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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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    Romeo421 05-28-15
    Romeo421 05-28-15 Member Since 2017

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    "1 of the best books I've listened to."

    I bought this after listening to a Great Course on Big History and hearing it referenced time and again. I couldn't be more pleased. Bill Bryson has a way with words and Richard Matthews' narration was superb. I also bought a copy for my kindle just for reference and found a used hardcover so I can share it with friends.

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    P. 05-28-15
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    "A Fun Read"

    could not stop listening to it. a tremendous amount of information but a very,very fun time of it.

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    Heather Paulsen 05-28-15
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    "Always a delight"

    A super enjoyable retelling of every first chapter of all available introductory science texts. It's sort of nerdily perfect.

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    france 05-22-15
    france 05-22-15 Member Since 2017
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    "Amazing book!"

    I love this book. Written for the entertainment of everyone - not too dense yet quite informative. All the life and earth science you learned growing up chiseled down to the most relevant and fascinating facts. Truly recommended.

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    Jayne S 05-21-15
    Jayne S 05-21-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Love the readers voice!"

    This guy reading reminds me of the 1960's Verizon of Mr. Peabody. I think his performance made the already interesting material even better.

    The book contains huge amounts of information so I expect to hear it more than once.
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    Dean 05-15-15
    Dean 05-15-15 Member Since 2009

    a Tech Exec who loves the stories about what could be and what should have been. Mixed with histories told from an outside perspective.

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    "all things are connected"
    If you could sum up A Short History of Nearly Everything in three words, what would they be?

    The title of the book does sum it up...a short history of nearly everything. This book does a great job of presenting history and science in a story form. If you enjoy video presentations like Cosmos, or the BBC connections...this is a great way to leisurely wander through math, physics, astronomy and biology gaining an understanding of the complex interconnected universe.


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    Keith Pearse 05-14-15 Member Since 2016
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    It was beyond my expectations and intrigued me
    I definitely recommend this book for everyone who enjoys science and technology

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    ryan broguiere 05-14-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Excellent book"

    I have listened to this book 4 times and find it more and more interesting every time I listen.

    I absolutely recommend giving this a listen.

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    Zachary 05-13-15
    Zachary 05-13-15 Member Since 2017
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    "EZ listening 2 increase cerebral neural connection"

    Good read, or listen, rather, if you have about 22 hours of down time to learn some interesting history about nearly everything!

    Narrator gets a little annoying with his accent and pronunciation of certain words, like "Neanderthal" as "Neeandertaal."

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    Qasim 05-11-15
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    "Everyone should listen to this"

    If you buy one audiobook, this should be it. I have listened to it twice now and still find it fascinating. Many of the stories are very fun to discuss socially or merely ponder to one's self.

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