There is one thing that can be said for certain about Bill Bryson. He has the ability to make complex ideas approachable and humorous. The only thing this book is lacking, is more chapters. Performance for the audiobook was great! My only temporary hang up was that he was British where the Author is not. I got over this quickly when considering how well the performance was done and how much the author as previously spent time in the UK. I'll end this here, so I can restart the book over again.
This book is well written and incredibly well read. I was surprised at how entertaining and informative it was. Definitely ranks among the top books I have yet listened to.
Bryson is able to connect a broad range of often complex topics in an unusually accessible and entertaining way. I've listened to both The original and abridged version and I have enjoyed them both. Unfortunately it is the abridged version which is read by Bryson himself. Being the original author he is able to make his dry sense of humor that much more apparent. As much as I like the unabridged version, I may have actually enjoyed it more with Bryson's narration.
Both narration and writing are excellent. Matthews delivers Bryson's characteristic witticisms with just the right amount of tongue-in-cheek. Plus I learned stuff! I look forward to many re-listens.
Bryson and his eye for detail is impressive. Well read. Only issue is chapters are misaligned with content. Otherwise 5 stars across the board!
The book contains several points in history... but it just did not hold my interest.
Just an avid reader that is dumbfounded that I had not exploited my accumulating "credits" earlier as I am able to clear MANY more texts.
This book is not just for the science enthusiast. It is also for anyone interested in the untold history of its multiple disciplines as well. I thoroughly enjoyed it. Somewhat easy to follow, try to keep pace...there is a lot to cover:)
I'm a scientist and an all around geek so I cover a lot of literature. This is hands down the most fun I've ever had reading about science and the quirky scientists that came before us. Scientific facts aside, this book is full of humor, history, and somehow humanity.