When to Rob a Bank

  • by Steven D. Levitt, Stephen J. Dubner
  • Narrated by Stephen J. Dubner, Steven D. Levitt, Erik Bergmann
  • 8 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

When Freakonomics was initially published, the authors started a blog - and they've kept it up. The writing is more casual, more personal, even more outlandish than in their books. Now, to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the landmark Freakonomics, comes this curated collection from the most readable economics blog in the world.
Why don't flight attendants get tipped? If you were a terrorist, how would you attack? And why does KFC always run out of fried chicken?
Over the past decade, Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner have published more than 8,000 blog posts on Freakonomics.com. Now the very best of this writing has been carefully curated into one volume, the perfect solution for the millions of listeners who love all things Freakonomics.
Discover why taller people tend to make more money; why it's so hard to predict the Kentucky Derby winner; and why it might be time for a sex tax (if not a fat tax). You'll also learn a great deal about Levitt and Dubner's own quirks and passions. Surprising and erudite, eloquent and witty, When to Rob a Bank demonstrates the brilliance that has made their books an international sensation.

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this book is free on the blog and podcast.

interesting book, but it's just articles from the blog and podcast. save your money and subscribe to the podcast.
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- Spencer

basically a list of their best blog posts

this audiobook is a bunch of blog posts. something you could get for free by going to their website. it's nice, however, to have them all in one place and with recent updates.
there are some interesting posts. unfortunately many of them are half baked ideas with a ton of holes that the authors dont bother in covering.
there's also a personal story about one of the author's sister, that while provides an emotive touch, it has almost no relation to the rest of the audiobook or the theme of the freakonomics franchise.

the post I disliked the most was the one about one of the authors getting a rancid chicken dish at a restaurant and despite his table getting free drinks he shamlessly attempts to coerce the manager to give him a discount on the whole check on top of the free drinks. he ends this vindictive post by naming the restaurant in question. thats not a respectable person does in my opinion.

overall this is a somewhat entertaining audiobook with a catchy title. unfortunately these two authors are running out of material and dont usually explore in depth the criticisms of their arguments.
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- Felipe Quintana

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-05-2015
  • Publisher: HarperAudio