I loved the abridged version so much that I purchased the unabridged version as soon as it came out. If you have the slightest interest in science you will enjoy this book. I had become accustomed to Bill Bryson's voice, and the unabridged version has some English chap narrating.
Loved every minute of this fascinating book! Dazzled by the latest scientific breakthroughs, we tend to lose sight of historic firsts that were exciting and revolutionary in their day. Bryson allows brilliant minds and personalities to come alive in this journey through science past and present. He effectively shows how early discoveries formed the building blocks for our current base of scientific knowledge. I love the fact that Bryson isn't a slave to chronology - or any other "ology" for that matter! Can't recommend the book enough!
Can't tell you how much I enjoyed the English accent and humor; while getting a history/science lesson at the same time. Hard facts with interesting and amusing trivia that had me laughing out loud at some parts. Much of it due to the way the stuff is read.
Alas, it is not that way in it's entirety and there were some segments that I zoned out in boredom. Overall though, it's perhaps the best audio book I've listened to.
Started with the short version, like so well I ordered and listened to the unabridged version? This book covers everything from the start of time to virology? I?ve listened to it multiple times; it?s full of amazing facts? It?s so good you?ll probably be like me and end up buying the hardcover as a reference?
Bryson trasnforms historic record, normally so dry and boring, into a lively tale that is easy to follow. Peppered with little-heard facts about well-known figures, this book is a must-listen for the history buff as well as the average Joe.
I was supprised at just how interesting this book was. It covers a histroy of most all major branches of science, Astronomy, Geology, Biology, etc. and it does so in a way that is easy and interesting to understand. The book starts the with a few sections talking about how little we know about everything, and how much we thought we knew but were later proved wrong. Then he spends time talking about the large span of the universe, the tiny span of the atomic world. The he moves on to things that we "Know" about life today. He puts in many examples to make the content easy to understand, like imagine your arm as the timeline of the earth, in this case human exsistance can be compared to the amount of nail removed in one swipe of a nail file. Other times it is creepy to know that we share our beds, pillows, and bodies with millions of very small animals. It is facinating to learn that we know less about our own oceans on earth than we know about the universe we live in. It is all presented in a way that keeps you listening to the end.
Recomended for anyone with a small hint of intrest in learning more about science.
I thought that having someone other than Bryson read this would be a mistake, but I was very impressed with the reader. Bryson's natural wonder and curiosity for things is infectious. He handles political hot potatoes like global warming with a "fair and balanced" aproach, and I am proud to number him amongst great Americans.
This one is great for the teen age kids in the car...educational and entertaining at the same time.
The title of this book sounds a bit boastful. Ok, maybe the author didn't cover everything but I can't think of too much that he left out. Do yourself a favor. Get this book. Now. There's two reasons. First, this is full of science and history that you just plain ol' need to know. Second, it will give you an amazing feeling for the vast amount that we don't know. If you think that we humans are really, really smart be prepared to be humbled.
I must say that before listening to this title I had little intrest in the sciences, however, this book was a truly enjoyable listen. As I read on, I became more and more fascinated with its splender and the fantastic wealth of knowledge presented. It has countless facts that will leave you in aw of our world and universe. The book offers a vast array scientific, historic, and theoretical information, covering topics from space and time to dinosaurs. Bryson, also does an excellent job of transition from one topic to the next and explains things so that anyone can understand them. It is finely narrated in such a way that is captivating and enthralling. I would recomend this book to anyone with a curious mind. A great listen all the way through, thanks Bill Bryson job well done!
Bryson's done it again (although this is a bit of a departure from much of his previous, travel writing). This book is amusing, engaging and informative. Narrator Richard Matthews has an urbane, literate delivery that does justice to this well-researched, informative, and fun book. One of those books (and voices) that pulls you in and gives you the feeling that just you and the author are in on some fascinating back-story. My only regret is that I wasn't always able to give my full attention to Bryson's prose (I listen at work) but on the other hand this just means that I can listen again and learn something (or lots of things) that I didn't catch the first time. I have Bryson's catalog on paper--now I'm adding his ouvr? to my iPod just as fast as I can.