Bill Bryson's style is one of guided exploration into the topic. One of my favorite books of all time was "A Short History of Nearly Everything" and this book pretty much follows that format. The topic is a bit odd, but the guided tour is a both entertaining and enjoyable.
Yes. Most of the fun is listening to Bill Bryson. He really makes me laugh - I know its supposed to be a history lesson.
Good for family listening. You can jump in at any part and not be lost like a typical story.
Fascinating, smart, enjoyable
Bryson narrating his own great writing.
Stairs, kitchen, wallpaper. Much more interesting than one would imagine. Really.
"Be prepared for a lot of Ken Burns Effect!"
Enjoyable repeat listen.
I've read many of Bryson's books and enjoyed them all - A Walk in the Woods, The Lost Continent, Notes from a Small Island, the one about his trip to Australia, and the one about his move back to the U.S. after 20 years living in England (I don't remember the titles of the last two). In those books he was observant and informative and also very funny.
I have a feeling I would have done better with At Home if I had been able to read it instead of listen to it. I didn't like Bryson's reading style, and I think he's one of those authors who should not read their own books. Also, I found myself drifting off and daydreaming during many extensive passages describing rich and powerful people and how they spent their vast sums of money. Much more interesting were the descriptions of regular people's lives in their homes and just how difficult those lives could be in the years before the modern comforts we all take for granted became available to the majority of us.
Basically, this book was really inconsistent, with Bryson holding my attention, then losing it, and back and forth, all the way through. All of his previous books I've read I would have given at least 4 stars and maybe 5, but this one's only a 3.
History lessons continue.
Once, again, Bryson manages to make history lessons humorous. I enjoy his books quite a bit and listen/read over and over again.
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Bill Bryson is my favorite author hands down. He weaves history with facts, wit, and most of all the unexpected. You will laugh, cringe, and marvel throughout - guaranteed.
As the author and narrator he is able to bring life to the book like no other. At Home is an eye opener, it really makes you stop and think about what surrounds you today in your own home.
Get it, you will not be disappointed!
If you enjoyed James Burke's "Connections" you will enjoy this book. Bryson walks through his 19th century English house outlining the purpose of each room and the history of how the type of room was used in the past. Along the way, he connects related historical conditions and events into a unique and fascinating web. For instance, at one point he takes us from the house in England to the technical problems of building the Erie Canal in New York State.
Bryson does an excellent job of reading his own work.
A plethora of unknown wonders underlies our everyday existence. Bill Bryson lays it all out in a very entertaining and intellectually stimulating way.
I learned a great deal about things I thought I knew.
I enjoyed his Brief History of Nearly Everything. This work did not disappoint.
I was only sorry when it was over.
It is definitely informative although I expected more from Bill Bryson. It was awfully dry. I had to switch to other books back and forth to prevent from falling asleep on my ride. I don't think I could handle it again, though being non-fiction, I don't usually listen or read those books more than once.
More of Bryson's humor!
Hard to say, the humor, the facts, the way he ties different areas of life together
One of my favorite all time books is Bill Bryson's A brief History of Nearly Everything.
I JUST LOVE IT! No more can be said.