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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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    Jenna 07-15-15
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    "Love it, everyone should know this info but you'll enjoy it more if you like science"

    Loved it, great over view. Wish it was a little more up to date. I am a graduate student in geology so I found it a great history review and interesting with tidbits I did not know or realize.

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    K. Treto 07-10-15
    K. Treto 07-10-15 Member Since 2017
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    "A book on evolution"

    This is my first review on Audible. I usually selfishly keep my opinions to myself. In this case I just wanted to give a heads up to prospective readers that this is a book on evolution. Well written and well thought out, but biased and conclusive on the subject. It was thought provoking and inspired me to do more research... However had I known it had such an agenda I would not have read it.

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    Tim 07-10-15
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    "Excellent general knowledge!"

    It's all in the title, great fundamental understanding of the environment that we call ours and the people who have sought to understand it.

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    Joao Coelho 07-10-15
    Joao Coelho 07-10-15

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    "The title says it all"

    The book goes over areas that I would probably never have gone to by reading/listening otherwise, such as geology, astronomy, DNA, etc. and does a really good job at keeping them insteresting and even funny. Big kudos for the narrator as well who keeps the tone jovial.
    Very glad I took the time to read it. At times the book makes you feel insignificant with so much that is out there in space and time: we're small, live for small amount of time and we're lucky we're even here :) but hey, that's how it is.

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    Bettylou 07-06-15
    Bettylou 07-06-15 Member Since 2006
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    "Great Book for Car Trip to Yellowstone"
    What made the experience of listening to A Short History of Nearly Everything the most enjoyable?

    Great subject matter, well written, great narrator


    What other book might you compare A Short History of Nearly Everything to and why?

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    Where is the caldera in Yellowstone?


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    read this years ago and remembered the section about Yellowstone so bought it for a trip to Yellowstone with my husband, he insisted on listening to the rest of the book after we enjoyed that section.

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    Rye Bread Colorado 07-05-15
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    "A lot of knowledge, but it's all good to know!"

    Mr. Bryson has made a lot of information about the world of natural science very accessible in this book. Sure, some of it can be quite dry - but, mostly it's not. You get to learn both about the subjects at hand (cosmos, earth sciences, biology, paleontology, anthropology, etc.), and the people behind the discoveries.

    I really enjoyed learning so much. I found the narration exceptional. I definitely recommend this book for those who'd like to expand their knowledge.

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    bonnita 65560 07-02-15
    bonnita 65560 07-02-15 Member Since 2012

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    "Very interesting"

    I am keenly interested in ever the book covered, and interestingly enough I had previous introduction to the wide verity of topics from other books I have read or listen to, therefore enriching my enjoyment of this book. I was not disappointed in obtaining additional knowledge and agreement of my other sources.

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    Thomas 06-28-15
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    "Love this book"

    I listen to this book to this book at least four times a year. Makes me think about things as I work.

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    Mahbooba 06-27-15
    Mahbooba 06-27-15 Member Since 2015
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    "loved it !"

    absolutely loved every sentence of this book. I have read thousands of books and this is my favorite of all. it puts you, me and everything else in a grand perspective. perfect read for big thinkers.

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    Jennifer D. 06-24-15
    Jennifer D. 06-24-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Interesting/Boring"

    I went back and forth finding some chapters interesting and some boring. Overall it's well written and enjoyable. Don't expect it to keep you awake on a long trip.

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