Come on, it's Bill Bryson. You already know it's going to be amazing. It is out of date (naturally), but as so much of it is addressing the history of discoveries that hardly matters.
This was a very entertaining explanation of the history of science and our world. It is educational, without being boring or too basic.
I recommend it for the average reader who is not already well-informed about science, but that has some curiosity. Even as someone that knows something about physics, biology, and chemistry, I learned a few things.
Lectora todoterreno y bibliotecaria semántica, porque 2.0 ya no es in. Consultora en bibliotecología, libro electrónico y gestión de info.
Despite all good comments and ratings I was a little bit insecure about this book, what finally made me to give it a chance was the review of Patrick Rothfuss, one of my favorites authors, and he wasn't wrong. What an excellent reading, sometimes I felt my head was going to explode with a lot of information but every single page was worth to read and after reading it, all I can say is that science is pretty close to "I only know that I know nothing," maybe we never will.
Richard Matthews makes it even more interesting than it already is ( that is to say, incredibly interesting).
His depiction of James Hutton and Charles Lyle
Matthews reads as if he is has memorized the book. Absolutely brilliant performance.
Non-Fiction is my Jam!
This book is more of a short history of nearly everything scientific.The topics are brief enough that if you are like me and easily get bored this book changes topics every chapter.
Of course! I was severely disappointed when the nearly 18 hours was up. I remedied my upset by immediately listening to it a second time. I have never, ever done any thing like this before.
my ipod and audible make the daily 10 mile walks a "breeze"....
I thought this would be a fun book...info like...why does yeast make bread rise...why do fish go belly up when they die...all of the silly misc. items that are found in a book like "bathroom trivia....BUT NO ALAS...this book is totally involved in atoms...neutrons...time...space...where we evolved from...and on and on and on.....I walk every day...5-8 miles...and a good book downloaded to my ipod make the miles fly by...this book made a walk around the block seem like a "Ultra-Marathon".....if you are looking for a fun book that tells you "The History of Nearly Everything...buy another book 'cause this one just isn't it.....
Not necessarily. I actually read the first half as a hard copy, and then the second half as an audio book.
Since it's not a continuous story, it's difficult to say.
The British accent certainly doesn't hurt!
No, as I was reading it simply to learn more about random things and bulk up my overall general knowledge.
A good read, and when finished I felt like I could hold my own in more conversations than before. It had the knowledge of a textbook, but the delivery was much more entertaining and humorous, which certainly helps with enjoyment and retention. I'd recommend this book to anyone who enjoys random knowledge.
Definitely! I plan to buy in hardcopy as well so I can page forward and backward, lingering over passages as needed. Bryson succeeds in delivering a broad spectrum of scientific topics in a really fun and compelling manner, successfully conveyed by the narrator. I will be recalling his interesting histories for a long time.
Matthews delivered the text with nuance and humor, which I would have missed just reading to myself. I will recall his style as I re-read the hardcopy in years to come.
The book is amazing, I have a hard copy, but I wouldn't recommend the audible version. The writer is a journalist and he makes science super exciting. The narrator manages to make it just as dull as when my junior high school was teaching...