Another impossibly clever Bryson book and one of his best. While I would have preferred Bryson narrated the book himself, the reader was great none the less and still made a great presentation of Bryson's clever wit. An excellent, fun, and informative book.
This book was a pleasure to listen to. It did a great job covering how we have achieved our current scientific understanding of the world. By taking us through important scientific discoveries it was able to demonstrate how our knowledge has built upon itself to get to where we are today. I highly recommend.
The reader is wonderful. The subject is fascinating. It just can be a little dense at times. The space section is magnificent just to try and fathom the size, scale and time involved in it all. The section of phylum and species history is... LONG!! However, all and all this is a good read and I would recommend it to any lover of science.
As the author writes in the first chapter a short history of everything is an imposible thing but having alredy listened to "Collapse", "Guns, steel and, viruses" by Jared Diamond and "The Six Extintion" by Elizabeth Kolbert I was left with the false feeling of having a pritty good Idea of what we think we are and what we think we know of ourselves and everything else as well as the way we got here and made our way this far. Nice feeling to encourage me to keep going in an endless quest of who knows what untill my decline and ultimate death.
I feared that this would be like good medicine, good for me but not enjoyable. I need not have feared, as Bryson brings his unique witty and approachable perspective to many fundamental scientific questions.
If you're a highschool student,like myself then I definitely recommend this book. Not does it only touch on subjects we discuss in class, each day, but goes much deeper.
"A story.about where we may have come from, what we can accomplish as well as how careless we can be."
Everyone should read this book! It rather puts our existence and humanness in perspective. Hopefully it will help us all to be a little more responsible for our planet.
Loved it, great over view. Wish it was a little more up to date. I am a graduate student in geology so I found it a great history review and interesting with tidbits I did not know or realize.
This is my first review on Audible. I usually selfishly keep my opinions to myself. In this case I just wanted to give a heads up to prospective readers that this is a book on evolution. Well written and well thought out, but biased and conclusive on the subject. It was thought provoking and inspired me to do more research... However had I known it had such an agenda I would not have read it.