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The Areas of My Expertise Audiobook

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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (7,614 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: John Hodgman Narrator: John Hodgman Publisher: Penguin Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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In the great tradition of the American almanac, The Areas of My Expertise is a brilliant and hilarious compendium of handy reference tables, fascinating trivia, and sage wisdom on all topics large and small. Although bestsellers such as Poor Richard’s Almanack and The Book of Lists were certainly valuable, they also were largely true. Here is a different kind of handy desk reference, one in which all of the historical oddities and amazing true facts are sifted through the singular, illuminating imagination of John Hodgman, which is the nice way of saying: he made it all up.                                          

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Review by Erik Dryden | 2/20/2014

    " If you've seen John Hodgman's commentaries on the Daily Show, you pretty much know what to expect in his book. He is an expert in any area he declares himself to be, and confidently shares, here in almanac form, his dubious wisdom. Overall, this book was hilarious, but I would recommend it in small doses. His humor is quite dry, and can get a little tiresome if read all at once. Still, I laughed a lot, and I'm looking forward to reading more of his stuff. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Review by Trickey | 2/7/2014

    " Mildly entertaining. Unfortunately, when you compile mildly entertaining in over 200 pages it can become somewhat boring. But for those of you who enjoy fictitious information presented in clear tables and correlating graphs, than you will enjoy this book. If you can't imagine reading a list of 700 hobo names, than I recommend skipping it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Review by Joe Viola | 1/23/2014

    " Frustrating. Funny moments throughout but too spread out. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Review by J | 1/20/2014

    " Hilarious bathroom read. Snippets of real actual factoids (hint: "factoid" does not mean what you think). Even the Hobo Name list, though long and a little exhausting sneaks in unexpected chuckles. "

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About the Author
Author John Hodgman

John Hodgman lives in New York City, where he curates and hosts “The Little Gray Book Lectures,” a monthly colloquium of readings, songs, and dubious scholarship. He can also be seen frequently on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart as a residential expert. He is a contributing writer at New York Times Magazine and a frequent voice on public radio’s This American Life. Further fiction, nonfiction, and genres in between have appeared in Paris Review, McSweeney’s, and One-Story, among other publications. He has performed at the US Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen, as well as on the great stages of Chicago, Philadelphia, and London’s Barbican.