It was not something that I listened to for content, but something I listened to for enjoyment. I had a lot of time when I was doing something alone and wanted to listen to something, and this happened to be great at the time.
I have the paperback version of this book but wanted to listen to the audio version as I read. I was more than impressed to find that John Hodgman went WAY above and beyond in the recording of his audiobook. A lot of authors don't even read their own audiobooks. Not only did he do that, but he also had Jonathan Coulton play music in certain parts and had Paul Rudd read a short excerpt of the book. Even more surprising, Hodgman went over nearly all of the tables in the book and read each and every one of the 700 hobo names. I have never found myself wondering if an audiobook was better than the written book, except in this case. I would recommend this audiobook to anyone, whether you have read John Hodgman's books or not.
Almost six years later, this is still my favourite. I listen to it about twice a year, and it never gets old.
This last time my wife and I listened to it together (her first time) on our cross-country move and it had us both laughing out loud. The content, delivery, and variety are brilliant. A perfect mix of witty, dry humour, and clever use of the medium.
I actually got this audiobook for free from iTunes when it was released, but have since repurchased it from Audible for convenience (I can listen to it again any time using the iPhone app!) and out of appreciation for the countless hours of entertainment Hodgman, Coulton, and the others have given me. Thank you!
That is all.
All I can say is that I found this book deeply deeply amusing. So much so that I've actually listened to it twice (I rarely do that). It really strikes the perfect balance between intelligence and silliness, which I immensely appreciate.
I didn't realize John Hodgman was the "PC" from the recent popular Apple commercials until somewhere halfway through the book. I found the book to be quite funny at parts, but other parts and jokes are so long and obscure, I felt it hard to keep listening.
John Hodgman has gone to great lengths to make this audio book entertaining, evening adding musical accompaniment and plenty of skits making fun of himself, his musical accomplice, and the book itself.
First of all, I like John Hodgman. He is the perfect character for the Apple ads, so I was enthusiastic about this book after hearing Leo Laporte sing its praises on one of his recent podcasts.
After listening to about half of the book, I just had to turn it off. While it starts out with some funny spots, it just goes downhill from there. Most of the content sounds like something that I might have come up with after a night of heavy drinking with some friends. It's almost stream of consciousness material and most of it is simply not that funny.
I like to think that I have a pretty good sense of humor, but this book just left me cold. A shame that I wasted a credit on it.
Based on the description and some of the positive reader comments, I was hoping to be entertained, but by the end of the first hour I gave up. This type of material is not really suited for an audio book and in my opinion this is probably the worst of all audio books I have listened to thus far
I never thought I would call something "dreadfully unfunny", but this audio book is dreadfully unfunny. the introduction was good, but went downhill fast. I, like many other people, bought this book on the strength of Hodgman's Daily Show work. Maybe allowing him to carry on untethered to a subject is too much for him to carry off.