What If?

  • by Randall Munroe
  • Narrated by Wil Wheaton
  • 6 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

From the creator of the wildly popular webcomic xkcd comes this hilarious and informative book of answers to important questions you probably never thought to ask.
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?
In pursuit of answers, Munroe runs computer simulations, pores over stacks of declassified military research memos, solves differential equations, and consults with nuclear reactor operators. His responses are masterpieces of clarity and hilarity, complemented by signature xkcd comics. They often predict the complete annihilation of humankind, or at least a really big explosion.
The book features new and never-before-answered questions, along with updated and expanded versions of the most popular answers from the xkcd website. What If? will be required listening for xkcd fans and anyone who loves to ponder the hypothetical.


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Customer Reviews

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Just two words needed.

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Only two words needed for this review, MORE PLEASE. If you are a fan of "Myth Busters" or "The Straight Dope" you will love this book. My only possible complaint would be it wasn't long enough, I want more.

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

I love Wil's reading style he was able to inject just the right amount of sarcasm into the book.

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


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- Wayne P Martin

Good in Smaller Chunks

I found this very entertaining, overall. Wheaton did a great job, as is expected with his work. Munroe is a smart guy and funny in a lot of ways. But not being a math or science fellow myself (liberal arts guy), I found a lot of the listen to be shooting way over my head. I would glaze over just a bit. Further, there were a large number of questionable logic leaps, though that judgment is clearly the provence of the author/physicist in charge.

A number of references to the webcomic/website as well- I imagine it translated very well in the print version, but it was essentially useless in the audio.

I liked it. It was funny. It is worth buying (I wouldn't burn a credit on it). Just be aware of the above as you click add to cart.
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- Charlie

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-02-2014
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.