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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Then that person will have to pick up all trip costs. To ask other readers questions about Brainiacplease sign up. I’ve seen some reviews state that there’s just not enough of the behind-the-scenes Jeoparady! Plus, there are trivia questions throughout every chapter answered in the endnotes: Brainiac traces his rise from anonymous computer programmer to nerd folk icon.

From the quiz books of the Jazz Age to the college bowls of the s to Trivial Pursuit in the s, it’s all here. Refresh and try again. Alas, they never called me; probably just as well, as the fall of was when I had my Colon Cancer Surgery, which would have distracted my game-playing abilities. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. He is everything I and every other geek aspires to be like. Halfway through Jennings run. For me, part of the answer was found on p. Sometimes i watch the trivia shows like Jeorpardy!

Ken Jennings is the man who took Jeopardy! He visits a Disneyland Millionaire game attraction before his first taping of Jeopardy! Brainiac isn’t so much a behind the scenes account of his Jeopardy!

Also by Ken Jennings. His style and voice are very approachable, and at times, downright fun. He shares with us the stories of these people and lets us peek into their collections.


Some of the trivia sections are good, some are way too clearly bought and paid for by Brainiav Pursuit.

A graduate of Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, he worked as a computer programmer until becoming an unlikely celebrity due to his… More about Ken Jennings. After winning, he began working on a book, Brainiac: His total earnings on Jeopardy!

I’m particularly fascinated by the idea that the boom-and-bust cycle of trivia fads reflects economic cycles – and, having had family and friends involved in NAQT contests and Jeopardy! While he encourages people who don’t know him personally to skip over the acknowledgments because oen nothing to see, it is worth reading if only for the end where he talks to his young son.

And since everyone today is some kind of trivia geek or other, there’s not even a stigma anymore.

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

But trivia, he says on page can serve a greater purpose: Aside from the humor, each chapter has jenninge set of trivia questions embedded in the body of the text, with answers complete at the end of each chapter. Sep 12, Pages Buy. But trivia, he has found, is centuries older than his childhood obsession with it. This fun book and quick read is written by ejnnings trivia expert and record setting Jeopardy! It is a connection to a tribe, trivia-worship jennibgs history, social phenomenon and human condition—in short, a journey to the heart of dorkness.

Getting on Jeopardy pretty much consists of acing the very difficult entrance test, and then having the insane amount of luck to get a call-back and pass the audition.

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

Walsh won seven consecutive games and lost on his eighth. Throughout the book he switches between recounting his Jeopardy! He tells the tale of his Jeopardy experience, obsession with trivia, the history of trivia and trivia and more trivia and it’s a really fun ride.


It was the first of his seventy-five consecutive appearances on the show. Jennings also felt that within Jeopardy there was some gender preference Jeopardy almost always has one female playing each game even though trivia buffs are mostly men. Throughout, Jennints felt Jennings was having a casual chat with me, not just about trivia, but also about the nature of knowledge, the bgainiac of competition, and the pressures of fame.

My editor usually asks “Are they paying you? Jan 28, Brendon Schrodinger rated it it was amazing Shelves: Jennings’ comes across as a humble, self-deprecating guy, and he attributes most of his wins to his familiarity with buzzer-timing.

Uproarious, silly, engaging, and erudite, this book is an irresistible celebration of nostalgia, curiosity, and nerdy obsession—in a word, trivia. You’ll have to read the book to find out what it was.

May 20, Sarah rated it liked it Recommends it for: Brainiac opens with a bit of trivia that sets the stage for the drive that he and his college buddy, Earl Cahill, are making through the rock country of southern Utah to audition for Jeopardy! What marsupial has fingerprints brainjac are indistinguishable from human ones?

Trivia nerds and game show freaks. Although it may not be jenninbs fact that I will ever use in a day-to-day conversation, it does remind me that through the lens of history, jersey colors may be blurred, but not human achievements.