- Chilling Adventures in the Science of Fear
- Narrated by: Margee Kerr
- Length: 7 hrs and 14 mins
- Unabridged Audiobook
- Release date: 29-09-15
- Language: English
- Publisher: Brilliance Audio
In this surprising, scary, entertaining audiobook, Kerr puts her expertise to the test. Not merely content to observe others' fear, she confronts it in the form of things like skydiving, paranormal investigations, and a visit to Japan's infamous "suicide forest." In her willingness to explore the world's scariest attractions, Kerr shows why we seek out terror even when there is plenty to fear in everyday life. Whether she's dangling by a cable from a 116-story tower or experiencing New York City's "Extreme Haunt," BlackOut, in which participants are handcuffed, forced to crawl through dark tunnels, and given a gun and told to shoot someone, Kerr parses the elements of fear with humor and the precision of an expert.
Along the way, she takes a personal journey that leads to valuable insights about what we fear - and what it says about who we are.
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By dizzyweasel on 12-10-15
Science and entertaining anecdotes
If you could sum up Scream in three words, what would they be?
fun pop science
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This book was an entertaining look at fear: why we like being scared or thrilled, what's going on with our brains while we experience fear, and what that all means. Margee Kerr takes us around the world to the scariest "haunts" (haunted houses), roller coasters, high buildings, creepy forests, and dangerous cities. Throughout her journeys, she tries to explain our desire for thrilling experiences and what that says about us (through anecdotes of her own adventures and evidence gathering). The final part brings all that came before together: drawing on her research and the brain measuring skills of another scientist, she creates an "extreme haunt", designed to test the limits of fear and human experience of it in a safe, controlled experiment designed to collect data while entertaining.
I learned a little bit about the brain and why we enjoy scary things, but I mostly enjoyed Kerr's anecdotes about her travels. It was fun to go with her on her journeys. Usually authors who narrate their own books fall a bit flat, but Kerr was a solid reader with good pace and tone.
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By Colleen Dunning on 03-01-18
Really enjoyed the perfect balance between amusing anecdote, cited science and psycological/sociological observation. A must read for any true fan of the feeling of fear.