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The Audiobook of the Year 2019

Length: 11 hrs and 2 mins
Categories: Comedy, Stand-Up & Live
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Brought to you by Penguin.

In a year when South Korea announced that its new robotics museum will be built by robots, and French cheese terrorists put a camembert through every French MP's letterbox, The Book of the Year returns with another dose of barely believable yet bona fide facts and stories from the past 12 months.

Each week for the past five years, Dan, James, Anna and Andy - the creators of the award-winning, chart-topping comedy podcast No Such Thing as a Fish - have wowed each other and millions of listeners with the most astonishing trivia they have learned over the previous seven days. Now, once again, they have scoured the newspapers for hidden gems and transformed another year's worth of weird and wonderful happenings into one uplifting book that you won't be able to put down.

Discover how TV channel Hallmark has so many new Christmas movies that it will now start airing them from July.

Be amused to learn that a thousand people were hired to attend a rally in Kiev to protest against the practice of hiring people to attend rallies.

Share the excitement of the scientists who discovered that more attractive monkeys have smaller testicles.

Revel in the news that Carlsberg launched a new advertising campaign admitting it is 'probably not the best beer in the world'. 

Feel a little sympathy for Ariana Grande, who got a Japanese tattoo she intended to say 'Seven Rings' but that actually ended up reading 'small charcoal grill'. 

From ecologically minded Birmingham drug dealers to dodgy Belgian petanque players, The Book of the Year 2019 is an eye-opening tour of yet another incredible year you didn't know you'd lived through. And the authors have promised not to mention Brexit. Much.

©2019 No Such Thing as a Fish (P)2019 Penguin Audio

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  • homagetogorto
  • 2019-11-03

A delight every year.

Listening to the audiobook version of a book that sprung out of a podcast is a no-brainer. We already know and love the narrators, and all the bonus material is a treat — extracts from the live shows, additional facts, and hilarious bloopers. You won’t believe what Dan found at the bottom of the Marianas Trench, but because James made a pun out of the mistake, you do get to find out.

It’s reasonably light on Tr*mp and Br*xit, and any mentions are indeed hilarious and minimally triggering.

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  • s marberry
  • 2019-11-03

Makes the year seem better than you thought it was

so much of what is given to us in the news cycle is negative. the team at No Such Thing As A Fish have sorted through all that mess to bring the weirdest, funniest, and most wonderous news from 2019 to you in neatly organized, alphabetical, bite-sized chunks. as it is read by four people, you get the feeling of being in a room with friends telling stories together which makes for a very cozy and fun listening experience. also, because there's no real narrative, you can pick it up and listen for a few minutes at any time without any of that "wait, go back, what did I miss?" so it's perfect for people (like me) who always struggle with that. thanks to Anna, Andy, Dan, and James for another wonderful Book of the Year!

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  • Utilisateur anonyme
  • 2019-12-24

no such thing as a fish

what to say? if you love no such thing as a fish aka the QI elves, you will undoubtedly love this book.

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  • Matthew Keyes
  • 2019-12-11

Do you like fun?

If you do:
Listen and enjoy a belly laugh.

If you don’t:
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  • Shawna
  • 2019-12-07

No such thing as a boring fact!

The facts themselves are interesting and fun, but when you add in the banter and personalities of the author/narrators it takes it to a whole new level. This is a book you will revisit time and again. (Along with the other Books of the Year, and the podcast.)

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  • Mike
  • 2019-12-02

Better than their previous Audiobooks of the Year!

I don't understand how these four have gotten more interesting and funnier the longer they've been together, but they've somehow managed to do it. This Audiobook manages to be at least as good as, if not better than, any number of their episodes stitched together.

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  • M. Huber
  • 2019-11-15

10/10

I love the podcast, and the book is like them posting up a TON of episodes all at once. Such a joy every year!!

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  • Utilisateur anonyme
  • 2019-11-13

Like a 8 or 9 or 10 or 11 hour podcast

If you would like a No Such Thing as a Fish podcast 12 times the normal length, this is the audio book for you.

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  • Paul
  • 2019-11-13

No Such Thing as a Better Book

I love these people. So smart. So funny. If you are not listening to their books and podcasts, you are denying yourself joy.

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  • R. Lehr
  • 2019-11-08

Best part of every year!

We all know 2019 has been rough on both sides of the Atlantic, and it becomes a mite more tolerable when, once the year wraps up, you can look forward to four brilliant elves recapping all the important bits. Once again, they’ve done an amazing job!