Bill Nye's Funniest Thoughts


Read by Phil Chenevert

(4 stars; 26 reviews)

Bill Nye was a famous American humor columnist in the middle 1800's. He said "We can never be a nation of snobs so long as we are willing to poke fun at ourselves." And he did exactly that in hundreds of newspaper columns that were later collected into books. This is a selection of just 35 of the most humorous, wry and downright funny cogitations of his, written of course in the somewhat convoluted style common in the 19th century which just adds to their flavor in my opinion. The selection process was rigorous: only those that made me laugh, giggle or snort are included. (Summary by phil Chenevert)

(3 hr 34 min)

Chapters

01 - Directions 4:05 Read by Phil Chenevert
02 - My School Days 4:08 Read by Phil Chenevert
03 - Habits of a Literary Man 6:22 Read by Phil Chenevert
04 - Archemides 5:10 Read by Phil Chenevert
05 - Anatomy 5:34 Read by Phil Chenevert
06 - Hours With Great Men 5:05 Read by Phil Chenevert
07 - B. Franklin, deceased 7:29 Read by Phil Chenevert
08 - Life Insurance as A Health Restorer 2:59 Read by Phil Chenevert
09 - The Opium Habit 4:49 Read by Phil Chenevert
10 - Twombley's Tale 8:21 Read by Phil Chenevert
11 - On Cyclones 4:51 Read by Phil Chenevert
12 - Verona 6:36 Read by Phil Chenevert
13 - A Great Upheaval 6:58 Read by Phil Chenevert
14 - In Acknowledgment 6:23 Read by Phil Chenevert
15 - Spinal Meningitis. 7:07 Read by Phil Chenevert
16 - The Sun 6:15 Read by Phil Chenevert
17 - The Stars 6:05 Read by Phil Chenevert
18 - A Thrilling Experience 6:32 Read by Phil Chenevert
19 - The Wail of a Wife 6:39 Read by Phil Chenevert
20 - My Lecture Abroad 4:39 Read by Phil Chenevert
21 - The Miner at Home 6:59 Read by Phil Chenevert
22 - Christopher Columbus 6:59 Read by Phil Chenevert
23 - The Amateur Carpenter 4:59 Read by Phil Chenevert
24 - The Average Hen 6:08 Read by Phil Chenevert
25 - My Experience as an Agriculturist 6:58 Read by Phil Chenevert
26 - "Done It A-Purpose" 7:54 Read by Phil Chenevert
27 - Mush and Melody 4:58 Read by Phil Chenevert
28 - History of Babylon 8:24 Read by Phil Chenevert
29 - The Bite of a Mad Dog 5:16 Read by Phil Chenevert
30 - About Geology 6:43 Read by Phil Chenevert
31 - Nero 7:28 Read by Phil Chenevert
32 - The Cow-Boy 6:34 Read by Phil Chenevert
33 - Stirring Incidents at a Fire 8:35 Read by Phil Chenevert
34 - The Little Barefoot Boy 4:33 Read by Phil Chenevert
35 - "I Spy." 5:30 Read by Phil Chenevert

Reviews

great reader adds to funny stuff

(5 stars)

I think the previous reviewer who doesn't remember the stories must have fallen asleep as obviously happens a lot when you're being read to.... there just isn't anything no-star about them. Extra kudos to the narrator for taking the time to pretest the jokes on himself and only including the ones that made him laugh (snort, guffaw). More of the beauty of LibriVOX! Every day since recently learning about LibriVOX I bow down to this remarkable thing being done by, with, and for people who love to read. It's the go-to place to remember when sociopaths and celebrity worship intrude at every turn. Now if there is a subgroup of LibriVOX volunteers who also rescue abused dogs, I will have found the crême de la crême des humains! Volunteers, I cringe whenever reviewers complain about the narration. They know not what they say, most of them; and if they do mean to hurt your feelings, they are sociopaths and don't deserve any space in your brain.

Funny

(5 stars)

Clever and well suited to Phil's narration.

(3 stars)

the content is great, the reader's failure to deliver the words in a way that suits the style of writing is somewhat infuriating.