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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (8,993 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Richard H. Thaler, Cass R. Sunstein Narrator: Lloyd James Publisher: Gildan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2008 ISBN: 9781596592544
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Every day, we make decisions on topics ranging from personal investments to schools for our children to the meals we eat to the causes we champion. Unfortunately, we often choose poorly. The reason, the authors explain, is that, being human, we are all susceptible to various biases that can lead us to blunder. Our mistakes make us poorer and less healthy; we often make bad decisions involving education, personal finance, health care, mortgages and credit cards, the family, and even the planet itself.

Thaler and Sunstein invite us to enter an alternative world, one that takes our humanness as a given. They show that by knowing how people think, we can design choice environments that make it easier for people to choose what is best for themselves, their families, and their society. Using colorful examples from the most important aspects of life, Thaler and Sunstein demonstrate how thoughtful "choice architecture" can be established to nudge us in beneficial directions without restricting freedom of choice. Nudge offers a unique new take—from neither the left nor the right—on many hot-button issues, for individuals and governments alike. This is one of the most engaging and provocative audiobooks to come along in many years.

"How often do you find a book that is both important and amusing, both practical and deep? This gem of an audio book presents the best idea that has come out of behavioral economics. It is a must-listen for anyone who wants to see both our minds and our society working better. It will improve your decisions and it will make the world a better place." 
- Daniel Kahneman, Princeton University, Nobel Laureate in Economics 

"A manifesto for using the recent behavioral research to help people, as well as government agencies, companies and charities, make better decisions." 
- David Leonhardt, The New York Times Magazine

"In this utterly brilliant audio book, Thaler and Sunstein teach us how to steer people toward better health, sounder investments, and cleaner environments without depriving them of their inalienable right to make a mess of things if they want to... Nudge won't nudge you-it will knock you off your feet." 
- Daniel Gilbert, professor of psychology, Harvard University, and author of Stumbling on Happiness

"I love this book. It fundamentally changes the way I think about the world. Just as surprising, it is fun, drawing on examples as far afield as urinals, 401(k) plans, organ donations, and marriage. Academics aren't supposed to be able to write this well." 
- Steven Levitt, Alvin Baum Professor of Economics, University of Chicago Graduate School of Business and co-author of Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything

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Quotes & Awards

  • “It is a must-read for anyone who wants to see both our minds and our society working better. It will improve your decisions and it will make the world a better place.” 

    Daniel Kahneman, Princeton University, Nobel Laureate in Economics

  • “In this utterly brilliant book, Thaler and Sunstein teach us how to steer people toward better health, sounder investments, and cleaner environments without depriving them of their inalienable right to make a mess of things if they want to. The inventor of behavioral economics and one of the nation’ s best legal minds have produced the manifesto for a revolution in practice and policy. Nudge won’ t nudge you-it will knock you off your feet.” 

    Daniel Gilbert, professor of psychology, Harvard University, Author of Stumbling on Happiness

  • “This is an engaging, informative, and thoroughly delightful book. Thaler and Sunstein provide important lessons for structuring social policies so that people still have complete choice over their own actions, but are gently nudged to do what is in their own best interests. Well done.” 

    Don Norman, Northwestern University, Author of The Design of Everyday Things and The Design of Future Things

  • ”This book is terrific. It will change the way you think, not only about the world around you and some of its bigger problems, but also about yourself.” 

    Michael Lewis, author of The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game and Liars Poker

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kelly | 2/15/2014

    " Good information, but a bit repetitive. You can pick up the concept pretty quickly with the first examples. Then you continue to read the same ideas put to use in different industries, so it starts to lose the excitement factor. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kurt Davis | 2/12/2014

    " Good book but long for what it covers....or maybe it just makes you wish you could see many more examples and less on theory. But with that said, without the book, how would a reader even understand the idea of a nudge? "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Suzy | 2/8/2014

    " Reads just like CHES exam prep material...which is why I couldn't finish. I sold all of my textbooks back thankyouverymuch. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mike Edwards | 1/31/2014

    " Excellent book about how to encourage socially optimal behavior without mandates. Nudge is equally applicable to thinking about public policy, as well as to those interested in encouraging better behavior from their employees or patrons. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 The Unbreakable | 1/9/2014

    " A brilliant book. Explains the nature in which we present choices are inexplicably unbiased and that there is no neutral way to present choices. Having said that the book goes on to explain the applications in a variety of fields. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Khalid | 12/31/2013

    " I am vastly more curious about studying behavioral finance... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Henri Tournyol du Clos | 12/25/2013

    " For the first part, which is a very clear and concise introduction to modern economic psychology. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Andrew Loewer | 12/1/2013

