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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (794 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: John Hodgman Narrator: John Hodgman Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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John Hodgman—bestselling author, The Daily Show’s “Resident Expert,” minor television celebrity, and deranged millionaire—brings us the third and final installment in his trilogy of Complete World Knowledge.

In 2005, Dutton published The Areas of My Expertise, a handy little book of Complete World Knowledge, marked by the distinction that all of the fascinating trivia and amazing true facts were completely made up by its author, John Hodgman. At the time, Hodgman was merely a former literary agent and occasional scribbler of fake trivia. In short: a nobody.

But during an interview on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, an incredible transformation occurred. He became a famous minor television personality. You may ask, “During his whirlwind tornado ride through the high ether of minor fame and outrageous fortune, did John Hodgman forget how to write books of fake trivia?” The answer is yes. Briefly. But soon, he remembered!

And so he returned, crashing his Kansas farmhouse down upon the wicked witch of ignorance with More Information Than You Require, a New York Times bestseller containing even more mesmerizing and essential fake trivia, including seven hundred mole-man names (and their occupations).

And now, John Hodgman completes his vision with That Is All, the last book in a trilogy of Complete World Knowledge. Like its predecessors, That Is All compiles incredibly handy made-up facts into brief articles, overlong lists, and beguiling narratives on new and familiar themes. It picks up exactly where More Information left off and finally completes Complete World Knowledge—just in time for the return of Quetzalcoatl and the end of human history in 2012.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Like all of Hodgman’s work, [That is All] is fantastically dense, bitingly witty, and gut-bustingly funny.”

    Entertainment Weekly

  • “Entertaining.”

    New York Journal of Books

  • “Dizzying information guaranteed to win you passing fame at parties.”

    Barnes & Noble editorial review

  • “The narration features Hodgman and numerous guests, including Rachel Maddow and Paul Rudd. When Hodgman interacts with his fellow narrators, their banter has an improvised feel to it. The humor is dry, in Hodgman’s deadpan style, and the facts are nonsensical and not in any discernible order. Sound effects are featured throughout. Hodgman fans who have read the first two books in the series will appreciate the brand of humor in this audiobook.”


  • “Just the sort of book to keep by your bed—a bundle of knowing laughs.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A 2012 eMusic Best Audiobook of the Year
  • A 2013 Audie Award Finalist for Multi-Voiced Performance

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Dani | 2/18/2014

    " I don't know what to say about this book. At this point, presumably, you are either in the Hodgman camp or not and I very much am. I don't think I can objectively evaluate it by itself because John Hodgman has had such a huge influence on my sense of humor over the last five years and I can't talk about him or his work without devolving into a squeeing fangirl. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Kurt Adam | 2/14/2014

    " The third volume of Hodgman's hilarious series of books of "Complete World Knowledge". The running joke of "Today in Ragnarok" on each page counting down the end of the world (per the Mayan calendar) had some particularly choice bits of humor. Highly recommended for fans of irreverent and surreal wordplay. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Karen | 2/9/2014

    " I was sadly disappointed by this one. There were still some funny bits, but it was much more rambling in between them. And it felt mean-spirited and crass too often. It's not going to dissuade me from liking Hodgman in general, but save your time and re-read The Areas of My Expertise instead. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Tim Mulry | 2/6/2014

    " One of two apocalyptic books I read this year. John Hodgman is clever and imaginative as always. The list of 700 elder gods and the page-a-day saga of the End of the World alone make this one worth reading. I can't get enough of the dogstorm. This is an excellent end to the series; the humor is more outlandish and mad-raving-tastic than the first two. "

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