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Thousands of readers told us they wanted Uncle John in their cars. Of course, he couldn't visit each of them personally, so here's the next best thing: an audio version, jammed with interesting, helpful, and humorous trivia and information from the Uncle John backlist.

  • Learn how America's favorite sport came to being called "box ball"
  • Hear how two kooky brothers and their "collections" became the basis of a psychological condition
  • Get the real dirt on why Americans fear halitosis and body odor
  • Find out what happened to women's sports when a male chauvinist took on a determined feminist sports champ
  • Get acquainted with the warm-hearted folks of Gander, Newfoundland, and their smaritan efforts on 9/11
  • Get the picture on why the most well-known portrait in America was never finished
  • And much, much more
  • ©2004 Portable Press (P)2004 Portable Press

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      4 out of 5 stars

    Just plain fun facts in a easy to listen to format

    If you are a trivia buff like me and like to peruse the bathroom readers
    such as Uncle John's Bathroom Reader. This is the audio book for you. Granted I am on my third listen through on this one to pick it all up. Of course some are more intriguing than others but on the whole very interesting material split up among several readers so you never get tired of just one narrator's voice.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful

    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars

    Highly recommended!

    A lot of fun. If you only have five minutes in your car or an hour on the bus, this is the perfect book to listen to. Lots of fun facts, riddles and trivia.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful

    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Shannon
    • Chicago, IL, United States
    • 03-27-06

    I craved more

    I've long been a fan of Uncle John's readers, and have whiled away far more time than necessary reading them in the comfort and privacy of the smallest room in the house.

    I was quite excited to think that Uncle John would now read to me in the car and while I'm out walking.

    The listen was very enjoyable, with many interesting factoids, riddles and trivia.

    The book seems a little dated (and I note the original reader was printed in 1988) but most of the stuff holds up well.

    I liked the alternating readers, although there was one (a woman with a British-ish accent) whose manner I found a little jarring.

    A minor complaint is that this is apparently an abridged version. I would like my full measure of trivia.

    I hope that we will soon hear more from Uncle John.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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      5 out of 5 stars
    • Ben
    • East Brunswick, NJ, USA
    • 05-16-07

    Great family reading

    I've always enjoyed the printed versions of the Bathroom Readers, so I got this on a whim, hoping that my tweener kids would enjoy it too. They can't get enough of it. I wish Audible also carried the newer version from 2005.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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      4 out of 5 stars
    • Curtis
    • Sherman Oaks, CA, USA
    • 03-17-06

    This book is lots of FUN

    If you like trivia, you'll love this book, my only complaint is I wanted more.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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      4 out of 5 stars

    Enjoyable time passer

    If you love interesting facts and stories. This is a good book for you. There are a few stories I found boring, but more piqued my interest.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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    The overall of the app is OK...

    ...just because the cost of the books. The performance is great and since I love Uncle John's tidbits of facts and stories I give it a 6 out of 5. if you've never read or listened to these books, do it now. it's perfect for mundane tasks and keeps your attention. if you don't like one story or fact the next one is coming up soon... and you learn a lot!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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      4 out of 5 stars

    good read, uh listen I mean.

    Not all stories are interesting. I like the facts told in between stories. I like the different voices in the stories.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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    • zenabuff
    • assisted living now in Indiania
    • 04-07-15

    Fun Fact filled bathroom audio reader, Cool!

    Would you listen to Uncle John's Bathroom Reader again? Why?

    Yes, my MS damaged brain could not retain all the neat fun fill facts told to me in on sitting so I will have to listen this several time to be able to retain any of it, but you may be able to get away with just one listen, you out there smart people, not me. So I will enjoy listening to this many times over just to retain a fact or two, so I can impress someone once in a great blue moon.

    What other book might you compare Uncle John's Bathroom Reader to and why?

    How I Know books, or The book of Weird and Unusual Trivia which is part of a set of Arm Chair Reader of Unusual History and Trivia, or Event collected in large Arm Chair books, (I have a set of 4 out 6 or 7) that I just love to flip through and find unusual trivia to read about or unusual history. They are lot of fun to keep by my bedside chair. I just flipped to a page that start out "The World's Most Expensive Foods" and goes on to give a list. Uncle John's is also full of unusual facts like that but of a little more history based and a lot more interesting.

    What about Full Cast’s performance did you like?

    I like that they keep changing readers so there wasn't a monotone problem like with the How I Know Audio Book. Which has a real problem with all the fact being read to you in a monotone and it just come of boring, No this book keeps it interesting by changing readers and keeps it exciting, I really enjoyed this book.

    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    AMAZING FACTS to ROCK YOUR SOCKS, There is no plot just the fact nothing but the facts.

    Any additional comments?

    I know i only gave this 4 stars, but I truly enjoyed this audio book it was full of interesting trivia, history and and well just stuff to make you laugh. It was well presented with different readers reading different sections and I enjoyed completely.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars
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      5 out of 5 stars
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      4 out of 5 stars

    Fun Facts @ High Speed

    After all of the sci-fi novels I have been listening to lately, this was actually a really welcome change of pace.

    I have always been a fan of strange facts and short anecdotes about interesting events, so this audiobook was straight up my alley. It didn't disappoint. It's pretty much exactly what you'd expect if you've ever glanced at one of these books in a friend or family member's washroom. No big surprises here.

    My only piece of advice to potential reader is that you should probably only listen to this in small chunks at a time. As interesting as its contents are, I imagine that listening to this book in one full sitting would get really old, really fast.

    8.48 / 10.00

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful