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The Ultimate Book of Pub Trivia by the Smartest Guy in the Bar

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I love trivia and this book did not let me down. There are loads of questions of questions about all kinds of  different topics. This book would be great for having a trivia night with friends or just hanging out and answering some trivia yourself. Either way if you love trivia this book is for you.
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I enjoyed watching Austin Rogers's run on Jeopardy, so I was excited to see him coming out with his own book of trivia. Who better to come up with some of the best bar trivia than the guy who used his knowledge of pub trivia to win twelve games on Jeopardy? 

I think this book should become a go-to reference for anyone running their own trivia nights at a pub as well as for anyone doing trivia nights at home. There is a lot of information packed into this one book, and Rogers organized it in easy to understand categories. This book is set up in a way that you can flip open to any page and immediately start quizzing your friends/family/complete strangers. 

Each round has ten questions and answers; some of the categories are more generic, allowing Rogers to repeat those categories with different questions, while other categories are more focused and specific. 

This book can be a lifesaver for anyone attempting their own bar trivia night, as well as anyone looking for an easy way to challenge and/or entertain their friends. There was definitely a wide range of topics covered, so no area of trivia is left untouched. I liked that Rogers had no clear progression through the categories, so readers can easily pick and choose which round they would like to do next and skip around from category to category. 

Overall, this trivia book was fun, unique, and easy to use. I would recommend this one to anyone doing weekly trivia nights as well as those needing a fun and informative way to pass an evening at home.
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I asked for this one to see if I could use it for some of my social media posts I do for the library. Although it didn't fully serve the purpose I hoped it would, I was looking for fun ideas for today I learned posts, it was still interesting and engaging. I ended up learning quite a few things!
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This was a great book packed full of fun trivia facts.  This would be perfect for a person, organization, or company that wanted to put on a trivia night.  I do wish there were more personal stories in the book from the author about his trivia experiences - I think that would have made it really stand out.  Overall, I definitely recommend for anyone looking to expand their trivia knowledge.
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The Ultimate Book of Pub Trivia is a well written collection of quiz and trivia, including question rounds (with answers) curated by 12 time Jeopardy champion Austin Rogers. Due out 22nd Feb 2022 from Workman Publishing, it's 336 pages (print format) and will be available in paperback and ebook formats. It's worth noting that the ebook format has a handy (partially) interactive table of contents. I've really become enamored of ebooks with interactive formats lately.

This is such a fun book. The introduction covers the basics: who, what, where, how, when, and why. There are more specifics about venues, cover charges (if any), drinks & snacks, acoustics, scoring, and, really, all the info needed to run a quiz night in the third (final) section of the book. In between the two are the questions, set up in quiz rounds. The answers are given on the same page with the question rounds, upside down (but still easy to read - this could be a drawback in some situations, if visibility and accidentally seeing the answers are a problem. I noticed flipping through the book that I accidentally (?) stumbled over the answers whilst pondering the questions. I was actively trying not to "cheat" but still saw the answers. Since an eARC was the format I was using, it's not really practical (but it *is* possible) to cover the answer key area with a card or piece of paper.

The bulk of the book is taken up with the questions. They're hugely varied, concisely written, and definitely not all easy. I pride myself on being a trivia maven and these weren't a walk in the park. I liked that the author specified some things which I've noticed about pub quiz nights in real life. So many rounds are so specific and esoteric as to be annoying/boring for almost everyone, and the only person having fun is the one who just happens to strike lucky and be the only one in the bar with a ridiculous knowledge of obscure 14th century Coptic fiber-arts techniques... everyone else is annoyed and/or bored. He also raises the salient points that a really exciting quiz night should have the possibility of different teams in the lead at different points during the evening and that nobody really knows ahead of time who's going to win, as well as pointing out that offering small side-prizes for particular rounds (free drinks, meals, etc) will increase engagement and excitement.

Four stars. This is a one-stop resource for planners of trivia nights. It will be a solid resource for trivia fans as a study guide also. There are some repeat answers, but I didn't see any repeat questions.

