Welcome to the paperless (or "audiobook") edition of More Information Than You Require, a further compendium of COMPLETE WORLD KNOWLEDGE assembled and illumined by John Hodgman, a Famous Minor Television Personality. It contains all of the half-truths, fake trivia, amazing made-up facts, and molemanic lore as the paper edition, narrated here almost entirely by Resident Expert John Hodgman, occasionally interrupted by this veritable extravaganza of illustrious and sometimes presumptuous guests: Dick Cavett, Jonathan Coulton, Zach Galifianakis, Ricky Gervais, Ira Glass, Robin Goldwasser, Rachel Maddow, Paul Rudd, Paul F. Tompkins, and Sarah Vowell.
PLUS: This recording includes ALL 700 MOLE-MAN NAMES as they were written and subsequently performed LIVE BEFORE A STUDIO AUDIENCE in an underground lair in Brooklyn, N.Y.
©2008 John Hodgman; (P)2009 Penguin Audiobooks
"In every way a continuation of Areas of My Expertise, except in the ways it's clearly superior....More Information Than You Require is exactly the tonic for these truth-challenged times: a transformation of pedestrian reality through the enlightened power of imagination and insatiable list-making." (The Onion A/V Club)
"I love this book so much I nearly read it." (Justin Long)
... Thank god it's not. This audio book is so funny. I enjoy the quick random humor. If you do not understand deadpan, sarcastic, witty humor then this book is not for you. If you enjoy NPR, This American Life, The Onion, the daily show, Found Magazine or if you simply enjoy watching Sarah Palin speak (merely for ironic purposes of course) then this is the book for you.
There are a couple points where it is a little dry, but honestly I was laughing so loud I had to shut my office door. Really this book is the way to go.
For those of you who don't quite understand what this book is about let me lay it out very simply, it's a book about lies. Do not take it seriously! He made up all the facts. So if you want to hear some really funny "mostly lies" then this is the way to go.
These are one of those books that are better when the author reads them to you. John Hodgmans narration is brilliant and adds a lot when you can hear his inflection and his sense of humour, not to mention all the little banter between him and his co-narrators.
Hodgman recycles some junk from "America" audiobook. Also he milks awkward pauses until they are far from amusing anymore
I finally made it to the end. And what an ordeal that was.
Let me be clear: "The Areas of My Expertise" was my first -- and remains my favourite -- audio book to date. I got it for free through some iTunes promotion. I have listened to it, start to finish, at least seven times. And I have since used a credit to purchase it again through Audible.com. It is just that good. And while I realize that it isn't for everyone, I share it with anyone who will listen. The list of state mottos and songs alone is worth the price of admission. And the hobos -- ah, the hobos!
But I hate this book. Perhaps someday, on a lark, after forgetting myself and against my own better judgment I will revisit this title in my Audible library -- all other options having been exhausted. But I did not find "More Information Than You Require" to be funny or even ironically entertaining, with the notable exception of the last two hours of this nearly thirteen hour audio book. For me, the Gervais segment (and I am certainly not a fan of his) and list of moleman names and occupations alone are hilarious enough to earn it a shaky three stars. But the preceding eleven hours were treacherous.
You have been warned!
I learned about this book from John Hodgman's Judge John Hodgman podcast. If you've enjoyed his offbeat wit there then you will likely enjoy this book. Added value for all the talent in different roles in this production and Jonathan Coulton is as ever the perfect foil for Hodgman.
I would, but there's reason to have both. The audio version of the book has a lot of interesting additions and extras. I love seeing an author giving you a reason to own both the print and audio versions, it allows me, the fan, the ability to own multiple pieces of the work. I feel like I have the complete addition by having both.
Hodgman is hilarious. His imagination and humor are second to none, and fit perfectly into this format. He really found his stride with the series in this book.
Hard to say, every bit in this book was solid.
Relatively Quiet Remnant of Sanity.
John Hodgman's trilogy of complete world knowledge is executed perfectly in audio form. While the books are fantastic, filled with dry humor, and such a close mixture of fact and fiction you'll be inclined to treat it all as lies rather than look like an idiot to your friends.
A podcasting veteran, Hodgman's audio books are more akin to radio drama, chronicling the stories, ideas, and concepts articulated in the book.
If you're familiar with Hodgman and his style of humor, this book is for you.
I am the Evil Mama
Okay, I could only get through the first couple of chapters and a few things were interesting, the having two people narrate, for instance, but in the portion I listened to, he followed up on something interesting with a noninteresting fact related to "if you smoked pot"-kind of thing. Sorry; I've never smoked pot and just can't connect with you...
Comedians. American History. Nerds. Bring it!
top 5 for sure.
it's not like any other audiobook i've heard. it's self-referential and hilarious. drinks with Rachel Maddow!
i also have his first book. this one is a more complex and hilarious continuation.
drinks with Rachel Maddow!
Mr Hodgman in coordination with his gust narrators brings his book to life in a way only he can. I found the book to be almost like 'The Daily Show" (if I can say that here) without the current events. THis is not a story, more of a giant opinion column with a comedy twist.
It made me laugh, it made me think and it broadened my perspective on some topics to bigger than what they were.
This is a definite listen.
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