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Thinking, Fast and Slow Audiobook

Thinking, Fast and Slow

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Nobel Prize-winning Economic Scientist Daniel Kahneman has collated all of his ground-breaking research into one essential best-selling audiobook Thinking, Fast and Slow, which has been narrated by Patrick Egan. Your entire way of thinking and decision-making will be defied after reading this book. From the way in which you form your ideas to the reasons how and why these ideas came to you in the first place. Learn more about yourself and others as you are enlightened with Kahneman's research. Available now from Audible.

Publisher's Summary

Shortlisted for: International Author of the Year - Specsavers National Book Awards 2012

The unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of Thinking, Fast and Slow, Daniel Kahneman's pioneering work that tackles questions of intuition and rationality. Read by the actor Patrick Egan.

Daniel Kahneman, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences for his seminal work in psychology challenging the rational model of judgment and decision making, is one of the world's most important thinkers. His ideas have had a profound impact on many fields - including business, medicine, and politics - but until now, he has never brought together his many years of research in one book.

In Thinking, Fast and Slow, Kahneman takes us on a groundbreaking tour of the mind and explains the two systems that drive the way we think and make choices. One system is fast, intuitive, and emotional; the other is slower, more deliberative, and more logical. Kahneman exposes the extraordinary capabilities-and also the faults and biases-of fast thinking, and reveals the pervasive influence of intuitive impressions on our thoughts and behaviour. The importance of properly framing risks, the effects of cognitive biases on how we view others, the dangers of prediction, the right ways to develop skills, the pros and cons of fear and optimism, the difference between our experience and memory of events, the real components of happiness-each of these can be understood only by knowing how the two systems work together to shape our judgments and decisions.

Drawing on a lifetime's experimental experience, Kahneman reveals where we can and cannot trust our intuitions and how we can tap into the benefits of slow thinking. He offers practical and enlightening insights into how choices are made in both our professional and our personal lives-and how we can use different techniques to guard against the mental glitches that often get us into trouble. Thinking, Fast and Slow will transform the way you take decisions and experience the world.

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©2011 Daniel Kahneman (P)2011 Penguin Books Limited

What the Critics Say

"There have been many good books on human rationality and irrationality, but only one masterpiece. That masterpiece is Daniel Kahneman's Thinking, Fast and Slow. Kahneman, a winner of the Nobel Prize for economics, distils a lifetime of research into an encyclopedic coverage of both the surprising miracles and the equally surprising mistakes of our conscious and unconscious thinking. He achieves an even greater miracle by weaving his insights into an engaging narrative that is compulsively readable from beginning to end. My main problem in doing this review was preventing family members and friends from stealing my copy of the book to read it for themselves... this is one of the greatest and most engaging collections of insights into the human mind I have read." (William Easterly, Financial Times)

"Absorbing, intriguing...By making us aware of our minds' tricks, Kahneman hopes to inspire individuals and organisations to identify strategies to outwit them" (Jenni Russell, Sunday Times)

"Profound ... As Copernicus removed the Earth from the centre of the universe and Darwin knocked humans off their biological perch, Mr. Kahneman has shown that we are not the paragons of reason we assume ourselves to be." (The Economist)

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    Carrie Tideswell, UK 24/07/2013
    Carrie Tideswell, UK 24/07/2013 Member Since 2016
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    "Interesting topic - but audiobook wrong format"
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    This is a fascinating book - outlining key research areas in the psychology of decision making. It also does a very good job explaining clearly the fundamentals of statistics in research - I wish it had been available when I was doing my psychology degree! BUT - it is a difficult book to digest in audiobook format. There are lots of references to the PDFs (difficult to refer to when driving!) and there are a lot of "lists" which you have to hold in your head whilst the theory is explained. It would be much easier to digest in traditional paper format.

    21 of 21 people found this review helpful
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    Judy Corstjens 23/07/2012
    Judy Corstjens 23/07/2012 Member Since 2016

    Judith Corstjens Author of: Xtensity, Why 5% of Dieters Succeed; Storewars: The Battle for Mindspace and Shelfspace; Strategic Advertising

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    "Brilliant. DK is a genuine mind reader!"

    Who am I to say this noble laureate is brilliant, but I'll chuck in my two pennyworth anyway. Kahneman shows you how you think and how easy it is to be deluded and misled by the way your brain just happens to work. Some of the book is quite hard work, and sometimes it is a bit slow reading (laboured points), but the content is fascinating and also important. It will probably change how you think, view and live your life, which is quite something for a mere book.

