Though it goes without saying, I could have lived happily the rest of my life without knowing exactly how much the weight of my pillow can be attributed to bug feces, thank you.
I gobbled up this book, and when it was done I started it again. The idea itself was so simple - a social history inspired by living in a house. Yet no one but Bill Bryson could relate the history of closets with the discovery of Otzi the Iceman!
Local world history
Bryson. I love the way he does research and tell us about it.
Personable. I felt like he was talking to just me.
Smile and think. Appreciate what has gone into our living the way we do.
Bryson looked around his house and decided to write a world history based on things we see and use everyday. It is a very human history. I'll read it again and again.
I have fallen in love with Bill Bryson, this is very interesting book on the history of our homes and good not stop reading it, can't wait to start another one of Bill's books.
I always enjoy Bryson's books and this is no exception. I will say that it's not as good as A Short History Of Nearly Everything, but still a good read. Both books are both informative and entertaining. I found myself laughing at some of the facts and stories in At Home as well as saying "Wow, I didn't know that!"
I'm not a huge fan of Bryson's reading style, but unless they're just terrible, I usually give authors a bit of a pass when they read their own works. I guess I set my expectation level different for the authors vs. professional narrators.
In any case, I give it a solid thumbs up.
I have listened to every book Bill Bryson has on Audible starting from his book A Short History of Nearly Everything and this book more of less does for the home what that one did for science.
I loved listening to Bill Bryson talking about all the things that came together to form the modern home.
The telephone. I keep remembering how someone who would not be chosen for it today redesigned the phone from the candlestick style to the one most people remember and may still have. That story keeps popping back up in my mind for some reason, and I think it's so neat.
There were moments where there was so much history that I forgot what the topic was, but there weren't many of those moments.
I greatly enjoy Bill Bryson's narration. He has mannerisms and inflections that I might not be able to catch if I were reading the book.
It's just a really good book.
I would listen to the book again because Bill Bryson is funny as always while being very informative and quirky. A different book than the travel novels he has written but very good.
I have no idea what to compare it too. It is not a novel. The closest thing would be a good history magazine with humor added.
I like his writing a lot because it is never dull, yet informative and enticing.
Wtf? A movie about the history of the development of the rooms of a house?
The book is chock-full of facts and factoids about how and why things are the way they are.
The house is the main character, and star, throughout.
Intricate. Humorous. Informative. All at once.
Things you never thought about, and never thought to ask.
How does Bryson research all that he does? The book will teach you amazing facts and will have you laughing at the very same time. Sometimes at a subject you never linked with humor, ever!
Yes. There's always something I hadn't heard before or forgot about. Loads of facinating trivia.
There weren't distinct characters per say. However, I do find Bill's narration a bit annoying. He sounds like he has marbles in his mouth and lisps. I love his writing, his wit, his use of words, but I'd rather he let someone else read his stories.
Many things made me laugh, however, the section about the bedroom where medical treatment of the time was discussed was somewhat nauseating - Bill seems to like the gory details.