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A Short History of Nearly Everything | [Bill Bryson]

A Short History of Nearly Everything

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.
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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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  • Eleanor
    Chorleywood, United Kingdom
    5/5/14
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Disappointing"
    If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Couldn't recommend it to anyone. I had never readd any Bill Bryson but knowing him to be popular I gave it a rry


    What will your next listen be?

    Anna Karenina


    How could the performance have been better?

    Performance was OK, it was the text I found irritating in that it tried to cover too much ground so you really didn't learn about anything


    You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    It sent me to sleep


    Any additional comments?

    Shan't feel I have to try any more of his books

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • John
    tamworth, staffordshire, United Kingdom
    1/7/10
    Overall
    "Turned it off after 30 minutes"

    Im obviously the tiny majority on this one, and although normally I'm an information nerd, this was just tooooooo much :(, the narration was flat and it just seemed like an onslaught of 'stuff'

    sorry Guys I know im probably on my own, but I just didnt get this one

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Mark
    Chester-le-StreetUnited Kingdom
    7/24/09
    Overall
    "Planning to listen to it again"

    I originally had the CD audio version of this book and was disappointed after it ended after only 6 hours of listening. Then I joined audible and I find it's actually 17 hours long. I'm planning to download this and give the long version a listen.

    This one is actually read by Bill Bryson himself, which is a big improvement over the narrator who usually reads his audio books.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Brian
    peterborough, cambs, United Kingdom
    6/7/09
    Overall
    "Not for everyone i'm afraid."

    I understand what Bill was trying to do here, making stuff that is so intensely dull more interesting. The thing is when i bought the book i didn't realise it was going to be about everything before civilisation. Big bang theory, Space, Earth etc.
    I thought it was going to explain how things work now as well not just on one area.
    So i did end up finding the book way too heavy and every time i started listening i fell asleep.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A User
    10/29/05
    Overall
    "Must read"

    What an eye opener!

    4 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • G
    Edinburgh, Mid Lothian, United Kingdom
    2/3/11
    Overall
    "Boring"

    Did not enjoy this.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Rob
    Rijswijk ZH - Netherlands
    12/9/10
    Overall
    "A talking dictionary"

    If you're the type that loves to read encyclopedias stuffed with facts then get this book. For my liking this one is way overstuffed with useless anecdotes on the characters involved. After several chapters I had totally lost the plot where in time he actually was... and still haven't finished it... Probably never will.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • A. J. Barclay
    11/7/10
    Overall
    "not for me"

    I love my audiobooks and have listened to a number of them but this just did not do it for me. Far too much about molucules, atoms, scientists names, etc it seemed to be too much like school.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Christie
    11/2/08
    Overall
    "Tedious in the extreme"

    I bought this book in the hopes that it would make interesting all of the subjects that failed to capture my imagination at school. Sadly I was terribly disappointed. This is a boy's book, filled with facts and figures, numbers with countless zeros. I found it really hard to engage with. I found the voice of the narrator very annoying - I think I have got too used to hearing Bill Bryson reading his own books. However, on the plus side, and the reason I gave it one star, it is great for insomnia.

    1 of 8 people found this review helpful
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