Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything – Audiobook



  • Written by: Stephen J. Dubner, Steven D. Levitt
  • Narrated by: Stephen J. Dubner
  • File Size: 275 MB
  • File Format: MP3 (inside ZIP)
  • Length: 6 hours and 55 minutes
  • ISBN-10: 0060731338
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060731335
  • Publisher: Harper Audio
  • Unabridged Audiobook

In the Freakonomics audiobook, learn:

Which is more dangerous, a gun or a swimming pool? What do schoolteachers and sumo wrestlers have in common? How much do parents really matter?

These may not sound like typical questions for an economist to ask. But Steven D. Levitt is not a typical economist. He studies the riddles of everyday life—from parenting and sports to cheating and crime—and reaches conclusions that turn conventional wisdom on its head.

Freakonomics is a groundbreaking collaboration between Levitt and Dubner, award-winning author and journalist. They set out to explore the inner workings of a crack gang, the secrets of the Ku Klux Klan, the truth about real estate agents, and much more.

Through forceful storytelling and wry insight, they both 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.

What unites all these stories is a belief that the modern world, despite a great deal of complexity and downright deceit, is not impenetrable, is not unknowable, and-if the right questions are asked-is even more intriguing than we think. All it takes is a new way of looking. Freakonomics establishes this unconventional premise: If morality represents how we would like the world to work, then economics represents how it actually does work. It is true that readers of this book will be armed with enough riddles and stories to last a 1000 cocktail parties. But it can provide more than that. It will literally redefine the way we view the modern world.

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Editorial Reviews

“An simple, amusing read. Many unsolvable issues the Americans have actually might be resolved with easy methods.” (Business World)

“Provocative… eye-popping.” (New York Times Book Review: Inside the List)

“The funkiest research study of analytical mechanics ever by a world-prominent economist… Eye-opening and often eye-popping” (Entertainment Weekly)

“The man is extremely fascinating!” (Washington Post Book World)

“Steven Levitt has the most fascinating mind in America… Prepare to be impressed.” (Malcolm Gladwell, author of Blink and The Tipping Point)

“Principles of economics are utilized to analyze life in this enjoyable read.” (People: Great Reads)

“Levitt dissects complicated genuine-world phenomena, e.g. child-calling patterns and Sumo fumbling, with an economist’s laser.” (San Diego Union-Tribune)

“Levitt is one of the most infamous financial experts of our age.” (Financial Times)

“Freakonomics is politically inaccurate in the finest, most important method…. This is bracing enjoyable of the greatest order.” (Kurt Andersen, host of public radio’s Studio 360 and author of Turn of the Century)

“If Indiana Jones were an economist, he’d be Levitt… Criticizing Freakonomics would resemble slamming a hot fudge sundae.” (Wall Street Journal)

“Freakonomics was the ‘it’ book of 2005.” (Fort Worth Star-Telegram)

“An eye-opening, and many fascinating, method to the world.” (Kirkus Reviews)

“An non-traditional economist defies traditional knowledge.” (Associated Press)

“Levitt is a number cruncher extraordinaire.” (Philadelphia Daily News)

“A display for Levitt’s appealing expeditions into a number of diverse subjects…. There’s plenty of enjoyable to be had.” (

“One of the years’s most smart and intriguing books.” (The Daily Standard)

“The trivia alone deserves the cover cost.” (New York Times Book Review)


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