I suppose I only have myself to blame for my unhappiness in this case. The book is exactly as advertised "an irreverent romp." This is obviously a case where the print version of this book is probably amazing, but it doesn't translate well in the listening. Minutes long lists of dates and events at the end of each chapter are probably very interesting when you look at a timeline. Listening to it...less so. Also, the topic "romps" quite frequently, meaning that there is almost a vignette quality to the book, jumping from era to era and topic to topic pretty quickly. I gave it a good try a couple of times and made it more than half-way, but I just can't stay into this book...I may have to read it in paper form though, because it sounds very interesting.
Told with so much spunk and wit, so much to grasp as the info flies by. I keep it open just in case I am in between stories.
This was a very interesting book, lots of information but I wish it had been read in a slower manner. It was a bit hard to keep up with the pace of the reader.
Very entertaining combination of dates and memorable details. I really enjoyed the travel-in-time experiences and listened to some "times" over and over. The authors did a great job of presenting world events sequentially over time and geography.
What a great and fun way to keep learning. I love trivia and bites of learning. I will get the next one as soon as it hits the lists. Very entertaining and a bit of tongue and cheek to keep it light.
Retired nightclub performer/computer technician, I now teach hula and ukulele to seniors, and record Hawaiian music for my halau!
When I bought this book I surely thought it was going to be one of those satires, peppered with unusual factoids like Monty Python, et al. However, sadly it is not. The funniest part, coincidentally, is the beginning, where they explain how the editors would not let them print the original book, as it would be the first book in the world that could be seen from the moon...I laughed hard on that one and settled back for more of that nonsense. Well, perhaps I missed something.
This book talks about history, all right, but it has no continuity. We get Napoleon in the same breath as the Hittites, and the timeline jumps back and forth like a damn yoyo. It needs a major rewrite and a damn good editor, and perhaps someone should explain to the authors what makes people laugh.
I checked some of the other reviews of this book, and some thought it was pretty entertaining. What I want to know is, "What were THEY on when they listened to it?" Straight up, it's kind of lame. Occasionally during the rather bland narrative, there will be a little aside, like "The Minoans probably never guessed that would happen..." But that kind of stuff was just annoying.
History is a difficult subject to capture one's attention, but it can be done. "Lies My Teacher Told Me, Everything Your American History Book Got Wrong" is one. "All the Trouble in the World, the Lighter Side of Overpopulation, Famine, Plague and Poverty" is another.
This Mental Floss thing is not a joke, it's a disjointed combobulation of sentences are just strung along in no apparent order for no apparent reason. Now if you think THAT's funny, go ahead -- blow your brains out.
This isn't a heavy-duty history-class survey but a refreshing zip tying together many of the events and actions we learned in history classes. It focuses on East as well as West, on Africa, China, Japan and South America as well as Europe and what would become the U.S. The approach covers blocks of centuries. It's neither as silly as the cover suggests, nor as dry as "world history" implies.
I didn't know anything about "Mental Floss" works (still don't) but the sections are leavened with humor and insight, brisk detail and factoids. When I studied history decades ago, classes focused on subsections of history: Western Europe, U.S., English social history, Ancient Mesopotamia, etc. I never got a good sense of how these sections were linked in time. I could not have told you what was going on in much of the rest of the world when Jesus walked, or where the Visigoths, Vandals and Saxons came from.
I recommend this with a smile. Now I'm going to go back to re-reading heavier history with a new perspective....!
It was interesting and offered a humorous view of many historical events.
I would not have changed the story, but it was challenging to listen to. It seems to me this is more of a book that is meant to be read, especially with all the facts and figures.
It was enjoyable and worth the time, but would have been better enjoyed in a print format.