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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (4,935 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: A. J. Jacobs Narrator: A. J. Jacobs Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2010 ISBN: 9781442338128
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One man. Ten extraordinary quests.

Bestselling author and human guinea pig A. J. Jacobs puts his life to the test and reports on the surprising and entertaining results. He goes undercover as a woman, lives by George Washington’s moral code, and impersonates a movie star. He practices “radical honesty,” brushes his teeth with the world’s most rational toothpaste, and outsources every part of his life to India—including reading bedtime stories to his kids.

And in a new adventure, Jacobs undergoes scientific testing to determine how he can put his wife through these and other life-altering experiments—one of which involves public nudity.

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ray Charbonneau | 2/19/2014

    " His schtick works much better in shorter form. When one gimick is stretched out over an entire book, it gets tedious. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Patricia | 2/18/2014

    " An interesting compilation of articles written by a journalist who decided to challenge himself with living under different for each month of a year, many of them a little bizarre. I was a personal fan of the "George Washington" month myself. A book you can read, put aside, read a bit more and pick up as it is just a compilation of articles so no looming drama anywhere but enjoyable. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 BilieS | 2/8/2014

    " good aj humour! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kari | 2/7/2014

    " I don't think it had quite as many laugh-out-loud moments as his first two books, and it had a different feel because he talked about a number of short-term experiments instead of one long-range experiment. But, I still really enjoyed it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pea. | 2/4/2014

    " a confirmation that life is an on going process... most of us just do not do it so formally. reading it is equal to having an interesting conversation that interjects into your thoughts long after (like A.J. says his encyclopedia experiment still has on him). i do wish his footnotes were on the pages that they referred to... and that Washington's rules were on a pullout poster. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brittany | 1/26/2014

    " Funny and enlightening essays. I liked that he related all the different expereinces into the other articles, though I was a little confused when he mentioned things about his year of living by the Bible and reading Britantica. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John Paul Capili | 1/20/2014

    " I discovered this little gem while I was reading 4-hour Workweek by Tim Ferriss. The author put himself into extraordinary situations to learn from them. He pretended to be a beautiful woman seeking potential boyfriends through internet dating. He outsourced some of his personal tasks to an Indian company in order to minimize stress. He pretended to be an actor to experience fame. He unitask'ed -- where he explained how multitasking slows our thinking down, instead of being efficient. But three of my favorite social experiments that he did include Radical Honesty (where he attempted to say anything that comes up in his mind without any filters), Rationality Project (where he tried to think and do things rationally), and Project Washington (where he learned how to act and think like George Washington), which allowed me to appreciate Mr. Washington, whom I had no idea how fascinating he was until now. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lou Yonke | 1/20/2014

    " It was a light read with some funny parts. I would call it more of a bathroom reader, rather than a book to immerse yourself in. But as a humor book, that's what I should have expected. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gwen | 1/16/2014

    " This is a man after my heart with his experiments. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jonathan Karmel | 12/8/2013

    " Especially enjoyed his foray into radical honesty. Jacobs is an entertaining writer. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carrieuoregon | 12/1/2013

    " I love this guy and his wacky life experiments! This isn't my favorite of his so far (that would be the Bible book), but I found it entertaining, funny and even a little thought provoking. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tovi | 11/16/2013

    " I actually learned a thing or two from this book. I expected it to be just humorous light reading, but I found that he had some good points about slowing down and not letting the World's view of what might be important cloud our judgement. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 SaraK | 9/20/2013

    " A.J. Jacobs is funny. Although I did feel at times that he was just doing all these things to be able to write another book. But he is humorous and it was a very easy, enjoyable read, especially when I needed something light to read this week. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lisa | 7/22/2013

    " This is a really great, entertaining book. My favorite was the month of radical honesty. :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Charles | 1/18/2013

    " Humorous and at some points downright hilarious but also very relevant as well as interesting and insightful. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael Davis | 1/4/2013

    " At least as good, and as funny, as his last two (The Know It All and The Year of Living Biblically.) Easy and quick reading, and chapters can be read between other things since their topics vary so widely. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 JJ | 12/4/2012

    " Collection of stories about his "experiments". Quite interesting and pretty funny in some cases. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Zoey | 11/12/2012

    " Pick this up if you want to read a bad reality show. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cody | 10/23/2012

    " A.J. Jacobs cracks me up! I find his wit serendipitous & random. It's always a joy to read the work of someone who makes you laugh (at yourself) as you recognize YOU(!) in their wonderings & experiences. Read it for yourself and see - "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kristy Doyle | 5/26/2012

    " I'm going to give A.J. Jacobs one more chance, because I really want to read the book he did about health and fitness, but so far I think he's a giant douche bag. I spent the entire time reading this rolling my eyes. He comes across as such a chauvinist and sort of full of himself. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katie Lawrence | 5/19/2012

    " Incredibly insightful and hilarious! The things Jacobs learns from his experiments are fascinating, I particularly enjoyed the chapter about outsourcing his life. Particularly diverting at 3:00 AM when I was sick with the flu :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gaurett | 12/19/2011

    " This was a fun book. I especially liked the part where he had to do everything his wife told him to do. Great summer read "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cara Schletzbaum | 11/7/2011

    " This was an interesting read about a journalist who runs mini one-month long experiments on himself and his life. A quick read and very interesting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rachel | 10/28/2011

    " I didn't think this was quite as good as Jacobs other books but I did enjoy it and it was a quick read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Debra | 8/6/2011

    " Just as funny as his other two. This guy is crazy and his wife IS a saint. I really like the ending where Julie got to finally have a say. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Miramira Endevall | 7/10/2011

    " Fun and occasionally funny, but not side-splittingly so. Interesting and insightful, which I appreciate. The Year of Living Biblically was better, but only just. Almost makes me want to read Esquire. Almost. :-) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kat | 6/26/2011

    " Good but not too deep and definitely short. I liked it but I didn't love it like I did his previous two books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dawn | 6/14/2011

    " This book was hilarious and more insightful than I expected. Loved the audiobook version. :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sphinx | 6/4/2011

    " Funny. Better than The Year of Living Biblically, but not as good as his Reading the Encyclopedia. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Matthew | 6/2/2011

    " Great Book. Lots of discussion can be had off of it with freinds and enemies alike. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susan | 5/30/2011

    " While not as fascinating as The Year of Living Biblically, it was still a nice one-evening read. I especially liked the chapter on biases and would like to learn more about how my brain turns against me every time I try to make a decision. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michelle | 5/24/2011

    " I love AJ Jacobs and his brand of experimental journalism. Not all the month-long experiments recorded in this book are entertaining or intriguing, but the good ones by far made up for it. I can't wait to see what he does next. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kimberly | 5/18/2011

    " I really enjoy reading A.J. Jacobs' books because they're humorous and contain fun information. I loved the situations and experiments that he engaged in, and how much he committed to each project. I can't wait to read about his reading the entire Encyclopedia. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Edmund | 5/17/2011

    " Interesting book which explores how crazy ideas might work out in one's life. "

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About the Author

A. J. Jacobs is the editor of What It Feels Like and the author of a series of experiential journalism books including bestsellers The Know-It-All and The Year of Living Biblically. He is the senior editor of Esquire and has written for the New York Times, Entertainment Weekly, Glamour, New York magazine, New York Observer, and other publications. He lives in New York with his wife and children.