A Short History was GREAT for a long trip through Asia for when I couldn't read on the bumpy bus rides. At 20 hours long, it will keep you entertained for awhile. While I don't necessarily think the narrator was the best pick - he didn't seem to match the voice of the author, to me - I still enjoyed the listen. It's a good listen for non-sciency people like me. While it was still over my head at times, there's some good stories in between stretches of heavier theoretical info. I'm glad I listened!
This is one of the few audio books, I literally can't put down. I found myself walking around the house listening to it, waking up and listening to it. Just absolutely wonderful. Entertaining, interesting and humorous at times as well. Well worth the $
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This book is one of my all-time favorites. It's a must-listen-to which is funny, inciteful, and very interesting. I've listened to this book many times.
Its really great. And Richard Matthews/Simon Vance is great reading it as always.
A great book to go over the vast history of science. I would have named it the short history of nearly everything scientific, because no time is given to history of any other sort than science. I very much enjoyed the book, and learned much.
A must listen for any science lover, no matter how much you think you know. The author gives personal tidbits about icons of science, as well as pointing out how much we don't know. The Narrator Richard Matthews is a joy to listen to as well.
Science should excite the mind. Bryson captures this essential in his exploration. My curiosity was aroused by his descriptions. I found that his attempts to provide a conceptual handle on many of the problems of scale in scientific investigation to be creative and useful. Richard Mathews narration is "spot on". Highly recommended.
Bryson weaves history and science into a story with the elegance and wit of some of the best fictional authors I have ever read. He puts large and complex concepts into an easy to follow and easy to comprehend template which he transplants to, as the title says, "Nearly Everything", which never leaves the reader lacking interest. I consider this a crowning achievement and should be recommended to anyone with an interest in science, history, or just plain old learning new things.
Was captivated by the stories. Wish I had this book while I was at school. I finished the audiobook wanting for more, too bad it was over. Strongly recommend it.