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!
"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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Not as good as you would think!
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....
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!!
- jonathan ellis
Loved the facts not the narrator
- john rush