I downloaded "Freakonomics: Revised Edition (Unabridged)" from iTunes for $21.95. The audiobook is about 7 hours long.
I started listening to Freakonomics on my iPod for my walk to/from work.
This is a very interesting, thought-provoking read/listen.
Probably the most memorable topic was about the dramatic drop in crime (40% drop in homicides) in the early 90's and its connection to legalized abortion. It's a touchy subject, but handled in a factual manner without choosing sides in the abortion debate.
Other topics were about what parenting techniques work and which ones don't:
- Reading to your child every night (doesn't help)
- Letting your child watch TV (doesn't hurt)
- Stay at home moms (doesn't help)
The findings are that kids do well when their parents do well, independent of how the child is raised. It's who you *are* as parents that is important, not what you *do* as parents.
Another question the book tackles...which is safer: a house with a gun or a house with a pool? The answer: a child is 100 times more likely to die at a house that has a pool than one with a gun present.
I recommend both Freakonomics and the medium of audiobooks.
I already finished another audiobook, Stephen King's "The Gingerbread Girl (Unabridged)." It was a short listen (about 2 hours) and kept me entertained.
My next audiobook is Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451.