Dollars and Sense

  • by Dan Ariely, Jeff Kreisler
  • Narrated by Simon Jones
  • 9 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Blending humor and behavioral economics, the New York Times best-selling author of Predictably Irrational delves into the truly illogical world of personal finance to help people better understand why they make bad financial decisions and gives them the knowledge they need to make better ones.


Why does paying for things often feel like it causes physical pain?
Why does it cost you money to act as your own real estate agent?
Why are we comfortable overpaying for something now just because we've overpaid for it before?

In Dollars and Sense, world-renowned economist Dan Ariely answers these intriguing questions and many more as he explains how our irrational behavior often interferes with our best intentions when it comes to managing our finances. Partnering with financial comedian and writer Jeff Kreisler, Ariely takes us deep inside our minds to expose the hidden motivations that are secretly driving our choices about money.
Exploring a wide range of everyday topics - from credit card debt and household budgeting to holiday sales - Ariely and Kreisler demonstrate how our ideas about dollars and cents are often wrong and cost us more than we know. Mixing case studies and anecdotes with tangible advice and lessons, they cut through the unconscious fears and desires driving our worst financial instincts and teach us how to improve our money habits.
Fascinating, engaging, funny, and essential, Dollars and Sense is a sound investment, providing us with the practical tools we need to understand and improve our financial choices, save and spend smarter, and ultimately live better.

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Excellent book!

Wow, I was surprised by how much I enjoyed/ learned from this book! I thought it was a perfect blend of research, stories, (surprisingly) lots of humor, and practically! Just a heads up this book is far more “how we misthink money” than “how to spend smarter”. However, it does give practical tips and helped me realize how often I do the “misthinking” about money described in this book.

Simon Jones did a phenomenal job narrating this book. He delivered every single joke perfectly, I was actually surprised by how many times I was laughing while listening and his narration definitely aided in that.

One final note, I usually read science nonfiction books, so if you normally listen to books about money I can’t state how much you’ll learn from this book. For me personally, I learned a great deal, and I think it is well worth your credit!
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- Amazon Customer

Insightful and entertaining

This book gives important insight into the way we all think about money and common mistakes we make. It uses humor to make it easy to listen to and gives some very useful ideas of how to help save in the future.
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- H. Fox

Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-07-2017
  • Publisher: Harper Audio