©2003 Bill Bryson; (P)2014 Audible, Inc.
"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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"A Worthy History of our time"
this would definitely be a recommendation for an audio book....there are so many historical, geological and scientific facts...i would have been hard pressed to sit down and pick up the book of this story to read...
i suppose what intrigued me most was the amount of research undertaken by Bill Bryson to put together such a difficult topic as...how long we are here on earth...not by design but by chance....
i suppose through the whole of the story i was very much taken by lifework by the scientists learning more of there chosen fields....
how we humans are here on earth by a series of lucky chance and lucky breaks...not by design....
no i am glad to have listened to this story as i doubt i would have been able to sit down and read the tome of knowledge....
"Give it ... time!"
Not the best, not the worst! Definitely worth listening to.
It's a good way to get your head round some of the "big questions" and I like the way that Bryson examines the sheer scale of the universe and the series of tiny coincidences that have allowed us to evolve the way that we have.
He really told the story (didn't just read it!)
It was definitely funny, but (for me at least!) not laugh out loud funny!
I found it to take a while to get into (so not the audio equivalent of a page-turner), but once I did I really enjoyed it :)
"Everything you need to know - ever!"
For a short history it's very long and comprehensive. Great value for money and very much with a scientific slant, just the kind of history I like (none of that Kings and Queens nonsense and who killed who). This is about the progress of human thinking.
Physics is the best character!
He is very well paced and clear.
Probably not possible given it's length.
A great overview for budding scientists.
"Fascinating insights into a huge range of subjects"
I have not been able to stop listening to this book. Bill Bryson has made the complex very understandable and compelling. How he has managed to cover such a huge range of topics in relatively short amount of detail and yet make it clear and easy to grasp is amazing.
If you have ever thought "I wonder why...." or "How does...." or "What is the reason for...." Then this book will probably cover it and make it enjoyable to find out the answers.
"Nice collection of information"
I did enjoy this book, specifically the early chapters. A lot of information presented in an easy to understand and digest manor. There was great coverage of many important subjects, and not quite to my taste, the politics and people surrounding them.
It did seem very "American", I'm not sure if this is solely due to the voice actor or the book itself. This did put me off a bit, I'm not American and constantly surrounded by their society and ideology, maybe I'm not the most impartial judge!
However the quality of the book got me past this and I do recommend this book to everyone, technically minded or not.
Very eye opening.
"Love the book, hate the narrator"
I love listening to Bill Bryson and like science books, so this seemed ideal but I found the narrator so annoying I eventually give up. His voice is quite high pitched and just a bit manic and as it is a long book I couldn't cope with it. I have all the Bryson audiobooks read by the author, (except the abridged version of this one) but a number of them are read by this narrator and I am not buying any more.
"Great history of the world"
This is so far ranks amongst the bests that I have listened to.
It is a bit of a whirlwind view of history, and it discusses the history of the universe, the world and of human understanding of these topics. It is very broad in scope; it covers physics, astronomy, biology and lots of other scientific areas.
The style of narration fits the book like a glove. He brings out the enthusiasm that the author undoubtedly felt while writing the book.
The book triggered a hunger for knowledge in me.
"Good, but not excellent"
A great book, one I'm glad I bought on audible.
My only frustration, that something that can be critical on you hearing sentences accurately, and thus one you'd typically skip back on paper, isn't easy to do so on an audible version. Yes, I know there's a -30 seconds option, but that only helps if you have your hands free.h
"Bryson strikes again"
very concise entertainment
It's not so much a story as an entertaining look at the scientific world.
Isaac Newton was well represented!
No it's a little too long
I bought this for the children to listen to, to try and kindle an interest in science and it may or may have not worked on them, but it certainly worked for me! The information is imparted with such wit and verve, that it transports one away from the stuffy environment of a lecture hall or classroom and out to the outer reaches of the universe that it attempts to make sense of. Thoroughly entertaining and informative, I'd heartily recommend this tome and William Robers must be the fellow who narrates the Honda adverts!
"Like a box of your favourite chocolates"
Entertaining, challenging, fun
Vast in scope yet easily digested the book looks at (nearly) everything that has happened to mankind since the Big Bang. Like a box of favourite chocolates, dip in where you like and you're guaranteed something good.
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