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  • A Short History of Nearly Everything

  • De : Bill Bryson
  • Lu par : William Roberts
  • Durée : 18 h et 59 min
  • 4,9 out of 5 stars (20 notations)

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    In his latest release, A Short History of Nearly Everything, Bill Bryson compounds the story of human existence, or rather what is known of it so far, into one incredible audiobook expertly narrated by American voice performer William Roberts. Be entertained by even the most complex of discoveries, all broken down in a way that makes them understandable and enlightening. Covering innumerable topics of human achievements, you will be tremendously inspired by the significance these discoveries have had on life as we know it today. Available now from Audible.

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    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.
    ©2003 Bill Bryson (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

    Commentaires

    "To read Bryson is to travel with a memoirist gifted with wry observation and keen insight that shed new light on things we mistake for commonplace. To accompany the author as he travels with the likes of Charles Darwin on the Beagle, Albert Einstein or Isaac Newton is a trip worth taking." (Publishers Weekly)
    "Stylish [and] stunningly accurate prose....Brims with strange and amazing facts...destined to become a modern classic of science writing." (The New York Times)

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    Excellent !

    Really enjoyed this. Learned a lot from it. Great reader.
    This is for me a must read/hear!

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    One of the best books of my life! Highly recommend

    I finished this book a few weeks ago, but I was unable to organize my thoughts to explain how good this book is. And even now, I feel that there is nothing I can say that does justice to this beautiful work of science. All I can say is: read it, you will not regret it.
    This book is one of the best discoveries of my life. It is a book that I will certainly return to. It is not for everyone. If you like science, it is for you. Physics, chemistry, geology, astrology, paleontology, archeology, biology and all the ramifications of these scientific areas.

    It tackles subjects like the origin of the universe, the solar system, the size of the earth, the age of the earth, the natural elements that constitute what we are and allow our existence, matter, chemical elements and the periodic table, atoms, astrology, the earth movement, the different dangers on earth, the center of the earth, the loneliness of our planet, the origin of life, extinction, the war of fossils, cells, DNA, the origin and evolution, the names of science, etc.
    The reading is very accessible, fast and simple, and if you like science, if you are curious about the world that surrounds you, about the origin of things, about life, I think you will love this book.

    Some parts are very entertaining, and other parts show some dark realities of science such as the elitism / racism / sexism of science that for centuries was accessible only to white men; the ego in science; the religion that was an obstacle to many scientific advances.

    A true scientist is one who is willing to question his preconceptions.

    Something we are constantly reminded of during this reading is how little we know. How little we know about us, about the world around us, about the universe, about the animals with which we share this planet. It is frustrating to know that I will never know enough. All I would like to do is create a time machine and go to the beginning, you know, and watch it all happen, because no matter how much I learn, it will never be enough. Science is frustrating but it also is fascinating.

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    • dj
    • 08/02/2005

    Torn on this one...

    I will first admit that I really like Bill Bryson and own all of his books - even "Palace Under the Alps". With that in mind, it won't be a surpise when I tell you "A Short History" is something pretty magical - it's helped to open my eyes to much in the world around me.

    So why am I torn? Normally I detest Abridged books - I like books I can get deeply involved in and enjoy over a period of time. However, as with his other books, Bryson himself reads only the Abridged version of "A Short History" - and if you haven't heard him read his own material - well you really should. His droll, dry wit is best delivered by his own tounge.

    So, my solution was to acquire both versions of "A Short History" and I've enjoyed both - but I leave the Bryson read Abridged version in my car and listen to it from time to time - I don't see myself doing the same with the Unabridged version.

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    • Marius
    • 30/08/2005

    Superbly whimsical

    A superbly whimsical miscellany of knowledge. The narrator matches the style of Bill Bryson impeccably. The range of subjects covered is wide, and the treatment of each is first class. If every child starting high school listened to this before choosing subjects, there would be a far greater enrolment in the sciences. Whether you're a kid of 9 or 90, you will find this fascinating. I cannot resist a minor quibble - the wealth of Johannesburg was not based on diamonds, but gold. The South African city founded on diamonds is Kimberly, whence the term Kimberlite, the volcanic rock that frequently yields diamonds. That aside, what a great book.

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    • P Shveid
    • 17/02/2009

    Long and Fun.

    If youre interested in science in general this is a great book.
    The price for over 15 hrs is a great buy.
    Imposible to listen in one sesion.
    Buy it, dont be chicken.

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    • Steve
    • 14/03/2005

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    This is indeed one of the best books I have had the good fortune to read and also one of the best narrations from all of my Audible purchases.

    All Audible customers should consider purchasing this book, whether or not you are history fans. The book is captivating, once you start listening you will not be able to stop -

    be prepared to have your life disrupted!!!

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      4 out of 5 stars
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    • Tushan
    • 30/09/2008

    A short history of nearly everything

    Very interestingly written and captures / sustains your attention much of the time. On occasion the digrassions can be a little distracting but, these are rare occurances. It provides historical context to the development of the subject matter and is very enlightening on the many personalities whose individual efforts contributed to the whole.

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    • Stewert
    • 04/04/2006

    Outstanding.....

