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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 only exist 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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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.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Trivial, but absorbing and entertaining

No Such Thing as a Fish is a weekly British podcast series produced and presented by the researchers behind the BBC Two panel game QI. In it each of the researchers, collectively known as "The QI Elves", present their favourite fact that they have come across that week. The regular QI elves who present No Such Thing as a Fish are Andrew Hunter Murray, Dan Schreiber, Anna Ptaszynski and James Harkin.

This book is effectively a massive episode of the podcast. The Elves present a compendium of topical facts in 365 categories. Each presenter takes it in turn to present their favourite facts. Then they discuss the information surrounding that fact, and the other presenters add in extra facts and information connecting to it. This bumper book is fun, and packed with offbeat, silly facts. The tone is just right: dry, sharp and deadpan. Recommended for everyone who loves nuggets of trivial news.

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Entertaining but poorly edited

I appreciate the off the cuff discussions around the base book text but I didn’t enjoy the rereads of lines also left in or the feeling that discussion is cut mid discussion presumably for time

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As entertaining as usual...

The books don't flow in quite the humorous way that the podcast does & if you're a regular listener to the podcast then a lot of the facts will be familiar.
Nevertheless the longer form format does work well & I find my brain switching in to something close to a very pleasant trance like state during listening.

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brilliant again

brilliant, factual and amusing just like the podcast :) would recommend to anyone who is curious about the oddest stories of the year

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Exceptional content and performance

The Audiobook of the Year 2018 is the perfect audiobook for fans of No Such Thing as a Fish. Dan, Andy, James, and Anna are on top form. There are a few edit errors in the mix, but in a way this adds to the charm of this interesting, informative, and amusing audiobook. If you like facts, and funny, witty banter, you're in for a treat.

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Amazing! More like a 10 podcast than an audiobook.

Would highly recommend. I have listened to the free podcasts for at least 4 years now every week so don't mind paying for this. The audiobook contains many different interesting and weird facts from 2018. When listening to it, it sounds more like the podcasts as they are not just sticking to the script.

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Grab a cuppa and put your feet up! Light hearted non fiction

I’m a big fan of the No Such Thing as A Fish podcasts so I love the audiobook of the year! Exactly what you’d expect in a longer format.

If you’re not familiar with No Such Thing As A Fish, it’s full of weird, wacky facts from all over the world, gathered by QI “elves” James Harkin, Dan Schreiber, Anna Ptaszynzki and Andrew Hunter Murray.

I especially love the easy flowing banter and interjections between the four hosts, which is why I opted for the audiobook rather than the physical book. However, having finished it, I think I’ll order a physical copy too. There’s just too much information to take in on one sitting!

I will no doubt be listening to this again, and would highly recommend to anyone looking for a bit of light hearted non fiction.

I also have some wonderful conversation starters for the next dinner party where I have to appear intellectual, so many thanks to you, and many thanks to your Audiobook of the Year (2108)!

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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.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • SirChutney
  • 07-12-2018

Trivial, but absorbing and entertaining

No Such Thing as a Fish is a weekly British podcast series produced and presented by the researchers behind the BBC Two panel game QI. In it each of the researchers, collectively known as "The QI Elves", present their favourite fact that they have come across that week. The regular QI elves who present No Such Thing as a Fish are Andrew Hunter Murray, Dan Schreiber, Anna Ptaszynski and James Harkin.

This book is effectively a massive episode of the podcast. The Elves present a compendium of topical facts in 365 categories. Each presenter takes it in turn to present their favourite facts. Then they discuss the information surrounding that fact, and the other presenters add in extra facts and information connecting to it. This bumper book is fun, and packed with offbeat, silly facts. The tone is just right: dry, sharp and deadpan. Recommended for everyone who loves nuggets of trivial news.

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  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars
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  • Stuart O'Hara
  • 03-12-2018

Entertaining but poorly edited

I appreciate the off the cuff discussions around the base book text but I didn’t enjoy the rereads of lines also left in or the feeling that discussion is cut mid discussion presumably for time

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  • Mark
  • 21-11-2018

As entertaining as usual...

The books don't flow in quite the humorous way that the podcast does & if you're a regular listener to the podcast then a lot of the facts will be familiar.
Nevertheless the longer form format does work well & I find my brain switching in to something close to a very pleasant trance like state during listening.

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  • Matt
  • 12-11-2018

brilliant again

brilliant, factual and amusing just like the podcast :) would recommend to anyone who is curious about the oddest stories of the year

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-11-2018

Exceptional content and performance

The Audiobook of the Year 2018 is the perfect audiobook for fans of No Such Thing as a Fish. Dan, Andy, James, and Anna are on top form. There are a few edit errors in the mix, but in a way this adds to the charm of this interesting, informative, and amusing audiobook. If you like facts, and funny, witty banter, you're in for a treat.

