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A Short History of Nearly Everything Audiobook

A Short History of Nearly Everything

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Publisher's Summary

A Short History of Nearly Everything is Bill Bryson's quest to understand everything that has happened from the Big Bang to the rise of civilization. He takes subjects that normally bore the pants off most of us, like geology, chemistry, and particle physics, and aims to render them comprehensible to people who have never thought they could be interested in science. In the company of some extraordinary scientists, Bill Bryson reveals the world in a way most of us have never seen it before.

©2003 Bill Bryson; (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"To read Bryson is to travel with a memoirist gifted with wry observation and keen insight that shed new light on things we mistake for commonplace. To accompany the author as he travels with the likes of Charles Darwin on the Beagle, Albert Einstein or Isaac Newton is a trip worth taking." (Publishers Weekly)
"Stylish [and] stunningly accurate prose....Brims with strange and amazing facts...destined to become a modern classic of science writing." (The New York Times)

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  • Brett Stead
    3/8/16
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    "Fascinating but looong"

    A great story and brought together well. Full of interesting facts and little untold histories. A long audio book. will have to re listen!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • JC
    3/2/16
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    "Physics half excellent, descent into biology a tad dreary"

    First half very engaging - well read and kept the listener (me) engaged, the latter half lacked the initial spark and it felt like both author and narrator were just going through the motions to finish the book. I know I was.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dicky
    2/29/16
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    "a good listen. I like me bryson`s style."

    informed. has encouraged me to find out more. enjoyed the reading as well, although some of the accents were a tad wobbly.... still it didn't detract from overall fun

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Uzi
    2/28/16
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    "Absolutely brilliant"

    I can't praise this book enough. It's an engaging and enjoyable crash course scientific history. Really well read too. I've listened to this book three times already

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Neil Rogers
    2/27/16
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    "Could have been shorter..."
    Any additional comments?

    Obviously, this is not a history of everything but instead a history of the world as an object. While I found this mostly interesting it does drag in places and somethings are over explained. I was glad when it finished as I was beginning to bore of the topics included.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sian
    2/18/16
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    "A very easy and interesting book to listen to."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes definitely. I found a lot of his points a good talking point for discussions. I was really disappointed when the book came to an end.


    What about William Roberts’s performance did you like?

    A very likable and warm voice, he seemed upbeat in his narration and as if he enjoyed reading it for the listeners.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Annie
    UAE
    2/12/16
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    "Not enjoyed"
    If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I don't know who would enjoy it. I did not.


    Would you be willing to try another one of William Roberts’s performances?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    I found it very difficult to listen to this recording.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. G. Haynes
    Birmingham, UK
    2/9/16
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    "a great although long listen!"

    great book and I learnt a lot, however a number of things I know about in very recent deal have superceded the book. It is also very long so make sure you have enough time!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sara M.
    2/9/16
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    "Brilliant"

    Enjoyable and educational eventhough I don't understand or particularly am interested in science. Thoroughly recommend.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Teresa Cooper
    2/6/16
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    "All kinds of everything??"

    I was a bit disappointed with this book as I believed it to be about everything ( items ). Whereas it was in fact a short history of the development of life ( animals and humans ). But I will try another book by Bill Bryson. Perhaps I should have read the blurb about the book and listen to the audio snippet with more care and attention.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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