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The Great Book of Alaska: The Crazy History of Alaska with Amazing Random Facts & Trivia

A Trivia Nerds Guide to the History of the United States
Narrated by: Derek Newman
Length: 3 hrs and 25 mins
Categories: History, American
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Do you want to learn more about Alaska? Sure, you know it’s cold and dark for a large portion of the year, but what else do you really know about the "Last Frontier"? There’s so much to learn about the state that even people here don’t know. In this trivia book, you’ll learn more about Alaska’s history, pop culture, folklore, sports, and so much more! 

In The Great Book of Alaska, you’ll discover the answers to the following questions: 

Where did Alaska get its state nickname? 

Which famous animal hero came from the state?

What movie, which was based on a true story, was filmed in the state? 

What classic American novel was inspired by Alaska’s Klondike Gold Rush?

Which Alaskan musician’s family has a reality TV show about life in the state? 

What serial killer came out of Alaska?

What monster is believed to be lurking in Iliamna Lake? 

And so much more!

This book is packed with trivia facts about Alaska. Some of the facts are shocking, some of them are sad, and some of them will give you goosebumps, but all of them will be interesting! This book is full of everything you’ve ever wondered about Alaska and then some. 

Whether you’re just learning about Alaska or you already think you’re an expert on the state, you’re bound to learn something new in each chapter. Your friends will be amazed at your knowledge during your next trivia night. You’ll even impress your history teacher! 

So, what are you waiting for? Dig in to learn everything there is to know about Alaska!

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Food, fashion, fur, and more.

Another in the fascinating series of books presenting interesting facts and stories of the various states of America. This time it is Alaska, the 49th state, sometimes known as the Last Frontier, or the Land of the Midnight Sun, and big in every way from actual size (One fifth of the size of the USA) to earthquakes and volcanic activity. But there is gold there, too, most still unmined, and oil reserves.

Divided into six main chapters covering distinct areas from general history to hauntings and the supernatural, each section is followed by a short quiz to test the reader. Perfect for people who enjoy participation in trivia challenges of just enjoy acquiring obscure bits of information. The book is ably read by Derek Newman, with warmth in his voice and good intonation.

Unlike many travel guide type volumes, A Great Book of Alaska is never dull. My thanks to the rights holder who, at my request, freely gifted me a complimentary copy, via Audiobook Boom. It was an enjoyable as well as informative fun read about the oh-so-cold state where some believe that the Northern Lights are dancing spirits and that a child born under them will be granted a lucky life.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-11-19

He's mispronouncing EVERYTHING!

The book itself is great so far but the narrator clearly didn't bother to get correct pronunciations of even the most basic of words and names from Alaska! I'm getting legit anxiety over this but I really want to finish the book.

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  • Islorad
  • 09-08-19

I tried I really tried

I love random facts but I just couldn't. if he could say it with one word he would use four. first he tells you what he is going to tell you. the he asks the question "did you know", then he tells you, then no lie at the end he gives you a multiple choice test.

and the narration is awful.

I rarely quit on books especially when they are this short but I just could not finish it

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  • Tina Gundy
  • 18-07-19

A fun listen!

The Great Book of Alaska: The Crazy History of Alaska with Amazing Random Facts & Trivia (A Trivia Nerds Guide to the History of the United States) by Bill O'Neill and narrated by Derek Newman is a fun listen! I’d recommend (with some caution- see below) if you are looking to expand your knowledge, wanting something interesting to pass the time on a road trip, or looking for something new.

Some examples of what to expect: permafrost, why there is no professional sports team, gold mining, weird laws (it’s illegal to push a moose from a plane), why prices for food and gas are more expensive, pizza deliver via airplane, hunting, igloos, the real purpose behind kunik, famous people born in Alaska, the most climbed mountain, what is a reindeer dog, kayak origin, powdered beer, the Alaska Bushman, Alaska Bermuda Triangle, and plenty more! At the end of each chapter there is a quiz.

The narrator, Derek Newman, did an awesome job! I would listen to another book by him.

