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A Short History of Nearly Everything Audiobook

A Short History of Nearly Everything

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"Imagine if you can -- and of course you can't..." is how Bryson opens his explanation of how a universe is born. And he has the uncanny ability to not say too much, nor too little; to use metaphors brilliantly but without cliché; and to sound like he's actually learning as he goes along. Like Stephen Hawking before him, Bryson skips from one BIG topic to the next with the curiosity of a child and the patience of a schoolteacher. It's like having a front-row seat to the history of the world.

With his slightly bemused English accent, narrator Richard Matthews sounds completely at home in the material, chatting knowingly and with perfect dry comic timing. For managing to cover the universe and keep it lively, this experience definitely merits as an all-time favorite.

Publisher's Summary

Bill Bryson has been an enormously popular author both for his travel books and for his books on the English language. Now, this beloved comic genius turns his attention to science. Although he doesn't know anything about the subject (at first), he is eager to learn, and takes information that he gets from the world's leading experts and explains it to us in a way that makes it exciting and relevant. Even the most pointy-headed, obscure scientist succumbs to the affable Bryson's good nature, and reveals how he or she figures things out. Showing us how scientists get from observations to ideas and theories is Bryson's aim, and he succeeds brilliantly. It is an adventure of the mind, as exciting as any of Bryson's terrestrial journeys.

©2003 Bill Bryson; (P)2003 Books on Tape, Inc. Published by Arrangement with Random House Audio Publishing Group, A Division of Random House, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Not to be missed." (AudioFile)
"Destined to become a modern classic of science writing." (The New York Times Book Review)

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    I wasn't sure if I would continue after the first few pages until I noticed I couldn't put it down. Although a bit technical at times, the book unearthed so many new, interesting facts in so few pages that I couldn't let it go!
    I have a son interested in the field of veterinary practice and will strongly recommend it to him as a fantastic introduction to the sciences.

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    Absolute brilliant. The reading was phenomenal. The ending with the terse preachment against human caused extinctions as an ending left me awaiting a statement related to the relevance of God's hand in our existence.

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    A zip zap weaving the reader through our weird quirky history in an insightful yet lighthearted read.

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    Wonderful, full of information I always wondered about but never looked up. I highly recommend the book to anyone who has an interest in science.

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    A very interesting way to learn many little known facts I have enjoyed it repeatedly I hope you do as well

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    Loved it. My favorite Bryson book so far. Great for science geeks. Entertaining and educational.

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    You just have to experience it yourself and tell others. Prolific writer and scientist. The narration is also beautiful. Enough said!

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