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- Listening Length: 15 hours and 25 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books
- Audible.com Release Date: October 20, 2004
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English, 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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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".
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.
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.