LISTENER

Anonymous

  • 1
  • review
  • 0
  • helpful votes
  • 3
  • ratings
  • Freakonomics

  • Revised Edition
  • Written by: Steven D. Levitt, Stephen J. Dubner
  • Narrated by: Stephen J. Dubner
  • Length: 6 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 73
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 64
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 64

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.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Not Bad

  • By Glenn T. on 2017-10-07

Interesting but flawed

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2018-11-09

It's troubling that someone who professes to love delving deep and thinking different is able to derive pleasure from firing a bunch of teachers for cheating, without delving deeper into story behind the cheating.

An original thinker is all well and good, but everyone has bias, and any claim that one professes to be apolitical, yet implicitly embraces free market Capitalism should raise eyebrows.