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A Short History of Nearly Everything Audiobook

A Short History of Nearly Everything

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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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    Corey Eltham, Australia 05-01-12
    Corey Eltham, Australia 05-01-12
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    "A jump start to anyone's passion for science"
    What did you love best about A Short History of Nearly Everything?

    I was not sure what to expect, I had judged the book by its cover in a store and had never had the time to read it.
    Since purchasing this title I have fallen in love with the genre. This introduction to what drove science (rather than what science is) has left me researching text that I would have never attempted without the encouragement of this title.
    The narration is brilliant and tone perfect.
    This should be a mandatory text for all high school science classes that way we would all be exposed to it at some point!
    Enjoy, I did (and still am)


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

    Tone perfect- invites the listener in to the journey.


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    Greg North Richmond, Australia 04-12-12
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    "Sensational, I have listened twice"
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    What a great overview of the world. For a non-scientist with a curiosity but no plan to research, this audio is sensational. William Roberts presents Bill Bryson’s words with clarity and personality that makes the 19+ hours both entertaining and thoroughly enjoyable even during the more tedious sections on mosses and the like. It has made my not inconsiderable commute pass with much more vigour for the week or so it took to listen each time and has made me that much more aware of just how insignificant and unlikely we humans really are.

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    c Lantau, Hong Kong 02-09-12
    c Lantau, Hong Kong 02-09-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Interesting and educational"
    Have you listened to any of William Roberts’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Its rather more technical than most Bryson but good for non scientists. it seems up to date and a mix of the science of a number of disciplines and background on personalitites involved. I was expecting it to be read by Bryson but narration by Roberts was good.


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    Terry Cardiff, Australia 09-14-11
    Terry Cardiff, Australia 09-14-11
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    "Almost too much information!"

    It is scary how much we really don't know about ourselves, the other living things around us and our own planet. To say that this is an incredibly detailed and thoroughly researched book is an understatement! With mind-boggling stats for most things presented, the insignificance of the human race and our own tenuous existence is reinforced at every point. Whilst I'm sure listeners with a science background would appreciate this book at a different level, I found every chapter engaging and fascinating. The entertaining narration by William Roberts is the "icing on the cake".
    Highly recommended.

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    Stoker Austin, TX, United States 09-09-11
    Stoker Austin, TX, United States 09-09-11 Member Since 2012
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    "Fascinating and Enduring"

    We've listened to this several times. It's more about the scientists than the science, but that human element keeps it consistently accessible. And Bryson does a great job of making complex subjects understandable, while also allowing listeners to relate to the various concepts through some clever metaphors. And the narrator is absolutely fantastic. He could probably make a grocery list sound pretty engaging. Of course, this is better than a grocery list. Highly recommended.

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    Shimonti Duranbah, Australia 05-18-11
    Shimonti Duranbah, Australia 05-18-11 Member Since 2016
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    "Unmissable"

    This is something else. You will not want to miss a word of it but don't worry because the book is even better the second time round. Funny, awesome, finely narrated and infinitely informative.

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    Peter Mill Park, Australia 05-04-11
    Peter Mill Park, Australia 05-04-11
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    "Pity about the narrator"

    I enjoyed the abridged version so much that I decided to get the whole thing. What a shame! The quiet, appealing and unassuming voice of the author which lets the text speak for itself is replaced by a loud, exaggerated character who sounds like he's doing a TV sketch. I just couldn't listen any more after the first hour.

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    Georgina Atizapan de Zaragoza, Mexico 04-09-11
    Georgina Atizapan de Zaragoza, Mexico 04-09-11 Member Since 2016

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    "A nust read"

    This is one of the rarest books that bring knowledge and joy at the same time. It keep you listening all the time and make you try to understand and learn more, in some way the only sad thing about it, that it was for me kind of short. I highly recommend this book to everybody. I read it twice and love it. I even bought the printed illustrated edition just to have it and see the pictures.

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    Peonyrose 01-12-11
    Peonyrose 01-12-11 Listener Since 2010
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    "A short history of nearly everything."

    Bryson is awesome - so much information you have to listen many times to absorb its content. He writes in such an easy and enjoyable way - great if your interested in history and like it delivered to you in an entertaining manner. Highly recommended.

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    Buhle Dlamini 08-07-10 Member Since 2013
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    "Worth every minute of the listen"

    I enjoyed this audiobook immensely and found myself going back to parts I had already listened to hear them again. It is so accessible and yet entertaining, it brings intrigue into the history of scientific discoveries and our celebrated and less celebrated discoverers. I loved it!

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  • Victoria
    8/9/16
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    "Really well read."

    Some chapters were just a bit dull, despite some great writing - but not interesting to me in particular.

    Over all - a really fascinating book full of brilliant wit, well imagined and described historical figures and useful(less?) information!

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  • Duncan Wood
    8/2/16
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    "A great overview of May aspects of life as we know it."

    Well constructed and it covers all sorts of interesting topics all woven into a great story. I will be listening to it again.

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  • fracipo
    7/27/16
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    "Interesting but shifting from generic to very detailed"

    The book is quite interesting and well narrated. The downside of the broad scope is that if goes in fine details on some subjects and very broadly on some others. Starts with astronomy part moves to anthropology and biology. My favorite part was the biology and the initial astrology.

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  • Howell
    7/21/16
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    "Just Read (listened ) to it for the 5th time..."

    ... and it's revealed yet more nuggets that I hadn't absorbed from previous readings. A book that provides a wide ranging scientific and historical perspective of mankind's journey of understanding and discovery. An enlightening and entertaining read.

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  • Emerson
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    7/19/16
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    "Fascinating"

    It took a while to listen to it but I'm pleased I did. It puts life into perspective.

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  • Colin M.
    7/17/16
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    "Digestible science"

    Enthusiastic narrator who really helps to put things into context. He makes the sciences come to life by giving the listener a guide through the founding discoveries of sciences from the sub-atomic to the intergalactic. a good read

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  • C M Pihl
    7/11/16
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    "Great Inspiration"

    It's great for finding partikular subjects that captivates the individual reader/listener. I've found some new areas i definitely need to explore further.

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  • Watti
    Cambs, UK
    7/6/16
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    "great popular science writing"

    comedy bad narration at times, dont let that put you off! great, informative, detailed book

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  • claire lesley mccullough macdonald
    6/29/16
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    "really interesting review of so much from the past"

    pre-history, history, natural history, science, and man's most glorious and inglorious achievements told in an engaging and enjoyable way.

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  • Mark Sugrue
    6/22/16
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    "Brilliant"

    It is very well written and researched. It provides answers as well as posing many questions. Thought provokingvand humourous. The narration is excellent.

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