©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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This book is for everyone with a vague interest but lack of understanding of all fields of science. To tell a quark from a quasar or a limpit from a llama this covers just about everything you wish you knew about everything.
As the title suggests this is wide ranging and stimulating throughout - highly recommended for anyone with an interest in the universe our planet, science and human history.
"working man's understanding of the universe."
A technical but not too technical understanding of the universe for the average person with a relative interest. The reader although informative is quite dull and could of done with a little more enthusiasm when reading the more profound aspects of the book and over all did an okay job at bringing attention to them.
"everything you need to know"
Fantastic assimilation of wide range of information.. all at one place....Approach of story telling is awesome too
"Excellent content and narration"
A great look across our history in an interesting and lighthearted way, explains complex scientific discoveries in ways which make sense and presents many different views. Thought-provoking. Excellent narration makes it a really enjoyable read.
loved most of his books but this bed struck me as dull. have tried it several times but its not getting anyour better
"My first audio book"
And it was excellent!
All the finer points in history combined and condensed in to a brief summary
"Really interesting book"
A really good book that covered a lot more topics than i thought it would.
It was well read and lovely to listen to.
The only negative thing I can think to say about it is that I did find some sections a little dull, but they were all things that I already knew a bit about so thats probably why.
"LOVED EVERY SECOND OF THIS. Amazing and very funny."
This was an epic eduction from a very witty engaging teacher. Loved it love it lived it.
"Leave out the first part"
I would recommend this audiobook but I might suggest to a friend to leave out the first part as it is mostly about the start of the universe and I found the explanations incomprehensible.
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