    24 of 25 people found this review helpful
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    R Bishops Stortford, United Kingdom 19/07/2012
    R Bishops Stortford, United Kingdom 19/07/2012
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    "How we think"

    An excellent book, very well read. The source document for many other snippety books on similar subjects, this book delves a bit deeper and gives a more complete account of how we think, how we unconsciously apply biases and the impact of luck on performance. An ear-opener in many ways from a Nobel prizewinner with decades of examples to give and some nice personal stories. Can't recommend highly enough.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Cat Hatfield, United Kingdom 23/12/2012
    Cat Hatfield, United Kingdom 23/12/2012 Member Since 2012
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    "Excellence surpassed"

    It is not often I would describe a book as 'priceless' but Thinking, Fast and Slow definotely warrants such praise, at least from this corner of the World.

    The narration was excellent - I often forgot I wasn't actually listening to Daniel Kahneman (the author) personally as the delivery was faultless.

    The subject matter however was exemplary! I have always had a healthy interest in both my own decision making process and needed to understand it, from a business perspective, in others.

    Often however, such learning can be quite dry but not in this instance.

    The exercises provided - many instantly available to grasp by just listening, some needing you to access accompanying documents - conveyed the point being made exquisitely.

    I'm so thrilled with this book that it has beasily become my No.1 recommendation to like-minded friends and family.

    Grab it, enjoy it ... and know yourself, oh so much better!

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    clive 18/01/2012
    clive 18/01/2012 Member Since 2015
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    "Fascinating, but be prepared to concentrate"

    If you enjoyed works on behavourial economics such as 'Nudge' then you should listen to this. Daniel Kahneman is the godfather of the discipline and you get a nobel laureate giving you a comprehensive and fairly user friendly account of his pioneering work in this fascinating area. I only gave it four stars because i found it hard to follow when listening to it. He references PDFs which i think come with the download but i didn't have in front of me when walking the dog, and I ended up having to rewind to try and understand the bits i didn't understand, mostly giving up and going with the flow (ah, system one). I'll probably end up buying the book to go back over it, but i'm glad i downloaded it as otherwise i would never have read it. Recommended but be prepared to concentrate if you want to really understand it.

    28 of 31 people found this review helpful
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    F. I. Nance London 28/06/2014
    F. I. Nance London 28/06/2014 Member Since 2013

    amazon is great

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    "Sensational: you'll understand how your mind works"
    What made the experience of listening to Thinking, Fast and Slow the most enjoyable?

    The surprise, when you again and again, stumble over your own behaviour being described in the book. How you use assumptions, shortcuts and reduction of information to make everyday decisions, and Kahneman even exposes it to you with a quick math question regarding a baseball and a bat...


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Thinking, Fast and Slow?

    ...when I was proud to have no glitches in some questions before and then stubbled over a question with animals and an ark...


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    This book wasn't easy to stop listening...


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Brett 01/04/2016
    Brett 01/04/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "Just can't get into it"

    I have tried and tried to get into this book but find myself becoming bored and lost after 15 minutes. The narrative is a little flat and doesn't keep me in a state of interest and neither does the book. It all came across old fashioned and probably over complicated for the mainstream. If you're into psychology you may be better equipped and more interested in this. If you're like me - no real experience in psychology, but interested to find out more and delve into the human psych, then I would recommend looking at other books.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Pink Cashmere Surrey, U.K. 20/03/2016
    Pink Cashmere Surrey, U.K. 20/03/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "OMG so boring"
    What disappointed you about Thinking, Fast and Slow?

    Why did I trust all the reviews on Amazon? So badly written, so unclear, so waffled & uninspiring. Don't bother!


    What could Daniel Kahneman have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Edit!


    How could the performance have been better?

    A more modern American accent.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Nothing


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Daniel Magliola 29/01/2015 Member Since 2016
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    "Excellent book, but not a great audiobook."

    The contents of this book are extremely good, but unfortunately it has too many figures, and too many thought experiments that involve juggling information for the audio format to be effective.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    The Coypu London 21/07/2014
    The Coypu London 21/07/2014 Member Since 2013

    The Coypu

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    "Didn't work as an audiobook"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would recommend the paper version, but not the audiobook. I found there were too many references to visual things, which would have been easier to look at. Also, it's impossible to interrupt the book as there aren't any chapters on the audiobook (the Audible app crashes all the time, so no point in using that) It requires a lot of attention to follow...if you're a visual person, I would recommend the book.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    The narrator isn't very engaging. He has a nice voice, but isn't very dynamic.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • Andrew
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    "An excellent and thorough review of the subject"

    This is a fascinating book. This was my first foray into this subject and it had me looking for more books in the same vein. It is content heavy but well written and well narrated. I've just finished listening to it for a second time - what greater recommendation can I give?

