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A Less Boring History of the World | [Dave Rear]

A Less Boring History of the World

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.
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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

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    Mauro Porto Alegre, Brazil 11-13-12
    Mauro Porto Alegre, Brazil 11-13-12 Member Since 2010
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    "A Less Boring Audiobook"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    the author


    What was most disappointing about Dave Rear’s story?

    Extremely boring and a tasteless sense of humour


    What didn’t you like about Miles Jupp’s performance?

    The performance was just OK. The history of the book didn't help at all


    What character would you cut from A Less Boring History of the World?

    The author


    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Greg Perth, Australia 11-12-12
    Greg Perth, Australia 11-12-12
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    "silly"
    Would you try another book from Dave Rear and/or Miles Jupp?

    no..


    Would you ever listen to anything by Dave Rear again?

    no


    What didn’t you like about Miles Jupp’s performance?

    just too silly for anyone older than 7


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from A Less Boring History of the World?

    the whole book


    Any additional comments?

    win a few lose a few

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Richard Camden, Australia 11-09-12
    Richard Camden, Australia 11-09-12
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    "A less funny history"
    What would have made A Less Boring History of the World better?

    The author tries way too hard to be funny - and fails. Perhaps many jokes only British readers would get?


    How could the performance have been better?

    If it had actually been funny and historical.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Genevieve glen mills, PA, United States 10-18-12
    Genevieve glen mills, PA, United States 10-18-12 Member Since 2012

    high school lacrosse coach

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    "Terrible - Not educational and not a good read."
    What disappointed you about A Less Boring History of the World?

    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.


    What could Dave Rear have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    not written it.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Miles Jupp?

    anyone - i did not like the narrator


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    disappointed


    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    adi ashdod, Israel 04-26-13
    adi ashdod, Israel 04-26-13
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    "Get this book. Now."
    If you could sum up A Less Boring History of the World in three words, what would they be?

    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.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Exceptional humor


    What about Miles Jupp’s performance did you like?

    Outstanding performance. You would think he wrote the book himself...


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Once upon a time, in a place right under your nose...


    Any additional comments?

    Yes.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    David MIAMI, FL, United States 11-12-12
    David MIAMI, FL, United States 11-12-12
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    "Entertaining"
    What made the experience of listening to A Less Boring History of the World the most enjoyable?

    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.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Less Boring History of the World?

    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.


    What does Miles Jupp bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The British accent, just makes it all more genuine.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No, a few small chuckles here and there, but nothing crazy.


    Any additional comments?

    If you enjoy history, but can't be bothered by dates and other boring facts, give this book a whirl.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • Jess
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    5/19/13
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    "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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Rayejay
    Devon, UK
    4/14/13
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    "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!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Miss
    Leeds, United Kingdom
    4/13/13
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    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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