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Mario

JohannesburgSouth Africa | Member Since 2007

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  • The Know-It-All: One Man's Humble Quest to Become the Smartest Person in the World

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By A. J. Jacobs
    • Narrated By Geoffrey Cantor
    Overall
    (424)
    Performance
    (171)
    Story
    (171)

    Early in his career, A.J. Jacobs put his Ivy League education to work at Entertainment Weekly. He emerged five years later knowing which stars have fake boobs, which stars have toupees, which have both, and not much else. This realization led Jacobs on a life-changing quest: to read the entire contents of the Encyclopedia Britannica, all 33,000 pages, all 44 million words.

    Steve James says: "What were they thinking?"
    "For General knowledge junkies"
    Overall

    If trivial information and "I did not know that", make you smile your going to love this book. I have always looked at the encyclopaedia with awe and fear but this book makes it fun to delve into those obscure facts that enlighten and surprise.





    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Water for Elephants

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Sara Gruen
    • Narrated By David LeDoux, John Randolph Jones
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13320)
    Performance
    (5742)
    Story
    (5815)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Some books are meant to be read; others are meant to be heard – Water for Elephants falls into the second group, and is one of the best examples we have of how a powerful performance enhances a great story. Nonagenarian Jacob Jankowski reflects back on his wild and wondrous days with a circus. It's the Depression Era and Jacob, finding himself parentless and penniless, joins the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth.

    Kindle Customer says: "Great Narration!!"
    "Water for the soul"
    Overall

    What a moving story of love and and the desire to live. Fantastic narration made you feel that you experienced the lives of these wonderful characters.

    This book ranks up there with Life of Pi and The time travellers wife.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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