Fair disclosure time. I have eclectic tastes. I tend to gravitate towards obscure knowledge and micro-histories as a general rule with a little time left over for some english humor. With that said, this book hit me squarely between the eyes and I've not stopped smiling about it.
Bryson manages to drill down very complex topics into bite sized pieces that can be absorbed by both the casual listener and also by someone with some experience in the topic area. I know that because he criss crossed several times into areas I'm familiar with and back again. I never felt lost or out of my depth because Bill was there to hold my hand through this journey that starts with creation and moves its way through to today.
That's a lot of ground to cover and you are moving so fast you don't have time to get bored.
If you are the type to look in the reference section at the bookstore occasionally for an interesting read or you just like to have a generally rounded set of thoughts dueling inside your head, this is the best book I can suggest.
I honestly had difficulty turning it off when it was time and was very sad to see it end. Can there be higher praise than that?
I love his quirkiness. He takes such delight in finding some weird fact interesting anecdote and I think he loves telling people about it. This had been in my library for a long long time. I think I need to pull it out again and read it. So amazing. I loved all of his other books as well. Makes me what to be a writer.
don't be suprised at the thoroughness, if it drags, it's because it's thorough, but AWESOME. It's chock full of more science (and interesting science) than anything you learned in high school.
A Short History was GREAT for a long trip through Asia for when I couldn't read on the bumpy bus rides. At 20 hours long, it will keep you entertained for awhile. While I don't necessarily think the narrator was the best pick - he didn't seem to match the voice of the author, to me - I still enjoyed the listen. It's a good listen for non-sciency people like me. While it was still over my head at times, there's some good stories in between stretches of heavier theoretical info. I'm glad I listened!
This is one of the few audio books, I literally can't put down. I found myself walking around the house listening to it, waking up and listening to it. Just absolutely wonderful. Entertaining, interesting and humorous at times as well. Well worth the $
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This book is one of my all-time favorites. It's a must-listen-to which is funny, inciteful, and very interesting. I've listened to this book many times.
Its really great. And Richard Matthews/Simon Vance is great reading it as always.
A great book to go over the vast history of science. I would have named it the short history of nearly everything scientific, because no time is given to history of any other sort than science. I very much enjoyed the book, and learned much.
A must listen for any science lover, no matter how much you think you know. The author gives personal tidbits about icons of science, as well as pointing out how much we don't know. The Narrator Richard Matthews is a joy to listen to as well.