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A Short History of Nearly Everything

Lu par : Richard Matthews
Durée : 18 h et 13 min
4.5 out of 5 stars (20 notations)
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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. Even the most pointy-headed, obscure scientist succumbs to the affable Bryson's good nature, and reveals how he or she figures things out. Showing us how scientists get from observations to ideas and theories is Bryson's aim, and he succeeds brilliantly. It is an adventure of the mind, as exciting as any of Bryson's terrestrial journeys.
©2003 Bill Bryson (P)2003 Books on Tape, Inc. Published by Arrangement with Random House Audio Publishing Group, A Division of Random House, Inc.

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"Not to be missed." ( AudioFile)
"Destined to become a modern classic of science writing." ( The New York Times Book Review)

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Un livre que tout le monde devrait lire

Une présentation des connaissances actuelles dans les domaines des sciences naturelles accessible à tous, assez exhaustive, bien narrée et qui fait vraiment réfléchir sur notre place dans le monde.

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    4 out of 5 stars
  • Sean
  • 13/05/2004

Fascinating; Perfect for Adult ADHD

This book does something that few others do. It gives just enough information (without being too much) and makes it absolutely spellbinding. I don't want to know about cosmology, chemistry, and/or physics in minute detail, but I want a conversational knowledge of these and many other things scientific. Bryson provides that in an extremely entertaining, interesting manner. Although it is long, I whole-heartedly recommend the unabridged version.

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  • mark harris
  • 24/12/2016

Six stars

The is the one book I wish I could give six stars. I read this once per year and insist my friends read it. My only complaint that it needs to be updated with the latest scientific knowledge available. They should do a 10 year anniversary update.

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  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Andrew
  • 09/11/2009

The Only Book I reread imediatley after reading

I cant say enough about this book! I was introduced to Bill Bryson while incarcerated. And might I just say that even hardened criminals could not get enough of this book. I made most of my money by renting out this book. The demand was so great that I had another copy mailed to me. I have since lent a copy to many friends, and have yet to have most of them returned. The only one which was returned was because that person bought their own copy so that they could highlight it. This book is infectious! My only regret is that I havent been able to aquire an illustrated version. This book does indeed feel like a short history of nearly everthing. But everyone I have ever ask about this book says that it only makes them want to know more about one or more of the topics in the book. That has been the case with me as well. I have gone back to school in order to learn more about the subject matter within the pages of this life altering book. Read this book, it will open new worlds and inlighten old ones

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  • Global
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  • phil b
  • 19/11/2003

an all too

I'm sorry for the folks who bought the abridged version of this title. Opting for Bryson abridged is pointless. His prose is already polished to a pearly economy.

If you can listen to the final 22 minutes of this book without cringing, crying, or resolving to affect change in the way all of us treat this magnificent and mysterious planet; you are a hard, hard case. With disciplined but entertaining prose, Bryson surveys the branches of science that explain who we are and how we got to wherever it is we are. Spectacular!

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  • reggie p
  • 01/12/2003

abridged - unabridged

I loved the abridged version so much I just had to get the unabridged version when it became available. The abridged version is a very good abridgement, probably contains enough detail for most, and Bill Bryson's narration of it is the icing on the cake for sure. The unabridged version offers a fuller explanation of many points and so exposes the listener to more stories and Bryson wit which is always enjoyable. Richard Matthews does a great job narrating although he's not exactly Bill Bryson, he's sounds a lot like him and is a good second choice. If you can't get enough of Bill Bryson, you're best bet is the unabridged version. You won't get bogged down with unnecessary scientific detail--it's all very enjoyable listening. If you just want to learn about the subject quickly, the abridged version is lots of fun.

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  • Julia
  • 25/07/2005

A complete breakfast

Forget high school science. Just have your kids enjoy this book. Bryson gives a very understandable and thorough overview of astronomy, physics, chemistry, biology, geology, etc., in an extremely engaging way. It is like hearing your favorite college professor sit down on a table in front of a group of students and weaving a fascinating story. The human interest aspects of the books were a plus to the scientific explanations. Although this is a tremendously enjoyable read for inquisitive adults, share it with your children and they might actually take up an enduring interest in science. This book is certainly far better than all of my high school science courses combined (and probably college too). Highly recommended.

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  • Global
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  • Barbara
  • 03/05/2005

Everyone needs to know this stuff

Near the beginning Bryson states that he knew almost nothing about the only world he would ever inhabit. Most people seem to be in pretty much the same state. If you listen to this you will join him in not being quite so ignorant.

That's great, but what I like best is that while he presents our best current understanding of how our universe works, he also provides a series of wonderful profiles of the very human men and women who have slowly and painfully (and in some cases arrogantly) built up the framework of what we know -- and upon which we will continue to built our understanding. It is an ode to science and scientists. As far as I am concernerned this should be required readling...or listening!

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  • Gary
  • 27/05/2012

Best survey of science book out there

After listening to this book, you will feel like a scientist and think of yourself as understanding our place in the universe like a true intellectual. Bryson just knows how to explain difficult concepts across all of the science disciplines. This is a great first book for someone who is interested in reading other science books or just ending their quest with this book. My cheap self was reluctant to get it because of the two credit price, I'm glad I let my spendthrift self take over.

