Okay, before I start raving, the book is really less about science than about the people that made the discoveries. The science is in there-- but you kind of absorb it while being fascinated by things you never heard about people you know by name-- or, for that matter, people whose names you should know, but don't.
I've listened to the whole thing about four times already, and am on my fifth. This is in six months.
I'm looking into other books by the author, even though they seem to be mostly travel books.
I really enjoyed this book and bought it for both my mother (a pianist) and my father (a physicist). It is very well organized for such an ambitious book and I highly recommend it. My only concern is that when he was describing my area of study there were some major issues that he missed and I am hoping that these omissions were limited to what I know about as opposed to a sign of major problems with the other categories in the book.
I love this book so much, and have listened so many times, that I have started memorizing certain phrases. The narrator is able to capture the humor and awe that Bryson displays in his writing. Totally worth it.
I love this book. I've listened to it over and over. The "gent" reading the book made it even better. I especially loved the part of history having to do with learning about chemicals. I never thought I'd find history funny but this had me laughing out loud at times. Get this audiobook!!!!!!!!
I've listened to this over and over. The Narrator's english accent really adds humor to Bill Bryson's funny and extremely knowledgeable book. You can listen to this in bits or straight through and always enjoy it.
This is the perfect audio book.
Although this book seemed a bit slow and boring in the beginning, by the end I wished there was more.
It would be wonderful if science and history were made this interesting children are in grade school.
I also learned to be grateful for the time we are given to live on this amazing, yet very precariously endangered planet.
I loved this book so much I have listened to it 4 times since March and have bought the hardcover. I added it to my son's reading list for 8th grade homeschool. In the beginning he thought I was the meanest Mom ever, but by the 3rd chapter he stopped complaining and started listening. This book makes science fun, understandable and provides you with just enough knowledge that you want to learn more.
What a great listen. Covers an amazing amount of material without overwhelming you. The narrator is wonderful. Like a humorous Carl Sagan. Don't miss it.
This is a life changing book. 99% of America will learn something, and for the vast majority of that percentage you will learn more than you can imagine. Just like you cannot imagine how small a proton is or how big the universe is, you will be amazed at how easy it is to grasp truly vast concepts. If you do not learn something than you are truly a universe of knowledge, or kidding yourself.
Read it, love it and learn.
The universe just doesn’t seem quite the same after listening to this truly wonderful audio book. The author identifies the most interesting discoveries in the natural and physical sciences of the past 4 centuries and presents them with great clarity. The match between the tone and content of the book and the narrator’s skills could not be better – this is truly an inspired performance just on the part of the narrator. The humorous observations on the great minds of science are by themselves worth the price, but that is only a modest portion of the book.