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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.

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Daniel Kahneman's pioneering work that tackles questions of intuition and rationality, read by Patrick Egan.

In Thinking, Fast and Slow, Kahneman takes us on a ground-breaking 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 judgements 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.

©2011 Daniel Kahneman (P)2011 Penguin Audio

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"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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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.

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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.

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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...

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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.

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  • R
  • 19-07-12

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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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  • 20-12-19

Recommended book, awful audiobook

I have been recommended this book by a number of colleagues but I have found the audiobook to very difficult to follow and at times incomprehensible. The reader sounds like a computer, emphasising random words in sentences, which confuses a text which I had already found difficult to follow. I would not recommend this audiobook - hopefully the actual text is easier to follow and worthy of all the recommendations.

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Difficult but Insightful

Would you listen to Thinking, Fast and Slow again? Why?

I will definitely listen to this again because I found some parts difficult to understand and I believe a second listen would help me get to grips with them.

Who was your favorite character and why?

The 'econs' because some people I know would perceive themselves as entirely logical beings and it helps highlight the fact that realistically our brains struggle to work in that way.

What about Patrick Egan’s performance did you like?

His voice is well suited to giving lectures because it sounds intelligent and coherent.
I disagree with other reviews that criticise his voice as boring because I think it is more the difficult aspects of the book that make it appear boring.
One day when I'm a Granddad and telling stories to my grand-children, I would like a voice like Patrick Egan's.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

There were some bits that were very interesting and left me thirsty for more information but equally there were other bits that were hard to digest and I felt like I needed a break, if anything just to analyse the information in my own head and let it sink in.

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Although I think the content is good, I think it has been miss-sold as an audio book because for me the statistical problems are hard to digest if they are being spoken to you in real time, whereas in a paper book you can pause on a problem and let your brain comprehend it which is how I believe this book was designed.
There were also a lot of references to the PDF, which in a paper book would just be illustrations. It defies the point of an audio book if you have to read a PDF!

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  • Alex
  • 26-02-12

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

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  • peter krajnak
  • 11-07-15

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.

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  • fredmonster
  • 22-12-12

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.

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  • Zackr
  • 24-12-17

Single most important book of my life.

When I started reading this book a few months back, I wasn't able to comprehend much of it. I then bought it's physical book and read it with Audible narration. Was a bit hard to still comprehend it in the start but my brain soon caught up and I was reading at full speed with great comprehension. It's not that the book was hard, it's that my mindset was on a lower level, had to jump-up my mind's game to the level of this book to understand it and I must say, it's one book that changed my perspective about so many things that I used to do wrong. I know where my brain is making intuitive faults now and how to come over them.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 16-04-17

Fascinating and instructive

I found myself implementing useful learnings from the book, one example being to do the most fun thing at the end of any event or holiday as it provides the strongest associative memory of that experience.

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  • Andrew
  • 13-08-12

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-07-20

Repetitive, well studied, but repetitive

A very hard listen - very repetitive. But, a great book on choices, thinking, biases and the like.

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  • Adi
  • 16-06-20

Life changing

Excellent book. Always puts me to sleep at night when I can't sleep. If the contents alone would not do it I think the narrator goes an extra mile to make the wake to asleep time quick.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 20-05-20

Read this 3 times

This book will change your thinking, your relationships and the trajectory of your life. 60 years of wisdom condensed.

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  • Dennis
  • 14-05-20

At times monotonous, but still thought provoking

Thought provoking, with real life applications that you can put to test on your own. The narrator was monotonous at times .