Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything

Steven D. Levitt, Author, Stephen J. Dubner, Author , read by Dubner. Harper Audio $29.95 (0p) ISBN 978-0-06-077613-8

Though the idea of listening to an economics text may bring to mind nightmarish visions of incomprehensible facts, figures and graphs, this audiobook is refreshingly accessible and engrossing. Journalist Dubner reads with just the right mix of enthusiasm and awe, revealing juicy morsels of wisdom on everything from what sumo wrestlers and teachers have in common (a propensity to cheat) to whether parents can really push their kids to greatness by buying them Baby Einstein toys and enlisting them in numerous before- and after-school activities (not really). The only section that doesn't translate well to the format is the final one on naming conventions. The lists of "White Girl Names" and "Black Girl Names," and "Low-End" names and "High-End" names can be mind-numbing, though the text that breaks up these lists will intrigue. Overall, however, these unusual investigations by Levitt, the "rogue" of the subtitle, make for meaty—and entertaining—listening. Simultaneous release with the Morrow hardcover (Reviews, Mar. 14). (May)

Reviewed on: 06/06/2005
Release date: 05/01/2005
Genre: Audio
Hardcover - 256 pages - 978-0-06-113132-5
Paperback - 311 pages - 978-0-06-089637-9
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