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    • A Walk in the Woods

    • Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail
    • By: Bill Bryson
    • Narrated by: Rob McQuay
    • Length: 9 hrs and 47 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6,154
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5,543
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5,561

    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

    • 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 17,482
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 12,281
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 12,239

    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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Fascinating; Perfect for Adult ADHD

    • By Sean on 05-13-04

    Regular price: $43.93

    • Bill Bryson's Appliance of Science

    • By: Bill Bryson
    • Length: 1 hr and 40 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 3
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 3

    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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Mixed bag

    • By R. MCRACKAN on 07-02-18

    Regular price: $13.85

    • The Mother Tongue

    • By: Bill Bryson
    • Narrated by: Stephen McLaughlin
    • Length: 10 hrs and 44 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 745
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 670
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 671

    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: $30.79

    • 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 4,185
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,566
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,563

    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

    • At Home

    • A Short History of Private Life
    • By: Bill Bryson
    • Narrated by: Bill Bryson
    • Length: 16 hrs and 38 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4,654
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,178
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,169

    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 38 mins
    • Release date: 10-05-10
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 4,654 ratings

    Regular price: $39.93

    • 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 1,640
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,231
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,216

    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

    • 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 3,301
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,935
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,925

    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: $35.00

    • A Short History of Nearly Everything

    • By: Bill Bryson
    • Narrated by: Bill Bryson
    • Length: 5 hrs and 39 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,929
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 974
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 973

    In A Short History of Nearly Everything, Bill Bryson takes his ultimate journey - into the most intriguing and consequential questions that science seeks to answer. It's a dazzling quest, as this insatiably curious writer attempts to understand everything that has transpired from the Big Bang to the rise of civilization.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Listen to this book with your kids!

    • By Robert on 08-30-03

    Regular price: $21.27

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

    • By: Bill Bryson
    • Length: 16 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 8
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 8
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 8

    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.

    Regular price: $3.19

    • Made in America

    • By: Bill Bryson
    • Narrated by: William Roberts
    • Length: 18 hrs and 13 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 943
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 779
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 781

    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

    • 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 3,357
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,513
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,528

    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

    • 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 1,225
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 1,112
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 1,104

    In 1995, Bill Bryson got into his car and took a weeks-long farewell motoring trip about England before moving his family back to the United States. The book about that trip, Notes from a Small Island, is uproarious and endlessly endearing, one of the most acute and affectionate portrayals of England in all its glorious eccentricity ever written. Two decades later, he set out again to rediscover that country, and the result is The Road to Little Dribbling.

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

    • By Richard on 01-25-16

    Regular price: $35.00

    • The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid

    • By: Bill Bryson
    • Narrated by: Bill Bryson
    • Length: 7 hrs and 38 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,783
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 958
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 965

    Bill Bryson was born in the middle of the American century, 1951, in the middle of the United States, Des Moines, Iowa, in the middle of the largest generation in American history, the baby boomers. As one of the best and funniest writers alive, his is perfectly positioned to mine his memories of a totally all-American childhood for 24-carat memoir gold. Like millions of his generational peers, Bill Bryson grew up with a rich fantasy life as a superhero.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Fun, but not for squeamish

    • By David on 11-30-06

    Regular price: $23.93

    • Notes from a Small Island

    • By: Bill Bryson
    • Narrated by: Ron McLarty
    • Length: 12 hrs and 3 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 127
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 112
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 114

    Grab your umbrella and join best-selling author Bill Bryson for a grand tour through the heartland of the United Kingdom. As he wanders through tiny villages and bustling cities, his irreverent travelogue will keep you laughing out loud and eager to explore what lies just around the next corner. Before he returns to the United States after nearly two decades on British soil, Bryson decides to take a farewell jaunt through his adopted homeland. But his plans to neatly traverse the island by foot, bus, and train are soon thwarted.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Appallingly badly read

    • By Sharon on 03-19-12

    Regular price: $27.99

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

    • By: Bill Bryson
    • Length: 20 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 8
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 8
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 8

    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.

    Regular price: $3.19

    • A Short History of Nearly Everything

    • By: Bill Bryson
    • Narrated by: William Roberts
    • Length: 18 hrs and 59 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 933
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 559
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 562

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Superbly whimsical

    • By Marius on 08-30-05

    Regular price: $22.38

    • 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 8
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 8
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 8

    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.

    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 10
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 10
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 10

    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.

    Regular price: $3.19

    • 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 8
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 8
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 8

    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.

    Regular price: $3.19

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