This is an excellent listen for both the content and narration. This should be great for anyone interested in the following:
1. How big is the universe?
2. How did the universe form?
3. How did humans start living?
4. What is an atom?
5. What is a black hole?
6, How old is the earth?
7. How many extinction events have occured during earth's past?
The list goes on... As you can see the topics span a wide array of fundamental scientific fields. The author's goal is to cover as many as these fields as possible all while keeping the non-scientist and non-mathematician attentive and engaged. This is helped a great deal by the excellent use of humor and compartive examples. Mr. Bryson does this we'll and the experience is made even more enjoyable by Mr. Matthews narration. In fact Mr. Matthews reading of this book reminds my of another favorite audio book of mine, 1984 read by Simon Prebble which is definatley worth checking out as well.
This is book covers so much information in such an enjoyable way, don't be suprised if you listen to it more than once as I have. It is definately worth the money.
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if you like science at all you will love this book. It is very interesting and it sure does do the trick as to explaining alot about the body, why it does what it does, refuses to do what it wont, why it could but doesnt...what keeps us alive is also what can kill us..curious yet? read it, it will 'splain it all!
Nice combination of witty, educational and entertaining!
I've listened to it twice in case I missed something the first time. That engrossing!
So much has gone on in the world but all this guy seems to do is recite disconnect factoids. Sooner or later it seems he almost accidentally might have driven a stake in the ground and drawn his own conclusion, what the heck, take a chance and be wrong.
A very interesting and cleverly written book. The narrator is excellent and really brings the writing to life. I've never encountered narration this wonderful before. I loved it so much, I've listened to it 3 times already and bought the book as well.
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Going by the title, I was expecting a history book but instead this turned out to be a book on science. However, it was still extremely interesting nevertheless and I really enjoyed listening to it despite my mistake!
This is a perfect match between a great author and a great narrator. The humor, sometimes sly wit, other times pregnant pauses as the narrator allows a few moments for the usually scary and profoundly eye opening point he just read to you to sink in. And there are plenty of those kinds of scary profound points. You will find it hard no to to be entertained throughout this book as the author walks along side of you nodding knowingly that "this stuff gets deep", describes otherwise complex concepts for the average listener to grasp, and mercifully admits when a concept gets too complex just after the point that it truly gets too complex. This is one for those who like scientific knowledge. One listen and you will have very educated things to say at a dinner party on just about everything earth, space, or the life process. Listen again and take notes (as he provides all sources and names and dates as he tells each story), and you will be the go-to person when people have questions about those topics.
Very informative; this book is a must for anyone who desires understanding of our world. I will be reading it again!
I would say it's not light reading because sometime one sentence has three facts in it, but Bryson's well appreciated, well polished humor makes every sentence a pleasure. Ask me about the age of the Earth, the size of an atom. I might not remember everything, but I can tell you a little bit about everything in the world now!
BTW, I enjoyed learning how human and quirky the great thinkers throughout history actually were.