Good compendium of several topics. Well structured, concise and easy to go through. Deep enough to point to other references.
Best audiobook I've come across--wonderful narration and informative book! Highly recommended for anyone who has ever been curious about the world around us.
Easy to understand and always interesting. Lots of facts that will help in future discussions. Great overviews I shared with my kids.
Reader and long-distance commuter.
In the upper quarter.
The question does not fit the book. Bryson leads us through cosmology, sub-atomic physics, geology, dinosaur bones, the beginning of life, DNA, evolution, ..........., extinction of species.
I have an engineering background, so I know something about science, but not most of the arenas that Bryson wrote about. He presented the information in a way that one does not need a PhD in Quantum Mechanics to understand (although it would have helped on a couple of points). I especially liked his ability to present huge distances in the universe and tiny dimensions of an atom in ways that I could understand.
It is not going to be a movie.
I learned a lot listening to this book. I appreciated that he did not seem to be trying to convince me of, or against, anything. Religion was not mentioned.
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.