Nudge

  • by Richard H. Thaler, Cass R. Sunstein
  • Narrated by Sean Pratt
  • 11 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Every day, we make decisions on topics ranging from personal investments to schools for our children to the meals we eat to the causes we champion. Unfortunately, we often choose poorly. The reason, the authors explain, is that, being human, we are all susceptible to various biases that can lead us to blunder.Our mistakes make us poorer and less healthy; we often make bad decisions involving education, personal finance, health care, mortgages and credit cards, the family, and even the planet itself. Thaler and Sunstein invite us to enter an alternative world, one that takes our humanness as a given. They show that by knowing how people think, we can design choice environments that make it easier for people to choose what is best for themselves, their families, and their society. Using colorful examples from the most important aspects of life, Thaler and Sunstein demonstrate how thoughtful "choice architecture" can be established to nudge us in beneficial directions without restricting freedom of choice. Nudge offers a unique new take - from neither the left nor the right - on many hot-button issues, for individuals and governments alike. This is one of the most engaging and provocative audiobooks to come along in many years.Included in this recording are a bonus chapter and a Postscript that was added in the paperback edition.

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I cannot recommend this book

What did you like best about Nudge? What did you like least?

I really have a difficult time saying what I liked about this book. I didn't hate it, but like other reviewers, found it lacked focus and was repetitive. I stuggled to get through it and in the end gave up, which is unusual for me. I enjoyed "Influence, The Power to Change Anything" by Kerry Patterson (and others) much more.


What was most disappointing about Richard H. Thaler, and Cass R. Sunstein???s story?

The story could have been more concise. The points made are simple enough but get lost in the detailed examples, which are often a re-hash of material from the work of others


What three words best describe Sean Pratt???s voice?

It is fine, but the book was not, so its hard to be enthusiastic about his performance.


Was Nudge worth the listening time?

No


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- Dale

Initial point is interesting but way too long

The takeaway that I got from this book is that the way questions are expressed or items are presented will influence (nudge) our decisions. Its an interesting point and was supported by a few good initial examples (I like the term "Choice Architect" that they coined). After that, the point was reinforced with many, many (too many) examples. Most (if not all) were to support their political agenda. 'We feel this agenda is right so we should nudge the public to decide the way they should using these tactics...' Over and over and over for 12 hours... Stop listening after the 1st hour and you'll get enough.
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- rbenden

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-23-2009
  • Publisher: Gildan Media, LLC