The material is incredible.
The fascinating facts of how scientists solved problems in the times before advanced computer technology.
Made me laugh and wonder, even scared me a bit.
An absolute must buy. My favorite nonfiction book... ever. And the narrator is incredible.
Should have given a more in depth accounting of history. Was very basic and should have offered a better explanation especially of our most historic and profound events. Book certainly seems like one for a person wanting only a very basic and limited understanding of our history. For that purpose though it is a great book.
Narrator was rather dry. He could have made the listen more enjoyable had he injected more life into the telling of our history.
The facts presented were mostly correct. I appreciate that about it.
If you have not yet studied human history and would like to start, this book is a great starting point. It covers a number of subjects that allow you to "get your feet wet" in the vastness of human history. But for the intermediate or the pro, steer clear! This is not the book for you. Its accounting is very basic and consist of what can be called elementary knowledge of the history of humanity and everything else.
Yes. Interesting review on history
No reaction needed. It's history.
He was ok. For some strange reason I like voices that are boring like David Attenborough.
It made me want to download some good history podcasts.
Slow to start out. It's gets better with time. Very thorough.
The book is a collection of anecdotes and various stories of scientific discoveries and personalities. Those of you who expect a straightforward scientific textbook might be disappointed. Though Bryson does provide some content of science, that is not the focal point of the book, which is Bryson's own telling of stories of science. Those of you would want to know a little bit of everything will get quite a lot here. Matthews' reading of the book is excellent - I particularly like the way he handles foreign names. I read the entire book while I drove to work for five consecutive days. Very enjoyable.
The book was well read, captivating, and extremely educational. The information just wouldn't stop coming.
This book got me interested in science again. Makes me want to go back to university and take all the sciences.
Its great from cover to cover.
The bit about Yellowstone Park.
Not that kind of book
Just an awesome, awesome book.
This is probably the most interesting factual audiobook I have heard to date.
The narrator gave a very good performance indeed.
I found this book both interesting and entertaining from beginning to end.
His narration really helps bring out the wit
I adore Bryson, and it all started with this book. The universe, and our little piece of it are such fascinating places, yet traditional science literature fails magnificently at making ANY of it seem a least bit interesting. That is where Bryson comes in. He makes science as fun as watching a super nova with your own eyes, but this book is more than just science. It is really a story of people - the scientists behind science, most of whom were hilariously strange individuals. It is also a book that will make you furious with anger as you hear about the extinction of the Do-do bird and countless other creatures man has exterminated for no other reason except that he could. There are also countless amusing facts such as "To the nearest approximation, everything that has ever lived is dead". Bottom line - get this book right now. Though it may be long, it is immensely informative while at the same time being immensely fun. A work of genius.
I echo what previous reviewers have said, but I want to add that apart from the actual "science" of it, the profiles of scientists and thinkers -- and all of their extraordinary quirkiness -- is what gripped me the most. Bryson does a great job of adding in details that deepen the story and understanding of characters -- like the scientist who would "think" while resting his head on a chair ... standing up. We get scandal, intrigue, back-stabbing, and chance meetings that turn fortuitous. A husband and wife team makes an impression of their pet turtle's feet, and solves the mystery of a dinosaur; Marie Curie never wins a Nobel because she was having an affair ... all of this and more will keep you rewinding.
If you are the type of person who wonders, "How exactly do they measure the temperature of the earth's core?" or, "Who thought THIS up?" then you will love this book. Bryson is intelligent, wry, funny, and approachable. In addition, the reader is PERFECT for the material. My significant other has heard me listening to this day and night, and said, "You just like the sound of a Brit talking in the background." That is true -- I could listen to him read anything and find it interesting.
Altogether satisfying and a definite re-read. I feel more educated about science than I ever have.
Story matter of course, the WAY it was told, amount of info, and the narration.
Bill Bryson, Richard Matthews and the bickering ass scientists!
Mr. Matthews obviously enjoying what he's reading. You can tell a few things surprise him as he's going through the pages.
Am now a Bryson AND Matthews fan!