    Every human being should listen to this book. Not only will it make you appreciate just how far we have come as a species, and how lucky we are to be here (so many other species failed to survive). It will also make you realise that there is so far we have yet to go and just how wrong we can be, and occasionally, right.

    An amazing insight into "the only planet you will ever know".

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    • Donn Edwards
    • 08/09/2005

    Thorough, and thoroughly enjoyable

    I found the abridged version fascinating, and enjoyed the unabridged version even more, even though it is quite a marathon. The narrator does tend to be a bit dry, but not unbearably so.

    I found it extremely fair and did great justice to the Creation vs Evolution debate, and covers and explains a vast array of human knowledge in a few hours.

    My own conclusion is that the universe was created, AND it evolved, much in the same way as light is both a particle AND a wave. To insist on one or the other is simply bad science. Bill Bryson's book is well written and well read, and I'm glad I bought it.

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    • Global
      5 out of 5 stars
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    • Z
    • 10/08/2005

    My favourite audio book so far

    This is my favourite audio book from audible so far. At first the narrator was slightly irritating, he sounds like the kind of "crazy professor" types they get to host pop science shows for kids, but after a while he grew on me, and in the end I think it was very well narrated.

    The actual content is far too wide ranging to cover specifically in a short review. But it follows a coherent path about all those little tidbits of the history of our planet, our species and our universe, that everyone should know, but most of us never bothered to investigate.

    Even though this is probably one of the longest audio books on this site, you'll still be wanting more when it's over. If you're interested in the general topics I mentioned, and just want a nice, "for the average person with an interest in science" presentation of this material, you'll thoroughly enjoy this audio book.

    It rarely strays into the extremely technical or detailed, but still conveys the main thrust of the ideas. I highly rate this book, the writing is good, and there were times I laughed out loud, at the authors humour which kind of sneaks up on you.

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    • Jackie
    • 10/01/2013

    Bill Bryson as always is excellent

    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Although I enjoyed the book, I'm not sure that I got the unabridged version. It was supposed to be 19 hours and I only got 6 hours. What did I miss?

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    • Denis
    • 24/06/2008

    A Short History of Nearly Everything

    This is a well researched and entertaining story. Bryson has an absolute knack for turning the boring into the interesting. It is clear that his interest and passion for this enormous subject grew during the construction of the book. Its a different Bill Bryson and I like it. BUT I am not a fan of the reader. OK I'm from Australia but I enjoy a lot of american reads. This one is very difficult to put up with for long stretches. It needs to be read with a fun lively attitude. Sadly this one did not. I have the printed book too which I love to pick up and read. If you can stand the reader, get the audio book!

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      5 out of 5 stars
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    • Berthold Meier
    • 24/06/2005

    Naturwissenschaft und Historie

    Dieses sehr interessante Buch gibt sehr viele Einblicke in naturwissenschafliche Zusammenhänge und ihre Deutung im historischen Zusammenhang. Ich fand dieses Buch sehr gut, obwohl man manchmal aufgrund der vielen Fakten den Faden verlieren kann. Diese Buch ist aber ansonsten auch für Laien verständlich, da ja auch Bill Bryson kein ausgebildeter Naturwissenschaftler oder Historiker ist. Er ist einfach interessiert und fasziniert von den Zusammenhängen im Mikro- und Makrokosmos und der Entdeckung dieser Zusammenhänge durch uns Menschen. Diese Buch ist uneingeschränkt empfehlenswert für alle neugierigen Zeitgenossen.

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      5 out of 5 stars
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    • Koenich von D
    • 20/06/2013

    Toller Vorleser ...

    Ich hatte das Buch vor einigen Jahren gelesen und fand die Ansammlung so vieler Fakten zu vielen verschiedenen Themen sehr anregend.
    Das Buch hat Neugier auf einzelne Themen geweckt, die ich weiterverfolgt habe.

    Da das Buch so viel Information enthält, muss es eigentlich mehrfach gelesen werden, wenn man nicht über ein wirklich gutes Gedächtnis verfügt.
    Das Buch war nur geliehen (und mittlerweile pflichtschuldig zurückgegeben). Also wurde mein eigenes Exemplar das Hörbuch.

    Störten mich beim Lesen noch die vielen Abschweifungen in das Privatleben der historischen Helden der Wissenschaft (Geplauder und Fakten halten sich ungefähr die Waage), hatte ich beim Hören den Eindruck, dass es gerade diese kleinen Exkurse sind, die das Hörerlebnis so kurzweilig machten.

    Auch der wirklich fantastische Sprecher trägt sein Teil dazu bei. Er liest deutlich, pointiert und mit offensichtlicher Begeisterung für Brysons Schreibstil.

    Ich bin mir sicher, dass ich dieses Hörbuch noch einige Male hören werde.

