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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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  • pete
  • decatur, IL, United States
  • 02-11-13

different type of Humor

Mr Hodgman in coordination with his gust narrators brings his book to life in a way only he can. I found the book to be almost like 'The Daily Show" (if I can say that here) without the current events. THis is not a story, more of a giant opinion column with a comedy twist.
It made me laugh, it made me think and it broadened my perspective on some topics to bigger than what they were.
This is a definite listen.

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  • Richard
  • Falls Church, VA, United States
  • 08-07-12

A insult to the History category

Would you try another book from John Hodgman and/or John Hodgman?

no

Would you ever listen to anything by John Hodgman again?

no

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of John Hodgman?

no

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

none

Any additional comments?

Very annoying I expected to learn something. Some historical events were clearly made up.<br/>

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Ok

I really like John Hodgman, and this was ok. I'm not sure what I didn't like about it. It amused me and killed the time.

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  • Sean
  • Houston, Texas, United States
  • 04-28-12

Not horrible, but not funny. I expected funny.

If you're a raving fan of John Hodgman, you'll probably enjoy this book. I thought I might have been one. It turns out I wasn't.

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  • Michele
  • Orleans, Ontario, Canada
  • 09-29-11

Great comedy routine, but tedious towards the end

I enjoyed the first part of this book, and the banter between Hodgman and his feral companion. Hodgman's humor does well to have a straight man to Play off. The second part of the book is a historical timeline full of fake facts - this was much less entertaining than the main part of the book.

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I used to like John Hodgman

This starts out well, pretty funny-silly like Monty Python style humor. I like humor that is so stupid it's funny. But it is an ordeal to get through. The molemen stuff is so stupid it's not funny and it goes on forever and the pay-off is not worth the time or lost brain cells. Sorry John, I hope your next piece of work is better. This was just too long and dumb. Maybe it was your editors fault.

4 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • Ben Noel
  • Ottawa, Ontario Canada
  • 02-16-10

More than you bargained for

This book is rather funny if John Hodgman is your cup of tea. His random, deadpan flights of fancy are often hilarious. But be warned. There are two parts to this audiobook. The first is the actual audiobook, to which my above comments apply. The second part is a joke in and of itself. It consists of a 'track-a-day' calendar and a list of 700 moleman names. It really shouldn't be considered part of the audiobook proper and is horribly dull to listen to (there is a nugget in the middle though, fast forward).

2 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Kurtis
  • Reno, NV, USA
  • 11-07-09

Genuinely not funny

The writing is good and the spoken performance is well done, however, the jokes simply are not funny. The musical bits are the best part of the book.

5 of 12 people found this review helpful

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  • Jason
  • Odessa, TX, USA
  • 06-22-10

Deceiving sample

After hearing glowing reviews of this book on TWIT network podcasts, I listened to the sample on audible. It was hilarious, but unfortunatley was the only funny thing in the book. This guy is NOT like the "dry british humor" he is compared to by his fans. He is an example of what's worst in America, most english-speaking countries, and possibly the world. I've purchased over thirty books from audible since I discovered them less than a year ago, and this is the only one for which I feel cheated. There's maybe one hour of tolerable humor in this book, and most of that is from the "guests" such as the one who sings in the sample clip on the website. I am dumbfounded that people who enjoy douglas adams and robert heilein would also like this mind-numbing body-fluid-punch-line trash.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Greg
  • West Hartford, CT, United States
  • 02-25-10

"Look at me, I'm funny"

Listening to this book is like being trapped at a dinner party with a guy who thinks he's a lot wittier than he really is.

I agree with the other reader reviews that label this audiobook as tedious, self-indulgent, and most of all, unfunny.

For what it's worth, I'm someone who would generally fall right into Hodgman's demographic. I like non-sequitur, deadpan, sarcastic humor -- and I don't think I even chuckled during the 5+ hours of this that I forced myself through.

5 of 14 people found this review helpful