Hey Audible, don't raise prices and I promise to buy lots more books.
Okay, so maybe, just maybe I understood 10% of this book? No big deal. There was always just enough that I could understand to keep me reading; I mean listening. The voice of the narrator is beautiful. There is enough repetition to actually help one to have some understanding of some rather deep stuff. I'll listen to it again and I think I will understand more. I know I will enjoy it again.
You’re presented with three doors. Behind one door is a car and behind the other two doors are goats. Sound familiar? It is. You pick door number one. Instead of opening your choice, Monty opens door number two and reveals a goat. He then asks you if you wish to keep what’s behind your original choice (door one) or change your mind to door number three. If you think it makes no difference whether you switch or not and that your odds are 50/50 either way, you might be surprised at the answer and enjoy reading this book. If you are surprised by the answer to this ridiculously simple challenge, you’re in for a plethora of awakenings about the assumptions we make of the numbers and statistics we hear in our daily lives.
Peppered with charm and wit; wonderfully read by Sean Pratt, I would highly recommend this title to anyone interested in a history of the development of statistics. Books about numbers are especially not easy ones to listen to but Sean Pratt reads this one at just the right pace and with just the right inflections to make listening to and learning from The Drunkard’s Walk totally accessible. I will often read two or three books at a time. This one, however, was just so captivating, it monopolized my complete attention. But then I’m a nerd and that too might be a requirement for truly enjoying this title.
What a great book. It helps to have a background in physics or chemistry to fully appreciate this work. The science aspect is scholarly written and the book's construction made most interesting by the story-telling. Having a copy of the periodic table is helpful. I listened to this on my iPhone and quite handily had a free periodic table app available to refer to during the listening. It made the digesting of this work more meaningful and helped to more fully appreciate the beauty and elegance of the periodic table itself.
The narrator is very forgiving, and understands the listener is there to learn. Walk in with a cursory understanding of "things are made of other things", and walk out tossing around terms you now understand like "Fermion" and "Neutrino".
I feel nothing really could have been done to improve the listening, aside from including PDF's with things you'll only understand after, to give the listener a sense of advancement.
His tone, as mentioned, is forgiving. He keeps the atmosphere light hearted and energetic, and you never feel like you're being spoken down to.
This book has no narrative, so the question more apt would be "did it make me contemplate how I exist?"
Yes. Knowing that even smaller than the atom, even smaller than the proton, exists a level of matter so abstract that it is unseeable directly is a world changer. You will contemplate many thing you thought you knew.
If you need your understanding of particle physics to become greater than the base level you'll get in popular media like Cosmos and Bill Nye (which are fantastic places to start), this will explain in familiar terms to everyone where to guide your education on the next step.