The Smartest Book in the World

A Lexicon of Literacy, a Rancorous Reportage, a Concise Curriculum of Cool
Narrated by: Greg Proops
Length: 7 hrs and 32 mins
Categories: History, World
4 out of 5 stars (372 ratings)

$14.95/month after 30 days. Cancel anytime.

OR
In Cart

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)

More from the same

What members say
Average Customer Ratings
Overall
  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    186
  • 4 Stars
    89
  • 3 Stars
    48
  • 2 Stars
    20
  • 1 Stars
    29
Performance
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    223
  • 4 Stars
    49
  • 3 Stars
    32
  • 2 Stars
    19
  • 1 Stars
    20
Story
  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    158
  • 4 Stars
    75
  • 3 Stars
    55
  • 2 Stars
    25
  • 1 Stars
    27

Reviews - Please select the tabs below to change the source of reviews.

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars

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.

5 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

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.

5 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars

should be called the dumbest book in the world

I came expecting interesting little facts, but really it's just dull, self-congratulating leftist propaganda. Lame jokes from an obnoxious guy. If I wanted to hear this I could have turned on the news.

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars

Greg Proops with 1000% more baseball!

It’s the Greg Proops I know and love from Whose Line, only with more talk about baseball than I ever cared to hear. While I enjoyed the book, it still came off as “I’m kinda famous, why don’t I write a book even though I don’t really have anything to write about?!”

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

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!

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

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.

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

This book will help my P brain

This book is really really cool the narrator is amazing I would recommend this to anyone

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

knowledge is his game.

A legendary comic and baseball fanatic. loved it from the start till the end. Thanks Greg Proops

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars

Interesting Book

Enjoyed the book. Was a little random, which kept it interesting. A lot of info regarding history of old movies and stars and Baseball. I'm not a baseball fan but really enjoyed a lot of the history of players and leagues. Good for a fun book. Would consider buying the actual book just to have a reference to look up all the movies, actors, actresses, and baseball players.

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars

I love Proops

His perky, up noted voice is always fun and up lifting. His sense of humor so intelligent. I just don't like baseball. so much baseball. But I have never listened to so much baseball while still having fun. even Proops made baseball a little interesting.