Yes, so filled with interesting tidbits that I'm sure I would hear more the more I listen.
It made me laugh at lot though there were moments were I cringed (rats and bedbugs, eeek!!!)!
I would listen to this again because there are a lot of interesting facts to take absorb.
I liked the topic and how the past affects the future.
I liked every part of the book.
The author does a great job as the narrator!!
At Home is a wonderful collection of trivia about the objects in and around our home and our homes themselves. It does not delve into the type of details that A Short History of Nearly Everything does, but includes a lot of interesting Tidbits.
I don’t have much else to say about the book, I found it interesting and a good listen but it did not wow me.
I love Bill Bryson, and its such a pleasure to have a title that he also reads himself. Bryson makes the most seemingly mundane things absolutely fascinating. If you liked "A Short History of Nearly Everything", you'll love this.
Admittedly, I am a bit of a geek about the Victorian era so this book was kind of right down my alley. It's kind of half "Extraordinary Origins of Ordinary Things" and half "What Jane Austen Ate" (a writer's guide to the 19th century), but jam-packed with humor and insight in the particular way that only Bryson can do. If you like history but are maybe a bit done with the "drum and trumpet" style that concentrates on battles and leaders and ignores ordinary people lucky enough not to get into a battle and unlucky enough not to become a leader, this is a great book for you.
Another thing: this is narrated by Bryson. I've noticed in some of the reviews of his earlier books (the Appalachian Trail book, for instance) that getting someone else to read was a good idea. Well, maybe he's changed or something. He's not a professional reader or anything but he does just fine if you ask me. He's legitimately excited about the subject matter, knows the bits which are funny and the ones which are more interesting than funny, and doesn't get in the way of the prose.
Bill Bryson has the ability to make any subject - no matter how dry, seemingly irrelevant or complicated - into compelling, informative and funny prose. He has a pleasant, relaxed voice. The book jumps from subject to subject, historic person to historic person, with a self confident, relaxed grip on what it wants to convey. I finished the book feeling genuinely enlightened and wanting to dwelve deeper into some of the subjects in the book (particularly the reemerging history of architecture)
Yes. I love to hear Bryson read! His tales are funny and relatable. However, I'd warn them that it meanders and meanders along every little path.
It's among his best.
The stories of Samuel Pepys. Byrson is hilarious in his descriptions.
Yes! It's a book that can be easily picked up and put down because it does not have a strong narrative arc, so it's length is not so intimidating.
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.