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Mathew

Howell, MI, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • That Is All

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By John Hodgman
    • Narrated By John Hodgman
    Overall
    (298)
    Performance
    (275)
    Story
    (269)

    John Hodgman completes his vision with That Is All, the last book in a trilogy of Complete World Knowledge. Like its predecessors, That Is All compiles incredibly handy made-up facts into brief articles, overlong lists, and beguiling narratives on new and familiar themes. It picks up exactly where More Information left off - specifically, at page 596 - and finally completes Complete World Knowledge, just in time for the return of Quetzalcoatl and the end of human history in 2012.

    Mathew says: "Great Highs, Weird Lows"
    "Great Highs, Weird Lows"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would definitely recommend at least two thirds of this book to a friend, which by itself is easily worth one credit.


    If you’ve listened to books by John Hodgman before, how does this one compare?

    Not as strong overall as the first two books in the series.


    Have you listened to any of John Hodgman’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    The performances by Hodgman, and a cast of others is great as always.


    Any additional comments?

    This book has some hilarious parts, but suffers in a few areas. First Jonathan Coulton is only in it a short while, which is a bummer, but his part of the book is at least one of the high points. Second the book delves into an oddly depressing, short, autobiographical section that felt kinda out of place, and sort of killed the mood for a while. Third, the 700 X section of this book (700 hobos, and 700 molemen in the previous book) is about one and a half hours of John Hodgman speaking backwards over a music track. Even when I found a youtube video of someone who had kindly reversed the audio to make it understandable, the music kinda drowns out his voice. It's a real bummer that I can't bring myself to listen to it, because I bet it was pretty funny. I'm sure some might appreciate the humor of reversing the names of these 700 dark gods, but I can't imagine even they would sit through that entire section of the book. I have to imagine the book doesn't suffer from this problem, but I could be wrong.

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