Book thirty-five in 2012 – “13 Things That Don’t Make Sense: The Most Baffling Scientific Mysteries of Our Time” – Michael Brooks

Ok, this book really should have been read by Ben Stine. More commonly known as the “Bueller? Bueller?” guy or the Clear Eyes guy. He also had a fun trivia show for awhile. Instead this book was narrated by a British fellow, which didn’t help keep my mind from wandering. Not to say that all British fellows sound boring, just listen to Hugh Laurie, but this guy brought no kind of enthusiasm to the book whatsoever. When this guy was hired for the job of narrator, I wonder if he was asked if he liked science. Like at all. Or maybe the publishers were going for a pretentious and boring sound. Stereotype science much? Oh! Oh! They should have gotten Wil Wheaton to read this! Yes, I think the best part of this book is trying to figure out who should have read it. Oops, did I just type cast Wil Wheaton? If they wanted British, they should have gotten Patrick Stewart. Oh, there I go type casting again. Shall we engage ?

Sometimes Audible sends really cool offers in the email. (Pssst, hey Audible, can you send another three credits for the price of two offer? Thanks.) This was the second BoGo sale I’ve participated in. The other one is the reason I got that brain book and the dog book and I loved both of them. It seems that if you have a credit sitting in your account, Audible offers you a BoGo. I wasn’t going to partake since I already had a few books in the cue to read but they sent another email letting me know that “The Poet” by Michael connelly was part of the sale. Score! I went and browsed the other books available and this one caught my attention.

I love science. I love mysteries. This book sounded perfect and after that brain book I loved, I thought maybe this one would be like that. Parts of it was like that. There were chapters that involved biology and that’s my love. Other chapters dealt with outer space and theories that don’t make much sense to me. (Warp speed! Engage, Mr. Crusher.) I think better narration would have made those chapters less mind wanderingly dull. Oh! My high school Physics teacher would have made it great if he’d read it, especially if he had been allowed to add his verbal sound effects. I miss that man.

I enjoyed the chapters on free will, the Placebo Effect, Homeopathy. I’m trying to remember other chapters. Honestly the whole book kind of mushed together. Each chapter discussed a mystery and later in the book “mystery” was changed to “anomaly”. Or perhaps it didn’t. Maybe the word anomaly was used throughout the entire book and I just forgot. Honestly I wish the whole book had been like the prologue, where the author described three Nobel laureates trying to figure out how an old elevator worked. It was funny! Then, the chapters began. I think the only fact I retained was that low magnesium can cause anxiety like symptoms. Oh and the stuff about water was kinda cool. It explained why ice floats. Did you know that if water molecules didn’t expand when they freeze, the ice caps would be on the bottom of the sea? Yeah, rad huh. Rad? Hey, this is how you make science fun, ok?

Last night didn’t help matters since I finally got my hands on a Connelly book I’ve been searching for. I just wanted the darned science book to end already. Finally it did. Engage the Connelly book Mr. Crusher!

And now we’re caught up on the books. Man I hope Blogger doesn’t totally die because then this would be the last book review here at the Roof. Ok, I’m going to cross my fingers now, ready brain?

2012 Audio Book List (all unabridged):

1. “IT” – Stephen King – Began end of 2011, finished 1/4/12

2. “The Concrete Blonde” – Michael Connelly – Finished 1/9/12

3. “Under the Dome” – Stephen King – Finished 1/22/12

4. “The Black Echo” (Bosch #1) – Michael Connelly – Finished 1/24/12

5. “The Black Ice” (Harry Bosch #2) – Michael Connelly – Finished 1/27/12

6.* “The Concrete Blonde” (Harry Bosch #3) – Michael Connelly – Finished 2/2/12

7. “Stories I Only Tell My Friends” – Rob Lowe – Finished 2/6/12

8.** “So Yesterday” – Scott Westerfeld – Finished 2/10/12

9.** “Peeps” – Scott Westerfeld – Finished 2/15/12

10. “1Q84” – Haruki Murakami – Finished 3/12/12

11. “The Stand” – Stephen King – Finished 4/2/12

12.** “Uglies” – Scott Westerfeld – Finished 4/9/12

13.** “Pretties” – Scott Westerfeld – Finished 4/15/12

14. “The Last Coyote” (Harry Bosch #4) – Michael Connelly – Finished 4/20/12

15. “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter” – Seth Grahame-Smith – Finished 4/25/12

16. “Zero Day” – David Baldacci – Finished 5/1/12

17** “Specials” – Scott Westerfeld – Finished 5/7/12

18.** “Extras” – Scott Westerfeld – Finished 5/13/12

19. “77 Shadow Street” – Dean Koontz – Finished 5/21/12

20. “Let’s Pretend This Never Happened (A Mostly True Memoir)” – Jenny Lawson – Finished 5/25/12

21. “Engines of Change: A History of the American Dream in Fifteen Cars” – Paul Ingrassia Finished 6/1/12

22. “The Glory of Their Times: The Story Of The Early Days Of Baseball Told By The Men Who Played It” – Lawrence Ritter – Finished 6/3/12

23. “The Given Day – Dennis Lehane – Finished 6/17/12

24. “Trunk Music” (Harry Bosch #5) – Michael Connelly – Finished 6/22/12

25. “The Lincoln Lawyer” (Mickey Haller #1) – Michael Connelly – Finished 6/29/12

26. “The Brain That Changes Itself: Stories of Personal Triumph from the Frontiers of Brain Science” – Norman Doidge – Finished 7/6/12

27. “A Dog’s Purpose: A Novel for Humans” – W. Bruce Cameron – Finished 7/11/12

28. “The Potato Factory” (The Australian Trilogy Part One) – Bryce Courtenay – Finished 7/25/12

29. “Tommo and Hawk” (The Australian Trilogy Part Two) – Bryce Courtenay – Finished 8/8/12

30. “Fifty Shades of Grey” – E. L. James – Finished 8/11/12

31. “Fifty Shades Darker” – E. L. James – Finished 8/16=12

32. “Solomon’s Song” (The Australian Trilogy Part Three) – Bryce Courtenay – Finished 8/22/12

33. “Fifty Shades Freed” – E.L. James – Finished 8/25/12

34. “The Poet” – Michael Connelly – Finished 829/12

35. “13 Things That Don’t Make Sense: The Most Baffling Scientific Mysteries of Our Time” – Michael Brooks – Finished 9/4/12

*Audio book previously listened to.

** Audio book previously listened to multiple times.

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