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    • A Short History of Nearly Everything

    • By: Bill Bryson
    • Narrated by: Richard Matthews
    • Length: 17 hrs and 48 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 16,550
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 11,428
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 11,391

    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

    • 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 5,501
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4,954
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4,974

    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).

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Anyone who loves the backcountry will enjoy this.

    • By Brenda on 10-01-12

    Regular price: $31.50

    • Bill Bryson's Appliance of Science

    • By: Bill Bryson
    • Length: 1 hr and 40 mins
    • Original Recording
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    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.

    Regular price: $13.85

    • 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 4,524
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,055
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,048

    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 4,524 ratings

    Regular price: $39.93

    • 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 4,012
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,406
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,403

    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

    • 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 14 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,561
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,158
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,144

    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 3,184
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,832
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,825

    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
    • Bryson is really good at what he does- a standout

    • By Ethan M. on 10-24-13

    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 679
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 611
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 612

    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

    • Made in America

    • By: Bill Bryson
    • Narrated by: William Roberts
    • Length: 18 hrs and 13 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 913
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 750
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 752

    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

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

    • By: Bill Bryson
    • Length: 16 mins
    • Original Recording
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    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

    • 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 1,714
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 895
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 904

    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

    • 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 2,883
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 932
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 932

    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

    • A Short History of Nearly Everything

    • By: Bill Bryson
    • Narrated by: William Roberts
    • Length: 19 hrs and 2 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 897
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 525
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 528

    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

    • 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 3,292
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,453
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,470

    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 4 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 1,180
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 1,072
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 1,065

    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

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

    • By: Bill Bryson
    • Length: 14 mins
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    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. 4: Giant Telescopes and Fusion Power (Bill Bryson's Appliance of Science)

    • By: Bill Bryson
    • Length: 21 mins
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    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. 5: Unlikely Medical Inventions (Bill Bryson's Appliance of Science)

    • By: Bill Bryson
    • Length: 20 mins
    • Original Recording
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    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

    • 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 609
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 256
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 253

    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

    • Shakespeare

    • The World as Stage
    • By: Bill Bryson
    • Narrated by: Bill Bryson
    • Length: 5 hrs and 28 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 1,275
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 794
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 787

    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

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