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"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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"I learnt a lot"
This was a very informative and interesting way of telling us all about the universe and how we all exsist, it is a long audiobook but worth listening too
"A whirlwind through everything interesting"
This book is a master piece, it covers a huge berth of topics, and all with great depth. Having studied physics past degree level, I am astounded how clearly this book covers some of my favorite characters in the journey through scientific discovery.
However, I have not given it full marks because it's almost too much. some topics are not as interesting to me, making bits of it a little dry to get through. I'm sure the less interesting bits are different for everyone though, so well with reading it, regardless of your technical knowledge our interests.
"So much in so small a volume"
Although short in comparison with size of the topic, this books gives you tiny but tantalising snippets that arouse and then fans the flames of desire to learn more. Wonderfully read by William Roberts, of whom I am now a fan.
"Unexpected delight in scientific knowledge"
This book was recommended to me and it was an unexpected delight in scientific knowledge....Its pretty long but very interesting!
There is while lot to take in for sure! Found my self rewinding a lot but overall such a great book. Well worth reading. The Narrator William Roberts does a fantastic job and is very easy to listen too.
How?! In more ways than one....
Astonished by the research, wit and information crammed in this book.
It's my 4th listen and I still plan to keep coming back to this mind-bogglingly good book
"I feel enlightened on many question's "
I feel enlightened on many question's but...
The rock and bacteria chapters of the book i can do without. that's why i gave 4 stars instead of 5 for the story. I almost stopped at those chapters several times because god they were booooooooooooring. good thing i continued as the following chapters grabed my attention right back, and i only continued past those boring chapters because they are basically at the last third of the book. dont know if that was good organization by the author or just his luck since i seriously doubt any one would have gotten through the book if the rock and bacteria chapters were at the beginning. would have been ashame since the book was so very informative on so many question i had and some i did not know i have. For example, the author brilliantly shed light on how the scientific community operates and i dont mean the nerdy stuff we all see on discovery channel. I mean internal poltics. The author also quite satisfactorily answers some scientific conundrums i had such as the fossil record of man and how much we actually know of our origins. Now you may think you know about the topic but youd be suprised with what is offerd in the book.
With a perfect narrator and superb writing from Bill Bryson - a great way to make motorway miles that bit more interesting!
"Very good informative book"
Met all expectations narrated very well very good for the price you pay . Very good informative book highly enjoyable book
Trite to say the least, I've read Bill Bryson before and enjoyed his humorous anecdotes and wry observations, but he hasn't made the move from social to scientific observation well. The narrator is plonking and he sounds like he is making a wry observation about everything he is saying; unfortunately he isn't.
Most disappointing I gave up, I couldn't imagine listening to the whole thing.
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