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Publisher's Summary

A Short History of Nearly Everything is Bill Bryson's quest to understand everything that has happened from the Big Bang to the rise of civilization. He takes subjects that normally bore the pants off most of us, like geology, chemistry, and particle physics, and aims to render them comprehensible to people who have never thought they could be interested in science. In the company of some extraordinary scientists, Bill Bryson reveals the world in a way most of us have never seen it before.
©2003 Bill Bryson; (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"To read Bryson is to travel with a memoirist gifted with wry observation and keen insight that shed new light on things we mistake for commonplace. To accompany the author as he travels with the likes of Charles Darwin on the Beagle, Albert Einstein or Isaac Newton is a trip worth taking." (Publishers Weekly)
"Stylish [and] stunningly accurate prose....Brims with strange and amazing facts...destined to become a modern classic of science writing." (The New York Times)

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  • 01-18-17

Fascinating

Thoroughly interesting listen. The only minor downside is that some of the theories are slightly outdated due to the age of the book. Well worth a listen though!

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  • philip
  • 01-08-17

Jaw Dropping

Absolutely amazing listen, so many mind blowing moments. Extremely informative and amusing all at the same time. Great reading performance too.

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  • K. Payne
  • 12-29-16

Excellent - will listen again!

A massively ambitious and in depth history of the world and well yes nearly everything, made fascinating by the way the story is told.
The narrator is able to convey the warmth in Bryson's tale about the development of scientific facts discovered and those doing the discovering.
I found myself listening again to some sections and it was a perfect audible book to listen to as I drove to work.
Highly recommended!

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  • M O.
  • 12-29-16

fascinating listen

loved the book, couldn't stop listening. so many facts and interesting coincidences recounted. a nice long book that kept my commutes interesting for the entire month

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  • Zoska
  • 12-25-16

Fantastic!!!

I love this book and I will listen to it many times again and again. This is a total hit for anybody curious. In fact, yes, it is about almost everything. Paleontology, cosmology, microbiology,
everything is treated with lots of information and fantastic sense of humour. The performance , too, is very, very good. The most entertaining book I have listened to. I have already
bought other books y Bill Bryson hoping they will be as good.

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  • James Silvester
  • 12-20-16

Excellent full introduction to scientific history

Excellent listen. Lots of brilliant content and amusing stores. Definitely learned a lot and has given a drive to learn more.

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  • Frank
  • 12-18-16

A truly great book

Diversity of scientific topics. An aging book in regards to science but still holds a lot of amazing facts that are still up-to-date. You can pick up reading from anywhere in this book as each segment contains a story in itself.

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  • Fabia
  • 12-17-16

Just fantastic!

Absolutely captivating, a journey through the history of the universe we live in and the planet we inhabit with textbook facts and figures without being remotely boring for even a moment! I was so sad to finish it!

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  • 12-11-16

Superb Book!

Very in depth information so an open mind is a must! For people looking for an easy relaxing listen, this may not be the best, however for people like me wanting to know a bit about everything, this is amazing.

From how the universe was made to the evolution of humans, this has it all! I'm just sad I've now listened to all of it!

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  • James
  • 12-04-16

interesting throughout

the narrator should not try to do accents. his Australian and English both sound like Dick Van Duke. spoilt the book a bit.