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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (19,842 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Daniel Kahneman Narrator: Patrick Egan Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2011 ISBN: 9780739357996
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The guru to the gurus at last shares his knowledge with the rest of us. Nobel laureate Daniel Kahneman's seminal studies in behavioral psychology, behavioral economics, and happiness studies have influenced numerous other authors, including Steven Pinker and Malcolm Gladwell. In Thinking, Fast and Slow, Kahneman at last offers his own, first book for the general public. It is a lucid and enlightening summary of his life's work. It will change the way you think about thinking.

Two systems drive the way we think and make choices, Kahneman explains: System One is fast, intuitive, and emotional; System Two is slower, more deliberative, and more logical. Examining how both systems function within the mind, Kahneman exposes the extraordinary capabilities as well as the biases of fast thinking and the pervasive influence of intuitive impressions on our thoughts and our choices. Engaging the reader in a lively conversation about how we think, he shows where we can trust our intuitions and how we can tap into the benefits of slow thinking, contrasting the two-system view of the mind with the standard model of the rational economic agent.

Kahneman's singularly influential work has transformed cognitive psychology and launched the new fields of behavioral economics and happiness studies. In this path-breaking book, Kahneman shows how the mind works, and offers practical and enlightening insights into how choices are made in both our business and personal lives--and how we can guard against the mental glitches that often get us into trouble.


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Quotes & Awards

  • “A sweeping, compelling tale of just how easily our brains are bamboozled, bringing in both his own research and that of numerous psychologists, economists, and other experts…Kahneman has a remarkable ability to take decades worth of research and distill from it what would be important and interesting for a lay audience…Thinking, Fast and Slow is an immensely important book. Many science books are uneven, with a useful or interesting chapter too often followed by a dull one. Not so here. With rare exceptions, the entire span of this weighty book is fascinating and applicable to day-to-day life. Everyone should read Thinking, Fast and Slow.”

    Boston Globe

  • “Brilliant…It is impossible to exaggerate the importance of Daniel Kahneman’s contribution to the understanding of the way we think and choose. He stands among the giants, a weaver of the threads of Charles Darwin, Adam Smith, and Sigmund Freud. Arguably the most important psychologist in history, Kahneman has reshaped cognitive psychology, the analysis of rationality and reason, the understanding of risk, and the study of happiness and well-being…A magisterial work, stunning in its ambition, infused with knowledge, laced with wisdom, informed by modesty, and deeply humane. If you can read only one book this year, read this one.”

    Globe and Mail  (Toronto)

  • “[Kahneman’s] disarmingly simple experiments have profoundly changed the way that we think about thinking…We like to see ourselves as a Promethean species, uniquely endowed with the gift of reason. But Mr. Kahneman’s simple experiments reveal a very different mind, stuffed full of habits that, in most situations, lead us astray.”

    Wall Street Journal

  • “An outstanding book, distinguished by beauty and clarity of detail, precision of presentation, and gentleness of manner. Its truths are open to all those whose System 2 is not completely defunct. I have hardly touched on its richness.”

    Guardian (London)

  • “Daniel Kahneman demonstrates forcefully in his new book, Thinking, Fast and Slow, how easy it is for humans to swerve away from rationality.”

    Washington Post

  • “We must be grateful to Kahneman for giving us in this book a joyful understanding of the practical side of our personalities.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “For anyone interested in economics, cognitive science, psychology, and, in short, human behavior, this is the book of the year. Before Malcolm Gladwell and Freakonomics, there was Daniel Kahneman who invented the field of behavior economics, won a Nobel…and now explains how we think and make choices. Here’s an easy choice: read this.”

    Daily Beast

  • “Profound…As Copernicus removed the Earth from the center of the universe and Darwin knocked humans off their biological perch, Mr. Kahneman has shown that we are not the paragons of reason we assume ourselves to be.”

    Economist

  • “Kahneman provides a detailed, yet accessible, description of the psychological mechanisms involved in making decisions.”

    Nature

  • “Absorbingly articulate and infinitely intelligent…What’s most enjoyable and compelling about Thinking, Fast and Slow is that it’s so utterly, refreshingly anti-Gladwellian. There is nothing pop about Kahneman’s psychology, no formulaic story arc, no beating you over the head with an artificial, buzzword-encrusted Big Idea. It’s just the wisdom that comes from five decades of honest, rigorous scientific work, delivered humbly yet brilliantly, in a way that will forever change the way you think about thinking.”

    Atlantic

  • “Striking research showing the immense complexity of ordinary thought and revealing the identities of the gatekeepers in our minds.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “[Thinking, Fast and Slow] is wonderful, of course. To anyone with the slightest interest in the workings of his own mind, it is so rich and fascinating that any summary would seem absurd.”

    Vanity Fair

  • “There have been many good books on human rationality and irrationality, but only one masterpiece. That masterpiece is Daniel Kahneman’s Thinking, Fast and Slow…This is one of the greatest and most engaging collections of insights into the human mind I have read.”