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      5 out of 5 stars
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    • mango11
    • 06/03/2006

    Wissensvermittlung pur mit Humor und Ironie

    Dies ist ein wirklich außergewöhnliches Buch! Der Titel klingt ja etwas trocken und großspurig, aber er ist wahr und hält was er verspricht. In diesem Buch wird wirklich alles was man schon immer mal wissen wollte, aber sich nicht zu fragen traute, aufgeführt. Und das Ganze sogar noch auf unterhaltsame Art. Ich kann nicht erklären woran es genau liegt, aber Brysons Art etwas zu erklären ist einmalig! Auch fehlt es nie an Witz und Ironie, die das Zuhören so auflockern. Ich kann dieses Buch nur empfehlen, sogar für die Schule, denn es deckt so ziemlich jeden Fachbereich ab (und man müßte nur ein Schulbuch kaufen!)

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      2 out of 5 stars
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    • Andrew Redmond
    • 22/11/2011

    Great Book/Irritating Reader

    I really enjoyed reading this book when it first came out and was looking forward to listening to it. Normally Bill Bryson reads his own stuff, and I was very disappointed with the reading of William Roberts. He just isn't in Bryson's class and I'd advise anyone thinking of getting this to either read it themselves or wait until the version with Bryson reading arrives!

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      1 out of 5 stars
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    • motoqtreiber
    • 10/04/2010

    Genialer Anfang

    Geniale Einleitung ! Deswegen hatte ich das Buch gekauft. dann aber sterbenslangweilig...
    Statt die Fakten zu bringen, nennt der Autor 1000 Namen von Wissenschaftlern auf dem Weg zu den Fakten und die Geschichte aller Irrtümer und Sackgassen - nicht ohne sich darüber lustig zu machen. Die Fakten selbst bleiben im Hintergrund. Es blieb wenig übrig, was ich mir merken will und das habe ich in Wikipedia besser erklärt gefunden.

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      5 out of 5 stars
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    • Jan Onderwater aus NL
    • 13/11/2019

    Die Weltgeschichte der Wissenschaft & Erfindungen

    Erst mal vorweg: Bill Bryson ist einer meine Lieblingsschriftsteller. Seine Reise und Geschichtsbücher sind sehr originell, unterhaltsam und humorvoll. Ob er Jetzt mit sein freund Katz durch Europa oder die Appalachen zieht, oder erzählt über wie England funktioniert. Er ist in die Lage mich laut lachen zu lassen auch wenn es in ein vollen Zugabteil ist, der Humor ist starker als die Peinlichkeit.

    In dieses Buch geht es über die Weltgeschichte der Wissenschaft und Erfindungen. Er wollte ein Buch schreiben was er selber gerne als Kind in die Schule gehabt hätte, lehrreich, informativ und vor allen, nicht langweilig.

    Nun, das ist gelungen und sogar mehr.

    Von Urknall bis Evolution, vom Spalten des Atoms zu Blei im Benzin, Wie alt die Erde ist und wie man das bestimmt. Oft zoomt er auf die etwas exzentrischen Aspekte der beschriebenen Personen ein, was dem Buch manchmal eine komische Note verleiht. Zum Beispiel beschreibt er, dass Menschen, die sich an den sozial weniger qualifizierten Fritz Zwicky, der Leute sehr gerne beleidigte, überall liegestutze gemacht hat um sein Körperliche Ausdauer zu beweisen, aber auch die Moderne Kosmologie vorm gab. Er fand wenig Beachtung in Wissenschaftliche kreisen, wohl auf zu viele Fußen getreten.

    Bryson hat viel Wert darauf gelegt, ein Buch zu schreiben, das auch für alle interessierte Laien zugänglich ist. Während des Schreibens arbeitete er mit verschiedenen Wissenschaftlern zusammen, um sicherzustellen, dass der Inhalt wissenschaftlich korrekt bleibt.

    Jeder der Neugierig ist sollte dieses Buch lesen.

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      5 out of 5 stars
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    • Anjunor
    • 29/08/2021

    Fun and educational listen, but starts to be dated

    An educational and fun to listen pop-science book on the knowlege we have about "everything" - and the history behind how we got here. BUT it was written around 2005 and some parts are dated, as in some areas we obtained a lot of new knowledge. E.g. the book acknowledges the "planed" New Horizons space mission to Pluto (that was launched 2006 and reached the dwarf planet in 2015), the Large Hadron Collider that "is to be built" and gives a number of around 30 Expolanets that were known at the time (huge progress was made following the launch of the Kepler Spacetelescope in 2009).

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    • Global
      4 out of 5 stars
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    • vrapante
    • 06/07/2011

    good

    if you like bill bryson, this is a good recording. if you don't like his style, keep away. still better than most of his other books.

    1 personne a trouvé cela utile

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    • AT
    • 09/03/2022

    Entertained story and perfectly narrated

    Excellent narration, it highlights the emotions on the right moments and the humor were it is necessary. The story is good, although it only covers things until the early 2000s. Nevertheless, it is really informative and very helpful. I've learned a lot of new things.

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    • Sap
    • 10/02/2020

    Beautifully explained

    I went in to this book with low expectations since I study a science related subject and am already aware of the origins and applications of many concepts, but this book surprised me not only because of the beauty of the explanations and organisation, but also because of how wide the spectrum of topics is! It's not just physics or astronomy or biology, but all of it.
    It truly is a short history of nearly everything!