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At Home: A Short History of Private Life

Lu par : Bill Bryson
Durée : 16 h et 32 min
Catégories : Anglais - History, European
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A tremendous look at the very dense but often overlooked history of ordinary, everyday life can be found in the brilliant audiobook At Home: A Short History of Private Life, written and narrated by award-winning and appraised author Bill Bryson. This book delivers the perfect combination of lighthearted entertainment and thoroughly researched facts. Bryson’s beautifully constructed prose brings even the most seemingly insignificant of household items to an entirely exciting front. Listeners will find themselves gazing far more closely and with much more appreciation at the small items that make up much of their daily life. Available now from Audible.

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Here is Bill Bryson’s entertaining and illuminating book about the history of the way we live - complete, unabridged and read by the author.

Bill Bryson was struck one day by the thought that we devote more time to studying the battles and wars of history than to considering what history really consists of: centuries of people quietly going about their daily business. This inspired him to start a journey around his own house, an old rectory in Norfolk, considering how the ordinary things in life came to be. Along the way, he researched the history of anything and everything, from architecture to electricity, from food preservation to epidemics, from the spice trade to the Eiffel Tower, from crinolines to toilets. And he discovered that there is a huge amount of history, interest and excitement - and even a little danger - lurking in the corners of every home.

Where A Short History of Nearly Everything was a sweeping panorama of the world, the universe and everything, At Home peers at private life through a microscope. Bryson applies the same irrepressible curiosity, irresistible wit, stylish prose, and masterful storytelling that made A Short History of Nearly Everything one of the most lauded books of the last decade.

©2010 Bill Bryson (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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  • Utilisateur anonyme
  • 31/07/2018

Interesting content but poor narration

I found the book's subject matter fascinating. However the experience was marred by the narration, which was less than ideal. Bill's enunciation was unclear and muffled, words are slurred, I had difficulty focusing and following along to his voice. It was also rather monotonous. This books needs a different reader.

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  • Andrew
  • 05/09/2012

New Speaker Needed acquire within!

Is there anything you would change about this book?

Bill Bryson is a terrific writer I have everything he has written to-date, however please use a professional reader on future books. Your voice is far too soft lacking in any emotional impact.

What could Bill Bryson have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Find a professional reader!

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Bill Bryson?

William Roberts was great narrating The History of Nearly Everything. Grover Gardner is another name that comes to mind.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

No. The subject matter is too vast and spasmodic.

Any additional comments?

Keep the books coming Bill.

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  • Rachel
  • 22/05/2012

Best use of a credit

I've listened to "a short history of nearly everything" before and I enjoyed "at home" just as much. It's great for listening to in short bursts as each chapter doesn't rely on the previous one, but is explained in such a way that listening for a longer period isn't overwhelming. I can see myself listening to this again as there is no way I will be able to remember all of it after one reading and I think it would be just as enjoyable a second time around. Bill Bryson is a fantastic reader, really drawing you into his superb writing. I couldn't recommend this more.

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  • mr kieran j murphy
  • 21/10/2011

right up my alley

The trivial nature of this book wad right up my alley. If you like finding out about both the history of words and also where everyday objects came from this is the book for you. I am an unabashed Bryson fan, and he has used one of the techniques which makes him such a good travel writer (weaving 'trivial', but fascinating facts throughout a story) to create this book - it is really good.

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  • Steven
  • 03/04/2011

Informative

At Home is informative and educational in quirky sort of way, but doesn't deliver on the humour evident in some of Bryson's other works. Well researched, this book explodes the myths of the refined and gentile times of old. Bryson does a good job of narrating the book, although at times seemed lacking in expression, making the narration a little dull. If you've got a desire to learn all sorts of factiods of life in centuries gone by, then you'll probably enjoy At Home.

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  • David
  • 06/07/2010

Beyond bricks and mortar

Hearing Bill read his book is briefly pure pleasure. He threads patterns, beads and narratives in telling story upon story, ancient and modern. How grateful I am to live now, and not then.The only thing I missed was being able to underline and note some of the aspects of private life.

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  • Dr. Graham C. Mair
  • 22/03/2020

More of a history book than the description indicated

Bill Bryson writes a brief history of the development of life as we know it (from the perspective of British and American history) loosely based on a tour of his house but he expands the narrative way beyond information about the room and the building itself. As always Bryson is an entertaining and sometimes witty writer and this book is never dull or dry and even though it was not my intent to read a history book I am glad I did and learned much, even down to the details of the risks of walking up and down stairs!

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  • Paul Guy
  • 26/04/2019

Throughly Enjoyed

I throughly enjoyed this book, and highly recommended it. Full of many interesting, well researched daily facts and background.

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  • MariusL
  • 08/11/2018

A Short History of British Privacy

Excellent history of British home. Almost nothing to do with the rest of the world. Should say so in the title.

