I am a Physics and Engineering student.
I enjoyed this book; the story was excellent. It takes you through the periodic table, from a historic point of view. The reader was well above average and I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in chemistry. I learned many interesting facts about the elements that were not in my school books. It is also a great companion book to listen to while taking a chemistry class. That is what I did, and it made me even more interested in the class than I already was.
I loved everything about this book. This book was exactly what the title says; a short history of nearly everything. If you like science you'll love this book. He goes into a lot of different subjects. From Cosmology to Microbiology. This is in the top three of my favorite audio books. The narrator was excellent, also. I highly recommend this book.