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Publisher's Summary

Greg Proops is an internationally renowned comedian, best known for starring on the hit improv comedy show Whose Line Is It Anyway? and for his popular, award-winning podcast, The Smartest Man in the World, which Rolling Stone magazine called "some of the boldest comedy on the podcasting frontier right now". But Proops is also a fountain of historical knowledge, a wealth of pop-culture trivia, and a generally charming know-it-all.

The Smartest Book in the World is based on Proops' sensational, iTunes Top 10 podcast. The audiobook is a rollicking reference guide to the most essential areas of knowledge in Proops' universe, from the noteworthy names of the ancient world and baseball to the movies you must see and the albums you must hear. Complete with history's juiciest tales and curious backstories, Proops expounds on the merits of poetry and proper punctuation, delivering this wealth of information with his signature style and Proopsian panache. An offbeat and exuberant guide to everything, The Smartest Book in the World gives you everything you need to know to always be the smartest person in the room.

©2015 Gregory Proops (P)2015 Tantor

Critic Reviews

"It's a terrifically random appreciation of cultural touchstones that's sure to inspire readers to look further." (Publishers Weekly)

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Great listen

This book is great! It's fun and interesting. I like how Proops' personality really shines. It's like listening to an extended episode of his podcast.

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The narration gets better after a few chapters

It was enjoyable, if you like history and facts with a spin. Top 5 Lists were a prominent writing style a couple years ago (thanks BuzzFeed) and a good chunk of this book is also in that format. When the book diverges away from that style is when it is most entertaining.

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Smartest review in the world

Listen up kittens! Make daddy a vodka flavored vodka drink and tuck into a heaping helping of auditory awesomeness.

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Great read

If you were a fan of the podcast, you'll love the book. Roman emperors, baseball, music, women's rights, and all the boring preachy parts. They're all in here.

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Gotta love Proops.

Proops is the man. Lots of information on just about everything. Time to go read.

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  • Heather B
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  • 04-17-17

He's very funny...

And so is this book. Not the most literary or insightful, but funny. Sometimes very funny.

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love love love

so wonderfully read and written! beyond fantastic. something tells me I will be listening to this book about one time a year so I might retain even a portion of the amount of awesome this book contains!

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The Mind of Proops Is Open and Enjoyable

Would you listen to The Smartest Book in the World again? Why?

I would listen to this again. It's educational yet entertaining. If you enjoy his podcast, it's worth the read/listen.

What did you like best about this story?

His knowledge of cinema, music, literature, and baseball is amazing.

Which scene was your favorite?

Greg just being Greg. His knowledge of all things pop culture and history are enjoyable.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

It is, but I was listening at work over the span of three work days.

Any additional comments?

It does follow the book. If you have the hardback book, yet are in no position to read (work and cooking) then I highly recommend getting this audio book to act as a multi media counterpart.

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Awesome book well worth the listen

Proops does it again. Awesome book full of wonder. Also love the baseball bits inside didn't know the history of our national pastime

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Major Proops fan

I love Greg Proops podcast so I knew that I'd love this book. There were a couple history references that didn't ring as that funny to me as they probably could have if I payed more attention in my history classes.