©2003 Bill Bryson; (P)2003 Books on Tape, Inc. Published by Arrangement with Random House Audio Publishing Group, A Division of Random House, Inc.
"Not to be missed." (AudioFile)
"Destined to become a modern classic of science writing." (The New York Times Book Review)
Thought provoking book.
The size of the universe.
His emphasis on important points
The relationship between humankind and earth's history.
This is definitely one of my "stuck on a desert island" books. I own in in DT, EB and now audible. I'm a total science geek, and this book pretty much spoon feeds. It's one of those books that I'm always kind of reading. I was delighted to see that the unabridged version finally hit Audible.
Also, Richard Matthews is a fantastic narrator.
This is going to sound a little weird, but I pretty much fall asleep to the audible version of this every single night.
Yes, because it is quite pithy. I appreciate Bill Bryson's taking the time to put some aspects of our lives into this interesting context as life passes by, often in a fast stream. Also, the memory is not that great, and I observe I can listen to a book again and get many ideas that I had missed upon the first exposure. These are good ideas! Worthy of integrating. A bit of modern day philosophy.
I kind of liked the overview of P.J. O'Rourke, "All the Troubles in the World", that- is another look from outside the general consensus and popular norm but there is also no question that P.J. O'Rourke is a modern day humorist standing clearly in the great shadow of Mark Twain/S.Clements. Bill Bryson has his own bit of irony, added with a sardonic puzzlement that often leaves one with an internal joy of the additional perspective.
The book hits the ground running, describing how humans are composed of indifferent atoms that if disassembled none of the atoms would have a consciousness of being alive. It is interesting to address these simple complexities and then it goes on from there.
It doesn't make one laugh or cry as much as it informs and makes one think. I believe readers of this book are simply better thinkers from having these perspectives available as part of their wonder and reflections on human history.
I have recommended this book to many friends and have received thanks in appreciation. If nothing else it is fun, and I applaud Bill Bryson for his effort in it's creation.
I was absolutely fascinated by it all, especially about evolution and the origin of life itself.
How insignificantly short human history is in the grand scale of things.
Bill Bryson has an amazing way of wording concepts in a way that we can all understand. The way he describes incomprehensible lengths of time using arm spans to show how long we (humans) have been around was an eye-opener!
The author went off on one knucklehead that did not reveal what he knew about the dangers of a certain chemical - - worth a note but not a chapter. His bent on climate change also seemed like a political rather than scientific rant. EVERYTHING I LEARNED IN THIS BOOK TOLD ME THAT WE DO NOT KNOW WHAT IS GOING TO HAPPEN AND HOW CHANGES WILL EFFECT THE EARTH. So just tell me about the science and let me draw my own conclusions.
I really liked the march of history, the reign of the dinosaurs, the very long history of Homo erectus and humans, and how genes and DNA and RNA change the world. I also liked the explanations of scientists, what they did and did not do - and how many broke new ground, while others ruled their age while their theories were later disproved. That - I never got in science class.
It has some information the left me jaw-dropped. It was interesting info that make you keep wondering about this new information you just discovered.
None that I know
I felt it was not only a reading, but as a narrator or someone telling me a story. Really good.
Yes... but it's kind of hard because of it's lenght.
My son who is 12 would occasionally listen with me while I'm driving, he would picked up a few snippets and was able to put it in good use at his school. What more if he listen to the entirety. Very well developed narration and really enjoyable listen.
The logical progression of the book.
Can't read while driving. He has to keep me engaged, which he did with flying colors.
Would recommend this book.
audio addict! Mostly interested in history and some historical fiction. Will Durant is my all time favorite. Loving the Great Courses too.
Great book. One I'll listen to again for sure. For anyone interested in general science, or anyone just curious how the world and universe works!
Very accessible and extremely well-read by narrator.
Although the subject matter is complex, the delivery is done in a way that it's not overwhelming. I've never enjoyed a book on science like this before!
Cozy up… start your audiobook… prepare to listen to a clever, humorous old friend chat about everything. Really! Everything! Starting from the big bang through quantum theory in a conversational manner that digests these into easily absorbed bits of knowledge about... really everything!
While driving alone in my car on my long commute or grocery shopping, I wondered what others thought as I found myself smiling, or laughing out loud. Very unusual for me and not once or twice but many times came an out loud burst of laughter or smiling chuckles.
In the introduction the author admits that he realized that textbooks and teachers had taught him a lot of facts with which he had no connections. No who, what, where, when that was real. No mental concepts that equated with even a small understanding.
Bill Bryson uses his own personal word magic to draw in our minds vivid sketches of scientific discovery through the people who made them. These sketches use amusing cameos of the scientists themselves to bring to life the scientific discoveries.
Richard Matthews narration is charming with his smooth British voice, the accent is somehow so appropriate. I will never tire of his voice.
I will continue to listen to this again and again on my all-time favorite audiobook to repeat list.
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