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  • A Short History of Nearly Everything

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Bill Bryson
    • Narrated By Bill Bryson
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    (77)
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    (74)

    A Short History of Nearly Everything is Bill Bryson’s quest to find out everything that has happened from the Big Bang to the rise of civilization - how we got from there, being nothing at all, to here, being us. His challenge is to take subjects that normally bore the pants off most of us and see if there isn't some way to render them comprehensible to people who have never thought they could be interested in science. It's not so much about what we know, as about how we know what we know.

    Carolyn says: "If you only own one audio book, this is it!"
    "If you only own one audio book, this is it!"
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    This book was a little hard going as text but completely comes to life when read by Bill Bryson. I love it and have listened to it several times.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Graveyard Book

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Neil Gaiman
    Overall
    (501)
    Performance
    (289)
    Story
    (293)

    When a baby escapes a murderer intent on killing the entire family, who would have thought it would find safety and security in the local graveyard? Brought up by the resident ghosts, ghouls and spectres, Bod has an eccentric childhood learning about life from the dead. But for Bod there is also the danger of the murderer still looking for him - after all, he is the last remaining member of the family.

    Tim says: "Wonderful story, brilliant writing and narration"
    "Great for adults - an excellent listen!"
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    This is a fun and slightly spooky (but not in a nasty way) book that I really really enjoyed. In fact, my entire house was cleaned while I listened to this (great motivation). I wouldn't give this one to kids under about 10 years old, but it really is a charming book for those who know it is fully fiction. Because it is a young adult book it has one main story, which makes it easy listening. I really recommend this book and will be purchasing others by the same author now.
    The narration was so very good that I didn't even notice it and was engrossed in the story. Well done Neil on both the writing and reading!!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Journeys in English

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Bill Bryson
    • Narrated By Bill Bryson
    Overall
    (35)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (17)

    This highly entertaining BBC Radio 4 series is written and presented by Bill Bryson and based on his best-selling book, Mother Tongue. In it, he romps through the history of Britain to reveal how English became such an infuriatingly complex - but ultimately world-beating - language.

    Joseph says: "If you can read this, buy this programme!"
    "Very entertaining and informative!"
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    Anything Bill Bryson has done recently gets my vote - but his audio books are great, as long as they are read by himself (the other narrator who does his work rather irritates me). Journeys in English is so supremely interesting and yet an easy listen too, that I have listened to it several times. A feat only beaten by his other two fabulous books (At Home and A Brief History) which I have also listened to multiple times.
    All I can hope is that he releases some more audio books before I learn his current ones verbatim.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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