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    • Bill Bryson's Appliance of Science

    • By: Bill Bryson
    • Length: 1 hr and 40 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 45
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 41
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 41

    Sunday Times best-selling author of A Short History of Nearly Everything, Bill Bryson, teams up with The Science Museum to celebrate the ideas and inventions of the incurably curious. Across this five-episode series, Bill Bryson, with the help of The Science Museum's curators, takes us object-by-object through some of the museum's lesser known inventions and discoveries - and the human stories behind them.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great narration

    • By Emily Lewis on 03-02-19

    Regular price: $13.85

    • Bill Bryson Collector's Edition

    • Notes from a Small Island, Neither Here Nor There, and I'm a Stranger Here Myself
    • By: Bill Bryson
    • Narrated by: Bill Bryson
    • Length: 17 hrs and 11 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,736
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,316
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,302

    In the first of three essays included in this audiobook, Bill Bryson decides to move his wife and kids back to his homeland, the United States, after nearly two decades in Britain. But not before taking one last trip around Britain, a sort of valedictory tour of the green and kindly island that had so long been his home. The result is a hilarious social commentary.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • So good I hated for it to end

    • By J. Dominy on 08-08-12

    Regular price: $39.93

    • Ep. 2: The Pioneers of Radio (Bill Bryson's Appliance of Science)

    • By: Bill Bryson
    • Length: 22 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 22
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 22
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 22

    Bill tells the story of the Italian Navy Detector that was devised by a humble scientist, Jagadish Chandra Bose, who could be regarded as one of India's greatest minds. And the more famous, Guillermo Marconi, and his quest to invent the Marconi Short-Wave Beam Transmitter. He is joined by John Liffen, the Science Museum's Curator of Communications.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Trouble opening

    • By Kate Hufnagel on 11-27-18

    Regular price: $3.19

    • Ep. 1: Mapping the Earth (Bill Bryson's Appliance of Science)

    • By: Bill Bryson
    • Length: 16 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 27
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 27
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 27

    An object that helped create the first map of Britain and one at the forefront of climate-change research. Bill tells the stories of the Great Theodolite that was used on the principle triangulation of Britain, and AATSR (Advanced Along-Track Scanning Radiometer) that measures the temperature of the sea from space. Both objects tell a story about why collaboration is so important in the field of scientific discovery from the teams that put together the first maps to the international fight against climate change.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Really enjoyable series

    • By mr kieran j murphy on 02-17-19

    Regular price: $3.19

    • Ep. 5: Unlikely Medical Inventions (Bill Bryson's Appliance of Science)

    • By: Bill Bryson
    • Length: 20 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 22
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 22
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 22

    How a teenage inventor, a pig's head, a lump of plywood and a famous British record label made medical history. Bill tells the stories behind the invention of the Reynold's Portable X-Ray Kit and the world's first CT brain scanner, with the help of Katie Dabin, who is the Curator of Medicine at the Science Museum. Their stories reveal how scientific inventions sometimes happen by accident or come from people without a classic scientific background.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • really enjoyable series

    • By mr kieran j murphy on 02-17-19

    Regular price: $3.19

    • Ep. 3: Life-Saving Clocks (Bill Bryson's Appliance of Science)

    • By: Bill Bryson
    • Length: 14 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 25
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 25
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      4 out of 5 stars 25

    Bill is joined by David Rooney, the Science Museum's Curator of Time, Navigation and Transport, who tells the story of the John Harrison Clock and the inventor's quest to solve the longitude problem.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • really enjoyable series

    • By mr kieran j murphy on 02-17-19

    Regular price: $3.19

    • Ep. 4: Giant Telescopes and Fusion Power (Bill Bryson's Appliance of Science)

    • By: Bill Bryson
    • Length: 21 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 20
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 20
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      4 out of 5 stars 20

