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  • At Home: A Short History of Private Life

  • By: Bill Bryson
  • Narrated by: Bill Bryson
  • Length: 16 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 281
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 249
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 248

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.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best use of a credit

  • By Rachel on 29-07-2015

Good listening<br />

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-08-2018

Good listening as most of Bill Bryson's books. Enlightening and entertaining. A goid picture of life tgrough the ages.

  • A Walk in the Woods

  • By: Bill Bryson
  • Narrated by: William Roberts
  • Length: 9 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 114
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 105
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 104

The Appalachian Trail covers 14 states and over 2,000 miles, snaking through some of the most spectacular landscapes in America. Reluctant adventurer Bryson recounts his gruelling hike along the longest continuous footpath in the world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
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  • By Anonymous User on 11-02-2019

A walk in the woods, without the personal effort.

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5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 29-11-2016

What made the experience of listening to A Walk in the Woods the most enjoyable?

The description of the different areas of bush.

What other book might you compare A Walk in the Woods to, and why?

As good in its descriptions as Down Under.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

The part where the author and his walking companion become separated and look for each other, by trying to think the way the other one does.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

It is more on the adventure side than emotional side.

Any additional comments?

You learn all about bushwalking gear, maps, refuges, portable food and snacks, etc.

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  • Down Under

  • By: Bill Bryson
  • Narrated by: William Roberts
  • Length: 12 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 333
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 308
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 310

Australia has more things that can kill you than anywhere else. Nevertheless, Bill Bryson journeyed to the country and promptly fell in love with it. The people are cheerful, their cities are clean, the beer is cold, and the sun nearly always shines.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent content, xenophobic reading

  • By Henry on 26-06-2015

A funny view of Australia and Australians.

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5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 29-11-2016

Would you listen to Down Under again? Why?

Yes. It is funny and insightful.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Down Under?

A country display, commemorating the life and works of law fugitives.

Which character – as performed by William Roberts – was your favourite?

None in particular as this is a narrative and description of peoples' lives and view of themselves.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Definitely.

Any additional comments?

A good description of Australians by an American.

  • A Short History of Nearly Everything

  • By: Bill Bryson
  • Narrated by: William Roberts
  • Length: 18 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,752
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,575
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,567

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.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not what I expected but brilliant!

  • By Michael on 27-11-2015

A documentary in an audible book

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 29-11-2016

Would you listen to A Short History of Nearly Everything again? Why?

A detailed documentary, without images.

What was one of the most memorable moments of A Short History of Nearly Everything?

Interesting throughout

Which scene did you most enjoy?

The references to Maria Curie

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Doco

Any additional comments?

To read this book would be hard work. It is long, detailed and all-encompassing at the same time. The audio version is just right