©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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"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.
Pronunciation of non-US place names and people.
I loved this book, found that it rambled a bit at times but still an enjoyable listen.
A total eye opener . Great listen and a great read too a must read you will not regret it.
"A great surprise"
I wasnt sure what to expect and it wasnt a history of science. I loved how this story developed and how many of the characters i remembered from my school day science - but in a much more interesting way. The fascination of the author is clear throughout, although I wish Bill Bailey had been the narrator as well as I think he would have added an extra level of humour. Overall however this was fascinating and a great journey. It is probably time for a second book though - i chuckled as i listened to him describing the vastness of space an how inaccessible Pluto is - just as the news was telling me about the first pictures from the rocket that has journeyed there! How quickly our life can change with science!
"A proper soultion to the UK motorway system"
What a wonderful way to be guided through the world of scientific discovery. Interest awaits around every corner as physics, biology and chemistry unravel in a light yet clear manner to reward the listener with a new perspective and understanding of what used to be an overwhelming mountain of dry fact.
I found myself enthused and wish I had heard this 30 years ago when I was at school.
Put this on in the car and be the only one to be smiling sat in the next traffic jam...
"A short review of nearly my favourite book"
I've listened to this repeatedly - there's always more to learn that I missed the last time
The narrator's "Performance" matched the tone of the book and was clear and easy to listen to
"Comprehensive without losing focus"
Dabbles through history providing interesting facts which keep you engaged without being overwhelming. Thoroughly recommended.
"This is an endlessly fascinating read/listen."
In an entertaining way, this brilliant book makes the deepest & most profound secrets of the World/Universe understandable.
"love this book"
Ive read this book several times and feel it works best as an audio book. being able to listen while walking or gardening then stopping to ponder some thought provoking nugget is great. My one criticism is that it really needs updating as some areas such as cosmology have moved on quite a lot since the book was first written.
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