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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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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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    carolin ellwood 08-29-09 Member Since 2014
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    "a short history of nearly everything"

    i enjoyed listening to this book so much...i wrote in the review space.
    now that's really saying something!

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    Justin Dandenong North, VIC, Australia 07-10-09
    Justin Dandenong North, VIC, Australia 07-10-09
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    "The best book of everything"

    This would be one of the best book in Audible

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    Mike haarlemNetherlands 02-01-09
    Mike haarlemNetherlands 02-01-09
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    "A Short History of Nearly Everything"

    I have thoroughly enjoyed this book. I have learnt a lot of interesting things about our planet and been amazed by some of the facts. Bill Bryson writes in an easy relaxed manner that means you don't tire of the subject.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Shiv 09-25-07
    Shiv 09-25-07
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    "Super stuff"

    Before I listened to this audiobook I had very limited interest in Science. This book has generated lot of interest in Sciences
    However a sizeable portion of time in sharing trivial information about the scientist in question. I thought some of these sidelight were a bit too casual and (probably) un-researched.
    Nevertheless a nice audiobook for my collection.

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    Kerrie MoggillAustralia 07-21-05
    Kerrie MoggillAustralia 07-21-05 Member Since 2006
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    "An incredible read (...listen)"

    I found it hard to get out of the car while listening to this book. Every part of it was fascinating. This was the first of my Audible books and it will be awfully hard to top. Bryson manages to delve into complex topics but still be funny. William Roberts is wonderful, very easy to listen to. He delivers Bryson's dry wit brilliantly. This book has made me want to learn more about 'nearly everything'. Topics which have the potential to be dull are exciting and intoxicating in this book. If you listen to nothing else, you really need to listen to this. I know I will listen to it many times over.

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    Christopher cranford, NJ, USA 06-17-05
    Christopher cranford, NJ, USA 06-17-05
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    "Great"

    It's long, but worth it. Very interesting.

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    Mark AnywhereUnited Kingdom 03-10-05
    Mark AnywhereUnited Kingdom 03-10-05
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    "One of the best"

    This has to be the best audio book so far. Entertainingly read which is no mean feat given the length of the title. Although I glazed over on some of the details on details, every chapter unveiled the essence of "I never knew that !"

    Based on this title, will try others by the author and narrator.

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    Tonny Herlev, Denmark 06-23-09
    Tonny Herlev, Denmark 06-23-09 Member Since 2010
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    "It really is a short story of nearly everything."

    I love this book,and i love the narrator William Roberts :o)

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    Hugh PerthshireUnited Kingdom 08-19-05
    Hugh PerthshireUnited Kingdom 08-19-05
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    "Inaccurate but never boring"

    This book is very well written but unfortunately represents the beliefs of the Darwinist religion, and not the facts on how we came to be here. This is a good example of the conjecture that is derived from scientific research, misleadingly represented as accepted truth. (Darwin's theory was defeated by Phillip Johnson in his book 'Darwin on Trial.')

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    Eugene highveldSouth Africa 08-17-07
    Eugene highveldSouth Africa 08-17-07
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    "evolution"

    This book is written from an evolutionist point of view.As you know evolution is a theory and full of holes and major presumptions.If you are a christian with creationist point of view this is a irritating book to listen too.I wish I had glanced through the written copy before I bought this.Be prepared to filter out the facts from the fiction or spend 20 hours on something more productive

    2 of 60 people found this review helpful
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    "So much in so small a volume"

    Although short in comparison with size of the topic, this books gives you tiny but tantalising snippets that arouse and then fans the flames of desire to learn more. Wonderfully read by William Roberts, of whom I am now a fan.

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  • VZS
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    "Unexpected delight in scientific knowledge"

    This book was recommended to me and it was an unexpected delight in scientific knowledge....Its pretty long but very interesting!

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  • Bruno
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    "Very Good"

    There is while lot to take in for sure! Found my self rewinding a lot but overall such a great book. Well worth reading. The Narrator William Roberts does a fantastic job and is very easy to listen too.

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  • Bundana
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    "How?!"

    How?! In more ways than one....

    Astonished by the research, wit and information crammed in this book.

    It's my 4th listen and I still plan to keep coming back to this mind-bogglingly good book

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  • Hani Mohammad Al-Shakks
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    "I feel enlightened on many question's "

    I feel enlightened on many question's but...
    The rock and bacteria chapters of the book i can do without. that's why i gave 4 stars instead of 5 for the story. I almost stopped at those chapters several times because god they were booooooooooooring. good thing i continued as the following chapters grabed my attention right back, and i only continued past those boring chapters because they are basically at the last third of the book. dont know if that was good organization by the author or just his luck since i seriously doubt any one would have gotten through the book if the rock and bacteria chapters were at the beginning. would have been ashame since the book was so very informative on so many question i had and some i did not know i have. For example, the author brilliantly shed light on how the scientific community operates and i dont mean the nerdy stuff we all see on discovery channel. I mean internal poltics. The author also quite satisfactorily answers some scientific conundrums i had such as the fossil record of man and how much we actually know of our origins. Now you may think you know about the topic but youd be suprised with what is offerd in the book.

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  • Steve Harris
    4/28/15
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    "Cracking!"

    With a perfect narrator and superb writing from Bill Bryson - a great way to make motorway miles that bit more interesting!

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  • Surbjeet
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    "Very good informative book"

    Met all expectations narrated very well very good for the price you pay . Very good informative book highly enjoyable book

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  • Sean Best
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    "Irritating"

    Trite to say the least, I've read Bill Bryson before and enjoyed his humorous anecdotes and wry observations, but he hasn't made the move from social to scientific observation well. The narrator is plonking and he sounds like he is making a wry observation about everything he is saying; unfortunately he isn't.
    Most disappointing I gave up, I couldn't imagine listening to the whole thing.

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  • Amazon Customer
    4/21/15
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    "recommended!"

    really enjoyable book. excellent narration. every chapter was a joy and successfully brought out the wonder in the works around us.

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  • James
    4/20/15
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    "Engaging and eye opening."

    An incredibly written and engaging peace of work. Anyone who has ever had even a little bit of curiosity in science or the worlds history would enjoy this book. It talks about very complicated topics and makes them understandable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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