This is a well researched and entertaining story. Bryson has an absolute knack for turning the boring into the interesting. It is clear that his interest and passion for this enormous subject grew during the construction of the book. Its a different Bill Bryson and I like it. BUT I am not a fan of the reader. OK I'm from Australia but I enjoy a lot of american reads. This one is very difficult to put up with for long stretches. It needs to be read with a fun lively attitude. Sadly this one did not. I have the printed book too which I love to pick up and read. If you can stand the reader, get the audio book!
I found the abridged version fascinating, and enjoyed the unabridged version even more, even though it is quite a marathon. The narrator does tend to be a bit dry, but not unbearably so.
I found it extremely fair and did great justice to the Creation vs Evolution debate, and covers and explains a vast array of human knowledge in a few hours.
My own conclusion is that the universe was created, AND it evolved, much in the same way as light is both a particle AND a wave. To insist on one or the other is simply bad science. Bill Bryson's book is well written and well read, and I'm glad I bought it.
Legal Thrillers, crime, fiction. humor and a bit of management sprinkled with some self improvement. All through Audible.
You will need a sharp memory to remember all the bits of information so that you can feel smart. And if you have a sharp memory it will make you an interesting conversationalist around a dinner table, the only advantage I see out of this book. The history of the earth cannot be heard effortlessly by folks like me accustomed to listening to Dan Brown of Grisham! Folks who watch National Geographic are welcome here. Well read, well written and interesting information but just not for all.
I read and listen to learn, enjoy and discover.
A great book that crosses the many spheres of science elegantly. The writer made good research and handed us an entertaining history and a great insight. Thanks Mr. Bryson.
Well done, Bill. This is a magical tour of just about ... "everything" known to humans until shortly before its publication about 10 years ago. The team of researchers who prepared the "raw material" is to be commended. Also to be commended, of course, is the witty and engaging writing of the author, BB. This is my second listening. Thank you researchers, and than you Bill.
Loved the way it is written and the narrator did a fantastic job at it!
places all the major events into easily understood context thus bringing some cold difficult areas to assimilate into easily understood context. particularly the role of Rosalind in the discovery of the structure of DNA.