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
Mr Bryson does an exceptional job of bringing "nearly everything" into scope with a new light. I liken it to a wondrous ride through the landscape of time with an added dash of humor. When it finished, I was left with a smile. I can't wait to take this trip again...
West Pagan, P.E.
This book is an extraordinary book explaining in simply way the story of modern discoveries and society. It propose also how important is our contribution to the evolution in a positive and negative way.
A little bit of political slant but nothing bad. I like more detail on certain subjects and this tended to be more generalities. But still a good and informational read.