A. Hawkbird

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  • The Mental Floss History of the World

  • An Irreverent Romp Through Civilization's Best Bits
  • By: Steve Wiegand, Erik Sass
  • Narrated by: Johny Heller
  • Length: 15 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 439
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 263
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 259

About 60,000 years ago, the first Homo sapiens were just beginning their move across the grasslands and up the ladder of civilization. Everything since then, as they say, is history. Just in case you were sleeping in class that day, the geniuses at mental_floss magazine have put together a hilarious (and historically accurate) primer on everything you need to know---and that means the good stuff.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • History can be entertaining.

  • By Batman on 07-10-09

This was just great!

5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-03-09

Some people are very critical and demanding of their entertainment. Perhaps I am not, or maybe this book really was great!

I love the delivery of the narrator and his sarcasm.

Who knows how accurate the historical estimations are? All I know is that it is more than I know, or had the time to research.

It was purely for mental enjoyment and entertainment. If it was all true, then I am smarter then when I first pushed play. If not, then my friends at parties now think I am an idiot for all of the tid-bits I have spewed! Either way, I'm happy with the audiobook!

9 of 11 people found this review helpful

  • How to Win Friends & Influence People

  • By: Dale Carnegie
  • Narrated by: Andrew MacMillan
  • Length: 7 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55,118
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43,413
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43,131

You can go after the job you want...and get it! You can take the job you have...and improve it! You can take any situation you're in...and make it work for you!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This is well worth listening too! Main points are.

  • By Ralph on 10-21-11

Very uplifting!

5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-20-09

The information presented in this book consists of very simple, common sense practices. Together they serve to help demonstrate politeness and empathy.

The stories supporting the principles are outdated but applicable with imagination. The narrator is entertaining and perfectly appropriate for the time.

If implemented, the ideas expressed in this text will help the reader become a better person without doubt, simply by being kind and considerate. You can consider the approach manipulative if you innately maintain that behavior. Generally speaking, hopefully most people do not.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Book of General Ignorance

  • By: John Mitchinson, John Lloyd
  • Narrated by: uncredited
  • Length: 4 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 250
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 165
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 165

Challenging what most of us assume to be verifiable truths in areas like history, literature, science, nature, and more, The Book of General Ignorance is a witty gotcha compendium of how little we actually know about anything. It'll have you scratching your head wondering why we even bother to go to school.

Revealing the truth behind all the things we think we know but don't, this book leaves you dumbfounded about all the misinformation you've managed to collect during your life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely Brilliant!!

  • By Septimus MacGhilleglas on 01-22-09


4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-07-08

This book is very interesting. The ideas, though disorganized, were all joined together, one after the other, by a humorus commonality. It was good for me to stop and start again without worrying about where I left off because the topics jump quite rapidly. It is a cyclone of facts (hopefully) that kept me hanging on.

I enjoyed learning the obscure facts very much. This gives me something to inject into a conversation no matter what subject is brought up.

This book is generally great entertainment. There is so much information that is just too hard to stick. Perhaps I will listen to it again.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful