mind reader!

Who am I to say this noble laureate is brilliant, but I'll chuck in my two pennyworth anyway. Kahneman shows you how you think and how easy it is to be deluded and misled by the way your brain just happens to work. Some of the book is quite hard work, and sometimes it is a bit slow reading (laboured points), but the content is fascinating and also important. It will probably change how you think, view and live your life, which is quite something for a mere book.

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  • 01-18-12

Fascinating, but be prepared to concentrate

If you enjoyed works on behavourial economics such as 'Nudge' then you should listen to this. Daniel Kahneman is the godfather of the discipline and you get a nobel laureate giving you a comprehensive and fairly user friendly account of his pioneering work in this fascinating area. I only gave it four stars because i found it hard to follow when listening to it. He references PDFs which i think come with the download but i didn't have in front of me when walking the dog, and I ended up having to rewind to try and understand the bits i didn't understand, mostly giving up and going with the flow (ah, system one). I'll probably end up buying the book to go back over it, but i'm glad i downloaded it as otherwise i would never have read it. Recommended but be prepared to concentrate if you want to really understand it.

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  • Daniel Magliola
  • 01-29-15

Excellent book, but not a great audiobook.

The contents of this book are extremely good, but unfortunately it has too many figures, and too many thought experiments that involve juggling information for the audio format to be effective.

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  • The Coypu
  • 07-21-14

Didn't work as an audiobook

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

I would recommend the paper version, but not the audiobook. I found there were too many references to visual things, which would have been easier to look at. Also, it's impossible to interrupt the book as there aren't any chapters on the audiobook (the Audible app crashes all the time, so no point in using that) It requires a lot of attention to follow...if you're a visual person, I would recommend the book.

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The narrator isn't very engaging. He has a nice voice, but isn't very dynamic.

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  • Trevor
  • 07-05-13

Not Convinced

Its an interesting read but in places leaves you scratching your head. There are a number of mind puzzles, that simply do not work. I understand the System 1 and System 2 dynamics of understanding things, but the puzzles presented were not great, to say the least.

One which the author continually uses as an example is a bat and ball pricing puzzle. I've asked this puzzle to about 10 people including my 16 year old daughter. Not one person got this wrong, 8 got it right within 2-3 seconds, 2 deferred to answer thinking I was tricking them. Yes - I know mine are not controlled experiments, but I think the text states most people get this wrong, and only 80% of Harvard graduates get it right. hmmmm.

Then, (I wont ruin this) he strings two words together designed to make you you sweat, feel ill and seriously want to cringe, with the same reaction that you get scratching a chalkboard. I won't tell you the words but for me it did nothing. I think if you have kids and tease them like I do, then I use words much worse to tell them what they have for lunch, In fact the two words for me was tame ! I can give him much worse I assure you.

I think a lot of this is written from an American perspective. We have a TV show in the UK called QI, which basically sums up his System1 and System 2 in one episode.

Q> How Many Wifes did Henry VIII have ?
System 1 is Alan Davies saying 6 wifes (followed by a big alarm bell)
System 2 is Stephen Fry explaining he had 2 wifes contrary to popular belief

The show is full of classics like this where the public believe something which is blatantly false which is disproved, like not eating closed mussels. (in fact they are the best ones, not the worst).

Going back to the book, another amazing admission is that the author claims to have go his statistical sampling wrong. Although this is great to hear, and the whole explanation really fascinated me, I then thought, what about his results before this revelation. He never mentions if the core of the work, basically in his early years was then rewritten or accepted with error.

So, in summary, its a fascinating read, but to me there is no science here. Its common sense and the results are dubious based on the statistical errors admitted to.

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  • Cat
  • 12-23-12

Excellence surpassed

It is not often I would describe a book as 'priceless' but Thinking, Fast and Slow definotely warrants such praise, at least from this corner of the World.

The narration was excellent - I often forgot I wasn't actually listening to Daniel Kahneman (the author) personally as the delivery was faultless.

The subject matter however was exemplary! I have always had a healthy interest in both my own decision making process and needed to understand it, from a business perspective, in others.

Often however, such learning can be quite dry but not in this instance.

The exercises provided - many instantly available to grasp by just listening, some needing you to access accompanying documents - conveyed the point being made exquisitely.

I'm so thrilled with this book that it has beasily become my No.1 recommendation to like-minded friends and family.

Grab it, enjoy it ... and know yourself, oh so much better!

