QI: The Sound of General Ignorance Audio CD – Abridged, Audiobook
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"This UK bestseller redefines `common knowledge' with factoids that will inform and entertain (or at least liven up your next cocktail party)." -- OK! Magazine
"This book would make even Edison feel small and silly, for it offers answers to questions you never thought to ask or had no need of asking as you already knew, or thought you knew, the answer." -- The Economist
"To impress friends with your cleverness, beg, borrow or buy John Lloyd and John Mitchinson's The Book of General Ignorance, an extraordinary collection of 230 common misperceptions compiled for the BBC panel game QI (Quite Interesting)." -- Financial Times
"Trivia buffs and know-it-alls alike will exult to find so much repeatable wisdom gathered in one place." -- The New York Times
"Eye-watering, eyebrow-raising, terrific . . . moving slightly faster than your brain does, so that you haven't quite absorbed the full import of one blissful item of trivial information before two or three more come along. Such fine and creative research genuinely deserves to be captured in print." -- Daily Mail --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
Listen and learn! The Sound of General Ignorance brings you all the best bits of the number-one bestseller The Book of General Ignorance in handy audio form.See all Product Description
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Top Customer Reviews
Trivia books leave you feeling you're lacking something. There's something frustrating about a three line `fact' which is unsubstantiated and unexplained.
The Book of General Ignorance is a completely different animal, it awakens curiosity, is hilariously written, illuminating and leaves you desperate to fascinate your friends and family with your newly discovered wonders of the world around us. For once you can explain the background to your discovery and WHY it is so.
A fantastic read, highly recommended.
After reading this book I know about 100 times more than I did before.
This book is filled with lots of little questions which you think you know the answer to - some of the answers are just to obvious, or so it would seem. One of the joys about reading it is having the ability to just pick the book up and open on any page and you'll be amazed by one fact or another
I won't give away any of the secrets within the book, but whether you are a fan of QI, whether you're not - it's a great book and well worth reading.
For those people who enjoy trivia and most people do, myself included, this is a great book to sit down and relax with by the fireside on a cold winter's night. It takes commonly held beliefs and runs them full pelt through the shredder (was Santa Claus really Turkish).
The book is written in a witty way, and the great thing is that armed with all the new facts you now know, you could if you so desired win a few quid in bets and get the price of the book back. Now there's a thought.
That's where this book really scores very highly: it delves deeply enough into the subject material - which is liberally scattered across as many disciplines as you'd find in any university curriculum (and some you won't) - but always manages to pull out into a wide-shot before the end, linking the main facts in each case to other juicy and tempting avenues of knowledge in related areas. It's like wandering through one of those ancient stately homes occupied by billionaire eccentrics who collect everything - it's organised enough to give you some cultural or chronological context, but there's also enough diversity, and also an uncannily hard-to-pin-down method to the madness. Right next to the shrunken heads section there are lightning generating machines and 19th Century robotic chess-players...
The writing style is simple uncomplicated, and never gets in the way of the material. You won't find exclamation marks or lame jokes, but you will notice a suffusion of - well, there's only one word for it - *passion* about the interestingness of the material. You realise that the authors just love this stuff, and you can't help but get pulled in yourself.
"A perfect Boxing Day Book", as I've heard it said...
There are plenty of books around that attempt to teach you that what you think you know isn't quite true but this one is the definitave guide to knowledge.
So if you think America invented Baseball (It was the English), Thomas Crapper invented the flush toilet(Alfred Giblin), and Jaffa cakes (Apricot) are flavoured with orange jelly then this is the book for you.
As a huge fan of the show I made this book a priority purchase when it became available and don't have a single complaint. Its very easy to pick up and start reading and as easy to put down after you've satisfied your factoid hunting brains!
Brilliant buy. And the series is one of the best shows on TV too - good work.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
“Everything you think you know is wrong.” That’s one hell of a strap-line, isn’t it? You get what you expect here, from what I believe was the first ever Q.I. Read morePublished 6 months ago by SocialBookshelves.com
This CD set is great. Packed full of useful facts that I've been driving work colleagues mad with!Published 6 months ago by Scott L.
My husband has been reading this and making comments since he received it on Christmas Day! I'm going to look at getting others in the series.....Published 8 months ago by 2ndbestlegs
This is well researched book that presents the information gained in an amusing manner. Well worth reading and good fun as well.Published 9 months ago by Dusty Bill
Bought for my fiance, he love's these books and has not put it down since its arrival!! Lovely book, excellent quality and service highly recommend the books and the company i... Read morePublished 11 months ago by thrifty nikki