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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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  • markc
    10/3/15
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    "Fact overload."

    Really interesting facts and figures about just about anything to do with the world. Amazing stuff.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    UK
    9/29/15
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    "A slightly speedy history"

    I bought this having failed to finish the paperback, but found Roberts' reading a little too fast - it needed more concentration than I normally give audiobooks. In the end, I bought the abridged version, narrated by Bryson himself, and found it much easier to listen to

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Richard James Wilkins
    Stevenage
    9/11/15
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    "So comprehensive"

    This book is for everyone with a vague interest but lack of understanding of all fields of science. To tell a quark from a quasar or a limpit from a llama this covers just about everything you wish you knew about everything.

    Excellent listen!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Daisy Judges
    9/11/15
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    "Wow!"

    As the title suggests this is wide ranging and stimulating throughout - highly recommended for anyone with an interest in the universe our planet, science and human history.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • James
    9/2/15
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    "working man's understanding of the universe."

    A technical but not too technical understanding of the universe for the average person with a relative interest. The reader although informative is quite dull and could of done with a little more enthusiasm when reading the more profound aspects of the book and over all did an okay job at bringing attention to them.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sandeep
    Mumbai
    8/27/15
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    "everything you need to know"

    Fantastic assimilation of wide range of information.. all at one place....Approach of story telling is awesome too

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Laura
    8/26/15
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    "Excellent content and narration"

    A great look across our history in an interesting and lighthearted way, explains complex scientific discoveries in ways which make sense and presents many different views. Thought-provoking. Excellent narration makes it a really enjoyable read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • susan eileen austin
    8/25/15
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    "dull"

    loved most of his books but this bed struck me as dull. have tried it several times but its not getting anyour better

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • J. R. Rose
    London
    8/19/15
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    "My first audio book"

    And it was excellent!
    All the finer points in history combined and condensed in to a brief summary

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • treilly
    8/7/15
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    "Really interesting book"
    Any additional comments?

    A really good book that covered a lot more topics than i thought it would.
    It was well read and lovely to listen to.
    The only negative thing I can think to say about it is that I did find some sections a little dull, but they were all things that I already knew a bit about so thats probably why.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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