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The Know-It-All by A.J. Jacobs
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Jul 20, 2008

did not like it
bookshelves: non-fiction
Recommended for: people who love random facts.
Read in July, 2008

Apparently I was listening to the abridged version ... which was still pretty long. It would be generous to say that there wasn't much of a story line. I think the main guy was trying to get his wife pregnant and all of his friends were annoyed with him sharing random facts ... but that was about it.

The book is arranged in chapters with one for each letter of the alphabet, and each chapter has random facts from that section of the encyclopedia brittanica. They were somewhat woven together, and they were somewhat interesting, and every once in a while the author said something funny. But I didn't make it through the book, and I kept falling asleep - and I didn't bother to rewind to see what I missed ... because it wasn't worth it.

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