A Less Boring History of the World

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1 out of 5 stars
By Mauro on 13-11-12

A Less Boring Audiobook

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

the author

What was most disappointing about Dave Rear’s story?

Extremely boring and a tasteless sense of humour

What didn’t you like about Miles Jupp’s performance?

The performance was just OK. The history of the book didn't help at all

What character would you cut from A Less Boring History of the World?

The author

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4 of 4 people found this review helpful

1 out of 5 stars
By Greg on 12-11-12


Would you try another book from Dave Rear and/or Miles Jupp?


Would you ever listen to anything by Dave Rear again?


What didn’t you like about Miles Jupp’s performance?

just too silly for anyone older than 7

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from A Less Boring History of the World?

the whole book

Any additional comments?

win a few lose a few

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

1 out of 5 stars
By Richard on 09-11-12

A less funny history

What would have made A Less Boring History of the World better?

The author tries way too hard to be funny - and fails. Perhaps many jokes only British readers would get?

How could the performance have been better?

If it had actually been funny and historical.

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

1 out of 5 stars
By Genevieve on 18-10-12

Terrible - Not educational and not a good read.

What disappointed you about A Less Boring History of the World?

i wanted this to be an educational read to learn more in an interesting way --- book is written to be goofy and stupid. I STRONGLY recommend that you listen to the sample of the book before you buy so you know what i am saying. You will learn nothing from this, and it is not entertaining --- it is annoying.

What could Dave Rear have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

not written it.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Miles Jupp?

anyone - i did not like the narrator

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?


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3 of 5 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Rich Edwards on 21-10-16

Fufilled my every expectation (I hadn't any).

Would you listen to A Less Boring History of the World again? Why?

Yes. I listened to the audio book twice already trying memorize some of the humorous bits which I hope to use at parties.

What other book might you compare A Less Boring History of the World to and why?

Dave Barry's History of the Millenium (So Far) Written by: Dave Barry
A Short History of Nearly Everything Written by: Bill Bryson

Have you listened to any of Miles Jupp’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Miles Jupp hosts the News Quiz on BBC Radio 4. He is very good and would be considered excellent except for the fact that he replaced Sandi Toskvig who was marvelous. Miles Jupp has good comedic timing and is very skilled at accents. His normal British accent makes everything he says seem intelligent and when he does an American accent he sounds exactly like my brother.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No. This book packs a ton of information and a ton of dry humor requiring you to pause the audio to reflect on what was just said. It is, however, worth listening to repeated times.

Any additional comments?

For anyone who was the victim of freshman level history and finished the course work with the distinct impression that history majors have to write a lot of papers, this book lives up to its title of being much much less boring. Dave Rear shares the trait that all good writers have in not having a clue on how to insult Canadians, but he does manage to insult nearly every other culture in the world in a fair and representative fashion. The humor is dry and densely packed. He makes a lot of jokes but the funniest parts are when he simply states facts that, when placed together, illustrate an absurdity. For example (I am paraphrasing) "When the British figured out that charging straight into the enemies guns did not work as before, they invented a new military tactic of WALKING towards the enemies guns, slowly and in a straight line." That is not a joke. That is actually what happened in WWI.

This is a very good book.

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5 out of 5 stars
By adi on 26-04-13

Get this book. Now.

If you could sum up A Less Boring History of the World in three words, what would they be?

Dave Rear can write a book describing grass growing and you would still enjoy it more than most other books you ever read...
This is not just the most entertaining way to know more about history, but also a great chance for history-knowers to have an experience second to none.

What did you like best about this story?

Exceptional humor

What about Miles Jupp’s performance did you like?

Outstanding performance. You would think he wrote the book himself...

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Once upon a time, in a place right under your nose...

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