true: bryson tells us all important facts about almost everything, at least when it comes to natural science. really interesting anecdotes. but he says nothing about the other half of reality: culture, mind, soul, social sciences in general.
the unabridged book gets a little "lenghty" at times, probably the abriged version is more entertaining.
Anne in Happy Valley
Always wanted to understand physics and astronomy better, but studiously avoided those college courses? This is a good substitute for most English majors. Bryson tells stories so well; he makes science a good story too. As for Bryson as a narrator, his unusual speech pattern (perhaps the result of his having lived in UK for most of his adult life, then returning to his native U.S.?) was a bit distracting.
Well written; well read. Both author and narrator enjoy their subject, making for hours of very entertaining listening.
I'm not a frequent reader/listener, but I found that I simply could not stop listening to this fantastic audio book. My only wish is that he comes out with another series of books that cover perhaps the brief history of political figures, world leaders, wars, inventions, etc. The approach is highly educational and entertaining.
It's the first audio book I listened to more than once, parts of it several times. Interspersed with the scientific explanations, Bryson's offers delightful vignettes of the scientists themselves, bringing a human face to highly technical material.
I really enjoyed this book. Listened to it twice!
It has a broad range and an engrossing style. Mr. Bryson also has a good voice. Some audiobooks put me to sleep.
If you find yourself in an area that might be a little boring, don't worry, you'll soon be in a completely different area.
The book is very accessible to those without a strong scientific background and that's a real plus for the majority of people.
this book will give you a glimpse into how impotant and yet insignificant we are. It is very easy to understand and very well narrated. I truly recommend it and hope you enjoy it as much as I did. It made rush hour (wich in Mexico city is 20 hrs per day avrg) a precious thing that was allways welcome!
This was a really good listen. The narrator had some difficulty with pronunciation but it was a very good book to listen to. Very entertaining and sometimes even humorous. It is a history of the formation of the universe, earth and the history of modern science told in a very entertaining manner. I certainly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys science and history.
I liked it so much I bought two copies of the book to pass on to friends and family. This is one of the best books I have ever listened to. I will listen again just to try to remember more of the facts in it. If nothing else it will make you a delight at a cocktail party with all of the information you get from the book.