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  • What If?

  • Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions
  • By: Randall Munroe
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 6 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,464
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,830
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,790

Millions of people visit xkcd.com each week to read Randall Munroe's iconic webcomic. His stick-figure drawings about science, technology, language, and love have a large and passionate following. Fans of xkcd ask Munroe a lot of strange questions. What if you tried to hit a baseball pitched at 90 percent of the speed of light? How fast can you hit a speed bump while driving and live? If there were a robot apocalypse, how long would humanity last?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Humorous but serious answers to crazy hypothetical

  • By Neuron on 05-08-16

Tangents expected, but too many

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-26-14

Is there anything you would change about this book?

Stay on topic. The premise is great: answer wild questions with science. This part is wonderful and the author does a nice job. The problems is, after answering the question, the author sometimes inserts his own follow-up questions, then answers them. One example: "What would happen if everyone on earth jumped in the same spot at once?". He answers this briefly, then goes through the logistics of the world population dispersing from a single location. This is far from the original question, and I suspect there was a reason it was not asked.

Was What If? worth the listening time?

I frequently thought about skipping ahead to the next topic. With most audio books I remain engaged and this does not cross my mind.

  • Predictably Irrational

  • The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions
  • By: Dan Ariely
  • Narrated by: Simon Jones
  • Length: 7 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,039
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,879
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,878

In a series of illuminating, often surprising experiments, MIT behavioral economist Dan Ariely refutes the common assumption that we behave in fundamentally rational ways. Blending everyday experience with groundbreaking research, Ariely explains how expectations, emotions, social norms, and other invisible, seemingly illogical forces skew our reasoning abilities.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well researched, well written, & well read

  • By Stephen on 03-18-08

Ironically Rational

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-21-14

What did you like best about this story?

If you would have asked me if I do irrational things prior to reading this book, I would have said no. Now I'd say yes, some things, but you do too. This book presents many rationally structured studies about human behavior and their results. It's nice that it has many little parts, all of which would be interesting on their own.

  • The Thank You Economy

  • By: Gary Vaynerchuk
  • Narrated by: Gary Vaynerchuk
  • Length: 5 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,148
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,829
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,817

The Thank You Economy is about something big, something greater than any single revolutionary platform. It isn't some abstract concept or wacky business strategy—it's real, and every one of us is doing business in it every day, whether we choose to recognize it or not. It's the way we communicate, the way we buy and sell, the way businesses and consumers interact online and offline.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Gary is fun, but the book is a bit shallow

  • By Scott T. Hards on 02-28-12

Excellent insight, slow ending

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-14-11

The majority of the book had me hooked & provided wonderful insight. I recommend it especially to those who don't use social media and, well, probably don't even think about it. The author is the narrator, reading his own work passionately, which adds to any audiobook. The book could have been more consise, ommitting some of the many examples- where even the author's voice lost some of it's enthusiasm.

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