From the creator of the wildly popular xkcd, What If? gives hilarious and informative answers to important questions you probably never thought to ask. Millions visit xkcd.com each week to read Randall Munroe's iconic webcomic. Fans ask him a lot of strange questions. How fast can you hit a speed bump, driving, and live? When (if ever) did the sun go down on the British Empire? When will Facebook contain more profiles of dead people than living? How many humans would a T Rex rampaging through New York need to eat a day? In pursuit of answers, Munroe runs computer simulations, pores over stacks of declassified military research memos, solves differential equations and consults nuclear reactor operators. His responses are masterpieces of clarity and hilarity. They often predict the complete annihilation of humankind - or at least a really big explosion.
This audiobook edition is read by geek icon Wil Wheaton (Star Trek: The Next Generation, Stand by Me, The Big Bang Theory) and has been adapted for audio in collaboration with the author.
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What a fantastically geeky, funny, serious and entertaining book. I've been reading XKCD for years but only found out about this book yesterday. Then finished it this afternoon. Any book read by Will Wheaton is always a treat and he puts in a perfect performance here. What a combination - Munroe and Wheaton. Get this book and prepare to be entertained, learn something and have a laugh.
"Amazing book for Geeks"
I certainly would. What if answers all the questions you wanted ask but didn't know who to ask.
Will Weatons narration
The question about the periodic table
Just get it, its amazing.. Please do another!!!
"Good fun that descends into silliness"
Certainly Wil, who is high energy and adds an awful lot to what's here. Randall perhaps on the basis of his overall reputation or as seriously light relief. Not on the basis of this book!
This isn't really that kind of book. It's comedy nonfiction bite sized chapters on different topics. I chose it for going to bed or quick moments to listen, and it suits that. The whole book in one go is a bit too much of the same and it stops being funny.
I went in expecting something like the New Scientist series of light hearted questions to things you've always wanted to know. I liked this book less, because how it works is a reader puts forward a completely strange question, Randall answers that question in about half the chapter, and the second half is taken up with an even more outlandish aside to the question that interests Randall. This invariably involves MORE explosions, MORE mass deaths, or MORE planets being destroyed.
I can see some readers really enjoying that,but I found it same-y.
"Brilliant, just brilliant!"
Funny insightful entertaining
Not nearly as funny, but just as informative - Death from the Skies by Phil Plait
I love the website, and the book is even better. Wil Wheaton was a perfect choice for narrating this, he really makes this book and brings it to life.
Recommend this for anyone who has ever pondered what would happen if the Earth suddenly stopped, if the sun has ever set on the British Empire or what would happen if a baseball was pitched at you at the speed of light. Couple this with Randall Munroe's almost obsessive need to blow things up in ever increasingly bizarre ways and you have an excellent read! Hope he releases a volume 2..
"Excellent listen for short bursts of entertainment"
This book was extremely well read, interesting, and enjoyable. It was very well structured so that if one situation didn't interest you, the next was coming soon. I found this very easy to listen to while doing odd jobs or short journeys because it was intellectually stimulating without being too taxing.
I would definitely recommend this to those looking for something that will keep you entertained and make you think for short bursts of time, without having to remember what happened last time you listened.
"Great for any fan of random knowledge"
Humourous Ecclectic Information
Wil Wheton has a great delivery of the peculiar topics herein, and seems a fitting mouthpiece to Randall's ideas
"Very entertaining (and informed) listening..."
Indulge your inner geek with a series of insightful and often humorous anecdotes from a former NASA scientist.
No specific characters in the book, but my favourite question explored what would happen if all the Earth's water was vacuumed through a portal to Mars...
The comedic narration by Will Wheaton adds to the original wit of author Randall Munroe.
The dissection of chapters per questions adds to the listen-ability of this book.
"Listen and Enjoy."
A masterfully narrated book about things you didn't even know you wanted to know about.
I enjoyed it so much I'm re-listening to it.
"must read if your curious on a variety of things."
good listen, very interesting. learned answers to questions I didn't even know I wanted to ask
"well read, very funny"
Not seen the print version.
was funny and informative.
not listened to any other will wheaton performances.
Not think they could.
"What if we emptied our oceans?"
Quite a fascinating book where the most bizarre questions are put to the author, he will then find out the answers scientifically and more. The narrator is good easy on the ear. I have listened to it more than once.
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