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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,684 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Tim Harford Narrator: John Lee Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Life sometimes seems illogical. Individuals do strange things: take drugs, have unprotected sex, mug each other. Love seems irrational, and so does divorce. On a larger scale, life seems no fairer or easier to fathom: Why do some neighborhoods thrive and others become ghettos? Why is racism so persistent? Why is your idiot boss paid a fortune for sitting behind a mahogany altar? Thorny questions–and you might be surprised to learn the answers from an economist. 

But Tim Harford, award-winning journalist and author, likes to spring surprises. In this deftly reasoned audiobook, Harford argues that life is logical after all. Under the surface of everyday insanity, hidden incentives are at work, and Harford shows these incentives emerging in the most unlikely places. THE LOGIC OF LIFE is the first book to map out the astonishing insights and frustrating blind spots of a new economics in a way that anyone can enjoy. 

THE LOGIC OF LIFE presents an X-ray image of human life, stripping away the surface to show us a picture that is revealing, enthralling, and sometimes disturbing. The stories that emerge are not about data or equations but about people. Once you’ve listened to this addictive audiobook, life will never look the same again.

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Quotes & Awards

  • [Tim] Harford sets off on an enormously entertaining yarn backed by the findings of expert economists. He spins playfully, but smartly, across matters of sex, crime, gambling, addiction, marriage, racism, ghettos and politics, and he makes it all, well, titillating at times. Really. USA Today
  • Harford has a knack for explaining economic principles and problems in plain language and, even better, for making them fun. The New York Times
  • [Harford] is an amiable guide for the non-specialist reader . . . but his command of the subject is such that even a well-schooled economist will discover much that is new. The Economist
  • Highly engaging . . . entertaining and provocative. Publishers Weekly
  • A fascinating work with many ‘aha’ moments. Booklist
  • Smart, charming, penetrating, and wise. Stephen J. Dubner, co-author of Freakonomics
  • Highly readable, funny and daringly contentious . . . a whopping good time. San Francisco Chronicle
  • “Chock-full of numbers and money talk, but oddly entertaining. Kirkus Reviews
  • Charming and informative. Newsday
  • Like Harford’s earlier book, The Undercover Economist–if you haven’t got it, get it–this book uses the basic theory of rational choice to make transparent the logic behind common but important puzzling phenomena. Even a trained economist can enjoy discovering what he didn’t realize he already knew. I did. Thomas C. Schelling, 2005 Nobel Laureate in Economics

    “This witty, intelligent book will help you see the entire world in a new light.

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by David E | 2/14/2014

    " Not as assured as the Underground Economist, but good nonetheless. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Terrie | 12/29/2013

    " The first chapter certainly grabs your attention, however the last two drag, though I did like the explanation of how government incentives/subsidies work. Overall I thought The Undercover Economist was better, but am still a Tim Harford fan. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by adhy ramawan putra | 12/4/2013

    " *chapter 2, the las vegas not only for the gambler, but also economist..LOL "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Ingrid | 12/4/2013

    " not as entertaining or as well-structured as 'the undercover economist'. does, however, deal with the often perverse economic rationality of the more significant issues of our time - globalisation, race, voter apathy, interest groups etc. "

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