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3.25 out of 53.25 out of 53.25 out of 53.25 out of 53.25 out of 5 3.25 (24 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Joe Palca, Flora Lichtman Narrator: Joe Palca, Flora Lichtman Publisher: Highbridge Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2011 ISBN: 9781611744897
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Two crackerjack science journalists from NPR look at why some things (and some people) drive us crazy. Cell phones, bad music, your boss <#150> certain things get under our skin. Can science explain why? Includes tips for identifying your own irritating Download and start listening now!

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nena | 1/29/2014

    " I'm sure a lot more could be written about what's annoying. I thought a lot of the points the authors made were interesting. It's great if you like nonfiction, but it's not the kind of thing that tells you definitively why something is annoying or how to keep it from annoying you. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 False Millennium | 1/24/2014

    " I don't know what would have to exist to have make me like this book more. Better writing? Not sure. I could be flippant and say it was "annoying" reading this, but it wasn't. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sara | 1/13/2014

    " The writing is terrible. But the science is interesting: the book summarizes and compares experiments from a range of fields, including music and emotional psychology and medicine. Because of the attention to sensory annoyances, it might be a good read for those interested in aesthetic philosophy; because of the behavioral science, it is definitely a satisfying read for those who work in customer service! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kay Wright | 1/6/2014

    " I expected a clever take on all the little things that bug us-like mosquitoes and hang-ups and found a wonky scientific explanation of why each thing, car alarm, one sided conversations, etc. really bother us. Not clever, not interesting,the book turned out to be mostly, well, annoying. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gwen | 12/31/2013

    " I enjoyed the way this topic was addressed in chapters. Each chapter flowed into the next. For me, a non-musically inclined person, I had difficulty with the chapter regarding why we find fingernails on a chalkboard annoying. My favorite chapter was on social annoyances. An interesting and informative book. Since the study of annoyances in not very well studied, there were a lot of theories rather than conclusions. For example we find fingernails on a chalkboard annoying because ... The writing style was not textbook driven but for a regular reader with fun current analogies. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carolyn Phelps | 12/29/2013

    " Often laugh-out-loud funny, this compilation of the science on being annoying is both informative and entertaining. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stacey | 12/29/2013

    " there were some fascinating ideas behind what bothers us, but if you are looking for a precise answer, you won't get one. they offer a variety of theories, some interesting, some not, but they don't offer much definitive. it is interesting to think about the mechanistic reasons behind why listening to one side of a cell conversation is annoying as all hell, but overall i found the book a little too following one non sequitir to the next to be truly enjoyable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steve | 12/23/2013

    " Science presented in an entertaining way, a la Freakonomics. It got a little too "science-y" near the end, but overall an interesting subject that was easily digestible, thanks to the dual narrators. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nohreen | 12/17/2013

    " An interesting, engaging and somewhat entertaining read. Some useful facts combined with scientific studies on what irritates people. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Holly | 12/11/2013

    " Book on tape I found at the library. Interesting what and why things bother us. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tara | 11/16/2013

    " This was an interesting book and gave me a lot to think about. It felt a tad redundant by the end--my only real complaint. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kris | 11/12/2013

    " Honestly - I found the book a bit annoying and idiosyncratic. It does share information that can help explain our annoyances though, and that may have value. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michelle | 9/4/2013

    " A cute, mostly easy read, but I felt like there could have been much more to it, and I noticed a couple of things which had been overlooked in two of the discussions. Which unfortunately means there are probably more things that have been missed. Still, it was entertaining. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Susan | 7/17/2013

    " I expected to find the answer to why I have become so judgemetal in my dotage, but it didn't help me much. Very technical and research oriented. Wanted to know why I need to slap that bitch! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jafar | 5/28/2013

    " This is a good example of psychobabble. Lacks both depth and focus. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Slyv | 7/25/2012

    " Fascinating! From what annoys us, to why and how. Just a great job of research and some funny stories. You'll love it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary Martin | 12/19/2011

    " I'm still not quite sure why there is a picture of Christmas lights on the cover, but I'm not going to let it annoy me. :) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rosemary | 11/12/2011

    " starts off a little slow, but what for it -- esp. dissonance and marriage... loved it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Becky Morrette | 11/7/2011

    " This book is really fun. It has given me so many more options for annoying the hell out of all my friends, family and enemies. Probably not what the writers were had in mind when they were working on the book. In all honesty, it's a quick read, fun and interesting. I'd recommend it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Susan | 11/1/2011

    " Some very interesting ideas and facts sandwiched between a few detail-heavy chapters. I felt I could hear Joe Palca's voice in certain chapters (the chapters I felt were more readable). Overall, it felt like a inconsistent read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kris | 10/12/2011

    " A good, informative, thoughtful non-fiction read about an often experienced but rarely studied human phenomenon. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Verena | 7/29/2011

    " Very interesting, and very well narrated. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emily | 6/11/2011

    " The author's tried to perform a very difficult task. They focused on many of the senses and sensations that make us feel annoyed. I found this book a little difficult to read but enjoyed it overall. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stephanie | 5/9/2011

    " It was a slow beginning. I just wanted to know why people and noise and smells annoy me. Now I know that it is wiring of the brain. Ah so yeah that is it. I loved the wit in this book. "

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