“What If” is a zany, wacky, hilarious, and quite informative book by the author of the well-known comic series XKCD; Randall Munroe. If you have not seen or read any of XKCD, I highly recommend you go and check it out his site as you will begin to understand why some of the questions asked are in this book. The audiobook is brilliantly narrated by non-other than Wil Wheaton of Star Trek: The Next Generation, TableTop Gaming YouTube channel, and so much more. He is one of my all-time favorite narrators on Audible and I highly recommend nearly any of his works.
How often have you asked yourself one of the following questions when you awoke? How long can I take a swim in a spent fuel reactor rod pool? How many Yodas does it take to power a city? How large would a planet have to be to support a mole of moles? Could I power a jet back with bullets? Well, these and so many other questions and answers are provided in this book. It was enjoyable, light-hearted and often educational. It makes one question how we think and that in many cases there are answer to wacky questions if we look hard enough for them. Although the book is not science heavy per se, it does attempt to utilize science to predict the results of many of the questions posed.
I will say that I would recommend one pick up the book along with the audiobook; if audio is your preferred format. There are some additional materials provided in your Audible library after purchase, but having the full book is also a great resource along with it being a conversation starter with friends and family. Many times, I found myself laughing out loud, so be careful if you are listening around others. I found the short question and answers sections to be a good release and often very funny. Many of these were very crazy questions, if the rest of the book was not already full of them, and the author quickly provides a simple answer or quip.
Wil Wheaton is the right narrator for this material and he make reading it seem so easy or that the information he is narrating is just everyday information. Never boring, never slow, never an audio artifact noticed. The audio was of the highest quality and the narration was clean and crisp, as expected from this narrator.
Even if you do not like science, this book is well worth the credit just for the laughs you will get from the author’s responses. Go out and get this in audio format and the digital or physical copy. You will not be sorry.