What If? (audiobook)

Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions

Read by Wil Wheaton
6.6 hrs • 7 CDs• 1 MP3 CD • Unabridged
Nonfiction/Humor
Target Audience: Adult
Release Date: 09/02/14
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Library CD Library Edition CD titles are packaged in an attractive, full-sized, durable vinyl case with full color art. Cloth Sleeves keep compact discs protected and in numerical order. 
- 09/02/14 9781483030180
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MP3 CD MP3-CDs: Come in a durable vinyl case similar to a dvd case. An index of contents and tracking information are included within the Mp3-CD format. MP3's can be played on any compatible CD player 
- 09/02/14 9781483030197
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Playaway Playaway: Playaway editions are a pre loaded audio device that is half the size of deck of cards. Simply plugin headphones and listen. 
- 09/02/14 9781483041827
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Summary

A #1 New York Times Bestseller

A #1 NPR Bestseller

A USA Today Bestseller

A #1 Publishers Weekly Bestseller

A 2014 Entertainment Weekly Best Book for Fiction

An AudioFile Best Audiobook of the Year for 2014

One of Barnes & Noble's Biggest Books, September 2014

An Amazon Best Book of 2014

An Amazon Best Book of the Month September 2014

A 2016 YALSA Amazing Audiobooks for Young Adults Top Ten Selection for Nonfiction

A Library Journal Bestseller

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 reading for xkcd fans and anyone who loves to ponder the hypothetical.

Review Quotes

What If? is one of my Internet must-reads, and I look forward to each new installment, and always read it with delight.”

Cory Doctorow, New York Times bestselling author

“Required reading across the world.”

New York Times

“Munroe applies reason and research to hypothetical conundrums ranging from the philosophical to the scientific (often absurd but never pseudo) that probably seemed awesome in your elementary school days—but were never sufficiently answered. It’s the rare combination of edifying and fun.”

Amazon.com, editorial review

“Who better than Wil Wheaton, formerly of Star Trek, to narrate this romp through the world of Randall Munroe—physicist, roboticist, and editor of the website xkcd?…Wheaton’s ambitious performance meshes perfectly with the perspectives and humor of the author. Missing from the audio are the signature stick-figure cartoons from the printed book and website, but Wheaton’s outstanding inflections, pacing, cadence, and timing more than compensate for the loss. So if you want to be thoroughly entertained while discovering what would happen if the world suddenly stopped spinning or a drain appeared in the bottom of the ocean, this audiobook deserves space on your listening device.”

AudioFile