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.
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"It's a terrifically random appreciation of cultural touchstones that's sure to inspire readers to look further." (Publishers Weekly)
There is definitely some great material in The Smartest Book (movies to watch, books to read, music to listen to). There's some outstanding history lessons in here as well. Unfortunately, I think this book will appeal mostly to folks who feel some degree of shame for being white, male, heterosexual, and/or patriotic. While I consider myself socially liberal, The Smartest Book injects politics unnecessarily and to the point that it is distracting.
Greg's voice is not always easy on the ears, sounding like a heterosexual man speaking in a stereotypical homosexual voice. It's often grating and only serves to compound his frequently smug and condescending delivery. Maybe this is supposed to be funny and I'm just not getting the joke...
There's just too much baseball in this book. Sure, some of it is interesting, but this is not a case of "if a little is good, a lot is better." Additionally, I could have done without the politics -- I certainly wouldn't have purchased this book had I known how much political commentary it would have.
If you are a political lefty, I think you'll enjoy this audio book. If you are a political righty, you might consider picking up the hard copy of The Smartest Book so that you can use it more as a reference on books, movies, music, and history lessons to broaden your base of knowledge.
I would listen to this again. It's educational yet entertaining. If you enjoy his podcast, it's worth the read/listen.
His knowledge of cinema, music, literature, and baseball is amazing.
Greg just being Greg. His knowledge of all things pop culture and history are enjoyable.
It is, but I was listening at work over the span of three work days.
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.
Proops does it again. Awesome book full of wonder. Also love the baseball bits inside didn't know the history of our national pastime
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.
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.
Until it ends. But it's very comforting and starting to relisten to it as I type this. Yep he's that great.
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.
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.
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