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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.

Critiques

"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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  • Global
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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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  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
  • 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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  • Global
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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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  • Global
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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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  • Global
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Global
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  • Philip
  • 12/08/2005

Good Read

What a great introduction to science. Bryson's great skill is to make a complicated subject enjoyable and easy to understand. Some of the most memorable moments in the book come from the stories of the various scientests detailed. A great read (listen!)

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  • Global
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  • Simon
  • 14/06/2005

A fascinating insight into (almost) everything...

A great listen and read well by William Roberts. Every chapter was packed full of amazing facts that made me just want to listen on. There were very few dull moments and the highlights more than easily out-weighed these. So much of the book has interested me and made me want to learn more on the many subjects covered in the book. You don't necessarily need any prior knowledge on the subjects and is spoken on a intermidiate level. The unabridged version is great, only I wish it went on for longer! I am anticipating another listen later this year - it's that good.

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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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  • Global
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  • Berthold Meier
  • Rietberg, Deutschland
  • 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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  • Andrew Redmond
  • Berlin
  • 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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  • Global
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  • vrapante
  • Passau, Deutschland
  • 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.

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  • Anonymer Hörer
  • 04/07/2018

Update the info

Wonderful book! the only problem I can see is that many parts of the book are now outdated. A good example is that Pluto is still referred to as a planet in the book. Would be amazing if the book is updated in a new volume.

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  • taigatrommel
  • 19/04/2018

A bit dated but gripping and well aged.

Very comprehensive and entertaining. Bryson tells Earth and life's history in a very humorous and knowledgable way. Paired with William Robert's performance this is a brillian audio book. Of course, there have been developments and discoveries he could only hint at or could not have seen coming, e.g. the proof of the Higgs Bozon and of gravitational waves, or the return of H1N1.

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  • Mahdi Hamad
  • 14/03/2018

very good book but gets 3 stars

The book is very good and has alot of interesting topics. However i gave it 3 stars since some times i felt bored while listing to too much details

  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Elizabeth Duck
  • Weimar, Thüringen, Germany
  • 13/06/2017

Amazingly insightful!

For everyone who seeks information _with_ understanding this is the perfect overview and a very good starting point for further own research/reading.

  • Global
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  • Andreas Teschner
  • 12D Bush Street, Musselburgh, EH21 6DB UK
  • 29/03/2017

Just a great book.

The level of detail though breathtaking is just right. The book is also vastly enriched through many anecdotes making it very personal.

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  • Riedel
  • 28/01/2017

Best way to get interested in science

A really interesting book about the development of our modern world view. Whether you feel attracted by science or not: I highly recommend this book to everyone. It gives a short introduction to the different fields of science including biology, geology, anthropology etc. It's easy to comprehend yet highly motivating to learn more. In between the author entertainingly highlights the character of various scientists which vary from rather normal to extremely peculiar. The book also reflects the ongoing controversy in different fields and all the things we just don't know.