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  • Emily
  • 05-11-2018

Amazing! More like a 10 podcast than an audiobook.

Would highly recommend. I have listened to the free podcasts for at least 4 years now every week so don't mind paying for this. The audiobook contains many different interesting and weird facts from 2018. When listening to it, it sounds more like the podcasts as they are not just sticking to the script.

  • Overall
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  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Amazon Customer
  • 25-10-2018

Grab a cuppa and put your feet up! Light hearted non fiction

I’m a big fan of the No Such Thing as A Fish podcasts so I love the audiobook of the year! Exactly what you’d expect in a longer format.

If you’re not familiar with No Such Thing As A Fish, it’s full of weird, wacky facts from all over the world, gathered by QI “elves” James Harkin, Dan Schreiber, Anna Ptaszynzki and Andrew Hunter Murray.

I especially love the easy flowing banter and interjections between the four hosts, which is why I opted for the audiobook rather than the physical book. However, having finished it, I think I’ll order a physical copy too. There’s just too much information to take in on one sitting!

I will no doubt be listening to this again, and would highly recommend to anyone looking for a bit of light hearted non fiction.

I also have some wonderful conversation starters for the next dinner party where I have to appear intellectual, so many thanks to you, and many thanks to your Audiobook of the Year (2108)!

Sort by:
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  • Performance
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  • Story
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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.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars
  • SirChutney
  • 07-12-2018

Trivial, but absorbing and entertaining

No Such Thing as a Fish is a weekly British podcast series produced and presented by the researchers behind the BBC Two panel game QI. In it each of the researchers, collectively known as "The QI Elves", present their favourite fact that they have come across that week. The regular QI elves who present No Such Thing as a Fish are Andrew Hunter Murray, Dan Schreiber, Anna Ptaszynski and James Harkin.

This book is effectively a massive episode of the podcast. The Elves present a compendium of topical facts in 365 categories. Each presenter takes it in turn to present their favourite facts. Then they discuss the information surrounding that fact, and the other presenters add in extra facts and information connecting to it. This bumper book is fun, and packed with offbeat, silly facts. The tone is just right: dry, sharp and deadpan. Recommended for everyone who loves nuggets of trivial news.

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Stuart O'Hara
  • 03-12-2018

Entertaining but poorly edited

I appreciate the off the cuff discussions around the base book text but I didn’t enjoy the rereads of lines also left in or the feeling that discussion is cut mid discussion presumably for time

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Mark
  • 21-11-2018

As entertaining as usual...

The books don't flow in quite the humorous way that the podcast does & if you're a regular listener to the podcast then a lot of the facts will be familiar.
Nevertheless the longer form format does work well & I find my brain switching in to something close to a very pleasant trance like state during listening.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Matt
  • 12-11-2018

brilliant again

brilliant, factual and amusing just like the podcast :) would recommend to anyone who is curious about the oddest stories of the year

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-11-2018

Exceptional content and performance

The Audiobook of the Year 2018 is the perfect audiobook for fans of No Such Thing as a Fish. Dan, Andy, James, and Anna are on top form. There are a few edit errors in the mix, but in a way this adds to the charm of this interesting, informative, and amusing audiobook. If you like facts, and funny, witty banter, you're in for a treat.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Emily
  • 05-11-2018

Amazing! More like a 10 podcast than an audiobook.

Would highly recommend. I have listened to the free podcasts for at least 4 years now every week so don't mind paying for this. The audiobook contains many different interesting and weird facts from 2018. When listening to it, it sounds more like the podcasts as they are not just sticking to the script.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazon Customer
  • 25-10-2018

Grab a cuppa and put your feet up! Light hearted non fiction

I’m a big fan of the No Such Thing as A Fish podcasts so I love the audiobook of the year! Exactly what you’d expect in a longer format.

If you’re not familiar with No Such Thing As A Fish, it’s full of weird, wacky facts from all over the world, gathered by QI “elves” James Harkin, Dan Schreiber, Anna Ptaszynzki and Andrew Hunter Murray.

I especially love the easy flowing banter and interjections between the four hosts, which is why I opted for the audiobook rather than the physical book. However, having finished it, I think I’ll order a physical copy too. There’s just too much information to take in on one sitting!

I will no doubt be listening to this again, and would highly recommend to anyone looking for a bit of light hearted non fiction.

I also have some wonderful conversation starters for the next dinner party where I have to appear intellectual, so many thanks to you, and many thanks to your Audiobook of the Year (2108)!