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Publisher's Summary

Random House Audiobooks presents The Audiobook of the Year, written and read by the team behind hit podcast No Such Thing as a Fish: James Harkin, Andrew Hunter Murray, Anna Ptaszynski and Dan Schreiber.

In a year when much of the news was believable but fake comes an audiobook packed with stories that are unbelievable but true.

The Audiobook of the Year is a feature-length edition of the award-winning hit comedy podcast No Such Thing as a Fish. Each week over a million people tune in to find out what bizarre and astonishing facts Dan, James, Anna and Andy have found out over the previous seven days. Now the gang have turned their attention to the news of the past 12 months.

You'll discover the curious details behind the main headlines - how Donald Trump slept on the 66th floor of a 58-storey building, what effect Brexit had on Coco Pops, and why China's president can't stand Winnie the Pooh - as well as hundreds of stories you may have missed entirely, like the news that:

Qatar built a refugee camp for camels
2,000 bees were stolen in Beeston
The victim of Britain's first ever shark attack ended up with a cut thumb.

From bizarre arrests to baffling elections, via a surprising amount of sausage news, The Audiobook of the Year is an eye-opening tour of the incredible year you didn't know you'd lived through.

©2017 No Such Thing as a Fish (P)2017 Random House AudioBooks

Critic Reviews

"Jolly, packed with impressive and silly facts... hooray for No Such Thing As A Fish." ( Observer)
"Knowledge-packed and riotously funny." ( The Times)

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The best book you'll ever listen to, buy it twice

The full review is optional, why does it need to have at least fifteen words?

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very amusing

if you enjoy their podcast, then you will love this book! if you haven't listened to their podcast, then go do so!

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LOVE it!

Hilarious and full of interesting and fun facts! Also definitely best as an audiobook. Absolutely recommend.

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informative and funny, what more could you ask for

really good facts and really funny people reading the book! I love the podcast and love the book!

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  • RC6
  • Tampa, FL
  • 01-28-18

Brilliant!

Hands down the most enjoyable 8+ hours I’ve spent in my car. A must listen, I can’t imagine the read has the same ad lib jokes.

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If you like the podcast you will love this.

Loved this book. I have been a fan of the podcast for quite a while, and this was NSTAAF at their best.

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No such thing as a boring Book of the Year 2017

The QI elves have compiled a wonderfully entertaining list of weird facts from 2017. listening to them is like a twelve hour long podcast! Such fun

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  • Lisa D
  • Baltimore, MD
  • 01-13-18

Never disappoints!

I've been a fan of the No Such Thing As a Fish podcast and the show QI (Quite Interesting) for years. All of the presenters' clever banter mixed with truly interesting facts never fail to make me laugh. I cannot recommend this enough for those who are after intellectual humor mixed with current events.

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A fun way to learn something new.

If you are a fan of random bits of trivia this is a great way to learn some more! And if you are a fan of the podcast this is even better because it basically just feels like one long episode.

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Great book

Exactly what I wanted, fun, funny and delightful book. Good pace, quality and awesome facts!

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  • Rob
  • 11-08-17

Perfect for Fans of the Podcast!

I was unsure how a book format would work but these guys smashed it. It kept the conversational tone of the podcast and was full of QI facts. Only thing that doesn't come across well on audio is when they read out lists but this only takes up a few minutes of the whole book. Well worth a listen

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  • Rhiannon
  • 11-13-17

Great! Listened to it in one go!

Great work as always, really enjoyed the podcast feel! An easy, interesting and enjoyable listen.

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  • Andy
  • 11-28-17

Love this book

Love the podcast, this is like a long version of the No Such thing as a Fish podcast. Very funny and interesting. Has intermittent parts that can't be in the the book

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-09-17

Awesome!!

If you are a fanof QI or just like useless facts this is the book for you.

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  • Physics Geek
  • 11-18-17

9 hours of the podcast. Brilliant.

The podcast that this comes from is wonderful (check it out if you haven't heard it) and this was worth paying for if it funds more free episodes. Lovely stuff, keep it up.

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  • Phillip
  • 11-17-17

No such thing as a bad review

Being a long time listener of the podcast this was a easy choice, obviously it lacks the normal back and forth between the team you get in the podcast but there is still enough to give the audiobook the edge over the paper version, great performance from all and enjoyable from A to Z.

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  • Rob
  • 11-16-17

Monkey mouth to bum resuscitation for the brain

I’m a big fan of the podcast and have been for years. It is rammed with facts that I hear and think ‘ooh, I must remember that’, and then immediately forget it as a new one comes along. I have just listened to 9 hours straight and can only remember the amazing fact about the man who saved a baby monkey’s life by giving it an hour of mouth to bum resuscitation. Which I think was one of the very first facts. There’s also something to do with Blink 1.82. Anyway, great audiobook. Scoring it down a point because there is less of the easy charming repartee than you get on the podcast, but it’s well recommended

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  • Emily Coward
  • 11-14-17

9 Hour 24 Minute Long Podcast

I got the audiobook with a free audible trial. It is so good! I’m only on chapter 6 at time of writing but would highly recommend.

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  • Callum
  • 11-12-17

Fun and Fact Filled

This is just like on of there podcasts but really long. I love putting this on before work and then relaying all the fun facts I learnt.

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  • Kris
  • 01-23-18

Great

Just like a really long podcast, perfect for the car or anywhere really. Just annoyed I'm finished it now, but think I'll have another listen just to make sure I missed nothing.

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  • Dan
  • 11-13-17

9 hour podcast? Yes please!

More structured than the podcast, but still has enough improv to keep things fun. Absolute must listen for any fans of No Such Thing As A Fish.

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  • Clio
  • 05-28-18

QI Elves Doing What They Do Best!

If you listen to the 'No Such Thing As A Fish' podcast then this book will not be new to you. I find that over the years the amount of crazy and unbelievable facts about life on this planet and beyond are worth a second or third visit and so this book is one that you can listen to over and over and still find funny, informative and in some cases quite mind boggling! Good fun.

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  • Chris Williams
  • 04-20-18

Its fast paced with plenty in it

Would you listen to The Audiobook of the Year again? Why?

Yes. There is a lot to take in, and it moves pretty fast

What did you like best about this story?

What story?

What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

English accents

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

I'd say it was written by Quentin Tarantino. I like him and his name will grab headlines. The film would make loads of money, and I'd get a promotion. In a few years I'd be in a position of power and would be making enough money to finance an impressive coke habit

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  • aaaj
  • 03-01-18

Quite Interesting

The way they go off-book to comment related things makes this so much better than it otherwise would be.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-28-18

Definitely my audiobook of the year

Just as amusing as the weekly podcast, crammed full of facts and banter I can't get enough of. Probably need to seek help as I've lost count of how many times I've listened to this...

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-07-18

So funny

Hilarious and informative. Love the podcast, loved the audio book. Would definitely recommend it to all my friends.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-16-18

Five stars!

This brought me so much joy and happiness! I can’t listen to it over and over and I’m sure I will never get bored.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-09-18

So Goood.

It was fantastic. It is just like their show, with less banter in alphabetical order.

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  • Desmond
  • 12-17-17

tops

a review that says it is optional still requies 15 words? I don't get it. The book was great though

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  • Swarup
  • 12-06-17

Not really a story

But very well bound together facts in alphabetical order. Tons of great facts for anyone