Two years, 75 games, 2, correct answers, and over $ million in winnings later, Ken Jennings emerged as trivia’s undisputed king. Brainiac traces his rise. One day back in , Ken Jennings and his college buddy Earl did what hundreds of thousands of people had done before: they auditioned for Jeopardy! Two. Brainiac: Adventures in the Curious, Competitive, Compulsive World of Trivia Buffs. Ken Jennings, Author. Villard $ (p) ISBN.

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Aug 08, Diane rated it it was amazing.

Ken Jennings jenningd current record holder for most Jeopardy! Jennings is quick to point out that there are many different kinds and levels of intelligence and that the ability to memorize trivia is not ALWAYS a good gauge of either of those, but that it can exercise those brain muscles.

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He’s not the best of writers stylistically, but he pretty much admits that, and to tell the truth, he’s probably not as bad as he thinks someone without much practice in writing is.

But that is not like being a champion on ‘Wheel of Fortune’, this is ‘Jeapordy! I like to see close games, a real contest, not a one-man show. That whole bright-eyed gee-whiz cornball attitude is something those of us who’ve lived around them know very well, though Jennings seems jwnnings not be playacting at it like some of them do.

Although i found the material somewhat interesting i found the author just the teensiest annoying and the book did drag somewhat toward the end. Enjoyable read and Learn about Ken Jennings and the subject of trivia!


Brainiac: Adventures in the Curious, Competitive, Compulsive World of Trivia Buffs by Ken Jennings

The book is both of these things, and even though the narrative is pretty brief, Jennings makes every transition work. The chapters are general Interesting, quick read by Ken Jennings describing his historic run on Jeopardy! About Brainiac One day back inKen Jennings brainac his college buddy Earl did what hundreds of thousands of kenn had done before: Uproarious, silly, engaging, and erudite, this book is an irresistible celebration of nostalgia, curiosity, and nerdy obsession—in a word, trivia.

Very enjoyable read and a great way to spend a rainy Sunday.

Cross-posted from my blog The Periodic Table of Elephants Ken Jennings stamped himself onto my psyche with ‘Maphead’, a book about geography and geo geeks, which I read last year. Looking for More Great Reads?

Return to Book Page. But who knew he was also a funny and engaging writer? Because I idolize the man. He talks about trivia a lot. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.

Jacobsauthor of The Know-It-All: Feb 01, Bridgette Redman rated it really liked it. Whisking us from the coffeehouses of seventeenth-century London to the Internet age, Jennings chronicles the ups and downs of the trivia fad: Jan 28, Brendon Schrodinger rated it it was amazing Shelves: I liked learning about Ken Jennings’ trivia journey specifically, as well as the world of trivia in general.

Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Aside from the humor, each chapter has a set of trivia questions embedded in the body of the text, with answers complete at the end of each chapter. But for those who get the thrill of knowledge for the sheer sake of knowledge and excitement of storing and producing at the opportune times random facts about random things this is a must.

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In it he comes across as a self-deprecating nerd with a gentle sense of humor and a somewhat rosy view of the world and it’s inhabitants. But on Septemberthis rule was scrapped, finally allowing contestants to continue playing and increasing their pot money until defeated.

My editor usually asks “Are they paying you? I learned that Koala bears and humans have indistinguishable fingerprints. Jennings is amusing and informative about the history of trivia production and consumption a history that grows ever less len under the shadow of Google. It is encouraging to hennings a religious voice that seems to be part of this reality and I can connect with.

Brainiac: Adventures in the Curious, Competitive, Compulsive World of Trivia Buffs

Halfway through Jennings run. Someone who just likes to play trivia at pubs in the company of friends? Half-memoir, half-lengthy-encyclopedia-entry for the term triviathis book by former Jeopardy! Rather than just tell the story of how he tried out for Jeopardy! I have finally, as they say in drama classes and twelve-step programs, achieved closure.

Today, almost everyone is an obsessive, well-informed aficionado of something. But above all, Brainiac is a love letter to the useless fact. Ken is a funny guy!