This book was great! Made the commute to work so much more bearable. I've only listened to the first two parts (it comes in three six-hour files) and I'm actually looking forward to heading into work on Monday so I can start on the last one. Bryson's dryly zany humour is reminiscent of Douglas Adams. A must read (listen?) for anyone at all interested in the history of discovery.
The narrator read flawlessly, although I don't his English accent. The book gave 18 hours of information about how and why we happen to be here today? If you're into science, or at least a little curious about life on earth and human progression, this book is definitely for you. I enjoyed it a lot. Highly recommended!
My first mistake was to get the abridged version when I knew I was going to like this. My second mistake was not paying close enough attention. Very good story even if I did have to listen twice.
Yes, a book on science that is highly entertaining! I keep thinking of the Rocky and Bullwinkle cartoon character "Professor Peabody", who explained how things worked to "Sherman" in correct detail, but with a hint of dry humor.
This book gives an overview of the who and when of scientific discoveries as well as a glimpse into the political and social climate of the times. I am enjoying it!
Bill Bryson has an excellent way of presenting the information. Thoroughly enjoyed the narrator.
I've listened to about a dozen audible titles and this is still # 1. If you enjoy non-fiction and are looking to fill in the thousand gaps in science left over from high school and reading Time magazine in the dentist's office, this entertaining and curious writer will popularize even Einstein's theories.
This is a perfect book for someone looking for answers.
The author does a great job of combining history, theory, fact, and explanation to engage the reader.
I learned much from the listen, and it spawned further endevors into the science category. I have, unfortunately, not been able to find an equally enjoyable title in the year since i came across: A Short History of Nearly Everything (Unabridged).
It's amazing how Bill Bryson can narrate a relatively dry subject in such a way that draws you with fascination and yearning for more. I've read the book version beforehand and only got the Audiobook because I really enjoyed Bill Bryson's narrations on his other works (such as 'A Walk in the Woods' and 'In a Sunburned Country' -- both excellent and highly recommended) without noticing that it's read by someone else! It was a bit disappointing that it was not Bill Bryson and the narrator has this annoying Hollywood faux-British sounding accent that makes it a bit cartoonish and at times, annoying; kinda like the sex education movie voice acting from the 60's
This book has a little of everything. He covers various scientists and their struggles to bring forth their new theories. Some of which changed the world. The reader is fantastic too.
This was my first Bryson book and I must say I was thrilled. Fastinating from start to finish. Bill Bryson has a terrific sense of humour and the well researched information is presented in a balanced fashion showing all we've learned while emphasising all we have yet to learn. The reader was excellent and I must say an english accent perfectly suits Bryson's humour. If you have any interest in the history of science, and the people who have helped to advance it, this is the book for you.