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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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    Chloe 02-13-15
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    have listened to it multiple times and like it each time. narrator does a remarkable job bringing the book to life.

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    Dai Bach 02-13-15
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    Would you listen to A Short History of Nearly Everything again? Why?

    I bought this audio book just over a month ago and I'm starting it again right now


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    Andrew 02-12-15
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    well worth the listing time. Lots of knowledge . Buy this book now! You'll be happy you did.

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    "favourite book, beautifully read."

    I read this when it first came out, and this reading is a wonderful way to enjoy it. I think this is my third time through the audio book.

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    Cody Brown 02-10-15
    Cody Brown 02-10-15 Member Since 2014

    Interested in mostly history, biographies, autobiographies, classics, and Great Courses...with some Sci Fi thrown in for fun!

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    "A wonderful overview of the history of science"
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    More than a short history of nearly everything, this book should have been a short history of science. This book covers so many aspects of scientific development throughout history. You will be quite amazed by the end of the book how much you have learned, but even more than that, how much more you still have to learn.

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    Cj 02-09-15
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    "Fascinating"

    Great summary of scientific history. Recommend for those interesting in science, history, anthropology, or just love to learn.

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    Chad Muskegon, MI, United States 02-06-15
    Chad Muskegon, MI, United States 02-06-15 Member Since 2011
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    "If you like Cosmos you will love this book."

    Very interesting and enjoyable listen. At a certain point the book turned very gloomy, detailing all the ways that we could cease to exist at any moment. I suppose I can't fault the author for this reality, but he seemed to drive the point home again and again which got kinda tiresome after a while.

    Overall I learned a lot from this book and would definitely recommend it.

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    McZaustria Houston 01-31-15
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    "great book that really tries to cover "everything""

    some data is already outdated. I like the narrator and the way he tries to keep you entertained.

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    Carroll Hilo, HI, United States 01-28-15
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    "Extremely well presented survey of all things!"

    A summary of all things termed "science" would seem daunting. This well organized and delivered survey spans the fields of cosmology, geology, physics, biology and human nature in a means that is understandable & humorous where ever possible. It served as a great way for me to hear all the advances across the sciences since I left college over 30 years ago. I now feel all "caught up"!

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    jgebauer 01-25-15
    jgebauer 01-25-15 Member Since 2016
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    "A must read for all ages"

    Teenagers and elderly alike need embark on "A Short History of Nearly Everything." Astonishingly good, it's full of varying knowledge not usually found in one location.

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