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  • More Information Than You Require

  • By: John Hodgman
  • Narrated by: John Hodgman
  • Length: 12 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,050
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 581
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 576

Welcome to the paperless (or "audiobook") edition of More Information Than You Require, a further compendium of COMPLETE WORLD KNOWLEDGE assembled and illumined by John Hodgman, a Famous Minor Television Personality. It contains all of the half-truths, fake trivia, amazing made-up facts, and molemanic lore as the paper edition, narrated here by Resident Expert John Hodgman, occasionally interrupted by this veritable extravaganza of illustrious and sometimes presumptuous guests.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Magnificent Nerd Humor

  • By Diane on 04-29-11

The first half is exceptional.

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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-13-19

I absolutely loved the first half of the book, which involved many delightful exchanges between Hodgman and Coulton, but the sedan half of the book is a play on the book of lists, except with made up lists. The first section is brilliant and witty, the second, as an audiobook, has funny parts but wears on the ears.

  • Twain’s Feast

  • By: Audible Originals
  • Narrated by: Nick Offerman
  • Length: 4 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 8,962
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,253
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8,224

Mark Twain, beloved American writer, performer, and humorist, was a self-proclaimed glutton. With the help of a chef and some friends, Nick Offerman presents the story of Twain’s life through the lens of eight of Mark Twain’s favorite foods.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Audible Recycling

  • By Greg Hill on 11-17-18

Interesting but kind of strays

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3 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-13-19

As a chef, and a lover of Twain, I was stoked by this books premise. The telling is good and the story has some wonderful potential, but like other Offerman books strays into unsupported political opinion, some of it even ascribed to Twain without evidence. I would have preferred a real book on the recipes and foods of Twains books, leaving the political conjecture to other ventures.

  • Gumption

  • Relighting the Torch of Freedom with America's Gutsiest Troublemakers
  • By: Nick Offerman
  • Narrated by: Nick Offerman
  • Length: 11 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,259
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,964
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,953

The star of Parks and Recreation and author of the New York Times best seller Paddle Your Own Canoe returns with a second book that humorously highlights 21 figures from our nation's history, from her inception to present day - Nick's personal pantheon of "great Americans".

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • It was just ok

  • By Charlie Kapuscinski on 11-10-16

Too Much Political Opinion

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2 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-13-19

Nick tells a good tale, and in his signature voice, however he seasons his story with his own political opinions, which are not well supported (in the book) by evidence, or reason, and thus come of as a kind of sneering political opinion I find there is no lack of in todays world.

  • Roughing It

  • By: Mark Twain
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 15 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 465
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 425
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 423

In 1861, young Mark Twain found himself adrift as a tenderfoot in the Wild West. Roughing It is a hilarious record of his travels over a six-year period that comes to life with his inimitable mixture of reporting, social satire, and rollicking tall tales. Twain reflects on his scuffling years mining silver in Nevada, working at a Virginia City newspaper, being downandout in San Francisco, reporting for a newspaper from Hawaii, and more.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The wild humorist of the West

  • By Tad Davis on 01-02-12

A master tells the story of another.

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-26-18

There are few more clever, eloquent and quintessentially American authors than Twain. This essay account of his time out west carves a wondrous tale of the his era and life. Gardener is as masterful at the telling as Twain. A perfect match!

  • Tibetan Peach Pie

  • A True Account of an Imaginative Life
  • By: Tom Robbins
  • Narrated by: Keith Szarabajka
  • Length: 12 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 559
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 507
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 503

Internationally best-selling novelist and American icon Tom Robbins delivers the long-awaited tale of his wild life and times, both at home and around the globe. The grandchild of Baptist preachers, Robbins would become over the course of half a century a poet-interruptus, an air force weatherman, a radio DJ, an art-critic-turned-psychedelic-journeyman, a world-famous novelist, and a counter-culture hero, leading a life as unlikely, magical, and bizarre as those of his quixotic characters.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This isn't a book, it's a complete experience

  • By David Shear on 05-31-14

Wahoooooo

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-27-18

There are two minds that I have fallen in love with, while never having met them face to face. Tom Robbins is one. I found Tom Through Half Asleep, and then Cowgirls, and fell head over heels. I read everything I could find he had published eland even for a while read things others wrote about him.

This book, his last, so far, tells the story behind the stories that captured my heart and my imagination. I found it mostly greatly pleasing to see how and where he gained the inspiration for the many concepts, themes and tropes speckled throughout the universe created by his writings.

My only small disappointment was learning (from a few short sentences) Toms general pessimism about the future and anti humanism in that regard, but every, even Tom is entitled to their own opinion; no matter how dunderheaded it may be.

