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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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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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    Georgina Atizapan de Zaragoza, Mexico 04-09-11
    Georgina Atizapan de Zaragoza, Mexico 04-09-11 Member Since 2015

    Say something about yourself!

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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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    JET Nairobi, Kenya 08-02-10
    JET Nairobi, Kenya 08-02-10
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    "Authoring and narration at its best"

    It was a delight it was listen to this book, what with the facts explained lucidly and narrated in concise English, and the witty turn of phrase. The words used help paint the image that the author really wanted the reader to see. The only problem was that the book ended too soon. If I can posit a thought, the 'symbiosis' of author and narrator was the magic in this thoroughly entertaining book. Kudos!

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    07-11-10
    07-11-10 Member Since 2015
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    "A short history of nearly everything"

    Outstanding! As a layman with a passion for all things science, I found this to be a treasure trove of "Nearly Everthing". Beautifully written, easily understood and fascinating to the last word, witty to boot. I have enjoyed every minute of the 19+ hours. I know that I will listen to this delightful book over and over again.

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    Douglas melbourne, VIC, Australia 11-28-09
    Douglas melbourne, VIC, Australia 11-28-09
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    "An absolute pleasure to listen to"

    If you have the slightest interest in expanding your grasp of the world around you then this audiobook cannot be recommended highly enough...a pleasure to listen to....hell. now i know what a SLUG really is....lol

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    carolin ellwood 08-29-09 Listener Since 2009
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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.

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    Shiv 09-25-07
    Shiv 09-25-07 Listener Since 2005
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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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  • Mahmood
    12/27/15
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    "Intersting and informative book"

    It was enjoying and beneficial book. The book took me from the big bang to modern human. I was lucky as it opened my mind to things that i thought it was fixed and everyone agrees about , when it turned to be just theories or opinions and had so many contradictions.

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  • Dominic D.
    12/17/15
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    "Great Listening"

    Really great content and easy to listen to. Such fascinating topics which give you a much better understanding of the world we live in and the organisms we share it with.

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  • Quinton
    12/8/15
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    "My all time favourite"

    I have been buying audio books for a long time and this is one of the few that I go back to and play over and over again

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  • MR
    12/1/15
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    "Something here for all!"
    If you could sum up A Short History of Nearly Everything in three words, what would they be?

    All the interesting stuff you should have paid attention to at school but didn't.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Each chapter explores the exciting aspects of whatever scientific discovery or achievement it is describing, leaving room for further exploration in the areas the listener found interesting.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    As someone who works in a Cambridge lab (but not actually doing anything to do with the science itself) i really enjoyed hearing about the discovery of DNA which took place where I work.


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

    As mentioned above, it was so interesting to hear about Crick and Watson


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • кяιѕ∂ιgιтχ
    London, UK
    11/23/15
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    "excellent , would definitely listen again!"
    What about William Roberts’s performance did you like?

    the narration was excellent as it was very important in the way/tone it was delivered, as that brought the book to its fullest color


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

    ocassionally yes


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  • gi
    11/21/15
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    "Best way to enjoy this informative book"

    English is not my native language, so at times big books with loads of descriptive information/plot just hinders me from buying it; though I have always wanted to read this particular book.
    Audible is the way to go! Especially for this one. I can repeat whenever I need or do a quick research over the subject that was talked about, like the California Parakeet.
    I listen to it while attending to my other chores, by the beach or pool or even just in the bed with eye mask. That you cannot do with reading book! It's awesome.

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  • Caroline Nobee
    Inverness
    11/18/15
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    "So boring!!"

    Urgh I could not last more than half an hour on this book once it got past the introduction, which sounded so promising... It seems to be all about the scientists rather than the science. Not want I was hoping for at all. Boring.

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  • Philip
    11/12/15
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    "Bryson book review"

    An entertaining reading of a very informative book if a bit dated. Definitely worth listening to.

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  • PJaff
    11/9/15
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    "Top science read"

    If you have any interest in science at all this book is for you. Targetted at a level suitable for beginners to understand this fun and informative trip through the sciences is a must read and one of my favourite books so good I have both the print and the audible versions.

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  • johnsadgrove
    11/6/15
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    "Read this immediately."

    This was brilliant and I rationed the ending. The only way to improve it would be to have the author narrate it.

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