I also didn't listen to the wisdom of the other reviewers and purchased this audiobook. I made it through about half the book, but the endless recitation of tables finally got to be too much. I listen to audiobooks mostly while driving, and the highway department frowns on drivers reading charts and graphs while on the interstate, so I was stuck listening to the narrator drone on and on.... I think the book does have merit, but this was just not the kind of information I could enjoy having read to me.
My suggestion is to buy the physical book or, better yet, check it out from the library and skim through it to get pretty much everything this guy has to offer. You'll have to do some digging to glean the worthwhile facts, but it will be much less painful if you can flip through the actual book.
Basically about how poorly we all understand the true probabilities of the events in the world around us. Mlodinow gives a lot of specific examples and explanations to show how what we perceive to be the possibility that something will happen is often very far off from its true probability. Interesting concept to start with, but it quickly began sounding way too much like my high school prob and stat class. This made my eyes glaze over, and I found myself wishing some sort of bell would ring so I could quit thinking about it. Ultimately, it made my brain hurt, so I quit after a little over three hours. I didn't realize how specific this book was going to get, and I kept wishing I could flip back a page and reread. I find this annoying to do repeatedly in an audiobook; I think this book is one that is better read in the flesh, especially if you are at all a visual learner. I've been on a reading binge lately, and this is only the second book I've quit reading out of about 20 (print and audio) in the past two months. It was just too detail-oriented for me to enjoy as an audiobook.
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