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  • By: Bill Buford
  • Narrated by: Bill Buford
  • Length: 5 hrs and 40 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 106
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22

From one of our most interesting literary figures, former editor of Granta, former fiction editor at The New Yorker, acclaimed author of Among the Thugs, a sharp, funny, exuberant, close-up account of his headlong plunge into the life of a professional cook.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Poor reader

  • By John on 06-26-06

Poor reader

2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-26-06

I was looking forward to this listen as have enjoyed similar books (making of a chef and bourdan's books) but immediately had difficulty understanding the author. He really should have had someone else read the story. His voice is very clipped and I am sure I missed quite a lot. I am going to buy the hard copy because I did like the subject. So my rating is because of the reader, not the book itself.

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  • The Know-It-All

  • One Man's Humble Quest to Become the Smartest Person in the World
  • By: A. J. Jacobs
  • Narrated by: Geoffrey Cantor
  • Length: 15 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 583
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 308
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 309

Early in his career, A.J. Jacobs put his Ivy League education to work at Entertainment Weekly. He emerged five years later knowing which stars have fake boobs, which stars have toupees, which have both, and not much else. This realization led Jacobs on a life-changing quest: to read the entire contents of the Encyclopedia Britannica, all 33,000 pages, all 44 million words.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very enjoyable

  • By Linda on 04-10-10

Fun Fun Fun

5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-19-04

I wasn't sure what to expect but this is one of the most enjoyable listens I have heard. This is probably better than reading even if I had the time. Laugh out loud. Buy it now. Don't wait. I can't wait to get back into my car to listen again.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful