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.
Literally all of the great names of science are mentioned here with their sometimes serendipitous discoveries that enhanced our lives and gave us a better understanding of our place in the universe!!!!
I've listened to and enjoyed all of Bill Bryson's audio books, which is the reason that I chose this one even though it isn't travel related (unless you consider it a travel through time). At first I didn't think I was going to finish it, struggled through the first hour or so, but it picked up as more of the author's usual wit came through and topics became more tangible for me. After that point, I didn't want to stop listening, and in fact have relistened to many chapters a few times. It takes Bill Bryson to make such dry subjects interesting, and here he succeeds once again.
Alas, this book was not exactly what I expected. There is a great deal of names and dates and chronology, but hardly any exploration of the actual sciences. Yes, the narration is good, and if you what you are after is a history of science book, then here is the book for you! But look elsewhere if you actually want to learn more about physics, chemistry, geology, etc.