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A Billion Jokes (Volume 1) [Unabridged] [Hardcover]

Peter Serafinowicz
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8 Nov 2012
'Comedy genius' David Walliams 'It's funny, but Peter Serafinowicz is the kind of funny person that funny people find funny' Simon Pegg 'Peter Serafinowicz is one of the funniest women in the world' Derren Brown Jokes include: 'I like to put my Shredded Wheat through my own shredder, just to be on the safe side.' 'Dear Sir/Madam, Your transgender operation was a partial success.' 'Float like an octopus, sting like a clock' - Muhammad Dali 'Jeremy Clarkson is like Marmite. Revolting.' 'I used to find buying books from Amazon slow and inconvenient, until one day the receptionist suggested I use their website.'

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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Boxtree; 1 edition (8 Nov 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1447223489
  • ISBN-13: 978-1447223481
  • Product Dimensions: 14.2 x 19.8 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (193 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 133,168 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"It's funny, but Peter Serafinowicz is the kind of funny person that funny people find funny." --Simon Pegg, actor, "Shaun of the Dead"

About the Author

Peter Serafinowicz is an English actor, comedian, writer and director. He co-wrote the critically acclaimed TV show Look Around You with Robert Popper; starred in The Peter Serafinowicz Show, which was nominated for a BAFTA and won the Rose d'Or prize for Best Entertainer; directed the music video for Hot Chip's 'I Feel Better'; appeared in Spaced, Shaun of the Dead, Couples Retreat and Bad Sugar -- and provided the voice for Darth Maul in the film Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace. He lives in London.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not as advertised 3 Nov 2012
Not a billion jokes.
'Volume 1' should be more emphasised. At this pricing, serialisation of a billion jokes is a shrewd business model and will leave any joke enthusiasts out of pocket.
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21 of 25 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Such a disappointment 12 Nov 2012
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I'm a huge fan of Peter Serafinowicz's work, loved his TV show, have followed him on Twitter for the last couple of years, and was delighted to hear he was releasing a book. The title itself made me laugh - clearly a joke in itself - and when I saw that the Kindle edition had such a low price I couldn't resist it, crossing the book off my Christmas list.

If you've been following Serafinowicz on Twitter for some time you'll have seen many (most? Maybe all?) of the jokes in this book before. The jokes themselves are all very short, and in truth are more puns than anything, and each is accompanied by a large picture - an old-fashioned etching-type image - which means that you have one joke per page, so it is an extremely quick read and I easily finished it in a single sitting with a cup of tea in bed. It is worth pointing out that on the Kindle some of the text doesn't resize if you change the font etc. so on the pages where the joke is encapsulated within a box or a frame of sorts the text is extremely small and hard to read, and cannot be changed.

Have a look at the product description as it contains five of the jokes from the book (the "Muhammad Dali" one was one of the better ones in the book) and if you like them, you'll like the rest of it. Personally I didn't laugh at any of it I'm afraid, smiled a few times, but on the whole found it all rather tiresome and, as a follower of his on Twitter, all too familiar. A big disappointment for me.

(A footnote: You may notice that the hardback edition of this book has a lot of reviews, most of which are accompanied by Twitter account names. This is because the author asked for his followers to write reviews on here, and in return he would follow them back on Twitter.)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic 17 Dec 2012
By Titan
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Thoroughly enjoyable from cover to cover. Great gags. Still laughing.
Must read this whenever you feel blue. Guaranteed to stir your chuckle muscles.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Short and sweet 13 Dec 2012
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Though this is a half-hour read, I still think of particular jokes or puns and giggle to myself at innopportune moments. Note: There are not one billion jokes, though if you bought approximately 110 million copies of the book and stuck them all together it would be accurate.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A little disappointing 26 Dec 2012
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I like Peter Serafinowicz, and that's why I found this disappointing. It's a pretty tame effort on his part, and the cynic in me is inclined to think that this is a half-baked, can't-really-be-bothered attempt to rake in some extra cash. There was only one joke that actually made me laugh; the most positive reaction I had to any of the others was 'meh'.
Sorry Peter. I don't like to be negative, and I think there are enough positive reviews on here to offset mine, but it just didn't do it for me.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I hated laughing before this book. 6 Nov 2012
A Billion Jokes (Volume One.) is essential reading for contemporary humourists and fans of the one-liners churned out daily by the comedy elite of Twitter (and normal life). Serafinowicz's jokes go beyond that of the cracker and make you crap your pants laughing with non sequitur and surreal punchlines that make you revisit each joke and then revisit laughing at them. I give this book five golden stars.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Billion Laughs!! 3 Nov 2012
Do you like jokes?
Do you like funny jokes?
Do you like funny jokes in books?
How about a billion funny jokes in one book?

Great book.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars What a waste!! 19 Jan 2013
By johnmow
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Don't waste your money. I bought this based on the other reviews, what are these people on! I like to think I'm reasonably intelligent and have a good sense of humour but this is just so NOT funny. They are not jokes just one liners and at best one or two of them could be described as mildly amusing.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Not quite a billion...
Actually, after a quick count, it turns out there are only 999,999,982 jokes in this silly book.
We laughed out loud at thirty-four of them.

Silly yet wonderful.
Published 3 days ago by David Fuller
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny as flip
Quality jokes from Serafinowicz, who loves a bit of word play. A fair few volumes to go before the Billion Jokes is complete, and I can't wait :)
Published 4 months ago by Ben Morrish
5.0 out of 5 stars Insanely funny book
This book was so enjoyable I read it in one go, only having meant to read a little of it and to save the rest of it for later. Read more
Published 6 months ago by ian lee harris
1.0 out of 5 stars terrible
attricious and not worth the money. i can unrate this highly enough. it is completely shit in my own opinion
Published 6 months ago by Mr. P. Campbell
4.0 out of 5 stars A Billyun Jokes
Got a few decent laughs out of this book, and visitors to my house enjoy flicking through it too. The lines are overall pretty hit and miss. Great illustrations though!
Published 7 months ago by Thim
2.0 out of 5 stars silly rather than funny
not a billion and not all jokes, one item on a page is poor and the digital version is badly formatted with illustrations being practically impossible to see.
Published 8 months ago by J. Cashen
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 Star Review
Very funny, a good book to dip into. Looking forward to volume 2. Never end a review on a comma,
Published 10 months ago by Bogster
3.0 out of 5 stars Quite funny
There were some quite funny jokes, but not a lot...
I'm pissed because my parents didn't buy me expensive rollerstakes... cheap stakes
Published 10 months ago by Oluwaseun Fadipe
3.0 out of 5 stars A billion jokes
I bought this as a gift and have had no feedback. I had a look through it first and it was not my cup of tea
Published 12 months ago by Helen Havant
5.0 out of 5 stars Good - if you like jokes
...but rubbish as a cookery book or a manual for changing spark plugs or learning about painting doors and window frames. Thanks Peter, you must love fun.
Published 12 months ago by darryl foulds
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