• by John R. Lott
  • Narrated by Brian Emerson
  • 7 hrs and 1 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

As the blockbuster best-seller Freakonomics demonstrated, economics can explain everything - from why people behave the way they do to how governments and businesses organize themselves. But are the basic assumptions and conclusions in Freakonomics true? Does the free market usually lead to unintended and negative consequences? Quite the opposite, says John Lott, who holds a Ph.D. in economics. In fact, says Lott, a wide range of fascinating and peculiar case studies prove the simple adage that if something is more costly, people will do less of it. And, in a refutation of Freakonomics' most controversial idea, Lott shows why legalized abortion leads to family breakdown, which leads to more crime.


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Customer Reviews

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Repetitive conservative arguments

I enjoyed Freakanomics because they showed the details (correctly or incorrectly) of how they came to their conclusion. After listening to this book, I do question some of their findings.

Unfortunately this author did not go into as much detail. I found myself constantly asking the author, "How do you know that is true?" Because of the lack of details and the author's conservative (no surprise by the title) views, I got the feeling this was more of a political book than economic book.

Because of this, as the book went on, after giving an introduction to a problem, it was easy to guess which one the author would argue for. Even if it seemed to contradict what the author said earlier. As another reviewer said, this made the book seem repetitive in the end.

It was a decent listen, just not great.
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- Gerald

Huge mistake

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This book was a total mistake. I thought I'd get another perspective, but it's right-wing circle logic that just doesn't hold up. Stay away.

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- Aleksander Aas

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-18-2007
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.