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Audible Recommendations: Predictably Irrational, Gaiman’s Graveyard Book, Batman

The alternate title of this post is “The British Pop Culture Invasion.” 🙂

Ah, to make up for the lack of recommendations for the past few weeks, here are three books I downloaded with my subscription from Audible. The first is a Diggnation recommendation from Kevin Rose titled Predictably Irrational. I got this version as it was cheaper on audio than it was on the shelf (Phoebe bought the tome version), and it’s narrated by this British guy with a strong James Bond accent. Winner.

Why do our headaches persist after taking a one-cent aspirin but disappear when we take a 50-cent aspirin? Why does recalling the 10 Commandments reduce our tendency to lie, even when we couldn’t possibly be caught? Why do we splurge on a lavish meal but cut coupons to save 25 cents on a can of soup? Why do we go back for second helpings at the unlimited buffet, even when our stomachs are already full? And how did we ever start spending $4.15 on a cup of coffee when, just a few years ago, we used to pay less than a dollar?

The second audiobook is interesting in two ways – The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman is narrated by himself (another kick ass British accent!) and it is the only Neil Gaiman book apart from Interworld (co written with Michael Reeves) that has a region license in the Philippines.

Last but definitely not the least — Batman: Knightfall. This is 3 hours and 10 minutes of the BBC Dramatization of the Knightfall series (the one where Bane breaks Batman). This is an exciting production as it is from the same guys who brought in the BBC radio drama of Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.

So if you can stand Bruce Wayne with a slight British accent ….

By Jayvee Fernandez

Jayvee Fernandez is a tech enthusiast, EAN certified SCUBA Diver and underwater photographer based in Metro Manila, Philippines. His photos and videos have appeared in various international and local publications including Random House Germany, Discovery Channel Canada, and CNN.

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