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Now I Know Audiobook

Now I Know: The Revealing Stories Behind the World's Most Interesting Facts

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Publisher's Summary

Did you know that there are actually 27 letters in the alphabet, or that the U.S. had a plan to invade Canada? And what actually happened to the flags left on the moon?

Even if you think you have a handle on all things trivia, you're guaranteed a big surprise with Now I Know. From uncovering what happens to lost luggage to New York City's plan to crack down on crime by banning pinball, this book will challenge your knowledge of the fascinating stories behind the world's greatest facts.

Covering 100 outrageous topics, Now I Know is the ultimate challenge for any know-it-all who thinks they have nothing left to learn.

©2013 Dan Lewis (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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    john rush 09/04/2015
    john rush 09/04/2015
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    "VERY INTERESTING AND INFORMATIVE."

    This was very easy to listen to and extremely interesting. The facts contained within were excellent. Can wait to listen to the sequel 'Now I know more' . My young son also loved this as his brain is a sponge for facts.

    I would imagine there is a lot of work goes into a book like this, and appreciate the authors time and effort to bring this kind of information to people. I hope there will be more in the future. Until then I will subscribe to the daily emails. Big thanks Dan Lewis and to all involved.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    flying_fin 16/12/2015
    flying_fin 16/12/2015 Member Since 2014
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    "Some interesting pieces but largely Americana"
    What did you like best about Now I Know? What did you like least?

    I enjoyed the style of the book and the narration, and there some very interesting pieces of information, but I found the overwhelming bias towards the USA (politics, sport, economy, history, popular culture) quite boring. A lot of the chapters mean nothing to a non American. Now I know, but I didn't want to know in the first place.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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  • S. Winchester
    Pittsburgh
    20/04/16
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    "Interesting book, with lots of interesting stories"

    I would put the book on and listen to it while I worked, or cleaned up the house. The hundreds of short facts are almost all interesting, so it was a fun book to listen to. And now I can annoy my friends and family with all these facts!

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Taylor
    30/01/17
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    "No depth"

    It sites Wikipedia, and rarely contains enough information about any fact to be interesting. Only about 25% of the content can be considered novel.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • bookouri
    United States
    14/04/16
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    "A book full of "believe it or nots""
    Any additional comments?

    This book reminds me of the old "Believe it or Not" segments. Granted this book is generally more "scholarly" than stories of bee beards and people who type every number between zero and a million, but it is basically a book of very short interesting factoids. I was not always convinced that the author's facts were exactly right. In some areas where I knew a little about the topic I found myself skeptical about the complete accuracy of his statements. But, I did manage to finish the book. If you like this sort of random bits of information, this is one of those books well suited for the short commute when you just don't have time to really get wrapped up in a plot.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • zenabuff
    Hell sometimes called Kentucky
    07/04/15
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    "Interesting facts, Great Trivia,!"
    If you could sum up Now I Know in three words, what would they be?

    Thought Provoking! (Only needed two) The book is full of obscure facts and thought provoking facts nicely presented. If you are a trivia hound this the book for you.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    There were not any characters in the books just list after list of thought provoking facts and of coarse I can't think of a single example to give you right now, (MS BRAIN no short term memory) But I liked all the facts and figures.


    What does Jeremy Arthur bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    A nice voice if a little montoned in parts, But it was nice to sleep to.


    What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

    There were so many it;s hard to pick just one, (Or in short my MS Brain can't remember one right now but as soon as I walk away and stop doing this I will remember a dozen.) There really were dozens of facts that were all cool.


    Any additional comments?

    Very good book that I really enjoyed. Wish I had a better memory to give you more facts. But it was very good and informative. I did find the narrator a little monotoned somewhat, but the book itself was a lot of fun. I truly enjoyed it. .

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Joshua Kinnee
    12/01/17
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    "excellent"

    This is a fantastic collection of facts and stories. I was thoroughly impressed. Engaged the whole was through!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Deep Reader
    Earth
    23/08/15
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    "Bite sized facts"

    This is an excellent book with bite sized (around 5 minutes or less) chapters about various facts. Not interested in the fact currently discussed? It'll pass soon. Not all facts are equally interesting, but they're all amusing one way or another.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    Saskatoon, SK Canada
    31/01/17
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    "A few interesting things"
    Would you try another book from Dan Lewis and/or Jeremy Arthur?

    No it as basically like listening to a blog.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    It is a collection of trivia so no really ending.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    the narration was fine


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    Maybe I tend towards a deeper knowledge of news. I did't find enough of the revealing stories to be that unknown. Not enough hits to out weight the misses.I want to remove it from my Audible library so it doesn't clutter it up.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • HiI'mSkippy
    22/06/17
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    "Excellent for insomnia"
    What would have made Now I Know better?

    More interesting facts...


    How could the performance have been better?

    Performance was meh, but it's hard to shine with such dull material.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Now I Know?

    I would have culled the facts to be more interesting.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Quella
    Boston, MA USA
    30/05/17
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    "Both liked it and did not like it..."

    “Now I Know: The Revealing Stories Behind the World's Most Interesting Facts” written by Dan Lewis and narrated by Jeremy Arthur is a great book for people who like little snippets of trivia including a “bonus fact” or two after each segment. I will say that it appears the author has greatly expanded on this idea by creating a series of “Now you know” books or clips concentrating on specific topics (e.g. animals, space, etc.). There are also a few audio clips (< 1minute) that address a single subject on Audible doing a quick search. I like to learn and be educated, however I felt that this book was written toward a generation who wants all of their information feed to them in bite-sized commercial length (30-45 second) chunks. If this sounds like something you would be interested in, I recommend you pick up the book and hopefully learn something new.

    The book set a level of high expectations when it claims it can cover one hundred outrageous topics in just over 258 pages or six hours of audio. For the audio edition, that equates to 6.6 hours (366 minutes) to cover 100 topics equating to 3.66 minutes devoted to a topic including a bonus fact (or two). Some of the topics I’m sure are ones you have already known about if you are a news reader or interested in bits of trivia, while others I’m sure you will find new and somewhat informative. I liked that the author grouped the topics in a way that made sense when listening and for those topics you may be more interested in. For example, if there were a few topics that revolved around space, these were found in succession in the book. What I did not like was that the book lacked any level of depth. It was more like picking up one of those bathroom trivia books (you washed your hands, right?) where the information is all given in a minute or two at most. I would have preferred to have half the number of topics covered if there was twice as much depth given to each of them.

    I thought Jeremy Arthur did an exceptional job with the book’s narration and at times even helped make a given topic more interesting due to his use of inflection. His voice is pleasant to listen to and the audio was professionally recorded. I do not recall any audio artifacts while listening to the book, nor were there any areas of audio inconsistency in the book. With over one hundred and seventeen books currently narrated (at the time of this review) on Audible, Mr. Arthur did not disappoint with this book.

    So, did I like this book? Well that is a difficult question to answer. In some ways, I enjoyed the subjects covered, but felt that there just was not enough time devoted to each given topic making it seem like I learned anything new or interesting. I thought some of the cited material was a bit weak or from sources that would not be considered always trustworthy or reliable. For me, it is more about that I like quality (depth) over quantity (the number of topics covered) and this book seemed to be the opposite. I often found myself asking additional questions which the book did not cover requiring me to go and research them myself; maybe this was the author’s intentions. I’m not sure. For general trivia people, I would say this was an OK book, but go into it knowing it lacks any level of depth on the topics covered and you will be prepared.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    29/05/17
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    "Well worth the listen..."

    Super packed full with fun and very interesting little tidbits. Great listen in the car.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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