Listening to ‘Traffic,’ in Traffic

Talk about “being there.” Listening to the audiobook of Tom Vanderbilt’s Traffic, Why We Drive the Way We Do (and What It Says About Us) while driving, puts you right into one of those traffic study groups.

In beach traffic, your daily commute, or the next tollbooth queue you’re suddenly more aware of the other vehicles, other drivers, road conditions and traffic controls. Reading or listening you may never see traffic quite the same–a good thing!

NPR satirist and commentator David Slavin was tapped to read Random House’s abridged version. It’s a smooth, traffic-free road with Slavin’s straightforward 6-hour presentation. Nothing more is needed, as Traffic is full of interesting factoids and psychological insights.
Books on Tape has the unabridged Traffic read by Marc Cashman –a skilled, nonfiction narrator. His road trip is 11 hours.

Traffic, the book has been getting attention. It has been widely reviewed and is the cover review of this Sunday’s (8/10; not posted yet) NYT Book Review. it was also featured on NPR’s Fresh Air. Currently, it is at #124 on Amazon. Author Vanderbilt has a blog–How We Drive  where, among serious references to the transportation studies and experts, you’ll also find his Favorite Traffic Films!

Libraries show modest ordering, with reserves building for the book. Most have not yet ordered either audio edition.

Tom Vanderbilt

  • Hardcover:  $29.95
  • Publisher: Knopf; (July 29, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 0307264785
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307264787
  • Audio CD:  Abridged, 5 CD’s; $34.00
  • Publisher: Random House Audio; (July 29, 2008)
  • Read by: David Slavin
  • ISBN-10: 0739370324
  • ISBN-13: 978-0739370322
  • Audio CD:  Unabridged, 11 CD’s; $110.00
  • Publisher: Books on Tape
  • Read by: Marc Cashman
  • ISBN: 978-1415956083/ 1-415956081

Robin Whitten

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