• The Great Book of Texas: The Crazy History of Texas with Amazing Random Facts & Trivia

  • A Trivia Nerds Guide to the History of the United States 1
  • By: Bill O'Neill
  • Narrated by: Derek Newman
  • Length: 3 hrs and 27 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (40 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Are you looking to learn more about Texas? Sure, you’ve heard about the Alamo and JFK’s assassination in history class, but there’s so much about the Lone Star State that even natives don’t know about. In this trivia audiobook, you’ll journey through Texas’s history, pop culture, sports, folklore, and so much more!

In The Great Book of Texas, some of the things you will learn include:

  • Which Texas hero isn’t even from Texas?
  • Why is Texas called the Lone Star State?
  • Which hotel in Austin is one of the most haunted hotels in the United States?
  • Where was Bonnie and Clyde’s hideout located?
  • Which Tejano musician is buried in Corpus Christi?
  • What unsolved mysteries happened in the state?
  • Which Texas-born celebrity was voted "Most Handsome" in high school?
  • Which popular TV show star just opened a brewery in Austin?

You'll find out the answers to these questions and many other facts. Some of them will be fun, some of them will creepy, and some of them will be sad, but all of them will be fascinating! This audiobook is jam-packed with everything you could have ever wondered about Texas.

Whether you consider yourself a Texas pro or you know absolutely nothing about the state, you’ll learn something new as you discover more about the state’s past, present, and future. Find out about things that weren’t mentioned in your history book. In fact, you might even be able to impress your history teacher with your newfound knowledge once you’ve finished listening! So, what are you waiting for? Dive in now to learn all there is to know about the Lone Star State!

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Texas size trivia fun.

Would you consider the audio edition of The Great Book of Texas: The Crazy History of Texas with Amazing Random Facts & Trivia to be better than the print version?

Have only listened to the book.

What did you like best about this story?

Texas is different..... it is a state of mind in many ways the trivia and stories in this book givethose not familiar with Texas a better idea of the unique quality of this diverse state.

Which scene was your favorite?

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Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

It is not that type of book

Any additional comments?

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

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Was a great book until the climate change garbage!

Leave your liberal political ideals out of it and you could make a good book. Liberals always want to say “follow the science”...well follow the science...the couple of lines about cows and oil production and climate change has been debunked by real science. Read the studies done by no less than NASA on climate change.

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Super interesting facts

Loved this book. Loved the narrator too. Great for a long drive. I need to hear it again!

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Filled with useless info

Honestly, if I wanted a history or factoids about celebrities, I would have purchased something in that regard. This is too contemporary and way too focused on useless info to be of value to someone wanting to learn about Texas. And the accent of the reader doesn't help.

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Interesting and Fun to Hear

I'm a Yellow Rose that Originated in the Fertile soil of the Rio Grande Valley and Blossomed as I was transplanted along the Gulf Coast from Beaumont to San Antonio to Brownsville. The Historical Facts of the book are accurate as I learned both in school and as from personal experience both living in Goliad, San Antonio, Beaumont and various locations within the Greater Houston-Galveston Metropolitan Area. I also took advantage of the many Historical Markers along the Texas Highways and made frequent stops with my children and shared their rich heritage with them as well as showing them The Battleship Texas, San Jacinto Battleground and Monument, and The Alamo. I grew up eating the Wonderful Citrus from the Lower Rio Grande Valley and have missed for years the Ruby Grapefruit that is sweetest form that locale. I want EVERYONE to Know TEXAS RUBY RED GRAPEFRUIT ARE BACK! Once again I have been able to enjoy Big JUICY Grapefruit so Sweet You Can Peel and Eat Them with nothing more than a Towel to Wipe the Juice from Your Chin! Watch for them in late fall FROM MCALLEN, WESLACO, PHARR-SAN JUAN-ALAMO DISTRIBUTORS. If the SUPPLIER'S Address is not from one of those locations or nearby the Fruit will not be as Sweet.

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Great Fun Book!

I was expecting a history book, but was still pleased with the Texas trivia in here! Great stuff!

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Discover Texas This Way Before You Visit

"I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

This fun 3.5 hour investment of your time will give you pleasure and information. You will be more attracted to Texas and better prepared in choosing locations and experiences that interest you. The book is concisely written and the narration performance gives life to the written word which helps you give attention to the information and stories. I'm hoping the author writes a similar book for the remaining US states and/or foreign countries.

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Title says it all: It's a book about Texas

This is the 2nd book I've listened to from these authors, and I've greatly enjoyed their manner of telling history in a fun & informative way, and so far I've yet to catch a mistake. O'Neill certainly knows his stuff.

Recommended for anyone looking to learn a little bit more about the Lone Star state

**At my request, I was provided with a free promotional copy, and have voluntarily left a fair and honest review**

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Lots of Good Trivia Knowledge

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

Overall I found this book very interesting. I came out with many more tidbits of knowledge on Texas. Most of the facts were interesting and entertaining. Since this was more of a "here's all the cool stuff on Texas" than it was a "read in this order story", you can easily skip facts that you are not interested in. For example, I skipped the section on famous Texan celebrities, because that's not my cup of tea. But skipping that section did not detract at all from my experience. Additionally, since it took me a few commutes to finish, I found myself going back to some of the sections I enjoyed more. And I plan on revisiting some sections in the future as well.
It's also nice because you can bookmark all the fun facts that stand out to you. I'd list some of my favorite facts, but I don't want to spoil any for potential readers. I set a few bookmarks so I can brush up on the ones I found most interesting; I feel like at least 3 or 4 of these facts will come up in pub trivia for me at some point.

I would say that I would recommend this book to anyone who loves trivia, anyone who lives in Texas, or anyone who is moving to Texas.

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Fun Read

Packed with interesting trivia. I live in Texas so it may be more interesting to me than a non resident but there was a lot of trivia that will be interesting to all. For example stories on the invention of white out and Dr Pepper. There was a wide range of trivia, from famous people from Texas to interesting wildlife (camels, zebras and bats to name a few) to places of interest to visit. Recommend if you are looking for a fun read for the whole family.