That's the Way the Cookie Crumbles

  • by Joe Schwarcz
  • Narrated by Walter Dixon
  • 7 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Interesting anecdotes and engaging tales make science fun, meaningful, and accessible. Separating sense from nonsense and fact from myth, these essays cover everything from the ups of helium to the downs of drain cleaners and provide answers to numerous mysteries, such as why bug juice is used to color ice cream and how spies used secret inks. Mercury in teeth, arsenic in water, lead in the environment, and aspartame in food are discussed. Mythbusters include the fact that Edison did not invent the light bulb and that walking on hot coals does not require paranormal powers. The secret life of bagels is revealed, and airbags, beer, and soap yield their mysteries. These and many more surprising, educational, and entertaining commentaries show the relevance of science to everyday life.

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Entertaining enough but too fast to really learn

Not sure if it's the writing style or the performer, but I had a tendency to drown out this audiobook while listening. Gives a rapid fire tour of various everyday products, usually with some amusing anecdote, a 'why' to that anecdote, and then further uses or tidbits of history for that chemical/product. If your not paying attention it'll quickly switch from talking about salt to lightning rods without you noticing.
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- Hendrick Mcdonald

Very cavalier attitude

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

This is a book for people who do not have any background in science and are after some intersting pills of information.


Has That's the Way the Cookie Crumbles turned you off from other books in this genre?

I will definetli be more careful about science books.


Have you listened to any of Walter Dixon’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

The narrator is excellent, he does a very good job.


What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

I got very angry with the cavalier attitude of the author towards the facts of science that are not well known, I am in the area of sciences myself and tend to read a lot of research, he doesn't seem to understand the difference of correlation and regression, he talks about studies poorly referencing and above all he assumes that not-proven-to-be-dangerous yet=safe for consumer. It made me very upset for he is spreading more ignorance by giving assurances that he could not guarantee, if I was more ignorant I might take his advice. I found specially disturbing the fact that he refers to genetically modified and genetically selected as if they were the same thing, when they are different. He also disregards unproven worries as if they were silly when we all know of many traditional advices that only found backing of science after decades (we also all know of some traditional advice that was just silly and also took decades to be disproven). I wish he would me more cautious.


Any additional comments?

I believe this book promotes disinformation.

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- Paula

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-11-2012
  • Publisher: Audible Studios