The Great Book of 1980s Trivia

Crazy Random Facts & 80s Trivia (Trivia Bill's Nostalgic Trivia Books, Volume 1)
Narrated by: Mike Alger
Length: 4 hrs and 53 mins
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Publisher's Summary

Take a fantastical journey through the 1980s as we uncover every riveting storyline that dominated the "decadent decade". Revisit, or explore for the first time, the big stories and the forgotten facts of 10 fast-paced years that would reshape the world and lay the foundation for the way we live today.  

Discover the events that gripped the world through hijackings, bombings, and hostage standoffs during a decade dominated by international terrorism. Hear the stories of serial killers on the run and military battles that transformed continents.  

Follow Madonna and Michael Jackson as they took their awe-inspiring acts to the top of the charts, surrounded by a new MTV culture.  

Take a joyride through a new age of cinema dominated by Steven Spielberg and George Lucas and their endearing heroes. Go to battle with Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone, and find out how Meryl Streep mesmerized audiences with six Oscar-nominated performances.  

You will also find the answers to the following questions: 

  • Why did President Reagan's would-be assassin put a bullet in his chest, and what "affair" discredited Reagan's administration?
  • What prompted First Lady Nancy Reagan to ask America to "Just Say No"?
  • What catastrophic event sidelined the US space program?
  • What toys and video games made every child's wish list?
  • Why did Time magazine stray from their annual "Person of the Year" to award the "Machine of the Year", and how did Bill Gates and Steve Jobs become international icons? 
  • How did Oprah and Geraldo Rivera build a daytime-talk-show empire? 
  • What made Bill Cosby a national icon and America's dad long before the sex scandal that would completely derail him?
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The King of trivia is back.

Another successful trivia Book by the Author he keeps cranking them out like a well oiled machine.

The Narrator is a Pro and delivers the goods.

Download this Audio Book and have some fun.



This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

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Facts Brah

Going in to the book I had the thought it was going to be all pop culture but it had everything. I was born in 87 so it was really awesome hearing about all the stuff that was happening around the time I was born. I'm really loving all the Bill O'Neill trivia books.

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Opinions & terrible narration

I expect trivia to be facts, not narrative based on opinion. Also, narrator attempts to impersonate people like Ronald Reagan, with cringe-worthy results.

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Great Read

The Great Book of 1980s Trivia: Crazy Random Facts & 80s Trivia (Trivia Bill's Nostalgic Trivia Books) by Bill O'Neill was a great read. It is a very thorough guide to what happened during the 1980s. I really enjoy all of Bill O’Neills trivia books and this one is no exception.

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1980's history

Even back when I was a history major in college in early "twenty-teens", I did not learn all that much about American history post WW-II, and I can't ever remember a course covering past the Civil Rights era of the 1960's. So it was a real pleasure to finally learn about the 80's in a fun and informative manner.

Mike Alger, the narrator, is your typical historical narrator. Everything is pronounced crisply and the tone flows smoothly, although he does occasionally forget to give subtle vocal clues that he's moved from a body paragraph to a new heading.

This 90's kid learned a lot, and I bet you will too.

**I was provided with a promotional copy and have voluntarily left a fair and honest review**

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Wonderful trip down memory lane

This is the third Bill O'Neill trivia audiobook that I've listened to, and it's as enjoyable as the others. I was a teenager during the 80s and, like most GenX'ers, I have a soft spot in my heart for this formative decade. My experience of the 80's was viewed through the rose-coloured filter of youth, so an audiobook like this is a useful reminder of the not-so-rosy aspects of that decade. Nostalgia aside, O'Neill has got a good formula here with the way he structures these books. Interesting and informative, with lots of details organized into a short volume organized by year. O'Neill has used different narrators for each of the trivia audiobooks I've heard so far, and all have been excellent choices. Mike Alger has a great voice for this type of audiobook.

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An Enjoyable Listen

This book is an overlook of the 1980s and is done very well. Mr. O'Neill brings the trivia across in an interesting way. He not only touches on the frivolous times of the 80s he also reminds us of the important things which came to pass during this decade. For those of us who grew up in this period, it's a recap and for those who came after, it's a way to learn what happened. The narrator did a wonderful job telling the snip-its of this time.

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5 star trivia review of the 80’s.

Having grown up during the 80’s, it has always been my most favorite decade. Listening to this book was a great “Blast from the Past”. Mr. O’Neill picked the best of the decade for this volume of trivia. This book brought back so many great memories and also reminded me of some of the serious events that I have forgotten. The narrator, Mike Alger did a great job. My first book my Bill O’Neill and I can wait to read more of his works.

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Another fun trivia book by Bill O'Neill!!

This was a fun book to listen to. So many familiar things I remember from the 80's. I've listened to a few of Bill O'Neill's trivia books and they are always fun and packed full of great trivia. I love the great information as well as the trivia questions. The narration was very good. Mike Alger did a wonderful job with this one. I was voluntarily provided this review copy audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator

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The Great Book of 1980s Trivia

Trivia Bill, you’ve done it again! A fantastic journey through the 80s... a great way to reminisce or get the highlights. I love the format, including the quiz at the end of each chapter.

Mike Alger did a fantastic job with the narration. Very easy to listen to.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and I have voluntarily left this review.