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Would you try another book from Dan Lewis and/or Anthony Haden Salerno?
Maybe from the author, but not the narrator
Has Now I Know More turned you off from other books in this genre?
I usually enjoy trivia and random facts. I stopped listening because of the narrator.
How did the narrator detract from the book?
Strange 'breathy' style of reading and a number of mispronunciations. Febewary for February and Obstensibly for Ostensibly come immediately to mind.
If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Now I Know More?
I would find a new narrator and pay more attention to quality control.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful
We're just a batty lot, we humans are; the way our minds work, the choices we make. "Now I Know More" is a wonderfully enjoyable compilation of facts/stories that are totally irrelevant to life, but are fascinating nonetheless and bring to life history and human nature. Human nature: LBJ screeching to people in the car that THE BRAKES HAVE GONE OUT (just to mess with their minds) to Putin bringing his dogs around when he knows Germany's Angela Merkel was bitten by a dog in her childhood. History: A family who lived in Siberia and only knew advances had happened by watching "fire in the sky" (satellites), until they all died there by themselves to a cigarette company helping reconstruct one of China's regions most devastated by earthquakes. All the while passing out cigarette candies to children.
Simply extraordinary. Some of these things are so entertaining, some of them are so freakin' sad, some of them are so galling. But they're only skimmed, so this is not a deep listen that gets you enraged: It only makes you think, makes you awed, makes you chuckle, makes you irked.
And there are ditties that you'll never forget: The $20,000,000 wired "Spy Cat" who, and I know the tragedy of this one, doesn't look both ways before crossing the street. And, oh so many more.
This is a wonderful book! Sometimes you just can't listen to a 20-hour serious non-fiction audiobook; you just need a mind-breeze that lets you laugh and think. Something well-structured, with perfect segues, and great narration.
And now I know why my beloved magenta is nowhere on the ROY G. BIV spectrum. A tragedy, still...
22 of 24 people found this review helpful
How could the performance have been better?
The narrator might be ok for some people but the delivery style was grating on me. I'm not sure how to describe it but I would advise listening to a sample and see if you could stand a good few hours of a book being read like an American version of Jeremy Clarkson winding up a car review....
Any additional comments?
As a book touted as being about 'the worlds most interesting facts' it fails on a number of points:
The largest majority of facts are about the USA and, if you're not American, you probably won't think them that interesting and probably won't understand why anyone would think them interesting, even if they understood the context of the 'fact'.
Given the above, very few of the facts are what I would call interesting, but when you hear repeated "according to Wikipedia" (or other sources such as newspapers) you wonder whether they are even actually 'facts' at all and may question the thoroughness of the research.
Some of the 'facts' are generously seasoned with errors and a book about facts should probably make sure it 'gets it facts right'. Two simple examples (there were many more), the narrator refers to the British fighter aircraft the "Submarine Spitfire". Since (outside the USA) this is probably the second world war's most famous fighter aircraft, no small bit of research would tell you that it is accurately the Supermarine Spitfire (i.e. made by the Supermarine aircraft company). Similarly, the narrator refers to the HMS Titanic - even people in the USA must have heard about this particular vessel it being probably the most famous (infamous?) ship sinking! But it was not a warship (HMS) but a Royal Mail Ship (RMS)... I could go on.
I wish I hadn't wasted my money on this!!
3 of 4 people found this review helpful
I really enjoyed this and the first book. The narrator on this one was too dramatic for me. He sounded like an 80s movie trailer guy. Good work on this Dan, but consider a different narrator next time.
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