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Traffic Audiobook

Traffic: Why We Drive the Way We Do (and What It Says About Us)

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Publisher's Summary

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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    Robert 09-15-16
    Robert 09-15-16 Member Since 2012
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    "This is a fascinating book."

    A fascinating and somewhat disturbing book. It's a good reality check for anyone that wants to take a look at the way we move around in this world.

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    Louis Shaffer 09-02-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Still relevant"

    Great book that has also made me a safer driver.

    Audio version would have been much better with paused to clarify when changing to new topics.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    T R Miller 09-02-16
    T R Miller 09-02-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Traffic really moves."

    I thoroughly enjoyed listening to Traffic. it gave me a lot of perspective about how I drive and why others might be driving the way they do. An informative and fun read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Eric 04-27-16
    Eric 04-27-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Everyone needs to read/listen to this book"

    I had previously read this book when it came out and loved it. I wanted to revisit it the other day, but I'm not a huge reader. This was the perfect medium. Only gripe is the narrator's voice, it can be a bit monotone.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    @gwalter 12-09-15
    @gwalter 12-09-15 Listener Since 2005

    ready, willing, and able

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    "Answered many questions"

    I've been driving since I was eight, 50 years. I study traffic and think about it. in addition, as a paramedic, I've responded to thousands of traffic collisions. I've seen how costly mistakes are. this book does a fantastic job of explaining human behavior, safety, traffic flow, road systems, and risk.

    many of my observations were confirmed; many questions answered; and many ideas validated. all of this was presented with God research and data, lots of stories and global observations, and considerably ready to understand explanations.

    the narrator has a good voice, toner, and cadence, but sooner chapter and section breaks were difficult to parse from the primary text.

    I heartily recommend this book for anyone interested in safety, traffic congestion/flow, and opportunities for improvement (collective and individual).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Raymond R Dublin, OH 01-14-13
    Raymond R Dublin, OH 01-14-13
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    "great listen with good narraration"
    What made the experience of listening to Traffic the most enjoyable?

    this is one of those books where you expect to know a lot of the answers ahead of time and then the author delivers a lot of information that you didn't realize you cared about until he says it.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    lots of examples that are research driven.


    What about Marc Cashman’s performance did you like?

    Marc Cashman does an excellent job, i never got bored with his narration style and look forward to more books with his narration.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    yes, it was very captivating and much more interesting than i was anticipating. i listened to it as a recommendation from a friend and it exceeded my expectations.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    steve kearny, NJ, United States 03-27-12
    steve kearny, NJ, United States 03-27-12 Member Since 2010

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    "Just Okay"

    I was really excited about this listen but to my disappointment this book did not live up the expectations. With that said, while it didn't wow me, it was good and there were several interesting points that I did take out of it. Not bad but nothing special either.

    4 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    phillip 04-26-13
    phillip 04-26-13
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    "Not what I expected."
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The title led me to think it would discuss how our driving habits reflect our personalities. That would do it.


    What was most disappointing about Tom Vanderbilt’s story?

    Instead of telling the reader why we drive the way we do (and what it says about us),It's just a recitation of statistics and studies, without any real connecting thread. Uninspired and dull. Here's a summary that will save potential readers a credit: Your perceptions are not as accurate as you think they are and we are all really bad drivers. There, now go buy a different book.

    I found myself skipping chapters based on the titles. One chapter described Delhi's traffic as being really crazy. No revelation there.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Pronounce the letter "L" clearly.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Traffic?

    Everything but the first and last chapters.


    2 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Tim United States 09-25-15
    Tim United States 09-25-15 Member Since 2011

    I read nothing that is popular.

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    "Bus Drivers"

    This book could had been better if there was illustrations on the different types of traffic. Diagrams with traffic patterns would had been nice. I like the information that was presented, but let's face it, most drivers seems to get their license out of a Cracker Jack box, including most public bus drivers, which I encounter daily because I take the bus.

    "Traffic" was okay to listen to. I needed an informational book. Should they sell this book at the DMV, probably not, but they should print some of the tips and facts that Tom Vanderbilt covers.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Nathan Parker CT 10-08-14
    Nathan Parker CT 10-08-14 Member Since 2017
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    "Interesting"
    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.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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