No, it is too much information, but I enjoyed it spread over a couple of months
I'm a biologist, but have always been embarrassed by how weak my geology is! This book was fun because it filled in a lot of holes in my scientific knowledge with at least some basic facts, and included how scientists figured out what we know.
Listening while I walk my dogs.
Though I didn't read the print version, I'm more of an auditory learner and found the concepts much more graspable than if I had read the actual book.
This reminded me of a non-religiously charged book that might've been written by Richard Dawkins or Christopher Hitchens.
Perfect choice of narrator. The flow and musicality of his voice perfectly matches what the content demands.
How did we get here?
This was a great book that I was able to have as accompaniment on walks with my dog for about 3 consecutive weekends. It is a lot of introductory or refresher material about the history and major discoveries of science but presented in such a way as to be interesting to the learned and neophyte alike.
I love the narrator's voice. Such clarity. I am looking for more books narrated by him.
Only Bill Bryson can write about something so technical and dry and make it so interesting. It's fascinating materials and I just can't even imagine what kind of research he has to do to make sense out of all these topics? How did scientists figure out how old is the earth, how heavy is the earth, how large is the universe, how small is a particle...Having listened to that actually makes me what to go back to study these topics more.
I just picked this up on a whim. Loved it! For those of you who enjoy science I think you will too. It is basically a cliff notes version of every science class you ever took packed into a single book—chemistry, biology, physics, geology, paleontology, etc. Excellent narration and pace.
I enjoy sci-fi, fantasy, non-fiction, historical fiction genres. Liked Stormlight, Mistborn, GoT. Last read: Shadows of Self
If you like to learn things and understand how things work in the areas off cosmology, archaeology, biology, physics, chemistry, geology, then read this. Great stuff. Obviously a lot of names and information that you would ever remember. But some important bits stick and you learn more. This is how books should be where they teach you in a fun way. Bryson's way of moving from one area to other is so seamless that you dont even realize that you moved from cosmology to geology in the same chapter.
Very well narrated as well.
I have rated the story as 3 because it is not a story in the sense of a story but a truly erudite historical overview. Gives us a good understanding of regarding various aspects of scientific development and thought
I love a good story read by a person with a sexy or funny voice
I wish he had a sequel or more than one sequel. I have listened to this book a couple of times and learn more each time :-) Thanks Bill!
Husband, father, building contractor, inventor and audio book lover.
Wow! Facts, facts, fact, Listen to this three time and you may be a genius. At least you will be a respected know it all. So much information in so little time. Amazing!
I will try another book from Bill Bryson, but would not buy it if Richard Matthews narrates. Please try to get someone less monotone, British, or too academic sounding. Dr.Neil Degrasse Tyson would have been a better choice.
Yes, I enjoyed the subject.
I was pessimistic that the author could cover "everything", yet he managed to do so. More importantly, he always did it with a witty appropriate observation. "
How old is the Earth?" becomes "How'd they discover molecules?" becomes "What are homo-sapiens? and where did they come from?".
Mr. Bryson spent 3 years researching what all of us wish we could. Everything scientific. And he's summarized in a very thoughtful and organized way.
I found myself wanting to listen to more and more.
My only negative thought: the ending was bit anti-climactic.
Mr. Matthew's reading of the text was wonderfully perceptively witty.His mild english accent seemed to add credibility, but also helped wonderfully to deliver the author's humor in a soft "Monty Python-like" way.