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The Areas of My Expertise Audiobook

The Areas of My Expertise

In the great tradition of the American almanac, The Areas of My Expertise is a brilliant and hilarious compendium of handy reference tables, fascinating trivia, and sage wisdom on all topics large and small. Although best sellers such as Poor Richard's Almanack and The Book of Lists were certainly valuable, they also were largely true.
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Publisher's Summary

In the great tradition of the American almanac, The Areas of My Expertise is a brilliant and hilarious compendium of handy reference tables, fascinating trivia, and sage wisdom on all topics large and small. Although best sellers such as Poor Richard's Almanack and The Book of Lists were certainly valuable, they also were largely true. Here is a different kind of handy desk reference, one in which all of the historical oddities and amazing true facts are sifted through the singular, illuminating imagination of John Hodgman, which is the nice way of saying: He made it all up.

©2005 John Hodgman; (P)2006 Penguin Audio, a member of Penguin Group (USA) Inc.

What the Critics Say

  • Audie Award Finalist, Humor, 2007

"One of the funniest and most entertaining books to play on readers' imaginations in recent memory. Highly recommended." (Library Journal)
"For the hyper-well-read fans of publications like McSweeney's, this is a treasure trove of twisted absurdist miscellany." (Publishers Weekly)

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    George Sunnyvale, CA, USA 03-18-08
    George Sunnyvale, CA, USA 03-18-08
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    "Stupid"

    So random, and not funny. I felt like it was a waste of time and money. Julie Sweeney did not get as good of a rating as this guy and she was hilarious and interesting as well as smart. I figured this must be better if it got a better rating. What am I missing? It was pointless and you walked away with nothing. I could have pointed to words in the dictionary and made up definitions that would have been more interesting.
    Trust me I am not a harsh critic and normally not a critic at all. I give a lot of room for humorous interpretation. Humor is a funny thing, or it is supossed to be. Everybody thinks something different about what is funny. I tried to think outside myself and imagine who would think this is funny. Blank. There is no option for Zero star rating.....too bad.

    G. Talbot

    2 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    John Lyndhurst, NJ, USA 12-15-08
    John Lyndhurst, NJ, USA 12-15-08
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    "Horrible"

    Please don't waste your time or any money on this poor excuse for a audio book. The author should be ashamed of himself. I would love to know why he wasted his time and even more; how anyone published this. The review wouldn't let me use ZERO STARS or I would have.

    2 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Lance San Marcos, CA, USA 10-06-08
    Lance San Marcos, CA, USA 10-06-08
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    "Boring"

    While John Hodgman is a brilliant comic actor, his reading of his own work is so low key as to be soporific.

    2 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Alison H. Rich the beautiful Bronx, NY 07-09-08
    Alison H. Rich the beautiful Bronx, NY 07-09-08
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    "rudely disappointed"

    I had looked forward to this audiobook, having heard John Hodgman interviewed on public radio. I enjoyed his witty, intelligent repartee. I found myself offended by his seemingly (sometimes) adolescent sense of humor and disturbingly violent imagination. For instance, his "areas of expertise" often involve harm to and/or the killing of small animals. There are numerous references to masturbation. Some of it is genuinely funny, but I don't know if it is worth the price of some of the unexpectedly offensive moments.

    2 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    jimmy out of this world 01-08-09
    jimmy out of this world 01-08-09 Member Since 2015

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    "Funny, but not quite funny enough"

    This book is often funny, and sometimes hilarious. However, it didn't stand up to a listen of any more than about 10 minutes at a time, due to a combination of the sheer weirdness of some of the essays and Hodgman's overly deadpan delivery.

    0 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Lou Exeter, PA, USA 01-05-09
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    "Hmmmm......"

    Not that great.

    Of the 5,000 $.50 words, I think that 2 of them were funny.

    0 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Everett Anniston, AL, USA 04-18-08
    Everett Anniston, AL, USA 04-18-08
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    "Unbelievably funny"

    Lies are often more believable than truth (i.e. Barack & Hillary)--a very amusing book if, as you listen, you reflect more on the mind of the author than on content.

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    Jason Milton, ON, Canada 04-14-09
    Jason Milton, ON, Canada 04-14-09 Member Since 2012
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    "Not Cool, Not Funny"

    I wish I could return this crappy book or sell it to some other shmuck as part of a CON .. not cool

    3 of 32 people found this review helpful
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    Donna Shamong, NJ, USA 01-10-09
    Donna Shamong, NJ, USA 01-10-09
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    "Painful"

    I tried and tried again to listen to this book, and just didn't enjoy it at all. I got about 45 minutes into it and gave up.

    0 of 10 people found this review helpful

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