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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (15,585 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: A. J. Jacobs Narrator: Geoffrey Cantor Publisher: Highbridge Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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A hilarious, intelligent-trivia-packed story from a man who read the entire Encylopedia Britannica. Early in his career, A. J. Jacobs found himself putting his Ivy League education to work at Entertainment Weekly. After five years he learned which stars have fake boobs, which stars have toupees, which have both, and not much else. This unsettling realization led Jacobs on a life-changing quest: to read the entire contents of the Encylopedia Britannica—all 33,000 pages, all 44 million words. Jacobs accumulates useful and less-so knowledge, and along the way finds a deep connection with his father (who attempted the same feat when Jacob's was a child), examines the nature of knowledge vs. intelligence, and learns how to be rather annoying at cocktail parties. Part memoir/part-education (or lack thereof), the chapters are organized by the letters of the alphabet.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Converse | 2/15/2014

    " Entertaining tale of celebrity journalist reads the entire Encyclopedia Brittanica, joins Mensa, realizes he can no longer do long algebra, & gets wife pregnant - with some difficulty. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Tyler | 2/12/2014

    " Although it took my much longer than expected to read it, I thought it was really funny. It is also handy how you can pick it up for 1 minute incriments as your waiting for the kids to brush their teeth and read an entry or two. It did make me feel smart for knowing a lot of his science facts that he learned, although at the same time I can tell I know zero about most of the famous writers he wrote about. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Ryan Hartberg | 2/8/2014

    " Kind of annoying at times and kind of interesting at others. Overall, probably not worth the time, but its always nice to have variety in the library. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by caitlin | 2/7/2014

    " fun. good to read little bits at a time. weird trivia and casual writing style. "

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