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Publisher's Summary

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 almost entirely by Resident Expert John Hodgman, occasionally interrupted by this veritable extravaganza of illustrious and sometimes presumptuous guests: Dick Cavett, Jonathan Coulton, Zach Galifianakis, Ricky Gervais, Ira Glass, Robin Goldwasser, Rachel Maddow, Paul Rudd, Paul F. Tompkins, and Sarah Vowell.

PLUS: This recording includes ALL 700 MOLE-MAN NAMES as they were written and subsequently performed LIVE BEFORE A STUDIO AUDIENCE in an underground lair in Brooklyn, N.Y.

©2008 John Hodgman; (P)2009 Penguin Audiobooks

Critic Reviews

"In every way a continuation of Areas of My Expertise, except in the ways it's clearly superior....More Information Than You Require is exactly the tonic for these truth-challenged times: a transformation of pedestrian reality through the enlightened power of imagination and insatiable list-making." (The Onion A/V Club)
"I love this book so much I nearly read it." (Justin Long)

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  • Todd
  • Leduc, Alberta, Canada
  • 11-09-09

I've never had so much fun being lied to.

These are one of those books that are better when the author reads them to you. John Hodgmans narration is brilliant and adds a lot when you can hear his inflection and his sense of humour, not to mention all the little banter between him and his co-narrators.

5 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Not funny as "America" or Colbert

Hodgman recycles some junk from "America" audiobook. Also he milks awkward pauses until they are far from amusing anymore

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • brenty
  • United States
  • 12-07-09

I made it.

I finally made it to the end. And what an ordeal that was.

Let me be clear: "The Areas of My Expertise" was my first -- and remains my favourite -- audio book to date. I got it for free through some iTunes promotion. I have listened to it, start to finish, at least seven times. And I have since used a credit to purchase it again through Audible.com. It is just that good. And while I realize that it isn't for everyone, I share it with anyone who will listen. The list of state mottos and songs alone is worth the price of admission. And the hobos -- ah, the hobos!

But I hate this book. Perhaps someday, on a lark, after forgetting myself and against my own better judgment I will revisit this title in my Audible library -- all other options having been exhausted. But I did not find "More Information Than You Require" to be funny or even ironically entertaining, with the notable exception of the last two hours of this nearly thirteen hour audio book. For me, the Gervais segment (and I am certainly not a fan of his) and list of moleman names and occupations alone are hilarious enough to earn it a shaky three stars. But the preceding eleven hours were treacherous.

You have been warned!

5 of 9 people found this review helpful

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Better buy than the book? Definitely.

With all of the hilariousness this book contains, there is no better person to recite the absurd, beautifully crafted non-knowledge and anti-trivia within it than (world-renowned Judge) John Hodgman himself.

He makes it funny, his special guests make it incredible, and the extra content makes it indispensable to anyone who finds themselves with too much time and REAL knowledge and trivia in their heads. This will force your dendrites to be regenerated anew with less useful, almost ridiculously impossible “knowledge”, all for the sake of an endless supply of hardy gut chuckles and cheek busting smiles and uproars.

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More Than an Audiobook

Even if you've read the physical copy of the book, this audiobook gives so much more. John Hodgman and a number of celebrity guests narrate - and seemingly improvise - their way through Hodgman's second book. It is half audiobook, half podcast, and all hilarious.

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charming but not laughing.

I love johns tv appearences. the book is very well performed and is packed with extra features, but I just didnt laugh as much as i expected to. the appendixes get rather dull as the same joke gets stretched for 2 to 4 hours.

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Misses more than it hits

John hodge man has some pretty funny moments in this book but they never seemed to outweigh the ones that missed the mark. Maybe I'm not the right target audience, so there is that too. Took me a long time to finish as I kept opting to just buy new books rather than finish this one.

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A fine work of untrustworthy sources

I learned about this book from John Hodgman's Judge John Hodgman podcast. If you've enjoyed his offbeat wit there then you will likely enjoy this book. Added value for all the talent in different roles in this production and Jonathan Coulton is as ever the perfect foil for Hodgman.

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Best in the series!

Would you consider the audio edition of More Information Than You Require to be better than the print version?

I would, but there's reason to have both. The audio version of the book has a lot of interesting additions and extras. I love seeing an author giving you a reason to own both the print and audio versions, it allows me, the fan, the ability to own multiple pieces of the work. I feel like I have the complete addition by having both.

What did you like best about this story?

Hodgman is hilarious. His imagination and humor are second to none, and fit perfectly into this format. He really found his stride with the series in this book.

Which scene was your favorite?

Hard to say, every bit in this book was solid.

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If you like this humor, you'll love this humor.

John Hodgman's trilogy of complete world knowledge is executed perfectly in audio form. While the books are fantastic, filled with dry humor, and such a close mixture of fact and fiction you'll be inclined to treat it all as lies rather than look like an idiot to your friends.

A podcasting veteran, Hodgman's audio books are more akin to radio drama, chronicling the stories, ideas, and concepts articulated in the book.

If you're familiar with Hodgman and his style of humor, this book is for you.