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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (268,950 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Steven D. Levitt Narrator: Stephen J. Dubne Publisher: HarperAudio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Which is more dangerous: a gun or a swimming pool? What do schoolteachers and sumo wrestlers have in common? Why do drug dealers still live with their moms? How much do parents really matter? How did the legalization of abortionaffect the rate of violent crime?

These may not sound like typical questions for an economist to ask. But 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. In Freakonomics, they explore the hidden side of...well, everything. The inner working of a crack gang....The truth about real-estate agents....The secrets of the Klu Klux Klan.

What unites all these stories is a belief that the modern world is even more intriguing than we think. All it takes is a new way of looking, and Freakonomics will redefine the way we view the modern world. Download and start listening now!


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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Cheryl | 2/17/2014

    " Interesting book. Debunks a lot of myths and turns a lot of "accepted" facts on their heads. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Danny | 2/10/2014

    " I wanted to give this a 2 star rating based on my own disappointment with it. But overall it was interesting, just not really freaky. I suppose the idea that the most commonly found answer isn't always the right one may be a foreign concept to many people, but that just doesn't throw me for a loop. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Mark Lasam | 2/10/2014

    " There are people who just settle to understand economics and there are those who go crazy with it. Freakonomics challenges you to think and dare ask unconventional questions. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Zaki Ibrahim | 1/27/2014

    " A pretty enjoyable read on how Economics explain the world we live in, although the examples/questions are focused on separate topics. "

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About the Author
Author Steven D. Levitt

Steven D. Levitt is the Alvin H. Baum Professor of Economics at the University of Chicago, where he is also director of the Becker Center on Chicago Price Theory. In 2004 he was awarded the John Bates Clark Medal, which recognizes the most influential economist in America under the age of forty. More recently he was named one of Time magazine’s “100 People Who Shape Our World.” He received his BA from Harvard in 1989, his PhD from MIT in 1994, and has taught at the University of Chicago since 1997. He coauthored the bestselling book Freakonomics with Stephen J. Dubner.

About the Narrator

Stephen J. Dubner is an award-winning author, journalist, and radio and television personality. He is best known for his books Freakonomics and SuperFreakonomics, which have sold more than five million copies in thirty-five languages. The Freakonomics enterprise also includes an award-winning blog, a high-profile documentary film, and a public radio project called Freakonomics Radio, which Dubner hosts. He lives in New York with his family.