Refreshes the parts other history books can’t reach.... A bit ropy on the Renaissance? In the dark about the Enlightenment? Or, in fact, do you need a revision course on the entire history of the world and want to read a witty, irreverent, definitely not boring romp through everything that has ever happened on planet earth – from 15 billion years BC to the present day? Good. A Less Boring History of the World tells you everything you need to know from the Big Bang to Barack Obama, taking in the Byzantines, the Black Death, the Boston Tea Party, Bonaparte, and Bin Laden along the way. Each historical episode is boiled down to edible, bite size chunks so that you can finally piece together all the different bits of history - and see how on earth we ended up in the mess we are today.
Whipping through the chaotic journey of man, past ancient civilisations, the rise of empires, and the fall of bankers, A Less Boring History refreshes your memory and broadens your mind. And, if that’s not enough, it will also make you laugh. A lot.
©2012 Dave Rear (P)2012 Random House AudioGo
Extremely boring and a tasteless sense of humour
The performance was just OK. The history of the book didn't help at all
just too silly for anyone older than 7
the whole book
win a few lose a few
The author tries way too hard to be funny - and fails. Perhaps many jokes only British readers would get?
If it had actually been funny and historical.
high school lacrosse coach
i wanted this to be an educational read to learn more in an interesting way --- book is written to be goofy and stupid. I STRONGLY recommend that you listen to the sample of the book before you buy so you know what i am saying. You will learn nothing from this, and it is not entertaining --- it is annoying.
not written it.
anyone - i did not like the narrator
Yes. I listened to the audio book twice already trying memorize some of the humorous bits which I hope to use at parties.
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Miles Jupp hosts the News Quiz on BBC Radio 4. He is very good and would be considered excellent except for the fact that he replaced Sandi Toskvig who was marvelous. Miles Jupp has good comedic timing and is very skilled at accents. His normal British accent makes everything he says seem intelligent and when he does an American accent he sounds exactly like my brother.
No. This book packs a ton of information and a ton of dry humor requiring you to pause the audio to reflect on what was just said. It is, however, worth listening to repeated times.
For anyone who was the victim of freshman level history and finished the course work with the distinct impression that history majors have to write a lot of papers, this book lives up to its title of being much much less boring. Dave Rear shares the trait that all good writers have in not having a clue on how to insult Canadians, but he does manage to insult nearly every other culture in the world in a fair and representative fashion. The humor is dry and densely packed. He makes a lot of jokes but the funniest parts are when he simply states facts that, when placed together, illustrate an absurdity. For example (I am paraphrasing) "When the British figured out that charging straight into the enemies guns did not work as before, they invented a new military tactic of WALKING towards the enemies guns, slowly and in a straight line." That is not a joke. That is actually what happened in WWI.
This is a very good book.
Dave Rear can write a book describing grass growing and you would still enjoy it more than most other books you ever read...
This is not just the most entertaining way to know more about history, but also a great chance for history-knowers to have an experience second to none.
Outstanding performance. You would think he wrote the book himself...
Once upon a time, in a place right under your nose...
Truly enjoyable narrative of world history that provides a nutshell view of why we are where we are today. I appreciated the irony and satire provided by the author, he did a great job throwing in subtle and smart jokes into what is, after all, a book about history. Great listen.
The great thing about history is that it is all memorable and interesting... I enjoyed his accounts of the Greeks and of the World Wars.
The British accent, just makes it all more genuine.
No, a few small chuckles here and there, but nothing crazy.
If you enjoy history, but can't be bothered by dates and other boring facts, give this book a whirl.
"Patronising & Flippant"
The idea of this book was so appealing - to fill in gaps in my history knowledge without being too dry. Instead David Rear is astonishingly patronising and flippant. To say Bangladesh was created "for some reason" as an end note to a vague chapter on India and Pakistan is breath-takingly rude, ignorant and just not funny. The over-riding feeling I had was that Miles Jupp gamely read out this desperately unfunny book as best he could. I'm sure I could feel him cringing though.
"Far from a boring listen"
The history began with a homage to Briget Jones, a nod to Genesis and a wink to science and continued to hold my attention throughout. Miles Jupp's narration is excellent. Perfect for a long car journey, or in my case making a day spent cleaning and ironing far less dreary.
"a damn good listen. "
when someone as easy to listen to reads as interesting a book as this life is good.
This was quite an amusing listen with many lol moments but really it should be called A less Boring History of the West considering the majority of the content was European/ US based.
"Fun & lighthearted introduction to history"
This is a great start for those who didn't do history at school & find the more challenging & detailed history compilations a little daunting. Only criticism is that you might remember the jokes more easily than the facts & it's definitely for teenagers & above!
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