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- Listening Length: 15 hours and 24 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books
- Audible.com Release Date: October 20, 2004
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0006IU524
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The Know-It-All: One Man's Humble Quest to Become the Smartest Person in the World Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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Active Table of Contents for each letter chapter.
You can browse chapter to chapter with one click.
Formatting is nice and simple to read.
Index available but is neither clickable or page numbered which makes an index useless.
What readers want to know:
This is a narrative of one man's adventure in reading the Encyclopedia Britannica. For select entries, the author expounds on the content and history and its application in his world (his wife, his job, etc.).
It is humorous, enlightening, and fun. If you are a trivia or reference book enthusiast than this is your comfort reading! It has hilarity and heart. And even I, a reference book junkie learned a thing or too! The narrative is pleasant and makes the effort more enjoyable than just reading about entries.
Jacobs has brought stunt authoring to the academics... or at least Jeopardy watchers! It makes you want to go back when information searching began with sifting through pages of a heavy set of leather bound books.
The book spans the alphabet from A to Z, full of interesting tidbits about historical figures, etc. but A.J. sprinkles the pages with comings & goings from his own life. Although an interesting read, about half-way thru I wanted it to be OVER. Interestingly the hard cover copy I bought has several typos thruout--curious coming from an editor of Esquire magazine.
His sense of humor comes thru the pages as strongly as in his other works, but I didn't enjoy this one as much as "The Year of Living Biblically".
I had to get used to the author's style, which initially I found a bit snarky, but after several pages I tuned into his vibe. I'm glad I adjusted because I ultimately enjoyed quite a few belly laughs. My favorite was the bit about his dad's favorite drink being Yellow Lightening.
This is definitely light reading, great to read on a vacation, but with a creative flair that sets it apart from the genre.
The basic story is interesting, as Jacobs embarks on a quest to read the entire Encyclopaedia Brittannica, but the quest is a self-centered one, and it is difficult to read the inconveniences suffered by Jacobs' wife and other family members when the reader knows that even Jacobs doesn't seem convinced that his pursuit has a worthwhile goal. As the book progresses, though, Jacobs matures as a storyteller and presents beautiful studies of intelligence and wisdom, along with honest struggles with infertility and with his larger-than-life father. By the end, this is a truly wonderful book, and I highly recommend it.
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It's a great story about a guy struggling to read it and all of the silly stuff that happens to...Read more
I laugh at anything he writes.