If you like to watch the Science Channel or have listened/read other books such as Krakatoa, a lot of this material will be familar to you. Nevertheless, Bryson does a good of job surveying the macro-level thinking in a number of important sciences. Bryson also develops a nice habit of describing scientific theories that had been developed, but then discarded along the way. In addition, he also paints some interesting portraits of the scientists.
On the narration side, I didn't care for this reader as much as Bryson himself. Nevertheless, his British-style accent is pleasant enough.
I've both read and listened to this book and got a different experience from each. With the book I became fascinated with the fresh information and missed much of the humor. Audio allowed me the luxury of hearing Mr. Bryson's delight as he learned the information for the book. I also gained an even greater appreciation for the way in which the book leads logically from one scientific detective project to another. Well worth your while.
I loved this book. The author is witty, yes, but wit was not his goal. His goal was to share the amazing facts about what he himself has learned about science, past and present. The narrator is truly gifted as well, so much so that one will wonder whether this is indeed the author speaking, though it is not. A perfect book, best buy yet on Audible.
What a great and interesting way to put (almost) all of the scientific lineage into perspective. We hear so much of the end results, but what actually lead up to these scientific discoveries. The personalities and the piecing together of the little snippets were humorously woven into perspectives that I wouldn't have imagined. I'll listen to it again because I'm intrigued by life and what am I doing here. If you're just living day to day life this book might just put a new wonder into your living.
This is a thorougly enjoyable "read," sort of an "everything-you-wanted-to-know-about-science-but-were-afraid-to-ask." Ranging from cosmology to quantam physics to geology and beyond, the author answers all those little questions that you really wanted to know but your science teacher never thought to tell you: "How much does the earth weigh, how old is it, what's it made of --- AND HOW DO WE KNOW ALL THAT?" The answers are entertainingly interwoven with the often fascinating life stories of the scientists who discovered them, and presented in a way that is accesible and understandable for the lay reader. In addition, the narrator is superb, bringing just the right note of irony and tongue-in-cheek wryness to bring out the book's dry humor. Highly recommended!