I Used to Know That

Stuff You Forgot from School
Narrated by: Joan Walker
Length: 4 hrs and 47 mins
3 out of 5 stars (4 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Can you remember how photosynthesis works? Well, what about quadratic equations? Or the names of all the Bennet sisters in Pride and Prejudice? How about Henry VIII’s wives, conjunctions, inertia, the continents of the world and the Seven Deadly Sins? And what on earth is the point of pi? Let’s face it, there are an awful lot of half-remembered things floating around in our heads.

This witty and very insightful book gathers together the facts, fiction, figures, and formulae we all learnt at school, and is guaranteed to have you exclaiming, ‘I used to know that!’

©2008 Michael O’Mara Books Limited (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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I have this in book form and it's a good overview - very useful for general knowledge revision. As an audiobook, however, it's very disappointing. No adjustments have been made for the audio format. There are even continual comments like "see page 150". It's just one long list of facts with very little narrative or commentary. Educational audiobooks ought to be along the same lines as lectures. I really hope there will be more of them! But there's no point in reading out an encyclopedia or dictionary.

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  • Ann
  • 06-18-10

Bit of a clunker

This doesn't work as an audiobook. Too many references to 'see page...' and the mathematical formulas were too confusing to listen to without having a pen and paper to hand.

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  • Frank
  • 06-03-10

Almost Good

This book was based on a sound idea and I looked forward to listening to it as I drive to and from work.

Perhaps the content was not fully what I expected but it recounted overly dry detail such as the reading through of the entire periodic table and thumbnails of Shakespeare's plays and the Brontes' books etc but for me it lacked real entertainment and the narration was really irritating.

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  • Jay Dermott
  • 07-27-15

Comedy of Errors!

Well told, Joan has an engaging voice and rose to the task of narrating what often turned out to be a list of lists in an exemplary way. However, this didn't work anything like as well as Caroline's "A Classical Education" did. Some of the facts were just plain wrong. The Capital of the Netherlands is certainly Amsterdam but it definitely isn't in Asia!

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  • Kai
  • 01-23-12

don't bother

Really disappointed with this audio book this book simply does not work as an audio book. Too many references to 'see page and the huge lists make it nothing more than boring at its very best
i was expecting something else from this but unless you skipped every single lesson don’t expect to learn too much from this book
Probably best sold as a aid to sleeping
(Sorry) but it is awful.

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  • Celia 22
  • 10-08-17

It's a list - that is all it is a list

Thought this might be amusing, or educational - it's neither it's a mainly a list of stuff read aloud.
First bit is just one of those basic grammar things read aloud. This is followed by brief plots of Shakepeare, Dickens the Brontes etc read out at breakneck speed - not enough information to either learn anything new or refresh your memory if you had read the book in the dim and distant past. You would do better looking stuff up on Wikipedia - more info. Whole thing is annoying, pointless and a waste of a credit.
Save yours for something better.

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  • Andrew Worsley
  • 05-23-19

Very useful

Overall, some very good top-line content. Very well narrated by Joan. Certainly met my expectations!

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  • Caroline
  • 05-04-17

Compact and enjoyable

Loved the narrator's voice and thought the book factual. One to listen to in the background in the hope it subconsciously goes in.

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  • Amazonfan
  • 08-26-20

Trust the BBC to tell you

that the Netherlands are situated in Asia.
The BBC, not what it used to be.