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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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  • Victoria
    United Kingdom
    7/20/15
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    "A great surprise"

    I wasnt sure what to expect and it wasnt a history of science. I loved how this story developed and how many of the characters i remembered from my school day science - but in a much more interesting way. The fascination of the author is clear throughout, although I wish Bill Bailey had been the narrator as well as I think he would have added an extra level of humour. Overall however this was fascinating and a great journey. It is probably time for a second book though - i chuckled as i listened to him describing the vastness of space an how inaccessible Pluto is - just as the news was telling me about the first pictures from the rocket that has journeyed there! How quickly our life can change with science!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • D. Allonby
    7/20/15
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    "A proper soultion to the UK motorway system"

    What a wonderful way to be guided through the world of scientific discovery. Interest awaits around every corner as physics, biology and chemistry unravel in a light yet clear manner to reward the listener with a new perspective and understanding of what used to be an overwhelming mountain of dry fact.

    I found myself enthused and wish I had heard this 30 years ago when I was at school.

    Put this on in the car and be the only one to be smiling sat in the next traffic jam...

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  • Ms R.
    7/20/15
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    "A short review of nearly my favourite book"
    Would you listen to A Short History of Nearly Everything again? Why?

    I've listened to this repeatedly - there's always more to learn that I missed the last time


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    What about William Roberts’s performance did you like?

    The narrator's "Performance" matched the tone of the book and was clear and easy to listen to


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  • Johnathan Fanning
    7/20/15
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    "Comprehensive without losing focus"
    Where does A Short History of Nearly Everything rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Dabbles through history providing interesting facts which keep you engaged without being overwhelming. Thoroughly recommended.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Alan May
    7/12/15
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    "This is an endlessly fascinating read/listen."

    In an entertaining way, this brilliant book makes the deepest & most profound secrets of the World/Universe understandable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • E. Robinson
    Edinburgh
    7/4/15
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    "love this book"

    Ive read this book several times and feel it works best as an audio book. being able to listen while walking or gardening then stopping to ponder some thought provoking nugget is great. My one criticism is that it really needs updating as some areas such as cosmology have moved on quite a lot since the book was first written.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Noirin
    6/28/15
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    "In Short, this History Covers Everything"

    What a very enjoyable book. It covered so many topics that I had never studied before and many too that our education systems attempt to teach but rarely in such an interesting way.

    Bill Bryson's wit shines through as clearly as his scholarship and William Roberts' narration was such a joy and had me chuckling happily to myself on numerous occasions.

    If you want to know more about the world we live in and where it and we have come from it's all here!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    Coventry , England
    6/21/15
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    "Superb"

    a truly brilliant audio book. the author takes you a a journey of a truly cosmic scale with plenty of wit and humour thrown in. the narrators voice is awesome and conveys the ideas in the book in a nuanced and entertaining way .

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ian W
    Newark on Trent
    6/11/15
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    "Brilliant book but terrible narration"
    Would you try another book written by Bill Bryson or narrated by William Roberts?

    Bryson is one of my favourite authors and this is an excellent audio book when read by Bryson.

    This version has someone else reading and I had to concentrate so hard to be able to absorb a simple sentence. I fortunately have it on disk with Bryson reading so will have to import that.


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  • Matthew Peter Hutchison
    6/10/15
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    "Intriguing"

    Full of information and occurrences that I would never of even thought about. It really did open my eyes to what has 'gone' and gone on during history.
    'We' the human race, in the past and present have lost so much because of our selfish nature. I wish more people would learn from this!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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