I need not waste a lot of words repeating what others have said. Bill Bryson puts out a fabulous product. I consider myself a knowledgeable individual but I learned a lot from the book - and it was a heck of a lot of fun to boot.
Let's just say it starts with the smallest atom and works its way up. I was looking for fun and interesting tid bits about our past (known past) our history. This deals a lot with scientific theory. I found somethings interesting. I was however bored through most of it, and felt like I was back in my freshman highschool science class. The book just wasn't my cup of tea.
This is an easy listen. The way he takes seemingly impossible to understand information and ties it into our lives so simpley and with such interest did it for me.
The most worthwhile five plus hours I've ever invested. Was immediately motivated to get the unabridged which is what I should have done in the first place.
As the saying goes, I could not put it down. It was a captivating look at the many wonders of our world. The author presnted his points in everyday terms that were easily understood.
this book takes you from A-Z in no time, it very much reminds me of a documentary series called CONECTIONS aired on the discovery channel a few years ago where they told one story connected with the next and the next and so on. It is very well red and if you pay close attention to it you'll find you simply cannot drop it!
I truly recomend spending your time and money here.
This is a book for everyone. It lets you understand science even if you slept through all of high school science. So if you have a great deal of curiosity about the world it a must hear.
Witty, ironic, a bit dark, optimistic and wholly realistic is how I would describe this work. I often found myself pondering what I had just heard, and then needing to rewind what I just missed! I particularly enjoyed how Mr. Bryson took every opportunity to point out how human nature has often made (or more appropriately, unmade) science despite the often obvious facts. He echos perfectly what I have felt all along: in order for us to prosper as a species, we must first realize just who and what we are, and where we've come from.
I look forward to hearing the unabridged version!
Entertaining and educational! This audiobook made a 2 day drive home through upper midwest very enjoyable. It's told in a story like fashion by the author himself who has a great voice. Learned alot of things I'd either forgotten or wasn't aware of. It's the kind of book you can listen to several times and pick out new tidbits each time.
Highly recommend it.