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A Short History of Nearly Everything | [Bill Bryson]

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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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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  • John
    Lisbellaw, United Kingdom
    12/23/12
    Overall
    "A big claim carried off very well"

    I tried to read this but as a useless reader with a hopeless self-generated voice, I gave up quickly. The audiobook was altogether better. Interesting and inspiring but not overwhelming

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Anthony
    Southend-on-sea, United Kingdom
    12/23/12
    Overall
    "A journey through some interesting concepts"

    This book grabbed my attention and held it for most the story. The six main topics he follows are dealt with broadly and in depth looking at alot of the history and how the concepts behind scientific discoveries were discovered. I particulary enjoyed his writings on Eistens theory of general relativity and his explanation of how out the ordinary the idea was. However, very rarely i felt the writing was drawn out - especially when it sounded like he was listing the latin names of evolution to me.



    Overall, i would recommend the book to anyone interested in any of the main topics.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • guilio
    BALDOCK, United Kingdom
    12/23/12
    Overall
    "Excilent"

    A brilliant book i really enjoyed it and so well understood. I will be reconmending it to others.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • MR
    Liverpool, United Kingdom
    12/23/12
    Overall
    "Fascinating and humorous"

    A Short History of Nearly Everything is fascinating whistle stop tour of well, nearly everything! From atoms to life and all the important advances across every discipline this audio book will give the listener a fascinating insight into all the components that made and continue to make life possible. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and intend to listen to it again. This audio book both entertains and educates, I highly recommend it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    Dorset, UK
    12/23/12
    Overall
    "Difficult Listen....whilst driving, anyway!"

    I listen to audio books whilst driving to and from work. Consequently, I might not be able to give them my full attention. This book, because of the sheer enormity of the subject, requires more attention than I think I can muster either at the beginning or end of a work day. I have started listening to it on three occasions but start to lose interest after about four or five hours.



    What is there is very, very interesting. It's almost like being back in school in a lesson you really enjoy with your favourite teacher having a private discussion with you. The problem is, the scale is too much to envisage; you need to see it on a blackboard (whoops, showing my age there...I mean a whiteboard, of course!).



    Many numbers have 20+ zeroes on the end or they are so small you have the zeroes after the decimal place with a 1 at the very end. Then there's the many names involved and what they have done and the years they have done it and how they were related to others; I want to be writing this information down and linking it all together to see a timeline or family tree, etc.. And so on.



    I love the knowledge and the way it is delivered it's just a difficult listen for me whilst commuting in rush-hour traffic.



    I can highly recommend his Notes from a Small Island, however. It's perfect for driving!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • R
    Amesbury, United Kingdom
    12/23/12
    Overall
    "Fascinating"

    Having always been interested in science but not inclined to read or study it in any more depth than tv documentaries cover topics in this provided a fascinating history of how science has been ‘discovered’ and developed to where it is now.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Paul
    Biggleswade, United Kingdom
    10/21/12
    Overall
    "Surprisingly good narration"

    My first audio from Bill Bryson was At Home, narration by the author. I really enjoyed it. I wasn't careful enough when buying this book, so was disappointed to find Bryson was not the narrator. What a happy surprise to find William Roberts is simply fantastic. I'm now an avid follower of Bryson's writing AND Roberts' narration. Why 4 starts and not 5? This is not Bryson's best work

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Matthew
    Frickingen, Germany
    10/1/12
    Overall
    "Easy Listen"

    Very well narrated and informative, without being overbearing. Funny in parts, cleverly trasmits his sense of wonder at the World/Universe.
    Thoroughly recommended!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kevin
    salford, United Kingdom
    8/12/12
    Overall
    "very interesting"

    a good listen and well thought out, although a bit complicated in a few places, it made me laugh out loud alot too !

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Petri
    Solf, Finland
    7/3/12
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    "A little bit of this, nothing on that"

    The author goes very deep into some topics while completely omitting many more significant historical events. Randomness comes to mind when choosing to topics for the book. Nevertheless, I occasionally find fascinating bits of new information.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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