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    A Short History of Nearly Everything is Bill Bryson’s quest to find out everything that has happened from the Big Bang to the rise of civilization - how we got from there, being nothing at all, to here, being us. His challenge is to take subjects that normally bore the pants off most of us and see if there isn't some way to render them comprehensible to people who have never thought they could be interested in science.

    It's not so much about what we know, as about how we know what we know. How do we know what is in the centre of the Earth, or what a black hole is, or where the continents were 600 million years ago? How did anyone ever figure these things out?

    On his travels through time and space, Bill Bryson takes us with him on the ultimate eye-opening journey and reveals the world in a way most of us have never seen it before.

    ©2003 Bill Bryson (P)2003 Random House Audiobooks

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    Masterful!

    This lively, short book presents a synthetic history of the universe, including living beings and the human species.

    The approach includes not only a description of current hypotheses but also a telling of how they came to be formulated and a short bio of those involved.

    Some may consider its views a bit biased in favour of the Anglosphere, but it is still international in outlook. The fact that it was written in 2003 makes it a bit dated for certain elements but does not reduce its pertinence inordinately.

    The audio version is narrated with expertise and gusto by the author himself.

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    • David S
    • 23/07/2017

    Abridged!

    Nothing indicated this was abridged until the closing credits. My only disappointment. I had read this before and some of my favorite parts were missing.

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    • Bloodpickle
    • 17/01/2019

    Do not buy this is a short version, not full

    Was really disappointed when I realized how much of the actual book was cut from this sham of an audio book

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    • Carolyn
    • 23/01/2012

    If you only own one audio book, this is it!

    This book was a little hard going as text but completely comes to life when read by Bill Bryson. I love it and have listened to it several times.

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    • Anonymous User
    • 19/01/2021

    Terribly boring

    If you're looking for a good history book of the world you will be better served by E. H. Gombrich with his book: A little History of the world.

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    • Greg
    • 10/12/2020

    An Excellent Primer

    This is a short listen that I will undoubtedly be returning to in the future. There's something to be said for an author's ability to summarize long periods of time and keep it engaging. Bryson has a wonderful delivery here. This can be used best a primer for delving into deeper subject matter, or as a means of brushing up on oft forgotten generalized facts.

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    • Layne
    • 12/08/2020

    Wtf soooo much is cut out

    I am VERY disappointed as I didn't realize how much was is cut out of this version. It barely makes any sense anymore. I just want the full version.

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    • Arnold
    • 12/04/2019

    Engaging read

    absurd amount of knowledge. condensed without losing any of the interesing bits. communicating in an easy way to understand.

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    • Louis-Philippe
    • 20/03/2019

    disapointing

    i was expecting a lot more of out this book. not that interesting hor entertaining.

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    • Amazon Customer
    • 02/01/2019

    Interesting but really tough to follow

    Listened to this on my 1hr commutes. Lots of details with many names and dates, long sentences with above average vocabulary..i.e. words that the average person doesn't understand. Gave up after 2 chapters

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    • Mouchizz
    • 03/08/2018

    Best books i ever heard

    loved it! best science book ive read in a long time. taught me a lot.

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    • Benjamin
    • 21/04/2018

    So good!

    Informative, exiting with a pinch of dry humor and endless possibilities to embark on your adventure in rediscovering the history of yourself and everything around you!

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