Hot on the heels of the #1 bestsellers The Onion's Our Dumb Century and Jon Stewart's America comes The Areas of My Expertise, the brilliant and uproarious #15 bestseller (i.e., a runaway phenomenon in its own right-no, seriously) - a lavish compendium of handy reference tables, fascinating trivia, and sage wisdom - all of it completely unresearched, completely undocumented and (presumably) completely untrue, fabricated by the illuminating, prodigious imagination of John Hodgman, certifiable genius.
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Hodgman enlightens readers with his "Expertise"
This audiobook starts wonderfully, and the bantering between John Hodgman and his co-host is one of the best moments in the book. Once you venture half-way through, might I say, it gets very weird. When Hodgman discusses Americas "51" states you may get a little tired of his "expertise", but stick with it, there are still some good bits left. All in all, it is an interesting listen, and harkens to a time when Almanacs were the most popular book around (other than the bible of course). The humor in this book is quite dry, particularly when you hit the "un-funny jokes" section. If you are the serious type, this book is not for you. If you are looking for a whimsical listen to lift you up a bit, then this is a must-listen. Long live the old furry lobster.
Hilarious nonsense, read by the inimitable Author
I first heard John Hodgman on Ira Glass' THIS AMERICAN LIFE and was beside myself with laughter at his absurdist description of the largest shopping mall in America, filled with half-truths, truths and outright lies. I immediately pre-ordered this book in hardback and it did not fail to live up to my expectations. This audiobook is especially great tho, because anyone who has heard him on the radio or seen him on Jon Stewart's TV show knows that Mr. Hodgman's studied deadpan delivery is second to none. Here he is also accompanied by a singer and songwriter who annotates the pieces with complimentary tunes. What are you waiting, for? Buy it before the hoboes take over the internet!
i started reading the print version of this book, enjoyed it immensely, but realized it was lacking one thing: john hodgman reading it. so i got this version, and love it. (the hardcover is equally as good, and is somewhat cheaper, if that matters) ^_^