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The Smartest Book in the World Audiobook

The Smartest Book in the World: A Lexicon of Literacy, a Rancorous Reportage, a Concise Curriculum of Cool

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Publisher's Summary

Greg Proops is an internationally renowned comedian, best known for starring on the hit improv comedy show Whose Line Is It Anyway? and for his popular, award-winning podcast, The Smartest Man in the World, which Rolling Stone magazine called "some of the boldest comedy on the podcasting frontier right now". But Proops is also a fountain of historical knowledge, a wealth of pop-culture trivia, and a generally charming know-it-all.

The Smartest Book in the World is based on Proops' sensational, iTunes Top 10 podcast. The audiobook is a rollicking reference guide to the most essential areas of knowledge in Proops' universe, from the noteworthy names of the ancient world and baseball to the movies you must see and the albums you must hear. Complete with history's juiciest tales and curious backstories, Proops expounds on the merits of poetry and proper punctuation, delivering this wealth of information with his signature style and Proopsian panache. An offbeat and exuberant guide to everything, The Smartest Book in the World gives you everything you need to know to always be the smartest person in the room.

©2015 Gregory Proops (P)2015 Tantor

What the Critics Say

"It's a terrifically random appreciation of cultural touchstones that's sure to inspire readers to look further." (Publishers Weekly)

What Members Say

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    Jonathan 03-06-16
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    "Great listen"

    This book is great! It's fun and interesting. I like how Proops' personality really shines. It's like listening to an extended episode of his podcast.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ashley Miller 09-07-16 Member Since 2016
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    "The Mind of Proops Is Open and Enjoyable"
    Would you listen to The Smartest Book in the World again? Why?

    I would listen to this again. It's educational yet entertaining. If you enjoy his podcast, it's worth the read/listen.


    What did you like best about this story?

    His knowledge of cinema, music, literature, and baseball is amazing.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Greg just being Greg. His knowledge of all things pop culture and history are enjoyable.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    It is, but I was listening at work over the span of three work days.


    Any additional comments?

    It does follow the book. If you have the hardback book, yet are in no position to read (work and cooking) then I highly recommend getting this audio book to act as a multi media counterpart.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Nathan 05-04-16
    Nathan 05-04-16
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    "Great read"

    If you were a fan of the podcast, you'll love the book. Roman emperors, baseball, music, women's rights, and all the boring preachy parts. They're all in here.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Phoenix, AZ 01-18-16
    Amazon Customer Phoenix, AZ 01-18-16 Member Since 2016

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    "Charming and Insightful"
    Where does The Smartest Book in the World rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I enjoy autobiographical books when the author is the reader of the audiobook. This isn't really an autobiography though and of more of a compendium of topics that Mr. Greg Proops cares a great deal about. His fervor is present through the entire book.


    What about Greg Proops’s performance did you like?

    His caring and understanding of the topics was evident. It didn't feel like he was reading, more like teaching a class you are happy to be attending.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I thoroughly enjoyed his history of baseball. I'm not a huge fan of the sport, but found the this bit of the moor simply fascinating.


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    C. Morin AUBURN, NY, US 12-06-15
    C. Morin AUBURN, NY, US 12-06-15 Member Since 2015

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    "Awesome book well worth the listen"

    Proops does it again. Awesome book full of wonder. Also love the baseball bits inside didn't know the history of our national pastime

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    Sarah Pittman 10-10-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Major Proops fan"

    I love Greg Proops podcast so I knew that I'd love this book. There were a couple history references that didn't ring as that funny to me as they probably could have if I payed more attention in my history classes.

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    MR.MICHAEL 09-21-15
    MR.MICHAEL 09-21-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Kittens McTavish"

    If you don't get the title then you probably don't listen to Gregg
    Proops and his podcast. This book is quite simply hilarious. Intellectually comedic and insightful. Love the all-time baseball teams. If you're a fan of Gregg Proops, his humor, and his podcast, do yourself a favor and purchase this book. It'll be the smartest thing you ever do, in the world.

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    ryan simonetta Boston, MA 07-29-15
    ryan simonetta Boston, MA 07-29-15 Member Since 2016

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    "It's like a never ending podcast"

    Until it ends. But it's very comforting and starting to relisten to it as I type this. Yep he's that great.

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    Dan Jackson 07-27-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Great listen"

    This little book of fun facts and stories just flys by especially because it's read by the author. My only problem is proops love of baseball, though he did make it more excited recounting the exploits of black super stars. I would definitely recommend this as I am about to start listening to it again.

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    Sarah 05-25-15
    Sarah 05-25-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Best thing I have ever listened to!"

    Fascinating to get an insight into what makes this man tick (which seems to be baseball, movies, music and vodka, ha). Plus I learnt a lot about baseball greats, which was more interesting than I thought it would be.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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