  • Cod

  • A Biography of the Fish that Changed the World
  • By: Mark Kurlansky
  • Narrated by: Richard M. Davidson
  • Length: 7 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 131
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 122
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 124

Author Mark Kurlansky pleasantly surprised the world with this engaging best-seller that garnered rave reviews from critics and casual readers alike. His subject for this whimsical biography is the codfish, a species remarkable for its influence on humanity. Cod, Kurlansky argues, has driven economic, political, cultural and military thinking for centuries in the lands surrounding the Atlantic Ocean. Nations like England and Germany have waged wars for cod.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Skip the last few chapters

  • By Tanya on 08-01-17

Another excellent food book by Kurlansky

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-03-18

While Salt ranges the whole world and far deeper in time, Cod offers a more compact but still lively tale of the humble fish. Great stuff must read for anyone interested in food history and lore.

  • Dear Reader

  • The Unauthorized Autobiography of Kim Jong Il
  • By: Michael Malice
  • Narrated by: Marcus Freeman
  • Length: 11 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 545
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 502
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 502

No country is as misunderstood as North Korea, and no modern tyrant has remained more mysterious than the Dear Leader, Kim Jong Il. Now, celebrity ghostwriter Michael Malice pulls back the curtain to expose the life story of the "Incarnation of Love and Morality". Taken directly from books spirited out of Pyongyang, Dear Reader is a carefully reconstructed first-person account of the man behind the mythology.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Simply brilliant!

  • By Couts A. Moseley on 05-02-17

An amble through the mind of powerful madness.

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-14-17

This is perhaps the most disturbing book I have ever read. It is truly a look into the deeply disturbing mind of one of the most heinous people on the planet. It is so well put together and the voice of the protagonist is so sure and confident of his delusions that I found myself frequently considering the plausibility and having to stop reading to fact check. Normalcy restored I would then delve on.

Be prepared to stare deeply into the abyss of evil and insanity and feel it try to suck you in. Hold on tight, it has a surprisingly powerful gravitational pull.

Having come through the other side still sane, this deep look at a man of power, has further cemented my belief that as Douglas Adams said: Anyone capable of getting themselves made [dear leader] should on no accounts be allowed to do the job.

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  • Grunt

  • The Curious Science of Humans at War
  • By: Mary Roach
  • Narrated by: Abby Elvidge
  • Length: 8 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,929
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,763
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,762

Grunt tackles the science behind some of a soldier's most challenging adversaries - panic, exhaustion, heat, noise - and introduces us to the scientists who seek to conquer them. Mary Roach dodges hostile fire with the U.S. Marine Corps Paintball Team as part of a study on hearing loss and survivability in combat. She visits the fashion design studio of U.S. Army Natick Labs and learns why a zipper is a problem for a sniper.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • I Usually Love Mary Roach, But--

  • By Gillian on 12-07-16

Doesn’t meet the bar.

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-08-17

Not a bad book. Readable, listenable. Interesting and funny. But sprawling across a vast landscape of meaty military science while barley sinking teeth into any topic very deep. Not nearly as focused and informative as stiff or spook, Mary seems to have bitten off more than can be chewed with this book.

  • Nudge

  • Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth, and Happiness [Expanded Edition]
  • By: Richard H. Thaler, Cass R. Sunstein
  • Narrated by: Sean Pratt
  • Length: 11 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,245
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,784
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,777

Every day, we make decisions on topics ranging from personal investments to schools for our children to the meals we eat to the causes we champion. Unfortunately, we often choose poorly. The reason, the authors explain, is that, being human, we are all susceptible to various biases that can lead us to blunder. Our mistakes make us poorer and less healthy; we often make bad decisions involving education, personal finance, health care, mortgages and credit cards, the family, and even the planet itself.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • An overly long Nudge in the right direction

  • By Jay on 06-08-13

Tempting but perhaps flawed?

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-16-17

I've been looking forward to reading nudged for some time...I think since I heard of the British tax letters several years ago. Overall the book is very well done and they hypothesis set out clearly with detailed case study and even ample consideration of criticisms. I find the idea of libertarian paternalism very enticing and under most circumstances something I am fully behind. That said I felt the book glossed over a few key conditions that require libertarianism to precede paternalism for nudges to work. 1. In order to get the data on what works we have to also get the data on what doesn't. To get that we have to allow liberty first and after we see failed experiments provide educated nudges. 2. Similarly as above we mush always be vigilant against the appeal to super human nudgers. ThT is to say the humans deciding what and where to nudge are no better or brighter or less human than those they would nudges. Beware of their ambition to nudge.

  • Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World

  • By: Jack Weatherford
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis, Jack Weatherford
  • Length: 14 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,996
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,669
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,686

The Mongol army led by Genghis Khan subjugated more lands and people in 25 years than the Romans did in 400. In nearly every country the Mongols conquered, they brought an unprecedented rise in cultural communication, expanded trade, and a blossoming of civilization.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant, insightful, intriguing.

  • By Peter on 03-05-10

Who knew?

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-27-17

This is a fascinating look at an empire that has shaped so much of our modern world it boggles the mind.