This guy reading reminds me of the 1960's Verizon of Mr. Peabody. I think his performance made the already interesting material even better.
The book contains huge amounts of information so I expect to hear it more than once.
a Tech Exec who loves the stories about what could be and what should have been. Mixed with histories told from an outside perspective.
The title of the book does sum it up...a short history of nearly everything. This book does a great job of presenting history and science in a story form. If you enjoy video presentations like Cosmos, or the BBC connections...this is a great way to leisurely wander through math, physics, astronomy and biology gaining an understanding of the complex interconnected universe.
Good read, or listen, rather, if you have about 22 hours of down time to learn some interesting history about nearly everything!
Narrator gets a little annoying with his accent and pronunciation of certain words, like "Neanderthal" as "Neeandertaal."
If you buy one audiobook, this should be it. I have listened to it twice now and still find it fascinating. Many of the stories are very fun to discuss socially or merely ponder to one's self.
Almost, but not quite.
Entertaining and informative.
Not much, really. I can read it at work, which I can't do with a physical copy.
The first time, sure. It makes me laugh quite a bit. Some of the pronunciations make me cringe.
The audio version was more convenient, to be sure. I can listen to it at work, for instance. But I wouldn't say it's better than a physical copy. The author's notes in the margins of the book weren't identified as what they are in the audiobook, so the narration can seem a bit flighty at times. Bill Bryson isn't typically a science author, but a fiction writer, and so his narrative voice is usually so easy and conversational, but the addition of the notes into the rest of the narration feels a bit odd. That is more easily forgivable than my other complaint, given that this is meant to be an introduction of sorts to scientific concepts: Richard Matthews has demonstrated to me that he doesn't have an easy familiarity with science in general, evinced by mispronunciation of various terms and names, which made me cringe every time I heard them. I have a fair amount of familiarity with most of the concepts in the book and read it because I enjoy it, not to get an introduction to science, but someone without even my meager background will certainly not be done favors by learning to pronounce the words wrong because of an audiobook. Luckily, it doesn't happen often, so I would definitely recommend this book, and apart from an occasional cringe, I do enjoy the audio version.
This was a great book. The scope of what it covers and the fascinating anecdotes Mr. Bryson incorporates to tell the story of our universe and planet and all that is in it, including us regularly amazed me. I also appreciated how he would put things in context so you could better understand the magnitude or diminutive nature