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Now I Know More Audiobook

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

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Publisher's Summary

Dan Lewis, creator of the Webby Award-winning Now I Know newsletter, is back with 101 unbelievable-but-true stories to blow your mind. Get ready to find out the real deal behind a new collection of fascinating facts. From pink camouflaged fighter planes to secret Harry Potter characters, Now I Know More covers everything from history and science to sports and pop culture. You'll learn about made-up towns that made their way onto real maps, the time three MLB teams squared off in a single game, and 99 more curious cases of remarkable trivia. And it's all true. With this audiobook, you really will know more!

©2014 Dan Lewis (P)2014 Audible Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Every story in the book is interesting, and Lewis includes a 'bonus fact' at the end of each story, which is a mini mind bender on its own." (BoingBoing)

"A mind-tickling encyclopedia... Now I Know is a treat in its entirety... an oasis of learning about what you don't yet know... but are glad you found." (Brain Pickings)

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    jonathan ellis 15/06/2015
    jonathan ellis 15/06/2015 Member Since 2008
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    "Not as good as you would think!"
    How could the performance have been better?

    The narrator might be ok for some people but the delivery style was grating on me. I'm not sure how to describe it but I would advise listening to a sample and see if you could stand a good few hours of a book being read like an American version of Jeremy Clarkson winding up a car review....


    Any additional comments?

    As a book touted as being about 'the worlds most interesting facts' it fails on a number of points:
    The largest majority of facts are about the USA and, if you're not American, you probably won't think them that interesting and probably won't understand why anyone would think them interesting, even if they understood the context of the 'fact'.
    Given the above, very few of the facts are what I would call interesting, but when you hear repeated "according to Wikipedia" (or other sources such as newspapers) you wonder whether they are even actually 'facts' at all and may question the thoroughness of the research.
    Some of the 'facts' are generously seasoned with errors and a book about facts should probably make sure it 'gets it facts right'. Two simple examples (there were many more), the narrator refers to the British fighter aircraft the "Submarine Spitfire". Since (outside the USA) this is probably the second world war's most famous fighter aircraft, no small bit of research would tell you that it is accurately the Supermarine Spitfire (i.e. made by the Supermarine aircraft company). Similarly, the narrator refers to the HMS Titanic - even people in the USA must have heard about this particular vessel it being probably the most famous (infamous?) ship sinking! But it was not a warship (HMS) but a Royal Mail Ship (RMS)... I could go on.

    I wish I hadn't wasted my money on this!!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    john rush 18/05/2015
    john rush 18/05/2015 Member Since 2016
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    "Loved the facts not the narrator"

    I really enjoyed this and the first book. The narrator on this one was too dramatic for me. He sounded like an 80s movie trailer guy. Good work on this Dan, but consider a different narrator next time.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    J. Hester Redruth Cornwall 08/01/2015
    J. Hester Redruth Cornwall 08/01/2015 Member Since 2014

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    "Now I really do know more"

    Brilliant book.
    Very comfortable to listen to in bed while drifting off.
    So much info! cleverly delivered.
    No canned laughter to distract from the well researched stories.
    Will be purchasing the other now I know more.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Essex 26/12/2014
    Amazon Customer Essex 26/12/2014 Member Since 2016
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    "factual fun"


    I loved if it was fun and informative a great listen for anyone who is into quirky facts....I would recommend

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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  • Pat
    29/05/15
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    "Disappointed..."
    Would you try another book from Dan Lewis and/or Anthony Haden Salerno?

    Maybe from the author, but not the narrator


    Has Now I Know More turned you off from other books in this genre?

    I usually enjoy trivia and random facts. I stopped listening because of the narrator.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Strange 'breathy' style of reading and a number of mispronunciations. Febewary for February and Obstensibly for Ostensibly come immediately to mind.


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

    I would find a new narrator and pay more attention to quality control.


    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Gillian
    Austin, TX, United States
    27/05/15
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    "Light & Fun (Sometimes Creepy)"

