©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)
This book is not all that bad save for the constant and, for the most part, failed attempts at humor. What is bad, is the narration. The English accent really starts to grate after a while and the horrible mispronunciation is the worst I have ever heard. This book is not worth two credits.
If you are of the inquisitive type, you will adore this book; very well written and easy to follow. The format from beginning to end leaves you with a sincere sense of perspective. I would highly recommend this title.
An absolute marathon listen … but if you have the patience to slog through it, this book has the potential to dramatically change the way you comprehend the world and your place in it. Loved the line about how similar humans and bananas really are…
Family on the move.
How truly puny we really are. This book will change your perspective on your place in the universe.
This book presents a complicated subject matter in a very entertaining fashion. It seemed to me to be a blend of scientific fact and some presumption. He makes huge presumptions at various points, but that is not a problem if you discern where this occurs. Much of this book is very educational, though I would characterize it more as entertainment.
Bryson starts off with a good idea--write a history of earth and science highlighting the novel and the curious. He doesn't just do this for important historical events, but for everything. Listening becomes painfully tedious. It descends into a rant about how Bryson views the world and history, but without any theories. Imagine reading AJP Taylor for the details without any larger theory holding it together. The print version you can skim, an abridged version get the highlights, but with this version there is no escaping the boredom.
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