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Summary

Since the original publication of Nudge more than a decade ago, the title has entered the vocabulary of businesspeople, policy makers, engaged citizens, and consumers everywhere. The book has given rise to more than 200 "nudge units" in governments around the world and countless groups of behavioral scientists in every part of the economy. It has taught us how to use thoughtful "choice architecture" - a concept the authors invented - to help us make better decisions for ourselves, our families, and our society. 

Now, the authors have rewritten the book from cover to cover, making use of their experiences in and out of government over the past dozen years as well as an explosion of new research in numerous academic disciplines. To commit themselves to never undertaking this daunting task again, they are calling this the "final edition". It offers a wealth of new insights, for both its avowed fans and newcomers to the field, about a wide variety of issues that we face in our daily lives - COVID-19, health, personal finance, retirement savings, credit card debt, home mortgages, medical care, organ donation, climate change, and "sludge" (paperwork and other nuisances we don't want and that keep us from getting what we do want) - all while honoring one of the cardinal rules of nudging: make it fun!   

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2008, 2009, 2021 Richard H. Thaler and Cass R. Sunstein (P)2021 Gildan Media

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Not that rich in learning

Took me two days to finish this book.
It was not worth it. I'd rather read a summary in retrospect.
The book repetes the same two key words
1) Nudge: To influence x 'to do' y
2) Sludge: To influence x 'not to do' y

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Marvellous book

Enlightening book on human behaviour. Particularly enjoyed this updated version.

I would enjoy sitting down to dinner with both authors; they have my sense of humour!

And, unlike a previous reviewer, I thought Sean Pratt narrated perfectly; spot on intonation and conveyed the authors’ points of view in an easy to listen manner.

One of my favourite non fiction listens!

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Overall a good use of your credit

Interesting book with lots of interesting insights. Narrator doesn’t sound like a robot and text seemed to be narrated faithfully.

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Disappointed Expected. So much more

What a disappointment. I had hoped for much more. Far too long and an indulgence in academia. The book would have been much better if they had got to the point and used more sophisticated examples of nudging. All rather predictable. Organ transplant insurance etc. The examples used in some cases were worrying quoting certain events as a fait acompli from an academic echo chamber riddled with confirmation bias . I feel while the authors said this is the final edition it will not be as some events and leaders quoted will necessitate an update.

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Terrible Narrator

I found the narrator so mannered and irritating, he completely ruined it for me and I had to bail out and read the book instead. I regret wasting a credit on this.

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Interesting but a bit dry

Enjoyed it. Only caviat was that the stories within were a bit dry sometimes.

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Enjoyable and fascinating listen.

Very easy to listen to and very interesting content. one of a few audio books I've got to the end.

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Self-referential and misleading

The authors suggest use of those techniques have been used during the pandemic, to lead people to take the holy serum and they deem that a good choice. Enough said. I call this Fabian propaganda and barely criminal.

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Insightful book on usage of behavioral nudges

The book speaks to different types of nudges that have been employed to motivate or encourage people to partake in a certain behaviour. It's a good way to see how to better design or avoid badly designed products. The chapter on sludge was particularly interesting. There were some aspects that appeared overly lengthy such as the last two chapters. Audible performance was ok.

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Nudge not sludge

Great examples to highlight use of nudge and sludge! I am proned to sleep walking into defaults as it’s easy and will look out for them more cautiously! Thanks

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  • 03-08-21

Doesn’t include a Pdf of the images the book calls out

This needs an accompanying pdf for readers to get the full idea of what the book is talking about!

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  • 25-09-21

Libertarian Economics?

If the authors has left out their left wing politics on climate change they would have an excellent book; however, in the extended time spent on climate change they abandoned their libertarian view for left wing socialism, big government, taxes and wealth redistribution. Perhaps if had advocated for equal distribution of conservative faculty members and the abolishment of tenure they would have accomplished more than the tax and reward policies that smack of socialism not libertarian beliefs. Skip this book and read “Misbehaving” instead.

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  • 04-08-21

Bad Choice in Narrator

This guys has to put and inflection on every single sentence. Its very very annoying.

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  • 26-09-21

Nudge for good.

I know nudge for good is the tag line in the book, but it is also what I intend to do with what I have learned. I hope to be a better choice architect to make it easier for everyone who is affected by my decisions. Thank you.

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  • RGO
  • 25-09-21

This second and “final addition” is recommended…

For all who read it in 2009, it’s a must! For everyone else, but the damn book. It’s been considered as one of the most influential books of the past few decades— written by Nobel Laureates— and has much of the most up to date CREDIBLE arguments in the social and behavioral sciences.

It’s fantastic for the now because the majority of the content has been updated to this very moment— it has great insight into the Pandemic, todays politics, climate crisis and more!

You won’t be disappointed.

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  • Jeffrey S. Beam
  • 24-09-21

really great information a bit too long.

really good information although I think it had a bit of sludge I could have done without.

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  • 16-11-21

political rambling sludge

book starts off well describing and talking about nudges, then turns into politics, then more politics and tries to be a persuasive paper, and caps off with a lot of whining. first 1/3 of the book is what I was expecting, but after that it is no longer educationally focused.

I enjoyed misbehaving, so possibly the politics had something to do with sunstein's style/views.

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  • Lunda Wright
  • 03-11-21

A worthwhile investment

Recommended for anyone wanting to understand choice architecture. Executives, managers and innovators would benefit best from engaging with this book.

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  • Zuzana
  • 31-07-22

The narrator is amazing!

This narrator is absolutely fantastic! He conveys the humorous remarks, makes pauses in all the right places and he should go and narrate all the non-fiction books to make even the public policy on climate change bearable.

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  • Leon van der Walt
  • 02-05-22

Insightful

I Enjoyed the book, excellent insights with very good exsamples. I can recommend this book to anyone with an intrest in economical science and behaviour.

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