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The Areas of My Expertise

by John Hodgman

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In the great tradition of the American almanac, The Areas of My Expertise is a brilliant and hilarious compendium of handy reference tables, fascinating trivia, and sage wisdom on all topics large and small. Although best sellers such as Poor Richard's Almanack and The Book of Lists were certainly valuable, they also were largely true. Here is a different kind of handy desk reference, one in which all of the historical oddities and amazing true facts are sifted through the singular, illuminating imagination of John Hodgman, which is the nice way of saying: He made it all up.

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Hilarious nonsense, read by the inimitable Author

I first heard John Hodgman on Ira Glass' THIS AMERICAN LIFE and was beside myself with laughter at his absurdist description of the largest shopping mall in America, filled with half-truths, truths and outright lies. I immediately pre-ordered this book in hardback and it did not fail to live up to my expectations. This audiobook is especially great tho, because anyone who has heard him on the radio or seen him on Jon Stewart's TV show knows that Mr. Hodgman's studied deadpan delivery is second to none. Here he is also accompanied by a singer and songwriter who annotates the pieces with complimentary tunes. What are you waiting, for? Buy it before the hoboes take over the internet!

The Areas Of My Expertise

I was very dissapointed, there are some funny moments, but they are buried by very long readings of nonsense and lists of hundreds of meaningless words. It's almost as if this guy said I can put anything I want in this book and people will buy it.


i started reading the print version of this book, enjoyed it immensely, but realized it was lacking one thing: john hodgman reading it. so i got this version, and love it. (the hardcover is equally as good, and is somewhat cheaper, if that matters) ^_^

John Hodgman, The Areas of My Expertise
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  • Narrator: John Hodgman
  • Published: 2006
  • Category: Comedy
  • Provider: Penguin Audio
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