    We're just a batty lot, we humans are; the way our minds work, the choices we make. "Now I Know More" is a wonderfully enjoyable compilation of facts/stories that are totally irrelevant to life, but are fascinating nonetheless and bring to life history and human nature. Human nature: LBJ screeching to people in the car that THE BRAKES HAVE GONE OUT (just to mess with their minds) to Putin bringing his dogs around when he knows Germany's Angela Merkel was bitten by a dog in her childhood. History: A family who lived in Siberia and only knew advances had happened by watching "fire in the sky" (satellites), until they all died there by themselves to a cigarette company helping reconstruct one of China's regions most devastated by earthquakes. All the while passing out cigarette candies to children.
    Simply extraordinary. Some of these things are so entertaining, some of them are so freakin' sad, some of them are so galling. But they're only skimmed, so this is not a deep listen that gets you enraged: It only makes you think, makes you awed, makes you chuckle, makes you irked.
    And there are ditties that you'll never forget: The $20,000,000 wired "Spy Cat" who, and I know the tragedy of this one, doesn't look both ways before crossing the street. And, oh so many more.
    This is a wonderful book! Sometimes you just can't listen to a 20-hour serious non-fiction audiobook; you just need a mind-breeze that lets you laugh and think. Something well-structured, with perfect segues, and great narration.
    And now I know why my beloved magenta is nowhere on the ROY G. BIV spectrum. A tragedy, still...

    22 of 24 people found this review helpful
  • Marc J. Bowker
    Lima, OH United States
    29/05/15
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    "I Should Have Listened to Other Reviewers"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I'm bailing out on this audio book, only a few chapters in, due to the distracting narration. Not time well spent.


    If you’ve listened to books by Dan Lewis before, how does this one compare?

    First one.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    His style is breathy and dramatic. Not a good fit for this, or any other, audio book.


    Could you see Now I Know More being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Nope.


    Any additional comments?

    The content may be worthwhile, but I'll never know because I can't stand listening to the narrator.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Steve Biddle
    05/06/15
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    "Interesting Content... but...."

    I downloaded this to occupy the long hours during my weekly cross-country drives.... and while the content is generally fun and interesting, the narrator, Anthony Haden Salerno, is so annoying, so off-putting, so irritating, that it really detracts from the content. I've done a good bit of narration myself -- not audio books, but a great many video productions, a couple of documentaries, and thousands of commercials -- and I cannot imagine who cast this guy. I think his approach may work for other applications, but not this. Nonetheless, though, if you can get past that, the stories are generally good.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • metsmay
    01/06/15
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    "I can read blogs too"

    I picked up this book hoping that I would learn something new.

    To be fair, a little less than 50% of the book was new to me, but the other content was trivial knowledge I read on blogs.

    Add to that, poor narration that was not engaging in the slightest.

    I wanted to quit early on, but instead I sped up the playback and decided to reserve judgement until the end. My opinion didn't improve.

    I got this as a daily deal, so the investment was minimal, but I still feel that it was a waste of money.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Steven
    Grand Rapids, MI, United States
    26/01/15
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    "Entertaining & educational"

    Brief but with you just the right amount of detail. Writing style and reader made it perfect. I learned a lot.

    15 of 18 people found this review helpful
  • Ray
    West Deptford, NJ, United States
    08/06/15
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    "TOO MUCH TRIVIA"

    This book bored me to death. I wasn't able to finish it. Perhaps I was expecting too much.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • JerseyGirl
    Annandale, NJ, US
    05/06/15
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    "Very disappointing."
    Would you try another book from Dan Lewis and/or Anthony Haden Salerno?

    No.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Dan Lewis again?

    No. Although I love hearing/reading about arbitrary, lesser-known facts and anomalies, the presentation here was too stiff for my tastes. It read more like an old history text book than an anthology of interesting stories.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    I probably would have finished listening to the book, rather than giving it up halfway through, if the narration was performed by someone else. The narration was artificial, and prone to unnecessary "breathless" and other melodramatic affectations. Very annoying to my ear. Had to abandon it.


    What character would you cut from Now I Know More?

    Since this is an anthology of stories, and not a novel, there are no characters on whom to comment.


    Any additional comments?

    Glad I got this one for a "Daily Deal" discount. I would have been upset to have wasted a credit or paid full price.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    02/06/15
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    "I wanted to know more..."
    What did you like best about Now I Know More? What did you like least?

    The content of the book probably bears out the title; however, I could not get past the narration. The reader does little justice to the text.


    If you’ve listened to books by Dan Lewis before, how does this one compare?

    N/A


    What didn’t you like about Anthony Haden Salerno’s performance?

    The "performance" is over the top, overly dramatic, and breathy - to the point of distraction. I could not get past the first two chapters.


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

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    To prospective buyers: do yourselves a favor, take a pass on this one.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Deep Reader
    Earth
    23/08/15
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    "More bite sized facts"

    If you read the first book, this is more of the same: a series of bite sized (five minutes or less) factoids that are made to be interesting and thought provoking. You don't need to listen to the first book before this one, but if you haven't already go ahead and pick that up too. It is worth it and both books are full of fascinating facts.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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