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The Audiobook of the Year (2018)

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Publisher's Summary

Random House presents The Audiobook of the Year (2018), written and read by the team behind hit podcast No Such Thing as a Fish: James Harkin, Jane Hill, Dan Schreiber, Andrew Hunter Murray and Anna Ptaszynski.

Think you know what happened in 2018? Think again.

Following hot on the heels of the success of The Audiobook of the Year (or, more precisely, 12 months later), The Audiobook of the Year (2018) bravely delves behind the headlines to sniff out the best and most bizarre facts of the past 12 months.

Compiled and written by the creators of the award-winning hit comedy podcast No Such Thing as a Fish, all of whom are researchers for QI, it will establish - among other things - that:

  • Britain’s first robot shop assistant was sacked after a week
  • Donald Trump claimed the US sells F52 planes to Norway, even though F52 planes exist only in the game Call of Duty
  • During the Winter Olympics, it was so windy during the Women's Slopestyle Final that every single competitor was blown off her snowboard. 
  • A snail racing competition in Plymouth was postponed because the snails were too 'sluggish' to take part. 

Ranging from the distinctly offbeat to the wonderfully ludicrous - from the South Africans who were rationed to just one toilet flush per day, to the Nutella riots spreading across France, via the Miami bitcoin conference that stopped accepting bitcoin - The Audiobook of the Year (2018) promises a fact for every occasion and will prove the perfect Christmas gift for all trivia buffs.

©2018 No Such Thing as a Fish (P)2018 Random House Audiobooks

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loved it! Even better than last years!

I love them so much! Inertesting and funny as usual and could listen to these guys talk all day. I am a huge fan of QI, but these guys are the real stars of the show.

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Another fantastic audio book from these absolute legends

Really interesting and often very funny, this is a great listening experience and highly recommended.

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Amazing

Loved it. Listened to it in it's entirety during a road trip between Melbourne and Sydney. It made the trip so much quicker. I did the same thing last year with the 2017 edition. I hope NSTAAF put out a new edition every year so I can continue the tradition.

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Not all facts/Trump Bashing

As you can tell by the cover there's a lot of trump bashing in this book. I would have given it a higher score, however, when they're quoting things Stormy Daniels says as fact I find it hard to believe everything their actually saying.

Generally I do enjoy there podcasts, but I'm just a bit over the Trump bashing and it appears they a bit one sided in there opinions.

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Interesting and amusing

Interesting and diverse facts discussed amusingly. Excellent narration with lots of background knowledge to contextualise discussion

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  • Sharon
  • 11-11-2018

if you like the podcast, you'll love the book.

if you like the podcast, you'll love the book. always a joy to listen to!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 14-03-2019

Informative, enjoyable and funny

I enjoyed last year's "Book of the year", I enjoyed this year as well. it's like a really really long podcast, with a strange lady interspersed in random moments. I'll definitely give it a re-listen!

(could maybe use a bit more attention in the audio editing part)

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  • Mike Sapp
  • 23-02-2019

brilliant

big fan of the podcast, the book is an excellent exclamation point on the year

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  • Daniel
  • 05-02-2019

A very QInteresting book

Did you know that in 2018....?
If not this is the book for you!
fantastic

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  • Luke
  • 23-01-2019

I love these people

I'm a big fan of the podcast and this is basically just ten hours of that.

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  • Momstra
  • 15-01-2019

Seriously hilarious fun!

I love this podcast and I loved this audio book. The panel is smart and funny and clearly enjoys what they're doing. The facts are fact-checked and weird and entertaining. It's a great audio book to listen to while I work.

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  • Myra Langehorn
  • 08-01-2019

Fast Paced, Full of Whimsy

I don't know how I missed so many nonsensical news items throughout the year. I better expand my news resources.

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  • Glenn Johnson
  • 05-01-2019

Always entertaining.

The QI Elves present a book form of their wonderful podcast. Hours of fun listening!

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  • Fox
  • 02-01-2019

A-z hilarity

Hilarious things that happened in 2018. Despite covering things starting with all letters A to Z, I don’t think a single letter failed to mention trump— and it’s a British team in the year of brexit. Laugh because it’s better than accepting that the world is actually an SNL skit.

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  • Lauren
  • 01-01-2019

Brilliant!

Dan, Andy, Anna and James never fail to impress. As always- brilliant content matched with the quick witt and humor that the 4 hosts provide. Can’t wait for The Audiobook of the year 2019

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 23-10-2018

Excellent Listen

Am a big fan of the "No Such Thing as a Fish" and this year's book of the year has more of the feel of the podcast. Last years was the book read aloud - and enjoyable for that. This year has more interaction between the 4 and more of the podcast feel.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 19-12-2018

great content- shame about the weird editing

Love the content but bad editing nearly spoilt this. Multiple takes were left in and sometimes words were interrupted randomly.

still enjoyed it though

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  • Niall
  • 11-02-2019

Great long podcast episode

If you enjoy "No such thing as a fish" you won't be disappointed. Like an extended episode, with additions you won't get in the print edition.

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  • Connor
  • 28-01-2019

Like a very long podcast

Since it's written and narrated by the NSTAAF team, it's like a 9 hour podcast with the same demeanour and banter. If you're a religious follower of the podcast then you'll notice a few repeats, but the majority of the content is new and fresh. Unlike most current-event-based productions, this could be visited years down the line and still be interesting. NSTAAF did a great job producing a light-hearted review of the year's weird news,, exactly as I had hoped it would after following the weekly podcast.

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  • J
  • 23-01-2019

Great book but plagued with poor editing

I really enjoy the podcasts to a 9 hour version is great for me. It suffers from poor editing however with lots of repeated sentences not being removed and chapter titles inserted in the middle of sentences.

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  • Pieta
  • 12-03-2019

I love no such thing as a fish

I and this audio book lived up to my expectations and surpassed them.Thanks for a great book 👍

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  • Mr B D Neville
  • 07-03-2019

Love This Series!!!

Informative and funny!!!
This series will be a regular January car commute to work listen for myself and my wife as long as they continue to produce them.

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  • GY
  • 03-03-2019

No such thing as a perfect Audiobook

No such thing as a perfect Audiobook, but a close effort nonetheless. it's the Fish that you love and just the way you want it, bigger and longer.

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  • Reader
  • 20-01-2019

Basically more of the podcast, which I love

Basically more of the podcast, which I love. If you like the podcast, you'll probably like it.

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  • Jared
  • 20-01-2019

Feel the vibe while keeping it session

Just finding out more about a couple of mates. Extra bits to book always welcome.