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A Short History of Nearly Everything Audiobook

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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  • Daniel
    2/4/15
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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!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • P
    1/8/15
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    "Fascinatingly astounding"

    A very well read and fascinating book of everything. First hour or so was a little mundane but it really gets going after this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Margaret Boulton
    12/22/14
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    "This book should be read... not listened to"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    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.


    If this book were a film would you go see it?

    No


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Danh07
    12/13/14
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    "Answers questions you can't find elsewhere"
    Would you consider the audio edition of A Short History of Nearly Everything to be better than the print version?

    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.


    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


    Have you listened to any of William Roberts’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    I have not.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    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!)


    Any additional comments?

    Fantastic book for the enquiring mind. Very accessible for all.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Latch
    7/20/14
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    "Brief by name... Complete and compelling by nature"
    What did you like most about A Short History of Nearly Everything?

    The narration - William Roberts is incredibly easy to listen to, and he gets across the science very well.


    Have you listened to any of William Roberts’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    No first time


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Visually stunning - in an audible kind of way


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ben
    Chesterfield, United Kingdom
    7/7/14
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    "Funny and educational, what more could you want."
    Where does A Short History of Nearly Everything rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One off favourites from a brilliant author.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Short History of Nearly Everything?

    Some of the quotes from the book are quality and highlight the comical side to out scientific discoveries.


    Have you listened to any of William Roberts’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    I've not listened to any others but his speaking style definetly adds to the overall experience.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    It's a very long book but found my self listening to it at every opportunity.


    Any additional comments?

    Highly recommended and difficult to stop until the end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Laurence Care
    Swindon, Wilts.
    7/7/14
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    "Interesting, Fascinating and Intelligent"
    What made the experience of listening to A Short History of Nearly Everything the most enjoyable?

    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.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    NA


    What does William Roberts bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    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.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    Buy this book, it's fantastic.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Johan
    7/7/14
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    "Thoroughly enjoyed the book, worth every penny."
    Would you listen to A Short History of Nearly Everything again? Why?

    Yes, it gives one so much interesting facts and pictures the history. The story of the history would reveal itself with every listen.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dynamo
    6/23/14
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    "Huge amount of information succinctly put."
    Would you listen to A Short History of Nearly Everything again? Why?

    Yes.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Succinctly thorough.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by William Roberts?

    Yes.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    How little we know so far.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    5/3/14
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    "The Bill Bryson narrated version is much better"
    Would you listen to A Short History of Nearly Everything again? Why?

    No. I have the Bill Bryson version on cd, and had assumed the audible version would be the same.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

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    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

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    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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