Because I Said So!

  • by Ken Jennings
  • Narrated by Ken Jennings
  • 5 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Ken Jennings is here to tell us that mother and father didn't always know best. Yes, all those years you were told not to sit too close to the television (you'll go blind!), or swallow your gum (it stays in your stomach for seven years!), or crack your knuckles (arthritis!) are called into question by our country's leading trivia guru. Jennings separates myth from fact to humorously debunk a wide variety of parental edicts: no swimming after meals, sit up straight, don't talk to strangers, you'll get worms from cookie dough, and so on.
Combining the Q&A tradition of Why Do Men Have Nipples? and the anti-helicopter parenting philosophy of The Dangerous Book for Boys, Jennings exposes countless examples of parental wisdom run amuck, armed with medical case histories, scientific findings, and even the occasional experiment on himself (or his kids). Whether you're a parent who wants to know what you can stop worrying about or a kid (of any age) looking to say, "I told you so", this is the book you've been waiting for.

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What the Critics Say

"Jennings imparts wisdom and good sense in this highly entertaining and oddly educational book." (Publishers Weekly)

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Customer Reviews

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Loved this book!

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

I would definitely recommend this audiobook! I love all of the great factual information that you learn while the author still keeps you fully entertained. I have already listened to it twice and recommended it to a lot of people. I am sure I will probably listen to it again too. Each time I hear it I pick up on more facts.


What was one of the most memorable moments of Because I Said So!?

I loved learning the facts behind so many of the warnings and threats you hear as a kid. I kept thinking that my mom HAS TO listen to this one because there are so many things he proved wrong in this book that I heard my mom say to me growing up.


Which character – as performed by Ken Jennings – was your favorite?

There are not really characters in this book. Ken Jennings does a good job of connecting with the listener though.


What did you learn from Because I Said So! that you would use in your daily life?

So many things! The proof or dismissal of so many "old wives tales"!


Any additional comments?

This is a must read/listen!

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- Kelsey

Very Interesting

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

Oh definitely. We've all been lied to by our parents who were fed the same lies by their parents. It's fascinating to learn that the old wives' tales are bunk.


What was one of the most memorable moments of Because I Said So!?

It's all memorable. The stories are engaging and interesting. Like an audio version of Mythbusters. I seem to recall one in particular about why we wash dishes with soap versus water alone. It would be great to have my ten-year-old listen to this as well.


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

I haven't.


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

Yes and I did.


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- Lacie

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-04-2012
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio