This is one of the very few audio books I've listened to several times and is my favorite from Bryson. Richard Matthews' reading is ideal for this material and keeps it easy to follow.
This is probably the best most informative book I have listened to since I joined Audible several years ago. The book itself is great and the narration is excellent. I am starting on my third time through with the unabridged version.
I tend to like Bryson's stuff but this book lacked two things; Bryson as the narrator and any order (outside of a 13 billion year chronology). I still gave three stars, for the information and its ability to be understood, but I think that more could have been done to keep the listener from getting confused with names and terms.
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.