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Driving is a fact of life. We are all spending more and more time on the road, and traffic is an issue we face everyday. This audiobook will make you think about it in a whole new light.

We have always had a passion for cars and driving. Now Traffic offers us an exceptionally rich understanding of that passion. Vanderbilt explains why traffic jams form, outlines the unintended consequences of our attempts to engineer safety, and even identifies the most common mistakes drivers make in parking lots. Based on exhaustive research and interviews with driving experts and traffic officials around the globe, Traffic gets under the hood of the quotidian activity of driving to uncover the surprisingly complex web of physical, psychological and technical factors that explain how traffic works.

©2008 Tom Vanderbilt; (P)2008 Books on Tape

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Would you listen to Traffic again? Why?

No, there were a couple interesting ideas, but some of the story was tedious to get through.

What did you like best about this story?

Stats and references were interesting, learned a lot about traffic around the world.

What does Marc Cashman bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Good job reading, no issues there.

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0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Boring and comes to no conclusions

The author just quotes from other peoples research. There is no passion behind the topic and is merely a dull collection of facts from haphazardly conducted research. I could not finish listening as I couldn't make it seem worth my time - not worth it!

6 of 21 people found this review helpful

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  • Eric
  • Collegeville, PA, USA
  • 12-18-08

Nothing interesting here.

Mindless facts and thoughts about driving. Nothing interesting. Couldn't finish it.

3 of 18 people found this review helpful