The book does more than just talk about the science it also delves into the personalities involved with the great discoveries and illustrates how some of our greatest discoveries came about through the perseverance of smart people.

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  • Lois
  • 19/09/2004

Unbelievable!

I actually found myself fascinated by stories of stromatolites and geological societies... and i can listen to this over and over again without being bored, which is saying a lot because i usually have the attention span of a squirrel. Bill Bryson has given a gift to the world by illuminating important but typically dry information in a fascinating story-like book. I hope he will publish many more books like this, although his travel books are also among my favorites, especially A Walk in the Woods.

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  • Global
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  • Aaron
  • 30/04/2005

Engrossing and dazzling

I am a scientist, and I feel that Bryson has a keen eye for what is important. His book is crammed with wonderful concepts and observations from a remarkable breadth of fields. It is always easy to understand, yet consistently mind-boggling. I personally found the stories of scientists' escapades captivating: it is so healthy to be reminded that science is a human endeavor. These stories of ruthlessness and heartbreak along the path of discovery are exactly the things that elevate this book above textbooks. Also, the narrator does a wonderful job of giving the author's words their intended voice, be it profound, tragic, or comic.

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  • Siegfried Glaser
  • Graz, Oesterreich
  • 26/03/2007

Food for thought / Stoff zum Nachdenken

This wonderful book, while guiding through a... well, let's say through a short history of nearly everything, provides a playful glimpse behind the scenes of what is commonly called science. It is informative, entertaining and clearly one of the best books I have ever had the luck to enjoy.
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Während dieses wundervolle Buch durch eine... nun, durch eine kurze Geschichte von fast allem führt, gewährt es einen verschmitzten Blick hinter die Kulissen dessen, was landläufig als Wissenschaft bezeichnet wird. Es ist informativ, unterhaltsam und eindeutig eines der besten Bücher die ich je genießen durfte.

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  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Fotofreak
  • Dresden
  • 02/12/2012

Bildung und viel Spaß

Manchmal hört man Kritik an diesem Buch, weil es nicht wissenschaftlich genug sei. HALLO!?! Es ist ein Bill Bryson und keine Uni-Lektüre. Bryson gibt in seiner witzigen und unterhaltsamen Art einen Überblick zum menschlichen Wissensstand. Natürlich liegt der Schwerpunkt der Studien und Veröffentlichungen auf dem anglo-amerikanischen Raum. Das Buch sollte man aber nicht mit dem Ziel lesen eine rein sachliche Wissensvermittlung zu erhalten. Man erhält das, was einem versprochen wird: erstklassige Unterhaltung, und ganz nebenbei interessante Informationen zum Stand der Wissenschaft, die Lust auf mehr machen.

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  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Claudia Weller
  • 21/01/2008

Great description, information and entertainment

Wholly recommendable audio book with information about scientific issues in a very entertaining way. I have enjoyed the book very much as well as the style in which it was written and told by the speaker. Even a subject such as chemistry which I always dreaded in school had taken my interest and awoken the desire to learn more.
Sehr empfehlenswertes Hörbuch mit Informationen über wissenschaftliche Themen die auf sehr unterhaltsame Weise dargestellt werden. Habe das Buch sehr genossen, auch den Stil und den Sprecher. Sogar ein Thema wie Chemie, die ich in der Schule immer gehaßt hatte, wurde duch Bill Bryson interessant.

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  • Global
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Amazon Customer
  • 26/11/2006

fun to listen

this audiobook is a really nice thing to listen. However I found that certain topics were too much in focus while others are not that exaustive addressed.

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  • BogdanGarezin
  • 11/03/2019

Very good, a little outdated

The book is wonderful and very informative, however future readers should remember that some of the information presented is somewhat outdated. Would be amazing if a more updated version were available.

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  • Eric M.
  • 02/10/2018

great enlightning book...

... that can also help a young person evaluate what profession to chose.
Really marvelous. And the narrator couldn't be better!

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  • eve
  • 02/09/2018

super gut

Als Naturwissenschaftler super gut. Man findet sehr viel bekanntes wieder. Ich habe das Buch hören sehr genossen.

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  • Arne Lange
  • 11/12/2017

Ein wunderbarer Überblick über viel Wissen

Sehr gut zum Nebenbeihören und Lernen. Gut gesprochen, gut erklärt und umfassend. Definitiv eine Empfehlung

  • Global
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  • Hippogriff
  • Deutschland
  • 05/11/2017

Wundervoll

Eins meiner liebsten Hörbücher. Amüsant, anrührend und Neugierde weckend. Ich bin Mehrfachhörer (bei einem guten Buch entdeckt man jedes Mal Neues); dieses Buch höre ich ungefähr einmal im Jahr und picke mir ein paar Themen raus, um nachzulesen (es war NICHT die Katze des Leuchtturmwärters).
Richard Matthews ist ein sehr angenehmer Sprecher, nicht so übertrieben und hektisch wie andere.

  • Global
    4 out of 5 stars
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  • Julian Gubler
  • 20/01/2017

Sublime narration, story mostly interesting

Gives a representative overview of history from the perspective of science. Chapters are as interesting as the listener/reader is interested in the discussed science discipline (Biology, Astronomy, Chemistry etc.) Narration is sublime.