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  • Stuff You Should Know

  • An Incomplete Compendium of Mostly Interesting Things
  • Written by: Josh Clark, Chuck Bryant
  • Narrated by: Chuck Bryant, Josh Clark
  • Length: 9 hrs
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (49 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

This program is read by the authors and includes an audio exclusive bonus conversation.

From the duo behind the massively successful and award-winning podcast Stuff You Should Know comes an unexpected look at things you thought you knew. 

Josh Clark and Chuck Bryant started the podcast Stuff You Should Know back in 2008 because they were curious - curious about the world around them, curious about what they might have missed in their formal educations, and curious to dig deeper on stuff they thought they understood. 

As it turns out, they aren't the only curious ones. They've since amassed a rabid fan base, making Stuff You Should Know one of the most popular podcasts in the world. Armed with their inquisitive natures and a passion for sharing, they uncover the weird, fascinating, delightful, or unexpected elements of a wide variety of topics. 

The pair has now taken their near-boundless "whys" and "hows" to the chapters of an audiobook for the first time - featuring a completely new array of subjects that they’ve long wondered about and wanted to explore. Follow along as the two dig into the underlying stories of everything from the origin of Murphy beds, to the history of facial hair, to the psychology of being lost.

Have you ever wondered about the world around you and wished to see the magic in everyday things? Come get curious with Stuff You Should Know. With Josh and Chuck as your guide, there’s something interesting about everything (...except maybe jackhammers). 

Barnes & Noble Best New Books of the Year - 2020

A Macmillan Audio production from Flatiron Books

"Whatever your interests, you're sure to find something pleasing in this enlightening audio." (Booklist)

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2020 Josh Clark and Chuck Bryant (P)2020 Macmillan Audio

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Content is good but the performance is not.

I imagined this more as a book than as a podcast, it's something in between and I didn't like that. They don't sound as genuine as in a podcast but also they don't sound formal enough to be narrating a book. Probably is not the performance itself but more like the way it's written that make it sound like that.

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Chucks chapters and topics are awful. Bad format.

I am a big fan of the podcast and was very excited for the book. Unfortunately it feels very much like they each wrote half of the book. The half Josh wrote is interesting and funny. The other half is awful. The banter from the podcast can often help lift Chucks performance, but in this book he drowns alone.

just listen to the podcast. it's better than the book.

Replace Chuck in 2021.

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Loved it!!!

Great! Entertaining and informative!
Just a wonderful, enjoyable way to spend nine hours. Well worth it!

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it' a good way to learn

I loved this, played it in the background while I did housework

will listen again

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Great but oddly different!

I have listened to hundreds of episodes of SYSK and I was pumped for this book release! There is a good range of topics they touch on, and each chapter has a nice flow from beginning to end. The biggest change is that it misses the exact same vibe as the podcast. The only real differences? It doesn't feel as organic since it doesnt have the back-and-forth banter as the podcasts do. Otherwise, still definitely worth the credit for all the SYSK.

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EGG-CELL-ANT!

I'm only on chapter 7 of the audiobook and I'm already engrossed! This audiobook is perfect for lifting any boring task into pure joy. Josh Clark and Chuck Bryant give their usual welcoming and friendly attitude in their performance. No wonder they have a spot on Wikipedia!

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Written and performed with humour and interest.

If you are a SYSK listener or not you can't go wrong with this book. The boys will keep you entertained and enthralled, then you'll be spouting facts to your nearest and dearest before you know it.

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  • Phillip
  • 2020-12-08

Revisionist history at it's worst.

I have many issues with this book, but the basic flaw is simple researcher bias. The title should be "What We Think You Should Know and How We Think You Should Think". This is knowledge compiled for followers, and I just unfollowed.

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  • Sarah H
  • 2020-12-10

Fails as an audio book.

Although I am a fan of the podcast, I can't say the same for this book. I'll be honest and to the point. The reading by Josh and Chuck themselves is not great. The material is what you would expect and somewhat entertaining. I would say that at best, this would make a good coffee table book. The multiple references to the podcast is off putting as well. I had hoped for a stand alone book, This is an awkward, long, unfunny podcast episode. Sorry guys.

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  • Dwight
  • 2020-11-28

Oral version of Bathroom Reader w probably even less research

Slightly amusing, slightly accurate, not worth the credit.
Basic statistic formulas and proofing are ignored for sensationalism.

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  • mac
  • 2020-12-04

Mediocre

It’s stuff you likely already know. Very little is important or not common knowledge. The part on mezcal was interesting and the part on aging (although I personally already knew about it), but the rest was a waste of time. I would not recommend this book to anyone.

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  • SAFAN1
  • 2020-11-27

Just simply great

As a long time listener I was a podcast, the book was simply great and what really added to it was both reading it so it felt like an extended podcast.

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  • mrs.z
  • 2020-12-09

Chuck Zarza’s Review

Josh and Chuck continue their great stories and humor in this book. The topics were broad, which maybe they could have been more focused on topic selection. I particularly liked the being lost, Kamikaze, and gun history sections. I also liked the added sections they had for audiobook listeners. I hope they keep cranking out books.

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  • Yojimbo
  • 2020-11-30

Interesting but probably better as a podcast

The topics are interesting but the reading is very halting when compared to their podcast. This audiobook can be a little painful to listen to.

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  • matt
  • 2020-11-29

Fantastic!

I've been listening to you from the beginning. Its clearly a labor of love and I loved hearing you guys for hours without messing with my podcast player :-)

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  • dexter33015
  • 2021-10-08

Great Book!

As a big Stuff You Should Know podcast fan, I was eager for Josh & Chuck's book to come out. They are great to listen to and did an excellent job narrating this mostly interesting ;) book.

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  • douglas weiss
  • 2021-09-19

it's stuff you should know

very good what you would hope for as a fan of stuff you should know