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  • Judith
  • 16/07/2018

Fascinating

I thoroughly enjoyed listening to the author read this book. It’s a compelling, fascinating history of ordinary life and full of wonderful trivia.

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  • Andreas Otruba
  • 10/07/2010

sehr abschweifend

Bryson erzählt seine "Geschichte des häuslichen Lebens" anhand eines Rundgangs durch sein Haus. Eine sehr ansprechende Idee ausgeführt von einem Autor, der seine Leser durchaus in seinen Bann ziehen kann.
Sein Geschichte besteht hauptsächlich aus einer Aneinanderreihung von biographischen Anektoten über britische Persönlichkeiten des 18 und 19 Jahrhunderts.
Das hat viel Charm, aber gleichzeitig verliert Bryson dadurch immer wieder den roten Faden. Zeitweise hat man das Gefühl, dass er Biogrpahien aus einene anderen Büchern hier "recycled" hat (zB Charles Darwin).
Obwohl das Buch damit etwas hinter meinen hohen Erwartungen zurück steht, ist es doch empfehlenswert.

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  • Jan Onderwater aus NL
  • 13/11/2019

Bill Bryson bleibt mal daheim

Mein Lieblings Reiseschriftsteller geht diesmal nicht auf reisen, er bleibt daheim und erzählt in seinen sehr Humorvollen Stil über den altag in unseren Häusern, na, vor allen Britischen Häusern
Die kapitteln sind interessant und erzahlen was du immer schon wissen wolltest aber wo drüber du dich nicht bewusst warst das du es wissen wolltest.
Bill Bryson erzählt selber, was ich immer toll finde, ein Autor der sein eigenes Buch vorliest.

Er Erzahlt unter anderen uber: Das jahr ist 1851, erzahlt über Joseph Paxton's Crystal Palace und die grosse Ausstellung in London von dieses Jahr, Skara Brae, ein Dorf aus der neue Steinzeit in Schottland. Über den Rittersahl, Völkerwanderung, Grubenhauser, Turen, Fenster und Schornsteine, Samuel Pepys, Die Küche, Eis, Dienstpersonal, Sklaverei, Kunstlicht aus Walöl, Kerzen bis zu Elektrisches Licht, Landwirtschaftsmethoden, Das Jethro Tull nicht nur eine Band ist, Möbel, Gewürze und den handel da drin, Skorbut, Beri Beri, Tee, Kaffee, Kanalbau, Hauserbau und Architektur, Stahl, Krankheiten, Ratten und anderes Ungeziefer, den Garten, Friedhofe, Tapete, Farbe, Lebensgefahr auf der Treppe, Schlafen und Sex, Leinen, Wolle, Seide, das erziehen von Kinder im Viktorianischen England, Darwin und vieles, vieles mehr.

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  • J
  • 08/04/2018

Tons of knowledge, interesting and understandable.

A very pleasurable, wide ranging (mildly said) exploration of virtually everything which is in any way related to modern "private life". Historical facts and eye opening, yet funny and entertaining anecdotes provide an enjoyable experience with tons of interesting new learnings (for me, at least).
I'll listen a second time to get all the things that escaped me or I already forgot. No motivation for chores and household work otherwise...

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  • HRbsk
  • 21/06/2012

Ein Erlebnis!

Das Buch wurde mir von einem Bekannten empfohlen, ohne ihn wäre ich womöglich vor mehr als 15 Stunden Englisch hören zurückgeschreckt. Aber es hat sich gelohnt, interssante Gedankengänge, trockener Humor, und Bill Bryson liest wirklich unnachahmlich. Ein Genuss ohne Reue.

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  • Claudia Weller
  • 31/10/2010

Eines der interessantesten Bücher von Bill Bryson

Wer "eine kurze Geschiche von fast allem" mochte, wird von diesem Buch begeistert sein. Bill Bryson beschreibt Dinge des täglichen heimischen Lebens, ihre Geschichte und wie sie sich im Laufe der Zeit entwickelten. Der Zuhörer ist gefesselt von der Beschreibung. Ich habe es auf englisch gehört, Bill Bryson gefällt mir nicht so besonders als Sprecher weil er eine Mischung aus englischem und amerikanischem Englisch hat, aber das ist Geschmackssache. Der Vortragsstil wird trotzdem niemals langweilig und der Text erst recht nicht.

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  • Nicole Brinkmann
  • 21/04/2011

Schwer zu folgen

Ich bin absolut zweisprachig, mein Mann ist Australier und trotzdem fand ich es sehr schwer dem "plot" zu folgen. Nach diesem Download einer Originalversion habe ich mir anschließend geschworen nie mehr eine OV runterzuladen, sondern bei Deutsch zu bleiben. Vor allem, wenn man die Hörbücher im Auto hören will und sich auch noch auf die Strasse konzentrieren möchte, ist es einfach zu hart.
Und ich bin eingefleischter Bill Bryson Fan, deshalb auch noch 3 Sterne.