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At Home: A Short History of Private Life Audiobook

At Home: A Short History of Private Life

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Publisher's Summary

Here is Bill Bryson’s entertaining and illuminating book about the history of the way we live - complete, unabridged and read by the author.

Bill Bryson was struck one day by the thought that we devote more time to studying the battles and wars of history than to considering what history really consists of: centuries of people quietly going about their daily business. This inspired him to start a journey around his own house, an old rectory in Norfolk, considering how the ordinary things in life came to be. Along the way, he researched the history of anything and everything, from architecture to electricity, from food preservation to epidemics, from the spice trade to the Eiffel Tower, from crinolines to toilets. And he discovered that there is a huge amount of history, interest and excitement - and even a little danger - lurking in the corners of every home.

Where A Short History of Nearly Everything was a sweeping panorama of the world, the universe and everything, At Home peers at private life through a microscope. Bryson applies the same irrepressible curiosity, irresistible wit, stylish prose, and masterful storytelling that made A Short History of Nearly Everything one of the most lauded books of the last decade.

©2010 Bill Bryson (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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  • Kevin Viney
    Somerset
    7/31/15
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    "Fascinating Trivia Holds a The Attention"

    Like a "Short History Of Nearly Everything" this book presents a whole series of themes related information loosely based around the home.

    Written in Bryson's usual relaxed, humorous but informed style it's a good read and a book you can dip in and out of at will.

    If you like a good Bill Bryson you will not be disappointed reading this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Michael Devine
    London
    7/23/15
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    "Brilliant just Brilliant"
    Would you consider the audio edition of At Home: A Short History of Private Life to be better than the print version?

    I recommend this book and all of Bill Bryson's books to everyone.


    What other book might you compare At Home: A Short History of Private Life to, and why?

    It is easily on par with Bryson's other big history 'A Short History of Nearly Everything'.


    What about Bill Bryson’s performance did you like?

    Bryson's style is very engaging and captures the attention.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ferdia13
    Artane, Ireland
    7/21/15
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    "Fascinating!"

    This is typical Bryson - chock full of interesting anecdotes delivered in his usual entertaining manner. It's an incredibly broad subject and he only really manages to scratch the surface in most cases so, overall, I'm not sure there's a huge amount of substance to the book but it's a fascinating listen nonetheless.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Andrew O'Callaghan
    6/11/15
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    "Bryson keeps you guessing"
    Any additional comments?

    Great listen made all the better by the fact that Bryson himself narrates.

    His meandering style of discussion ensures you remain uncertain as to where he'll take you next. Prepare to become unusually informed on the history behind our private everyday lives.

    One drawback is that the book centres a little too heavily around 19th century Britain. But maybe that's a justified choice.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • R. Howlett
    Cambridge UK
    5/10/15
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    "A good listen if you like off beat facts"

    The starting point of his house to explore the changes wrought by the industrial revolution is a neat trick.
    Well researched and interesting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • william
    5/5/15
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    "Favourite Bryson Book!"

    Another great book narrated by the man himself which gives great personal touch.
    I love his History of Nearly Everything but find the subjects hard going at times due to its scientific nature. This book is a much easier listen. Another insight into history with great personality. It brings history to life and leaves you very great full to be living comfortably in the 21st century full sanitary ware for you private convenience and not pissing in vases and wiping your bum with a well used sponge on a stick.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bundana
    Galway, Ireland
    3/19/15
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    "Audible Elixir!"

    BB has done it again. If you enjoyed TSHONE... Enjoy! Thoroughly researched. An amazing piece of undertaking for the pleasure of the listener.

    Narrated by BB- the facts are mind blowing, the humour is witty and genuinely funny and we are invited to peer into a history of the anything but inane.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Miss
    BRISTOL, United Kingdom
    1/11/15
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    "Love all of bill bryson books"

    Love all of bill bryson books have read them all a number of times and love listening to them now as well. Full of interesting stuff and funny too :-)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • laurence
    12/11/14
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    "More of the expected from Bryson"
    Would you consider the audio edition of At Home: A Short History of Private Life to be better than the print version?

    I have never read the book.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    N/A factual book


    Which character – as performed by Bill Bryson – was your favourite?

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    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

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    Any additional comments?

    More of what you'd expect if you've ever read or listened to Bill Bryson before. More interesting facts and quirky points of view. I was slightly disappointed that there were times when he seemed to be repeating facts that he had presented in "A Short History Of Nearly Everything". That aside it was a good listen while fixing the shed and garage roof.

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  • Aunty Jean
    Northamptonshire, UK
    7/16/14
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    "Entertaining throughout!"
    If you could sum up At Home: A Short History of Private Life in three words, what would they be?

    Quirky, fun, enlightening


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    The whole book was enjoyable. A well written, absorbing social history of all manner of things.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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