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A Billion Jokes (Volume 1) Hardcover – Unabridged, 8 Nov 2012

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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 (201 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 158,874 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"

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An endlessly inventive, fully illustrated collection of brilliant one-liners from the BAFTA-nominated actor and comedian.

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Format: Hardcover
I know nobody who has ever heard of this book. And I shall be recommending it to absolutely nobody at all. I doubt I know anybody who has even heard of this Serafinowicz.Certainly nobody who could spell it.And I must admit that I have only heard of him myself becase twitter told me he was similar to Sony Xperia GB.(He is not - this is the worst lie since telling me Noel Edmonds was similar to Pol Pot).

No, the less people know of this the better. While that is the case, I can continue merrily to drop these fine jokes into conversation at appropriate junctures, passing them off as my own instantly fashioned casual remarks. For I have neither shame nor jokes of my own. Believe me, it is for the best.Until now I have relied on a combination of Xmas crackers, The Krankies and a dog-eared Bobby Davro joke book.I am not known as the Oscar Wilde of my set, which may be for the best as my set think he sang Teenager in Love.

But armed with these gems I shall soon be known far and wide as a quipper of repute and a master of repartee.In my head I can already hear the words Algonquin, Round and Table trailing in my wake as I leave each merrily chuckling soiree I attend.

So don't buy it, don't tell anyone about it, let me have my fun, I have so little. @Max10Million
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By Peter Lee TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 12 Nov. 2012
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
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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Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
To begin with, I think I would have bought any joke book with such a deliciously cheeky title. Add Peter Serafinowicz's name as the author, and it's a shoo-in. If you follow @serafinowicz on Twitter, then you might recognise some of the material here, which has been distilled and adapted from his many tweets. It's none the worse for that, though. Couple a great comedic talent with Twitter's 140-character restriction, and you have a recipe for some exquisite gems. Plus I encountered plenty of surprises, and it was those that supplied the big laugh-out-loud moments. The presentation here is one gag per page, each accompanied by a quirky line drawing. Predictably, I thumbed greedily through the whole lot in less than 30 minutes! And I laughed like a sonofabicz. I hope to be able to purchase the remaining volumes in due course.
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Format: Hardcover
I've worked my way through around 147million of the jokes contained in the book so far, and I must say I have been chuckling away to the point I am in mild discomfort.

This book is a perfect "toilet read", the sort of book you sit atop of the cistern and pick up every time you go for a sit down visit to your commode. The problem is that it's so funny it's hard to put down, meaning I have only left the bathroom once today to refuel.

An absolute must buy if you are thinking of that perfect present for someone you know who partakes in the hobby of laughing. I have already chosen quite a substantial number of jokes I will shamelessly try and pass of as my own next time I am with friends.

Peter promised a follow for a review, so if you are reading this Peter - follow me @craigyshambles.
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Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I bought this book for my wife's birthday and so far we've been very happy with it, although it has only been with us one day. The cover is a classy affair, a glossy red, smooth to the touch and highlighted with gold, and furthermore in fonts that are pleasing to the eye. The pages I have read so far have all been white paper with text and illustrations in black ink. It would be fair to assume this continues through to the end. I can't verify whether or not the book contains (as the title claims) A Billion Jokes, but I have no reason to doubt the veracity of this claim. So, as I mentioned earlier we have not had the book long, but if it continues to please as much in perpetuity as it has in the initial 24 hours, this could well be installed in our 'Top Billion Books' list.
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