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Predictably Irrational

The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions
Narrated by: Simon Jones
Length: 7 hrs and 24 mins
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Summary

Why do smart people make irrational decisions every day? The answers will surprise you.

Predictably Irrational is an intriguing, witty and utterly original look at why we all make illogical decisions. Why can a 50p aspirin do what a 5p aspirin can't? If an item is free, it must be a bargain, right? Why is everything relative, even when it shouldn't be? How do our expectations influence our actual opinions and decisions?

In this astounding audiobook, behavioural economist Dan Ariely cuts to the heart of our strange behaviour, demonstrating how irrationality often supplants rational thought and that the reason for this is embedded in the very structure of our minds.

Predicatably Irrational brilliantly blends everyday experiences with a series of illuminating and often surprising experiments that will change your understanding of human behaviour. And by recognising these patterns, Ariely shows, we can make better decisions in business, in matters of collective welfare and in our everyday lives, from drinking coffee to losing weight, buying a car to choosing a romantic partner.

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©2008 Dan Ariely (P)2016 HarperCollins Publishers Ltd

Critic reviews

"A marvelous book that is both thought provoking and highly entertaining, ranging from the power of placebos to the pleasures of Pepsi. Ariely unmasks the subtle but powerful tricks that our minds play on us, and shows us how we can prevent being fooled." (Jerome Groopman, New York Times best-selling author of How Doctors Think)
" Predictably Irrational is wildly original. It shows why - much more often than we usually care to admit - humans make foolish, and sometimes disastrous, mistakes. Ariely not only gives us a great read; he also makes us much wiser." (George Akerlof, Nobel Laureate in Economics, 2001 Koshland Professor of Economics, University of California at Berkeley)
"Dan Ariely is one of the most original and consistently interesting social scientists I know. His research covers an unusually broad range of topics, and in every one of them he has produced some distinctive findings and ideas. His methodological inventiveness is remarkable." (Daniel Kahneman, Nobel Prize in Economics, 2002)

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Another great book

I've read a few books by this guy now. He never disappoints. Very interesting indeed

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Fabulous!

This is an absolutely Amazing book, and very much a must read for everyone everywhere!

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Practical, down to earth

The urge to understand human nature, rigorous experiments, faith there's hope - not an economics book, but a practical book to understand human behaviour.

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loved it

I loved this book, brilliant insight into our brains and useable practical steps to makes us less irrational.

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My favourite book on the subject thus far

Loved this, well written and spoken. Great examples and amazing findings which spark ideas and thoughts into my work and life. If you love understanding human behaviour you will love this!

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Rethink every day decisions

Not a story book but an insight into your own thought processes. The chapters are clear and themed with multiple examples from scientific studies for each point. A few possible study flaws, but given the benefit of the doubt that there isn't excitement in full methodology. Will listen again after I add some vinegar to my beer.

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Reasonably interesting

Wasnt quite as interesting as I'd hoped, as i'd already heard Dan talk about some of the most interesting experiments more concisely in Youtube videos. Good in small doses, but occasionally labours its points.

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Good book, good narrator, poor recording.

This is an interesting (if now little dated) introduction to much of the irrationality studies that are now well known to people through the books of Kahneman. The material is interesting and humourously presented. The choice of narrator is a little strange considering how US-centric all the material is, but I certainly didn't object to having a Brit read me this instead of an American. Simon Jones is of course great - what could be better than Arthur Dent reading this to you? The recording is poor however, with a rather dull echoey sound that is made worse by a constant background hum and noise. I would probably normally have asked for my money back on these grounds, but I got this one for half-price in a sale and as such it still represented good value.

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Fantastic

What an interesting, funny, illuminating and altogether wonderful book! It kept me captive and had me roaring with laughter. Sheer joy from start to finish. The narrator too is fantastic and does the book credit. One of my best Audible selections to date

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a very interesting listen. worth a credit

great listen very informative and useful in knowing oneself better! who knew that we are all so irrational so regularly and predictably!

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  • 23-04-20

Three out of five.

The author in the first 3 chapters details the irrational behaviour that we himans display and also provides good pra focal implementable solutions for us. However in the later chapters the focus is more on the experiments conducted ro prove the irrationality of behaviour and less on providing actionable solutions.

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  • 08-02-20

Fascinating and thoughtful

The book provides several examples of situations we experience in our daily lives, the decisions we make and why we make them. One area is product pricing and comparisons. We don’t have a way to measure in absolute terms so we compare, and we compare with what is easier to compare. This can sway someone’s decision to buy one or another product. Learning about our built-in biases can help us make better decisions. Dan is an enthusiast on behavioral economics and definitely invites the readers to think and apply the concepts he shares.

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  • Justus
  • 17-01-20

Great narration and interesting studies

The narration was really excellent and made the humor in the book really come across. Also enjoyed that many of the studies in this book were actually undertaken by the author and shows his curiosity with the subject.

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  • B. Hotting
  • 12-01-20

nice reed but hate the background music

I liked the book its quite interesting. On a more general lever I don’t like it when there is music in the background. In this audiobook its not a lot but still if I want music I’ll play my own and for me its only annoying and not helping in any way. Please don’t put background music in audio books!

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  • Carlos
  • 05-11-19

interesting listen on the topic of decision making

easy listen. great explanations on the experiments and results, based on the human behaviours and the way we make descisions

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 18-04-19

Couldnt stop

The book is just addictive. Well read, interesting, funny and serious in the perfect balance. Highly recomended

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  • moeketsi motjope
  • 13-11-18

Very engaging

It is very engaging. The social experiments done are very interesting, especially because they involve our day-to-day activities and behaviour.

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  • Andrew Riungu
  • 31-07-18

A fascinating and exciting read...simplistic

I really loved this book..it offered string insight into clearly understanding how BE can be applied and a guide to helping us deal with our irrationality effectively

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  • Nikolina
  • 21-06-18

Great book

Maby too much recurrence of conclusions, but overall, the book is interesting, narrator is great

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  • Rafael G. Esteque
  • 25-11-16

Delightfully instructive!

Each chapter presents a new experience that demonstrates how we are all essentially irrational. And it's very interesting to realize that. The narration is also great.