©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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Many amazing and useful facts presented in a very light and comprehensive manner. Even my 6 y.o. and 9 y.o. listened to some chapters with unexpected concentration and fascination. However parents' pre-listeming is advised as occasionly some inappropriate language is used. But I must admit, when it happens - it makes the book particularly hilarious for a grown-up. And it actually is the first book I'm going to listen again - will surely discover something new, missed first time. Highly recommend.
"Be interesting for life"
Amazingly enjoyable and full of more information than I can remember but I genuinely feel educated about almost everything now. Great narration too, really carried Bryson's style well
Essential! Although a little out of date now, this remains an absolute must read for anyone who wants a fundamental history of the sciences. So many fascinating human stories in here too. Bryson's gift to the layman is reassuring fact that even the experts know very little.
Very well researched. A lot of information packed into 18 or so hours. Well worth the investment. Driving to and from work has become enjoyably educational over the last few weeks.
Certainly recommend to all who want to enhance their knowledge of the world as it is and how we got to where we are.
I personally loved parts and other bits I was bored by but generally it's a great book. In-depth to the right degree and covering a broad area in an efficient manner. The bits I was bored by were probably because those were topics that don't really inspire me in the first place.... So can't really fault the book for that. Well done bill
"Fascinating but looong"
A great story and brought together well. Full of interesting facts and little untold histories. A long audio book. will have to re listen!
"Physics half excellent, descent into biology a tad dreary"
First half very engaging - well read and kept the listener (me) engaged, the latter half lacked the initial spark and it felt like both author and narrator were just going through the motions to finish the book. I know I was.
"a good listen. I like me bryson`s style."
informed. has encouraged me to find out more. enjoyed the reading as well, although some of the accents were a tad wobbly.... still it didn't detract from overall fun
I can't praise this book enough. It's an engaging and enjoyable crash course scientific history. Really well read too. I've listened to this book three times already
"Could have been shorter..."
Obviously, this is not a history of everything but instead a history of the world as an object. While I found this mostly interesting it does drag in places and somethings are over explained. I was glad when it finished as I was beginning to bore of the topics included.
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