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When I first heard about this book,I was mildly interested at the thought of someone reading through the Encyclopedia Britannica from A-Z (being what Jacobs calls an "encyclopedia dabbler" myself), but feared it would just be a pretentious rehash of what he'd read.
Then, a friend told me how much she'd enjoyed and laughed witt another of Jacobs' books, The Year of Living Biblically. Realizing then that The Know It All would be humorous and informative, I decided I had to listen to it.
What a pleasure! True, the narrator has a nasal voice but as you get into the book, you realize this and his delivery are perfectly fitted for the book.
I learned some facts -- but mostly enjoyed his humor and attitude toward life and learning.
In fact, this is one of the best books I've listened to here at Audible.
8 of 8 people found this review helpful
I'm beginning to wonder about the usefulness of some of these reviews, particularly the negative ones. They almost prevented me from listening to Blink by Malcom Gladwell which I LOVED and might have prevailed against me for this one had I paid any attention. They are in such stark contrast to my experience.
I find this book a very enjoyable read and as people have said, it's as much about the author as the book he is reading. I have truly enjoyed the narrator Geoffrey Cantor portrayal of the book. He seems more like an actor reading a script than a narrator reading a book.
The book is long however, but I think I'll be able to stop it for awhile and come back to it fairly easily. I strongly recommend it.
16 of 17 people found this review helpful
Had this as our 'bedtime story' learnt some good snippets of information (wish we could remember all of it!) It was funny, interesting and very well told. You can pick this up, listen to a bit and pick up where you left off.
A really enjoyable listen, thankyou.
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