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

A Trivia Nerds Guide to the History of the United States Series, Book 4
Narrated by: Derek Newman
Length: 3 hrs and 27 mins
Categories: History, American
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Summary

Want to learn more about the state of Florida? Sure, you know it’s home to Disney World, but what else do you really know about the Sunshine State? From the strange to the scary, there’s so much to learn about Florida that even natives of the state don’t know. In this trivia audiobook, you’ll learn more about Florida’s history, pop culture, folklore, sports, and so much more!  

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

  • How did Florida get its name? 
  • Which former US president helped the country gain control of Florida? 
  • Which city in Florida was the only city in America to be founded by a woman? 
  • How did spring break get started? 
  • What famous pirates buried treasure on and off the coast of Florida?
  • How did Walt Disney keep his plans to build Disney World a secret? 
  • Which of the Disney World attractions is said to be haunted? 
  • What lighthouse is thought to be one of America’s most haunted? 

And so much more! 

This book is packed with trivia facts about Florida. Some of the facts are entertaining, some of them will be tragic, and some of them may even scare you a little, but all of them will be interesting! This book is full of everything you’ve ever wondered about Florida and then some. 

Whether you’re just learning about Florida or you already think you know everything there is to know about 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? Get started to learn all there is to know about Florida!   

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Very informative

Taught me and my wife a lot about Florida we did not know - and she was born there! Loved the book and the structure, but it lost a star in the repetition of the questions, such as, 'do you know this? How about this? Well, what about this? and this? Okay but do you know the answer to this? No? well, you're about to find out! here goes! '

Of course, its not exactly said like that but it certainly felt like that.

Narration was excellent

DISCLAIMER: I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review

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I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

I feel like I've learnt so much about Florida. I came into this book not knowing anything at all about Florida, and now I can list off numerous tidbits about the sunshine state. It was pretty entertaining and fun to listen to. Well worth a listen.

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And the rest is history.

Such an excellent idea for a series, exploring a topic by finding and relating a plethoera of little known facts in an amusing, easy to absorb way and helping to reinforce them with a short quiz after each section. This did-you-know romp around the Sunshine Start has sections on Florida in general, pop culture, film, attractions, inventions and ideas, the supernatural and spooky and, finally, sport. Really excellent for lovers of trivia and, especially those who enjoy taking part in quiz contests. Did you know, for example, that it is against the law to wear a strapless dress there if you are a man? And that the Backstreet Boys, formed in Florida, became the biggest selling boy band in history?

Narration by Derek Newman is pleasantly modulated, clear and an easy listen. Paced perfectly to allow the facts to filter threw, his voice carried a hint of upbeat humour. The only difficulty is with the translation from written text to voiced performance: whilst it is fine to read a written heading immediately repeated as the opening line of what is to come, when read aloud it feels like repetition and unecessisary. A slight editing of the original text would, in this case, have been beneficial.

Interesting, quirky, often funny, sometimes just a wee bit scary, and a great way to learn a lot quite effortlessly, I can really recommend this book to all fact seekers whether for competition entries or simple fact gathering for fun. My thanks to the rights holder who, when I requested a copy of The Great Book of Florida, freely gifted me a complimentary copy via Audiobook Boom. Read, enjoy and don't forget: if you for your elephant to a parking meter, you have to pay the tariff. Oh, and no singing in a bathing costume!

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  • cosmitron
  • 02-11-18

Fun Florida facts

Another winner from the Trivia maven........ everything you ever wanted or not wanted to know about Florida.

All done in a entertaining and interesting way with a good Narrator.




This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

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  • ShaSha (Lover of Audiobooks!)
  • 09-06-19

Being a Floridian I am surprised I knew nothing

I received this book in exchange for an honest review.

I received this audiobook a while back and the title made me think that of course I'm from Florida born and raised I know everything that is going to be talked about however that was definitely not the case. There was so many random facts that I completely did not know. For example I did not realize that heavy metal was partly originated in Florida. Also I didn't realize that Elvis Presley's first major indoor concert was in Jacksonville Florida. Who would have thought that these things are not widely known for Floridians.

This book also had some trivia questions from what the narrator told us in the chapter. I felt a bit like a pop quiz when the teacher reads you a passage from a story and then they ask,' these questions need to be answered from what I read please choose the correct answer', that is what I felt. I have to admit that I was pleasantly surprised and I am very intrigued about all of these facts that I learned within this little short audiobook. I know that the author has different states that he writes about and out of curiosity I want to read the other books so I can learn more about the states that he has covered.

The narrator on the other hand he gave me teacher vibes so I felt like it was more of a teacher telling me a story tversus just a person having a conversation with me. I think if he did not pause for a prolonged period of time and just narrated as though somebody who is just a tour guide I think it would have been a bit smoother than it was. Also as a side note, being a Floridian means that I know how to pronounce certain cities within this gorgeous state but yet when the narrator says certain words I cringe. I know that if he just took the time to listen to the way people pronounce certain cities then he would not miss pronounce the words.🙄😟😒😩🤯😠

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  • BookLover
  • 23-05-19

Who Knew That???

I love listening to all of Bill O'neill's books as I am always learning something new. I had the pleasure of listening to this book driving down to Florida, with my daughter's over Spring break. I have been trying to get both of them into audiobooks and this was the perfect book to peek their interest, as there was interesting facts about some of the towns we were going to visit. In fact, he mentions the Presidents Hall of Fame in Clermont. I never even knew anything about it, so we added it as one of our stops while we were down there. My youngest also enjoyed the trivia questions, as she is always trying to compete with her older sister.

The narration was also great and flowed smoothly, keeping the listener entertained

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  • LT
  • 18-02-19

Good Fun Fact Book

This was a good fun fact book about Florida even though a lot of the cities mentioned in here were not pronounced correctly.

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  • mhsneon
  • 28-11-18

Everything you ever wanted to know about Florida

Great trivia type book. Has very broad subject matter to provide interest to all. Peaked my historical interest, I did further investigations on several of the topics. Quiz's between chapters help break up sections.

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  • Shannon G
  • 21-11-18

Another Great Trivia Book!!

Yet another great trivia book by Bill O'Neill! If you ever wanted to know whatever about Florida then you should get this book! Mr. O'Neill really does his homework about each subject he does a trivia book on then delivers his findings in an enjoyable style that makes listening to the random facts a pleasure. The narration is well done and at a nice pace.

I was given this free review copy audio book at my request and have voluntarily left this review.