Disclosure: I received an ARC at no cost from the author/publisher for review purposes
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I think this book deserves a place in every library or coffee table. It could provide entertainment during boring moments. It is a good resource during game night. As a child, I would have been over the moon if I was given this book. The format is easy on the eyes, as well as, the choice of colors. Highly recommend!
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This book is overflowing with trivia! 
The homework is done, and then some, for those wanting access to this wide variety of questions, to conduct their own trivia night!
I expected more of the author’s life story to be included.
The author does an amazingly thorough job to write a very comprehensive book!
I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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Probably the best lay out of a trivia book I’ve seen. Super fun and easy to use. A must have for any trivia lover.
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Austin Rogers, a former contestant on Jeopardy, has compiled a ginormous mass of facts, organized them into themed rounds, sorted by difficulty. The focus is on pop culture and history from the 1980s to the present. Also included are geography, sports, music, flags – something for almost everyone! Great choice for trivia buffs or anyone who likes to browse through details that might not otherwise cross their path! Four stars for The Ultimate Book of Pub Trivia by the Smartest Guy in the Bar, and thanks to Workman Publishing and NetGalley for a copy in exchange for this honest review.
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I love trivia and this is a great book for it! I keep saying that I will make it to a pub trivia night someday, but in the meantime this book would be a great way to host a trivia night right in your own home. I strongly recommend this book to anyone that has an interest in trivia.
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A well-rounded compendium of trivia facts organized into easy-to-run quizzes with several themed rounds. Round difficulty is indicated at the top of the page (though, this is a bit subjective). Further highlighted fact and trivia sections grace each page with detailed information relating to one or more of the questions on the topic in focus. This collection seems best aimed at 30 somethings and older with pop culture and history references from the 80s to present. There's a little bit of everything in this trivia book; geography, flags, music, sports, pop-culture, history. Good book to pick up if you'd like to set up your own trivia night with friends/colleagues.
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I was an Austin Rogers fan when he was a contestant on Jeopardy.  I was hoping for more of an autobiography but this was his take on how to succeed at bar trivia.  If you are looking for trivia questions to create your own game or just want to study trivia questions and answers to prepare to compete, this is the perfect book.  He divides his questions and answers into categories and difficulty.  I enjoyed reading through many of them and it's a great reference book.  If you're looking for information about the author, it isn't in there.
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I didn't get through the entire book because it was simply too long, but from what I read this is a very comprehensive guide to creating your own trivia game. I will say though that these questions are HARD, and this is coming from someone whose family nicknamed me "the Encyclopedia" because of my extensive knowledge of random facts. I do think that this is a great book to consider if you would like to play, say, a weekly game of trivia with very nerdy friends—but I wouldn't necessarily recommend it to the layperson who is just looking for something fun to do on a Friday night and doesn't absolutely love knowing random facts. Thank you to the publisher for the free ARC copy.
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Fun, delivered exactly what it promised. Definitely information that I haven’t seen before, good ideas for the future.
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This is chock full of trivia. Almost a little too full, but hopefully I retained enough knowledge to stomp the other teams at trivia night. There is literally something about EVERYTHING.

I received an ARC, but my opinions are all mine.
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I love going to quiz nights and really enjoyed how this book is set up with multiple quiz sets, each with a few rounds of questions covering a wide range of topics, just a few of which are: 1999, Netflix Shows, nineties sitcoms, bartending, the Renaissance, cartoons, famous deaths, chemistry, fictional geography, random stuff you might know, and the (always dreaded, at least for me) sports, I especially love some of the extra clever, specialty rounds like Before and After and Movie Math where you have to come up with two answers and combine them to get the correct answer, and also a Balderdash-style round called Bad Movie Descriptions. 

Highly recommended for anyone looking for fun trivia questions -- definitely planning to use sections of it for our next block party's trivia contest.
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Wonderful resource for hosting a trivia night! Questions were various and plentiful covering a wide range of subjects and levels. Definitely worth having in a pub for game night.
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The Ultimate Book of Pub Trivia by the Smartest Guy in the Bar is a lot of fun. If you're Gen X or Y or thereabouts. I can see this being used in certain groups and it being a big hit. As a librarian, I would definitely use it in trivia programs, especially if I knew the attendees were going to be in that age group.

Many of the questions had to do with pop culture of a certain time, and that is a problem. I tried out some of the questions on my parents and my children, and often times neither group knew the answer. Or understood the question or reference. Just know your audience. My siblings and friends had a good time, so that pushed it from 3 stars to 4.

My thanks to Working Publishing Company and NetGalley for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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My mom and I love watching trivia shows on TV. Jeopardy, The Chase, Masterminds, Common Knowledge. Whatever we can, we love. When I saw this book up, buy Auston Rogers no less, I knew I had to try to get it to review. It is a great book for what it is, a solid 4. It is not, however, just a general book of interesting trivia, it is your own personal Pub Trivia night in your hands.
Now, for my own personal use, as I’m not at all extroverted enough to go out to an actual pub trivia night, I would say it’s more like a 3, just because unless I suddenly post-COVID decide I want to go out and hang out with people or maybe create an online pub trivia thing, wouldn’t actually be using them as they are designed in their lists. I have been using them to test myself and my mom on my knowledge and been learning new things from it. I do like how they are marked on difficulty level, mostly because it let’s me know how much shame I should feel for not knowing a level 1, and how proud I should feel that I easily knew something that Austin Rogers thinks is level 5.
For those who are looking for a good book of Pub Trivia lists for their own Pub Trivia Nights, I think it’s also a good jumping off point to give some ideas on their own ideas for personal creations of themes and questions. Thank you to NetGalley and Workman Publishing Company for the ARC of this book.
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Great book for anyone who loves trivia nights!!  I used this book recently to plan a team activity online with my colleagues and I loved how easy and interesting the process was! I wish it had more examples of visual/audio questions but overall it is a very good trivia book. Perfect for gifting!
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