That Is All

  • by John Hodgman
  • Narrated by John Hodgman
  • 16 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

John Hodgman - best-selling author, The Daily Show's "Resident Expert", minor television celebrity, and deranged millionaire - brings us the third and final installment in his trilogy of Complete World Knowledge.
In 2005, Dutton published The Areas of My Expertise, a handy little book of Complete World Knowledge, marked by the distinction that all of the fascinating trivia and amazing true facts were completely made up by its author, John Hodgman. At the time, Hodgman was merely a former literary agent and occasional scribbler of fake trivia. In short: a nobody.
But during an interview on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, an incredible transformation occurred. He became a famous minor television personality. You may ask: During his whirlwind tornado ride through the high ether of minor fame and outrageous fortune, did John Hodgman forget how to write books of fake trivia? The answer is: Yes. Briefly. But soon, he remembered!
And so he returned, crashing his Kansas farmhouse down upon the wicked witch of ignorance with More Information than You Require, a New York Times best seller containing even more mesmerizing and essential fake trivia, including seven hundred mole-man names (and their occupations).
And now, John Hodgman completes his vision with That Is All, the last book in a trilogy of Complete World Knowledge. Like its predecessors, That Is All compiles incredibly handy made-up facts into brief articles, overlong lists, and beguiling narratives on new and familiar themes. It picks up exactly where More Information left off - specifically, at page 596 - and finally completes Complete World Knowledge, just in time for the return of Quetzalcoatl and the end of human history in 2012.
16 Hours. Read by Dick Cavett, Patton Oswalt, Jon Hamm, Paul Rudd, Sarah Vowell, Brooke Shields, Scott Adsit, Robin Goldwasser, Jonathan Coulton, John Roderick, Rachel Maddow, Wyatt Cenac, Stephen Fry, Paul F. Tompkins, and Prominent Ragnarok Denier Dr. Elliott Kalan.
Music by Jonathan Coulton, John Roderick, John Flansburgh, John Darnielle, and Cynthia Hopkins.

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Brilliantly funny & absurd.

Hodgman takes us on a journey. Hopping between his various survival facilities and notable world landmarks dispensing mostly false, but always hilarious knowledge along the way. His frame is interrupted not once, as he fully embraces his life as a wise, but deranged millionaire. By way of explaining the world to his myriad celebrity guests, he also implores us to prepare for the imminent end of civilisation known as ragnarok. Hodgman is witty, absurd & he narrates with perfect pace and delivery to best compliment his brand of humour. A recommended listen for fans of comedy ranging from Flight Of The Conchords to Python. Excellent.
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- Niall

A fantastic prediction of what won't happen

Far from being a regular interpretation of his international non best seller, Hodgman has created an impossibly complex epic of nonsense and surrealism. Filled with uncredited special guests, diversions upon diversions, intentional lies and wine tasting, the humour has more of the feel you would find in his regular podcast appearances than a staid audiobook reading. Some may find the backwards read death metal folk song that takes up the last hour too much to deal with. Others may find it a pleasant palette cleanser after the dark sci fi mood shift of the diary of Ragnarok. Overall though there are more laughs and memorable moments than you will find in most books of its kind. And for one credit it's an absolute bargain.
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- Dean

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-10-2012
  • Publisher: Penguin Audio