The books starts as equal parts entertaining and informative answering all those thing you would wonder when you were a kid. Towards the end it became more informative and lost a little luster. But I would recommend this book to everyone who is into the history of science.
This book contains so much interesting information on so many subjects anyone can become a better conversationalist in short order. Now I always have something to useful say when in intelligent company.
I loved the expansion of my knowledge especially on sub-atomic particles, in general on the genesis and plausibility of many current subjects.
This is an enjoyable and informative voice, delivered in an erudite manner.
I couldn't listen to it all in one setting, because it had both length and depth
yes, but it's a bit dry, especially with the narrator. Bryson himself might have made it interesting.
Absolutely! I've listened to his book on Australia and it was fantastic! But then Bryson read the book, not some boring Englishman.
The narrator did not suit the book, he made it too dry and boring.
I'm a demanding listener so it's always fantastic to come across a most satisfying read. Bryson is an outstanding writer who deftly brings alive the vast arc of scientific discovery and the British narrator has a pitch-perfect delivery for Bryson's often witty observations. LOVED this one.
The narration was wonderful. I think I would have stopped listening long before I did if the narrator's voice weren't so engaging.
The book was really interesting it just got tedious and jammed with detail. It's interesting to listen to an informative book but it makes it harder to stick with it and pay attention when there is absolutely no plot. Written well, good flow, very informative - enjoyed it. If you're interested in this book, perhaps get the abridged version.
Bill Bryson takes his travel journal charm and peels back the curtain on the history of science and our understanding of life, our planet and the cosmos. He manages to balance the explanation of the discovery and place it in context without feeling overwhelmed with the data dump. ASHoNE is perhaps a little more accessible than the already brilliantly accessible works by Brian Greene but with greater breadth. I would recommend this to anyone who has curiosity about science, where we come from and the nature of the universe. It would be a great companion to the Cosmos television series (both new and old).
I'd rank the book in my top 10 but top 5 as an audiobook. Richard Matthews narration is the reason I've listened to the entire book 4 times (the last time was at 1.5x).
I'd compare this book to Neil Degrasse Tyson's book "Death by Black Hole". They both gave a layman's description of science with a fair amount of humor.
Richard Matthew's performance is why I ranked this book in my top 5.
Everything under the suns
A humorous journey through the history of science highlighting many of the key contributors to the field as well as their quirkiness.
I am a retired science educator. As such, I easily remember most of the names dropped into this narrative....like old friends. But finding them in one sweeping overview of the natural sciences was like a thrilling journey. In the hands of master story teller Bryson, the history became a lively tale of what is known, what is probable, and what is left to be discovered. I loved the book, and I know that I will listen again. I can't stop thinking about the way the planet has and will continue to change.
I think I might have responded even better had it been read by someone with a less of a formal lecture style. But Richard Matthews gave a flawless performance.
For curious people.
Claire Peterson beat the big oil companies to remove lead from gasoline.
Covered everything I'm interested in and things I didn't know I was interested in.
I'm a dyslexic reader, and this book would have been impossible to read traditionally due to so much technical information. I really enjoyed listening to it though.
I learned so much about all kinds of things and found it interesting--I don't think I would have enjoyed reading the book as much as I did listening
I really enjoyed hearing about all of the characters behind some of the great discoveries and what happened to them (and their discoveries)
Articulate and not overly dramatic
Bryson's view of how we as human's are not the best protectors of our own world