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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (7,349 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Tim Harford Narrator: Robert Ian MacKenzie Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2016 ISBN: 9781436100953
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If you're shelling out good money for that latte or that house, you should know the economic principles lurking behind your choices. Part field guide and part expos<#233>, this economist's version of The Way Things Work explains everything from tra 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 Mohamed Mohamed | 1/31/2014

    " a nice logically written book for people with little economics background "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Golda Mowe | 1/26/2014

    " Very easy reading, and the issues he brought up were also interesting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris | 1/25/2014

    " Reviewing this entertaining (yes, entertaining) introduction to the economist's view of the world. I've read plenty of econ intro books for laypeople, and I think this one is the best. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kate | 1/23/2014

    " Assigned reading for my study abroad program in college. I read this after taking Econ 101 for a semester two years prior - got a lot more out of this book than the class I took (probably because it was at 8:30...) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessica | 1/22/2014

    " I kind of wish I could force everyone in America to read this book - it explains so many economic concepts that seem to entirely elude people, if the modern level of discourse on these issues is any indication. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mark Castell | 1/16/2014

    " This is a very entretaining book for those interested in business and general economics subjects. At times funny and almost silly. Good end of summer-get-updated kind of book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ashishg | 1/12/2014

    " An excellent, intriguing, insightful and stimulating introduction to fundamentals of economics, and its impact in everyday life. Deals with basic pricing, externalities, international trade, globalization, market failures, game theory, and more. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nate | 12/19/2013

    " Very enjoyable book on the most practical aspects of "the dismal science". The final point is that truly free markets are good, tariffs and trade barriers are bad, and protectionism never helps. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sriram Chari | 12/18/2013

    " Well written book that makes you look at common issues with a different perspective. Some of the chapters including starbucks coffee prices, 3g spectrum prices are fascinating. But I am not so sure about the outcome of 3G auction and its social impact in the long run. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ken | 12/10/2013

    " A little dry at times, but great book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Amy Dougherty | 12/1/2013

    " couldn't quite get thru it.... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Monica | 8/10/2013

    " If you liked Freakonomics, more along those lines... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 PastAllReason | 10/25/2012

    " Rather reminiscint of Freakonomics, but enjoyable anyway. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Rhylla | 7/31/2012

    " I am learning about how much coffee shops can charge for a latte if they have a good location outside a train station and all sorts of other things I knid of knew but didn't really know why... I can feel it is doing my economically stunted brain some good and I am enjoying it more than I thought. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Serri | 3/23/2012

    " The goal of this book was to simplify economic principles. Unfortunately, while simplified, it was incredibly boring. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 M Grieco | 11/17/2011

    " This explaination of economics of everyday life is thorough easy read whose author at times has a decent sense of humor. The author is impressively comprehensive in his explanations, i often found myself delighted to have a question answers a few sentences after I thought of it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathleen | 11/15/2011

    " This book explains everyday economic principles in an easy style. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Georgi | 10/1/2011

    " This is a book that got me started to think about economics in everyday terms. I understood that economics are viable part of my life and it is good to have some working knowledge of it. The book brought to life for me the theories from the big books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Charles | 5/13/2011

    " Clair et ludique en plus d'être très instructif ! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David | 5/9/2011

    " An entertaining overview of about every popular topic in economics. I would like to see many of his ideas put into action. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Simon | 5/4/2011

    " The author is using the day to day language to interpret some of the basic principle of economics. the chapter about game theory is very interesting for me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Niasutedja | 4/28/2011

    " a good book particularly on how an economist look at everyday life from the economic point of view. It also contains practical tips such as how to choose better price in the supermarket shelves, for example. "

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

    " A little dry at times, but great book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenny | 4/15/2011

    " Provides tremendous insight into economics by a down to earth study of coffee shops, and other everyday businesses. I would highly recommend this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Francesco | 4/10/2011

    " Parte molto bene, e si pone come una piacevole lettura per comprendere meglio gli aspetti principali dell'economia. Peccato che poi si perda, promette ma non mantiene.
    Molto meglio un buon libro di Microeconomia... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mohammed | 4/8/2011

    " an astonishing book. it can be red y anyone, you dont have to have an economic background to understand it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dgg32 | 3/28/2011

    " I learn a lot of economy in this small book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Emma | 3/11/2011

    " Interesting, but I found it quite repetitive. I also wonder how much things have changed in the past 5 years and whether if the book was written now it would take a different path. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Eric | 3/4/2011

    " Breaking down economics to delightfully understandable prose... How does coffee go from a bunch of beans to the cup in your hand? Why does the coffee cost so much? What does supply and demand have to do with any of that? Economics made simple. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 MsSmartiePants | 3/4/2011

    " Fun stories to illustrate everyday as well as uncommon economic realities. You've got questions, or maybe you would like to review? This is an entertaining read that quickly refreshes memory and makes the complex more easily understandable. Definitely recommend! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dee | 2/24/2011

    " Very interesting to read, but a lot to digest in one sitting. I found this much easier to read when I read it a chapter or two at a time, in between other books.
    Plenty of real-life examples make it quite enthralling to read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carlos | 2/7/2011

    " This is a very fun book that will give you the best explanation of what are stocks and what do they mean.

    Great fun to read and very significant.

    I strongly recommend it to anyone who is remotely interested in financial issues.

    Fast and easy read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 hbridge | 1/22/2011

    " Recommended! This is not a sensationalist economics book like Freakonomics. For a someone like me who's never taken a formal economics course, it's a very good, accessible explanation of an economist's perspective on a broad set of issues. "

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About the Author
Author Tim Harford

Tim Harford is the author of The Undercover EconomistThe Logic of Life, and Adapt. He writes two columns for the Financial Times, and his work has appeared in the New York TimesForbesEsquireParadeNew York, and Wired. He lives with his family in Oxford.

About the Narrator

Robert Ian Mackenzie became an actor after holding a wide variety of other jobs, including everything from London policeman to water ski instructor in Greece. Since then, his acting career has encompassed straight theater, musicals, opera, films, television, voice-overs, commercials, and recorded books.