We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.com/access .
Why Time Flies Audiobook

Why Time Flies: A Mostly Scientific Investigation

Regular Price:$17.00
  • Membership Details:
    • First book free with 30-day trial
    • $14.95/month thereafter for your choice of 1 new book each month
    • Cancel easily anytime
    • Exchange books you don't like
    • All selected books are yours to keep, even if you cancel
  • - or -

Publisher's Summary

Time is the most commonly used noun in the English language; it's always on our minds, and it advances through every living moment. But what is time exactly? Do children experience it the same way adults do? Why does it seem to slow down when we're bored and speed by as we get older? How and why does time fly?

In this witty and meditative exploration, award-winning author and New Yorker staff writer Alan Burdick takes listeners on a personal quest to understand how time gets in us and why we perceive it the way we do. In the company of scientists, he visits the most accurate clock in the world (which exists only on paper); discovers that "now" actually happened a split-second ago; finds a 25th hour in the day; lives in the Arctic to lose all sense of time; and, for one fleeting moment in a neuroscientist's lab, even makes time go backward. Why Time Flies is an instant classic, a vivid and intimate examination of the clocks that tick inside us all.

©2017 Alan Burdick (P)2017 Simon & Schuster, Inc.

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

3.8 (47 )
5 star
 (10)
4 star
 (21)
3 star
 (13)
2 star
 (3)
1 star
 (0)
Overall
3.7 (41 )
5 star
 (7)
4 star
 (18)
3 star
 (13)
2 star
 (2)
1 star
 (1)
Story
4.3 (42 )
5 star
 (20)
4 star
 (16)
3 star
 (4)
2 star
 (2)
1 star
 (0)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    heather 04-14-17
    heather 04-14-17 Member Since 2006
    HELPFUL VOTES
    56
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    59
    20
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Time slowed a bit near the middle but..."

    Time slowed a bit near the middle but...sped up again near the end. Some very interesting mostly scientific details. The rat studies were less interesting to me and therefore apparently seemed to take an inordinate amount of time to get through. I will recommend this as interesting and informative but with one slower section. Good useful read.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  •  
    S. Yates 04-26-17
    S. Yates 04-26-17 Member Since 2017
    HELPFUL VOTES
    137
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    333
    196
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    6
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Nuanced and thoughtful"
    Any additional comments?

    Entertaining, educational, introspective, and timely (pun intended). This all too brief book deals with time, how we measure it, how our bodies perceive it, how our brains process it, and what we have yet to figure out. It is a well-balanced mixture of science and anecdote, explanation and emotion. Worth your time!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    DanSebastian 05-01-17
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    3
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Boring"

    Excessive, unnecessary detail that makes the book much longer than it needs to be to make it's point. Over and over the author writes: "when does now begin and when does it end?".
    We got that point after the second or third time. After the umpteenth time you start to wish that the book would end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Katibird 05-08-17
    Katibird 05-08-17
    HELPFUL VOTES
    5
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    17
    11
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Time did not fly"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    You will have to ask the author to do a second edition, better edited. It was very dry and beat experiment stories to death with repetitious examples. Maybe more human interest aspects? Somehow more action? Less repetitive discussion on the same point?


    Would you ever listen to anything by Alan Burdick again?

    Everyone deserves a second chance.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Not a lot of what musicians call shaping in the expression of his delivery. The rise and fall of voice pitch and volume with sentence development.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Technically there were some interesting facts, but they were beat to death.


    Any additional comments?

    Some good editing might have improved the pace and the amount of time spent on making a point. Too many examples, and too much information for each example. Anyone who selected this technical book is not likely to be slow-witted.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank you.

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.