    Financial Times

  • “It’s a lucid, marvelously readable guide to spotting—and correcting—our biased misunderstandings of the world.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “With Kahneman’s expert help, readers may understand this mix of psychology and economics better than most accountants, therapists, or elected representatives. A stellar accomplishment, a book for everyone who likes to think and wants to do it better.”

    Library Journal

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A USA Today Bestseller
  • A 2011 New York Times Best Book for Nonfiction
  • Winner of the 2011 ALA Notable Book for Nonfiction
  • A 2011 Barnes & Noble Best Book for Nonfiction
  • Winner of the 2011 Los Angeles Times Book Prize
  • A Los Angeles Times Bestseller
  • An NPR Bestseller
  • A San Francisco Chronicle Bestseller
  • An iTunes Top Seller
  • A Publishers Weekly Bestseller
  • A #1 Library Journal Bestseller
  • A Washington Post Bestseller
  • A 2011 Wall Street Journal Best Book for Nonfiction
  • A 2011 Economist Best Book
  • A 2011 New York Times Book Review Notable Book

Listener Opinions

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Bill | 2/19/2014

    " Nothing wrong with this book an editor couldn't cure! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kenneth | 2/19/2014

    " The book gives clear insights based on research. It's a great read, if you like cognitive psychology. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Florian Thiel | 2/17/2014

    " Most parts very insightful, surprising findings. With all books about psychology, you have to take the experiments (and their repeatability) with a grain of salt. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cassandra Silva | 2/12/2014

    " This was really fun. I especially enjoyed the information relating to the "experiencing self" and the self seen in memory. Also the plethora of gambling examples is always fun. Interesting bit there about people with colostomy's there at the end. I actually just acquired an illeostomy myself and can sympathize with the sentiment. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lucas | 1/28/2014

    " Another good book that helps us identify what our brain is doing. Where it's strengths and weaknesses lie. I believe another good book you should read with respect to this is "Stumbling on Happiness". I think my biggest take away from this book is that human beings do not act anywhere near how economists wish us to act. We are not perfectly rational beings with respect to economics. The majority of us fail to make the proper probability, percentages, and risk calculations in mundane every day interactions. We also seem to be highly risk adverse even when taking more risk would be in our favor. Another good enlightening read by a Nobel laureate. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alena | 1/25/2014

    " This is by far the best book on psychology I have ever read, and I had actually read bits and pieces of it before I picked up the book itself. The text is fairly dense at times but it is totally worth dedicating your time to because you will go away understanding your own thinking processes a little better which might help you to shake off some of the cognitive distortions that inevitably cloud our perception of the world. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heather | 1/20/2014

    " This book had many interesting ideas which I felt compelled to share with others. It really challenged my thinking. It did remind me a bit of a textbook (in good and bad ways), in that the author crammed in a lot of ideas and theories without a narrative flow. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Whitney | 1/20/2014

    " WOW! Sometimes it's good to struggle with a dense book, and this one took me a while. Incredible insights and concepts. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michael Keating | 1/1/2014

    " Non fiction "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Vireya | 12/31/2013

    " Interesting at first, but begins to drag after the first 200 pages or so. I only skimmed from about page 300, as it was that or abandon the book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Peter A. van Tilburg | 11/19/2013

    " This book gives good insight in the sub liminal processes and their impact "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gina | 11/15/2013

    " Fantastic! So brilliant, so applied to real life, so relevant! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Paula Gilarde | 11/5/2013

    " Interesting but tedious. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 David Levine | 10/28/2013

    " One of the best books I've read by the father of behavioral psychology. Kahneman's influence is tremendous, this book is full of excellent anecdotes and stories. Read it now. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Gina | 8/19/2013

    " Very technical, hard to read. I couldn't finish it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ed van der Winden | 8/13/2013

    " Started out very interesting, but became a bit repetitive at the end. Could have been a five-star book for me if it had been shorter. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carrie | 2/12/2013

    " I think this may be the most important psychology book written in a long time- I predict it will be standard reading in undergraduate psych courses along with Freud and Piaget before too long. A framework that is both very fresh and new (to me) that intuitively makes a lot of sense. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jen | 1/17/2013

    " Really enjoyed this book - and a pretty quick read for a thick non-fiction tome. It made me think about how decisions are made and how decisions can be made for us by how the question is asked. Wow. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rob | 5/9/2012

    " I really liked this explaination of how the brain works. It's kind of like "right and left" but even more usuable. It helped me a lot in dealing with different people. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Will | 10/31/2011

    " the best book I've read this year. bursting with insights about the way we think. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kal | 10/30/2011

    " obsessed. got it an audio. interesting accompaniment to law school coursework and judicial analysis/intepretation. "

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About the Author
Author Daniel Kahneman

Daniel Kahneman is Eugene Higgins Professor of Psychology Emeritus at Princeton University and a professor of public affairs at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. He is the only non-economist to have won the Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences; it was awarded to him in 2002 for his pioneering work with Amos Tversky on decision-making.

About the Narrator

Patrick Egan is an audiobook narrator whose readings include Miguel Nicolelis’ Beyond Boundaries, Peter Guber’s Tell to Win, Harvey Sachs’ The Ninth, and numerous others.