Between the library and the internet I listen to two to three books a week, and this has remained my number one recommendation since I heard it almost a year ago. Imagine, an explanation of the smallest known (or theorized) particles in the universe to the expanse of the universe itself. But most of all Bill Bryson makes it fun. If you enjoy knowing a little about everything but not too much about anything, if you're trivia fanatic, if you simply enjoy learning, this is a must. Perhaps the best compliment I can offer is the fact as soon as I finished "A Short History" I immediately began to search for other works by this author (and they're all good too).
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