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  • fredmonster
    22/12/12
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    "Comprehensively brilliant"

    The most useful explanation of our problems processing decisions in a rational way. Not a self help book but a text allowing insight and reflection on an individual and organisational basis. Unifies or compliments many of the other books I have read; Dawkins, Haidt, Pinker, Harris, Dennet and Robert Wright. Essential to download PDF file and stop the car if referring to it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Alex
    Hamilton, New Zealand
    26/02/12
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    "read this book (not for listenings)"
    What did you love best about Thinking, Fast and Slow?

    Audio books are meant to be listened. In your car, while jogging, biking (that's what I do). This book constantly requires you to look at figures in the addendum, worse, some parts go on forever with just numbers, like 99% - value1, 98%, value2, 97% value3. Probably a better read than a listen


    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • peter krajnak
    11/07/15
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    "I'm happy that I'm finished."

    I'm happy that I read that. I missed some parts sleeping on tube, sometimes didn't pay attention at all, but overall, it was good experience.

    It would be great if audible can show related pictures on screen, e.g. when there is a math problem, or a chart to be shown.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cyrus
    31/07/14
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    "Forging a better thinker"
    Where does Thinking, Fast and Slow rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The performance of Partrick Egan is synchronizes well with the professorial voice in which this book should be read. The content of the book itself is well above par in relation to the average audiobook, with so many key features of human thinking explored and reasoned in an understandable, rational fasion.


    What other book might you compare Thinking, Fast and Slow to and why?

    Nothing I can think of so far compares to Thinking, Fast and Slow.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    My favorite scene was the demonstration of our brain's intuitive weakness and inability to grasp simple puzzles, as demonstrated by the activities in the books.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    At a certain point in the book, I truly felt that humans could understand the brain and with enough effort and thinking, make our thoughts better.


    Any additional comments?

    Great for anyone who enjoys being correct.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ronel
    Cape Town, South Africa
    31/03/14
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    "Brilliant! Should be taught at schools"
    What did you love best about Thinking, Fast and Slow?

    It's brilliant - complex concepts explained plainly with detail to underpin the conclusions


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Thinking, Fast and Slow?

    There are so many - The power of system 1 - especially that we are blind to our own blindness! That we think we will step in and help a stranger but we won't - that is quite scary.


    What about Patrick Egan’s performance did you like?

    He gave the book life! I didn't want to stop listening.


    What’s an idea from the book that you will remember?

    How gullible we are … we need to take responsibility for what we accept for truth and what we question - we need to question a lot more!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ali
    Bayswater, Australia
    23/01/14
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    "Life Changing / Paradox Shifting"
    What did you love best about Thinking, Fast and Slow?

    At the start of the book I was disappointed but as soon as I understood where the author is going, I realized that this is no ordinary book.
    I'm listening to it again back to back to absorb as much as I can


    What did you like best about this story?

    In detailed examples of mental errors and errors in judgement


    Which scene was your favorite?

    First one hour of the book I was completely lost and I didn't know what this book is all about. I thought it is about statistics but then it all switched to all my logic errors.


    What insight do you think you’ll apply from Thinking, Fast and Slow?

    Investment


    Any additional comments?

    I don't know if anyone is reading me review but if you are don't miss out on this one.
    A book from a winner of a Nobel prize, worth reading (listening to in this case).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Matthew
    Mt Gravatt, Australia
    06/04/12
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    "Complex yet engaging, worth the time invested."

    This is not an audiobook to listen to in the background - best suited for a long rail commute or just some quiet hours over a couple of weeks, the ideas presented deserve your full attention.

    Patrick Egan's narration is clear and consistent and serves the tone of the book perfectly. Although the audio refers to data and graphs that may not be readily at hand, it's not totally necessary to view all of the facts and figures to visualise the points being made. The text itself is highly approachable; a mixture of interesting anecdotes and fascinating research.

    I highly recommend this ebook if you prefer listening over reading and you have the time to devote to focus entirely on this terrific book.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Henry
    Chatswood, Australia
    14/07/13
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    "Behaviors and choices explained."
    Was Thinking, Fast and Slow worth the listening time?

    Yes. It was a good introduction to various concepts in behavior, psychology, economics and decision-making.


    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Maryke
    Durbanville, South Africa
    09/12/13
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    "Patronizing performer"
    Would you try another book from Daniel Kahneman and/or Patrick Egan?

    No. The content is unorganized and appears to be made in-accessible on purpose.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Daniel Kahneman again?

    No.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The narrator made dry content that were poorly organised sound condescending and patronizing.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    No.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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