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Where does The Humor Code rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
Pretty far up there. A unique niche of science that yields a fascinating tool for understanding what makes us laugh..... the Benign Violation Theory.
What did you like best about this story?
How the author and researcher actually delved into the world of funny, not just in our culture, but many disparate cultures, even other species, like chimps and mice. This also included making a fool of himself on several occasions (like bombing at a comedy club)
Which character – as performed by Peter Berkrot – was your favorite?
The authors journalist friend, who more or less wrote the book in the first person as her accompanied Dr Peter McGraw
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
Want to? I did.
Any additional comments?
Totally underrated book, could have been a best seller with a better title and cover.
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What would have made The Humor Code better?
There were some interesting things in this book such as when they went to Japan and discussed why Japanese comedy is so different. However, much of the book felt like a collection of stories that were documented on their journey to discover what makes something funny. It felt like the stories were included based on whether they happened rather than if they were interesting or insightful stories. The book dragged on. They did some nice things such as how current social events affect humor. However, they did so much of this that I felt like I was listening to someone providing social views instead of providing me insight into comedy. The book is tiring to get through.
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