~A brief description~
1) Title, author, and narrator (18 seconds).
2) Introduction. Approximately 3 minutes.
3) Alaska’s History and Random Facts. Approximately 39 minutes.
4) Alaska’s “Eskimos”: The Natives, and Their Culture. Approximately 38 minutes.
5) Alaska’s Pop Culture and Sports. Approximately 35 minutes.
6) Facts About Alaska’s Attractions. Approximately 31 minutes.
7) Alaska’s Inventions, Ideas, and More. Approximately19 minutes.
8) Alaska’s Biggest Haunts, Supernatural, and Other Weird Facts. Approximately 38 minutes.
9) Conclusion (title, author, narrator, and publisher- 27 seconds).

Regarding the bad reviews which list three things specifically (you can decide if they are inaccurate or not): 1) Christopher McCandless- The author discusses the movie Into the Wild and how it’s one of the better known movies that have been filmed in Alaska, it was based off a book, and mentions Christopher traveled across North America making it to Alaska, had planned to live off the land, “The Magic Bus”, and McCandless’s death and the controversy surrounding it. 2) Bristol Palin and her TV show Life’s a Tripp- the author says “The show followed Bristol Palin, who was then new teen mother of Tripp, as she relocated to Los Angeles from Alaska and then back to Alaska.” 3) Jerry Lee Lewis song- the author talks about songs that have been written about Alaska, “some of these include “When It’s Springtime in Alaska” by Johnny Horton, “North to Alaska” by Jerry Lee Lewis, and...” This fact is the one I have a problem with as Johnny Horton originally recorded the song. Whether or not it is an error on the author or editor, it should be fixed.

Parental guidance/trigger warnings: talk of serial killers, war, pipeline controversies, mention of Alaska being the rape capital of the USA, derogatory term used multiple times (Eskimo)- the history and explanation of why it is derogatory, mention of sex life (tribal traditions). No swearing.

*I was given a free review copy of the audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. Thank you for allowing me to listen and review the book!

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  • Mark Twain "Eddie"
  • 19-03-19

Another excellent book of state trivia

This is another in an excellent series of audiobooks focused on trivia, particularly about individual states. This book focuses on Alaska, a state which I admittedly knew little about prior to this book.

Well, it turns out Alaska is a fascinating state! This collection of Alaska trivia is a light-hearted way to learn much more than I anticipated about Alaska, and a great way to pass the time in my commute. Recommended.

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  • Rogue
  • 06-01-19

Facinating, Entertaining and Informative

Who knew there was so much to know about Alaska!. This was a very entertaining and informative audio book. It was very easy to follow along with the information as it was presented. The author breaks up the book in to very reasonable sections. I think the follow up quizzes at the end of each chapter are a great idea and do help with the information retention.

The narrator is easy to listen to and very clear in his presentation. There was no issue following along as the material was presented. I have listened to the book several times just because there is so much information.

Overall I found this to be an excellent resource and a very enjoyable audio book experience.

This audiobook was given by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review via Audiobook Boom.

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  • Shannon G
  • 19-12-18

Great Trivia Book!!

Another great book of trivia about another state! I love listening to Mr. O'Neill's trivia books! He really does his homework and then writes it in an entertaining way to catch your attention and keep it to the end. If you enjoy trivia then you should check out this book as well as Bill O'Neill's other books. You won't be disappointed! The narration was nice as well. Derek Newman read at a nice pace and has a pleasant voice to listen to. Thank you both for an enjoyable listening experience! Keep'em coming Mr. O'Neill, keep'em coming!

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  • alias11
  • 10-12-18

Fun and Interesting

I love this author's trivia books. This time he brings the reader/listener a multitude of facts about Alaska. Some are funny, some are intriguing, some are downright eerie, but all are interesting and entertaining. It is obvious that Mr. O'Neill puts a lot of time and effort into researching his books, and it results in a fun and informative read/listen.

I really enjoy Mr. Newman's narration. His voice is pleasant, his delivery even and well-paced, and he leaves just the right amount of time between the questions and answers in the quiz sections.

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  • Rayc
  • 03-12-18

Great random facts and trivia

The Great Book of Alaska: The Crazy History of Alaska with Amazing Random Facts & Trivia - This was my lunch break listen last week, As always this series never fails to entertain and educate. Alaska is probably the least known state and as such this book is amazing.
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  • cosmitron
  • 25-11-18

Alaska trivia gold

The trivia maven offers more sweet tidbits of fun facts of our frozen state.


With a great Narrator learn more things about this state then you ever thought possible.This is the last great adventure in The United States.





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  • Anonymous User
  • 20-11-18

Good tool...

This was a really good book for growing my Italian vocabulary. The narrator did a great job!