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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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Disappointed

I have a great sense of humor and I love satire. I could not listen to this book. It is just not funny.

5 of 14 people found this review helpful

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  • Ernie
  • Sharpsburg, GA, USA
  • 11-21-09

Don't make the same mistake I did

I learned my lesson with this purchase, don't select a book based off of only 2 reviews. I listened to 3 hours worth before saying enough is enough.

4 of 12 people found this review helpful

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Too much reference to smoking pot for me

Okay, I could only get through the first couple of chapters and a few things were interesting, the having two people narrate, for instance, but in the portion I listened to, he followed up on something interesting with a noninteresting fact related to "if you smoked pot"-kind of thing. Sorry; I've never smoked pot and just can't connect with you...

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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I tried so hard to like this...

Okay I lie, I simply attempted to listen to it twice. At the sake of risking the "unhelpful" reaction to those who loved this book, I can only plead the truth: this book made me fall alseep at the wheel. Okay almost. I realized it was doing so and changed over to Molly Harper to perk things up. I would blame this on simple tiredness but it was only 6pm and I had just started driving thirty minutes earlier - I just cant give a good review to a book that made me go cross-eyed and swerve dangerously close to the shoulder. Round two didnt fair much better and after an hour of hoping the guest stars would perk things up I realized this book wasn't for me.

I can see how some would like it tho! If you like Wes Anderson or The Office I'm sure you'll adore this book. I myself am more of a Big Bang Theory meets Jane Austen kinda girl so this was a little too dry for my taste. For that, I will not give it the one star rating of doom and will probably recommend it to various friends with a smile.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Only mildly funny, mostly boring

I listened to several hours of this, all the time expecting it to take off and get funnier and more interesting. It never did, so I gave up.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Larry
  • Philadelphia, PA, United States
  • 04-01-11

Baffeled

I tried to listen to this book three times. I swear; I honestly tried. I wanted to give it its due.
I gave up.

1 of 4 people found this review helpful

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What a waste of time

If you haven't got one single thing to do while you're at the computer, go ahead and listen to this. Open up a solitaire game, put your fingers on auto pilot and listen to this drivel, but beware! A little of John Hodgman goes a LONG way.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Sorry to write this review

I love John Hodgeman - but I guess it's in person. I found this painful to listen to: unfunny, predictable, and even annoying at the end with the list of random info events. I didn't get his first book, but it likely has the same style -- if you liked that, you may find this worthwhile.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Patrick
  • Biddeford, ME, United States
  • 10-01-10

A Huge Disappointment

This book is such a let-down after the last one. The banter is mean-spirited, the stories and "data" are weak and poorly thought out, and the language is quite rough in parts. It's like all of the joy of the first book was removed in favor of crass self aggrandizement.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Not all lies...

are born the same. There are different kind of lies, say irony, satire, sarcasm, hillarious mythomania... Hodgman can handle them all with ease.

The there is the arrogant self indulgent lie.
The lie for the sake of just talking. The lie so silly and so outragous that it just insults yhour intelligence, the missed irony of someone who is trying too hard to be witty... MITYR is full of them.

Hodgman in his other characters look like a well tailored suit. This is Hodgman in a speedo.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful