• The Great Book of American Trivia: Fun Random Facts & American History

  • Trivia USA 2
  • By: Bill O'Neill
  • Narrated by: Derek Newman
  • Length: 3 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Release date: 02-02-18
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: LAK Publishing
  • 4 out of 5 stars 4.3 (8 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Slept through high school history? Need a more entertaining refresher than a dusty textbook? Want to learn more about America and its interesting history?
Pick up The Great Book of American Trivia, the ultimate compendium of American trivia and little-known facts. A quick audiobook packed with information.
Here you will find out:

Which US president survived an assassination attempt - and didn’t even pause his speech?
What holiday’s origin story was actually just a tall tale to unite a country at war?
Where in the world can you find an American mountain range - that isn’t in America?
How did an earthquake lead to the Trail of Tears?
What first lady gossip shook up an entire presidential cabinet?
Overstuffed like the Thanksgiving turkey with answers to these questions and more facts - sometimes fun, sometimes serious, but always as true as we can confirm among America’s fables - The Great Book of American Trivia takes on the real drama behind the quaint stories we found as students in US history books. A novelty among trivia books, here you’ll learn the real stories, the mysteries, and the fascinating tidbits about American history from its first inhabitants to present day.
Whether you know nothing about America’s past or you consider yourself an expert, you’ll learn something new and find yourself entertained as you discover or relive the nation’s troubles, mistakes, triumphs, and challenges. Dig in now and start learning the interesting stories that shaped America into what it is today.
©2017 Bill O'Neill (P)2018 Bill O'Neill
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5 out of 5 stars
By cosmitron on 02-17-18

American History Express

Where does The Great Book of American Trivia: Fun Random Facts & American History rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It is among the better books.

What did you like best about this story?

The description of the treatment of Native Americans.

Which scene was your favorite?


If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?


Any additional comments?

The Author knows his American History and makes it available in bite size pieces for the
Facebook and Snapchat generation.

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

2 out of 5 stars
By Tom Anderson on 02-27-18

They Can’t All Be Winners

Having listened to probably a half dozen of Bill O’Neill’s trivia books I think you can safely say I am a fan of his work. That streak came to an end with “The Great Book of American Trivia: Fun Random Facts & American History”.

The word “random” in the title should have been a warning. Unlike the other works of Bill O’Neill, this one really lacks focus. It hops from topic to topic like a flea on speed. O’Neill’s other books were all so well organized I’m left at a loss to try to explain what happened here. There are few mentions of the Civil War or World War I but we are treated to a few minutes about Mrs. O’Leary’s cow. And jumping from the Nuremburg Trials (not sure what Nuremburg has to do with American Trivia) to Jackie Robinson to Roswell is a great example of this lack of focus. I was literally shacking my head after that sequence.

What really clinched the poor rating for me was the lack of fact-checking and/or editing. I was unaware that we had a “President William Harding”. And referring to “President H.W. Bush” seemed to me to be just plain lazy. But the ultimate error was the multiple references to “President John F. Kennedy, Junior” while later in the book the thirty-fifth president is referred to (correctly) as “President John F Kennedy”. Trivia should be fact-based.

Derek Newman does a great of narrating but it detracts from his narration when what he’s telling us just isn’t true.

I highly recommend Bill O’Neill’s other trivia books but this one needs some editing and fact-checking.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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