    " this book incorporates what i feel like are a majority of the studies we looked at in the course i took on behavioral economics, but in layman's terms. while the studies and findings are exciting, it's unfortunately a little bit dry and anticlimactic in its finish. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barbara | 10/29/2013

    " Another book about research, minus the pain. Also has a few helpful hints for changing personal habits. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 AC Capehart | 9/18/2013

    " Wow, people are suckers. (Unfortunately, this includes me.) The way we respond to default values, or estimate based on personal experience, or whatever. A neat book on everyday psychology. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Meghan Walsh | 9/6/2013

    " people are provably gullible "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Betty Patil | 6/24/2013

    " Not an easy book to read. Makes one aware of methods used to influence buyers,sellers,deceision makers--helpful in making choices. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tim | 4/16/2013

    " I think I'm a behavioralist now. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Matt Rainson | 1/15/2013

    " A engaging and interesting read. Altough I don't agree with all of the authors' ideas, they certainly give the reader something to consider. Well worth the read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rob Frenz | 1/6/2013

    " I was disappointed with this book. I thought it would have more of a self help bent, but it is actually a banal mish-mash of The Tipping Point and Freakanomics, yet not nearly as engaging as either, and I didn't like Freakanomics either. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alice | 11/28/2012

    " Useful for both policymakers and information designers alike, which is probably why I liked it so much. It's really quite amazing what results you get if you change one little thing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joey Chiang | 10/21/2012

    " really great book. I loved reading the POV from an economist because he provides practical solutions for today's problems. Albeit today's problems are far more complex and emotional, therefore would not be as easy to solve. But was still great reading from a different perspective. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 John George | 10/20/2012

    " Good read.... Some of the discussion was familiar earlier so was not super excited at the end.. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Natalie | 9/24/2012

    " Popular right now, but there are better guides out there in terms of the real practical methodologies for decision making and avoiding common (often emotional) pitfalls (see my books). It is good at uncovering some of the shenanigans of the selling and advertising world. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kirsty Darbyshire | 11/11/2011

    " Enjoyed this when I read it - have forgotten pretty much everything about it apart from the basic idea that getting people to do the things you want by slightly encouraging that behaviour in some way, probably by making it the easiest option, is a good idea. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marisa | 8/19/2011

    " i got a bit lost in some of the financial details of this book... probably a topic i should be more invested in, but i had trouble sticking with it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alison | 5/20/2011

    " In the same vain as Tipping Point, but I love these kinds of books. They are slightly academic while being humorous and insightful. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Megatrend | 5/2/2011

    " Spannendes Buch - streckt sich hintenraus ein wenig mit zu vielen Details zum amerikanischen Gesundheitssystem und dergleichen für Europäer weniger relevanten Einzelheiten. Einige Beispiele sind einem auch schon allzu bekannt (Fliege im Pissoir etc.). Dennoch lesenswert. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rob | 4/30/2011

    " I was disappointed with this book. I thought it would have more of a self help bent, but it is actually a banal mish-mash of The Tipping Point and Freakanomics, yet not nearly as engaging as either, and I didn't like Freakanomics either. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Erika | 4/28/2011

    " Thaler and Sunstein for President! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 HKd | 4/1/2011

    " An easy read but there's nothing new here and the writing style is very patronising. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Taylor | 4/1/2011

    " It's basically an applied behavior economics. It reminds me of Predictably Irrational, but not nearly as cute. I mean that as a compliment. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Voracious | 4/1/2011

    " Some interesting material, but I found the style irritating. The humour felt patronising.

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Qi | 3/15/2011

    " I read the sample sending over by Kindle. I am not impressed by the pedantic style of writing. The ideas seem to be rather mundane. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sam | 3/15/2011

    " Great review of social science findings in a readable and applicable format. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Saugat | 3/4/2011

    " Much of the content is repetitive if one has read other behavioral economics books. But the authors' takes on Marriage (Privatizing), Savings, Green taxes, etc were new and thought-provoking "

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About the Author
Richard H. Thaler is the Ralph and Dorothy Keller Distinguished Service Professor of Behavioral Science and Economics and the director of the Center for Decision Research at the University of Chicago's Graduate School of Business.


Cass R. Sunstein is Karl N. Llewellyn Distinguished Service Professor of Jurisprudence, University of Chicago Law School and Department of Political Science.
About the Narrator

Lloyd James (a.k.a. Sean Pratt) has been narrating since 1996 and has recorded over six hundred audiobooks. He is a seven-time winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award and has twice been a finalist for the prestigious Audie Award. His critically acclaimed performances include Elvis in the Morning by William F. Buckley Jr. and Searching for Bobby Fischer by Fred Waitzkin, among others.