    A giant telescope built by a wealthy Irish landlord during the potato famine and a model of an object that the British media claimed had re-created the sun. Bill tells the stories behind the mirror from the great Rosse telescope and the model of the Harwell controlled Zero Energy Thermonuclear Assembly (ZETA), with the help of Alison Boyle who is the Keeper of Science Collections at the Science Museum. Both objects tell about the pursuit of science and the quest for fame and publicity.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Really enjoyable series

    • By mr kieran j murphy on 02-17-19

    Regular price: $3.19

    • A Walk in the Woods

    • Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail
    • By: Bill Bryson
    • Narrated by: Rob McQuay
    • Length: 9 hrs and 44 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7,040
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6,353
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6,368

    The Appalachian Trail trail stretches from Georgia to Maine and covers some of the most breathtaking terrain in America - majestic mountains, silent forests, sparking lakes. If you’re going to take a hike, it’s probably the place to go. And Bill Bryson is surely the most entertaing guide you’ll find. He introduces us to the history and ecology of the trail and to some of the other hardy (or just foolhardy) folks he meets along the way - and a couple of bears. Already a classic, A Walk in the Woods will make you long for the great outdoors (or at least a comfortable chair to sit and read in).

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Informational

    • By Moises C. on 03-29-17

    Regular price: $31.50

    • At Home

    • A Short History of Private Life
    • By: Bill Bryson
    • Narrated by: Bill Bryson
    • Length: 16 hrs and 33 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4,862
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,372
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,361

    Bill Bryson and his family live in a Victorian parsonage in a part of England where nothing of any great significance has happened since the Romans decamped. Yet one day, he began to consider how very little he knew about the ordinary things of life as he found it in that comfortable home. To remedy this, he formed the idea of journeying about his house from room to room to “write a history of the world without leaving home.”

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Another wonderful Bryson

    • By Tina on 10-23-10
    • A Short History of Private Life
    • By: Bill Bryson
    • Narrated by: Bill Bryson
    • Length: 16 hrs and 33 mins
    • Release date: 10-05-10
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 4,862 ratings

    Regular price: $34.95

    • A Short History of Nearly Everything

    • By: Bill Bryson
    • Narrated by: Richard Matthews
    • Length: 18 hrs and 13 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 18,882
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 13,555
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 13,509

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Six stars

    • By mark harris on 12-24-16

    Regular price: $38.95

    • In a Sunburned Country

    • By: Bill Bryson
    • Narrated by: Bill Bryson
    • Length: 11 hrs and 54 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4,430
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,794
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,789

    Every time Bill Bryson walks out the door, memorable travel literature threatens to break out. His previous excursion on the Appalachian Trail resulted in the best seller A Walk in the Woods. Now, we follow him "Down Under" to Australia with this delectably funny, fact-filled, and adventurous performance that combines humor, wonder, and unflagging curiosity. More from Bill Bryson.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Laugh out loud funny

    • By Larry on 06-09-03

    Regular price: $31.93

    • Shakespeare

    • The World as Stage
    • By: Bill Bryson
    • Narrated by: Bill Bryson
    • Length: 5 hrs and 29 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,342
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 858
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 851

    William Shakespeare, the most celebrated poet in the English language, left behind nearly a million words of text, but his biography has long been a thicket of wild supposition arranged around scant facts. With a steady hand and his trademark wit, Bill Bryson sorts through this colorful muddle to reveal the man himself.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Too Little, Too Short

    • By Charles L. Burkins on 11-30-07

    Regular price: $23.95

    • A Walk in the Woods

    • By: Bill Bryson
    • Narrated by: Bill Bryson
    • Length: 5 hrs and 58 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,444
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,593
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,606

    After 20 years in Britain, Bryson returned to the U.S. and decided to reacquaint himself with his native country by walking the 2,100-mile Appalachian Trail, which stretches from Georgia to Maine. This is his humorous, inspiring account.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Wonderful book, but hardly abridged

    • By Jeff on 09-18-09

    Regular price: $21.27

    • One Summer

    • America, 1927
    • By: Bill Bryson
    • Narrated by: Bill Bryson
    • Length: 17 hrs and 3 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,465
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,085
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,074

    One of the most admired nonfiction writers of our time retells the story of one truly fabulous year in the life of his native country - a fascinating and gripping narrative featuring such outsized American heroes as Charles Lindbergh, Babe Ruth, and yes Herbert Hoover, and a gallery of criminals (Al Capone), eccentrics (Shipwreck Kelly), and close-mouthed politicians (Calvin Coolidge). It was the year Americans attempted and accomplished outsized things and came of age in a big, brawling manner. What a country. What a summer. And what a writer to bring it all so vividly alive.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Why 1927?

