I bought this after listening to a Great Course on Big History and hearing it referenced time and again. I couldn't be more pleased. Bill Bryson has a way with words and Richard Matthews' narration was superb. I also bought a copy for my kindle just for reference and found a used hardcover so I can share it with friends.
I love this book. Written for the entertainment of everyone - not too dense yet quite informative. All the life and earth science you learned growing up chiseled down to the most relevant and fascinating facts. Truly recommended.
This guy reading reminds me of the 1960's Verizon of Mr. Peabody. I think his performance made the already interesting material even better.
The book contains huge amounts of information so I expect to hear it more than once.
a Tech Exec who loves the stories about what could be and what should have been. Mixed with histories told from an outside perspective.
The title of the book does sum it up...a short history of nearly everything. This book does a great job of presenting history and science in a story form. If you enjoy video presentations like Cosmos, or the BBC connections...this is a great way to leisurely wander through math, physics, astronomy and biology gaining an understanding of the complex interconnected universe.
Good read, or listen, rather, if you have about 22 hours of down time to learn some interesting history about nearly everything!
Narrator gets a little annoying with his accent and pronunciation of certain words, like "Neanderthal" as "Neeandertaal."
If you buy one audiobook, this should be it. I have listened to it twice now and still find it fascinating. Many of the stories are very fun to discuss socially or merely ponder to one's self.