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  • R
  • 07-19-12

How we think

An excellent book, very well read. The source document for many other snippety books on similar subjects, this book delves a bit deeper and gives a more complete account of how we think, how we unconsciously apply biases and the impact of luck on performance. An ear-opener in many ways from a Nobel prizewinner with decades of examples to give and some nice personal stories. Can't recommend highly enough.

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  • James
  • 04-13-19

Read the book... you'll have to anyway

This book persistently asks you to view an accompanying PDF. It's not at all suitable as an audio book. I found that any enjoyment to be had from only listening to the book is spoiled by the narrator's voice.
Very poor for what has been rated as excellent material otherwise.

Don't buy this in audio format. It's very poor.

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  • F. I. Nance
  • 06-28-14

Sensational: you'll understand how your mind works

What made the experience of listening to Thinking, Fast and Slow the most enjoyable?

The surprise, when you again and again, stumble over your own behaviour being described in the book. How you use assumptions, shortcuts and reduction of information to make everyday decisions, and Kahneman even exposes it to you with a quick math question regarding a baseball and a bat...

What was one of the most memorable moments of Thinking, Fast and Slow?

...when I was proud to have no glitches in some questions before and then stubbled over a question with animals and an ark...

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

This book wasn't easy to stop listening...

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  • Diego
  • 05-04-16

Hard to listen but good content so far.

This has been the hardest book to listen to, I listened to almost a dozen titles and unfortunately I haven't finished this book yet. The content is great, I just don't believe it translates well as an audiobook and I wish I knew that before I bought it. That's why I'm leaving a review so it hopefully helps other people make their decision. Also there are a lot of references to picture and diagrams, not great if you are driving or out and about. In regards to content, it's very technical, almost draining, but I like it

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  • Sean Beckman
  • 03-14-16

Critical Analysis of our Hidden Selves

Daniel Kahneman does an excellent job delivering an analysis of human intuition and reasoning by example and thought experiment. Pointing out the flaws within the readers own mind proves effective in breaking down the false assumption that we are rational and the decisions we make aren't rooted in benign or even unrelated factors.

I find it will take probably another two listens to even remember half the jargon set up in this book. Normally I would have disdain for jargon but this book perfectly points out the advantage of it within its study of expert intuitions. As much as jargon tends to obfuscate what it describes for outsiders, it's vital for an expert's system 1 to use to make rapid and accurate judgements.

Ultimately this book is both engaging and interesting, the delivery is excellent and not monotone and is effective in reflecting both the quality of the written words and the author's personality coming through the voice actors performance.

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  • Alex
  • 05-27-15

Hard going at times but essential reading.

This book will change how you see the world. You will be more aware of external and internal manipulations and misconceptions. There is a price though. The later half of the book can be hard going and the narrator's limited dynamic range becomes a challenge to listen to attentively. I'd suggest listening to the first 3hrs and then breaking up the rest into smaller chunks (Splice with something more narrative), But do listen. This is an important book.

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  • Monica
  • 11-29-17

Boring

I usually enjoy this stuff so maybe I’ve hit my limit. I found this tedious.

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  • Michael Goulding
  • 12-22-15

Ok, labours far too long though.

I lasted around 2/3s of the book, the start is good but it gets way to science thesis for me.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-08-18

The best book I have ever listened/read

I recommend everyone who does any analysis as part of their job to listen to this book. Even the analysis we do as part of daily life falls into the discussions of this book. This book showed me how foolish were some opinions I had about different things in the past. It shows you the systematic flaws we have in our decision making and biases we have about things. It's a must read for anyone who wants to understand the process of thinking. I enjoyed it a lot, even though it was the longest book I have listened so far.

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  • Melchor
  • 12-11-17

Interesting first half

First half dives into the details of thinking fast and slow. Second half becomes a thesis of different applications. Imo shouldve ended on the first half.

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  • THOMAS
  • 05-27-15

Excellent portrayal of a geniuses life work

Although it is fairly heady and requires a lot of attention, understanding the biases and metal processing concepts in this book will surely help me to make better and more decisions in life. Certainly worth the effort

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-07-18

Interesting psychological observations

Interesting listen, though slightly boring at times. It felt as if it was constantly repeating itself and often the conclusion was lost in the endless explaining of simple concepts. I'm listening generally while at work or in commute, but I struggled to find times where I genuinely wanted to finish this.
Not the kind of book you'll finish in one attempt or through a week, purely because of the content and structure being found in individual segments that didn't really tend to build up into anything.

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  • Pedro Miguel Gonzalez Delgado
  • 05-18-18

great content

loved it but I struggled to read it because of all the statistics in it. great content....

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