    • By Mark on 10-18-13

    Regular price: $34.95

    • The Road to Little Dribbling

    • Adventures of an American in Britain
    • By: Bill Bryson
    • Narrated by: Nathan Osgood
    • Length: 14 hrs and 3 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 1,287
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 1,171
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 1,163

    Twenty years ago, Bill Bryson went on a trip around Britain to discover and celebrate that green and pleasant land. The result was Notes from a Small Island, a true classic and one of the best-selling travel books ever written. Now, he has traveled about Britain again, by bus and train and rental car and on foot, to see what has changed - and what hasn’t. 

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • No Bryson?? Alas, another disappointed fan

    • By Richard on 01-25-16

    Regular price: $35.00

    • The Mother Tongue

    • By: Bill Bryson
    • Narrated by: Stephen McLaughlin
    • Length: 10 hrs and 44 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 874
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 787
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 789

    With dazzling wit and astonishing insight, Bill Bryson - the acclaimed author of The Lost Continent - brilliantly explores the remarkable history, eccentricities, resilience, and sheer fun of the English language. From the first descent of the larynx into the throat (why you can talk but your dog can't) to the fine lost art of swearing, Bryson tells the fascinating, often uproarious story of an inadequate, second-rate tongue of peasants that developed into one of the world's largest growth industries.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • More satire than history

    • By Barbara on 12-18-15

    Regular price: $31.95

    • At Home: A Short History of Private Life

    • By: Bill Bryson
    • Narrated by: Bill Bryson
    • Length: 16 hrs and 32 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 400
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 227
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 224

    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.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Interesting content but poor narration

    • By Anonymous User on 07-31-18

    Regular price: $22.38

    • The Lost Continent

    • Travels In Small Town America
    • By: Bill Bryson
    • Narrated by: William Roberts
    • Length: 10 hrs and 12 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 507
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 408
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 408

    Hardly anyone ever leaves Des Moines, Iowa. But Bill Bryson did, and after 10 years in England he decided to go home, to a foreign country. In an ageing Chevrolet Chevette, he drove nearly 14,000 miles through 38 states to compile this hilarious and perceptive state-of-the-nation report on small-town America.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • There are better Bill Bryson audiobooks

    • By Rachel on 08-10-14

    Regular price: $20.99

    • Made in America

    • By: Bill Bryson
    • Narrated by: William Roberts
    • Length: 18 hrs and 10 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,002
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 834
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 835

    In Made in America, Bryson de-mythologizes his native land, explaining how a dusty hamlet with neither woods nor holly became Hollywood, how the Wild West wasn't won, why Americans say 'lootenant' and 'Toosday', how Americans were eating junk food long before the word itself was cooked up, as well as exposing the true origins of the G-string, the original $64,000 question, and Dr Kellogg of cornflakes fame.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Bryson Not Reading Makes For a Rare Fail

    • By John on 02-28-14

    Regular price: $22.38

    • Neither Here Nor There

    • Travels in Europe
    • By: Bill Bryson
    • Narrated by: Bill Bryson
    • Length: 5 hrs and 38 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 649
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 292
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 287

    You'll stop at Europe's most diverting and historic locales and view the Old World through Bryson's tourist eye view in this affectionate, blisteringly insightful, and riotously funny pilgrimage from the frozen wastes of Scandinavia to the chaotic tumult of Istanbul.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • I wish he were my neighbour.

    • By Heather on 08-29-12

    Regular price: $21.27

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