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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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"A deeply insightful look at... nearly everything"
Whilst I'll admit this book is now a little dated (with many references to interviews in 2002) it offers a fantastically engaging look into the histories of a great number of disciplines and the stories about our planet they have discovered. Definitely worth a listen!
A very well read and fascinating book of everything. First hour or so was a little mundane but it really gets going after this.
"This book should be read... not listened to"
I've really tried to like this book because I like Bill Brysons writing but I can't get past about two chapters. It's more like a text book that you dip in and out of. Not something that you can do easily with audio books.
"Answers questions you can't find elsewhere"
I personally find this more accessible than the print version, as I spend a lot of time in the car. It is very well narrated and is an excellent companion for long car journeys.
As explained in the early chapters, it explains how we got the knowledge that we have about such things as the start of the universe, the age of the earth, etc, often with funny anecdotes.
I have not.
Laugh, but also raises information that then generates discussion with other people after listening to it (you can imagine I am quite the dinner party guest!)
Fantastic book for the enquiring mind. Very accessible for all.
"Brief by name... Complete and compelling by nature"
The narration - William Roberts is incredibly easy to listen to, and he gets across the science very well.
No first time
Visually stunning - in an audible kind of way
I have had the book version of Brief History for some time now, and never got into it.. So this audible version is quite remarkable in its instantly captivating appeal. So much so I am now listening to it AGAIN.. Bryson captures the key points in life's history and makes them accessible to the common, unscientific audience with aplomb. Fantastic.
"Funny and educational, what more could you want."
One off favourites from a brilliant author.
Some of the quotes from the book are quality and highlight the comical side to out scientific discoveries.
I've not listened to any others but his speaking style definetly adds to the overall experience.
It's a very long book but found my self listening to it at every opportunity.
Highly recommended and difficult to stop until the end.
"Interesting, Fascinating and Intelligent"
I have tried to read he book previously and found it quite hard, having an audiobook containing everything the book has to give is fantastic as I retain heard information more easily. The best thing is just the level of knowledge and how it is interestingly portrayed.
His voice and the intonation of his voice just helps you feel comfortable listening to the book and holds interest, it is a long listen and if William Roberts were more plain-voiced or monotonal it would be horrific to listen to, as is, it is incredibly easy and again the musicality of his voice makes it interesting.
I was fascinated by some of the aspects of quantum physics and there were a few mentions on geology that caught my mind but I would not expect to fall in love with a chapter, it's not that kind of book.
Buy this book, it's fantastic.
"Thoroughly enjoyed the book, worth every penny."
Yes, it gives one so much interesting facts and pictures the history. The story of the history would reveal itself with every listen.
The books make you feel that you can be standing next to great generals and live the history with them. While listening I felt like I was transported to the different phases and places of history. This book caught my attention that I was disappointed every time I had to stop the book in order to work or do something else. For anyone that wants a short overview of history this book is a definite must listen.
The only downside of the book that I have is that it spends quite a while in the stages of late evolution without much fact supporting its theory, but aside from that is is a very good book.
"Huge amount of information succinctly put."
How little we know so far.
Fantastic work, though would really benefit from a revised edition as some information can now be updated with recent advances. Thoroughly recommend reading as well listening, as to read gives you better chance to easily absorb so much information - put wittily with charm.
"The Bill Bryson narrated version is much better"
No. I have the Bill Bryson version on cd, and had assumed the audible version would be the same.
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