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If you are a trivia buff like me and like to peruse the bathroom readers
such as Uncle John's Bathroom Reader. This is the audio book for you. Granted I am on my third listen through on this one to pick it all up. Of course some are more intriguing than others but on the whole very interesting material split up among several readers so you never get tired of just one narrator's voice.
I've long been a fan of Uncle John's readers, and have whiled away far more time than necessary reading them in the comfort and privacy of the smallest room in the house.
I was quite excited to think that Uncle John would now read to me in the car and while I'm out walking.
The listen was very enjoyable, with many interesting factoids, riddles and trivia.
The book seems a little dated (and I note the original reader was printed in 1988) but most of the stuff holds up well.
I liked the alternating readers, although there was one (a woman with a British-ish accent) whose manner I found a little jarring.
A minor complaint is that this is apparently an abridged version. I would like my full measure of trivia.
I hope that we will soon hear more from Uncle John.
I've always enjoyed the printed versions of the Bathroom Readers, so I got this on a whim, hoping that my tweener kids would enjoy it too. They can't get enough of it. I wish Audible also carried the newer version from 2005.
...just because the cost of the books. The performance is great and since I love Uncle John's tidbits of facts and stories I give it a 6 out of 5. if you've never read or listened to these books, do it now. it's perfect for mundane tasks and keeps your attention. if you don't like one story or fact the next one is coming up soon... and you learn a lot!
Dr. Nils Rasmussen
After all of the sci-fi novels I have been listening to lately, this was actually a really welcome change of pace.
I have always been a fan of strange facts and short anecdotes about interesting events, so this audiobook was straight up my alley. It didn't disappoint. It's pretty much exactly what you'd expect if you've ever glanced at one of these books in a friend or family member's washroom. No big surprises here.
My only piece of advice to potential reader is that you should probably only listen to this in small chunks at a time. As interesting as its contents are, I imagine that listening to this book in one full sitting would get really old, really fast.
8.48 / 10.00
Yes, my MS damaged brain could not retain all the neat fun fill facts told to me in on sitting so I will have to listen this several time to be able to retain any of it, but you may be able to get away with just one listen, you out there smart people, not me. So I will enjoy listening to this many times over just to retain a fact or two, so I can impress someone once in a great blue moon.
How I Know books, or The book of Weird and Unusual Trivia which is part of a set of Arm Chair Reader of Unusual History and Trivia, or Event collected in large Arm Chair books, (I have a set of 4 out 6 or 7) that I just love to flip through and find unusual trivia to read about or unusual history. They are lot of fun to keep by my bedside chair. I just flipped to a page that start out "The World's Most Expensive Foods" and goes on to give a list. Uncle John's is also full of unusual facts like that but of a little more history based and a lot more interesting.
I like that they keep changing readers so there wasn't a monotone problem like with the How I Know Audio Book. Which has a real problem with all the fact being read to you in a monotone and it just come of boring, No this book keeps it interesting by changing readers and keeps it exciting, I really enjoyed this book.
AMAZING FACTS to ROCK YOUR SOCKS, There is no plot just the fact nothing but the facts.
I know i only gave this 4 stars, but I truly enjoyed this audio book it was full of interesting trivia, history and and well just stuff to make you laugh. It was well presented with different readers reading different sections and I enjoyed completely.
It ranks among the top 20%.
It's like any other esoteric book on trivia. It prevents "facts" about stuff and to it's credit, cites the resource it was derived from.
A little quick at times. Or, maybe I'm dim-witted
No. All interesting in it's own right.
It's fun, well narrated, though faced-paced at times. You need to rewind frequently to absorb some of the facts presented.
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