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A Short History of Nearly Everything Audiobook

A Short History of Nearly Everything

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A Short History of Nearly Everything is Bill Bryson’s quest to find out everything that has happened from the Big Bang to the rise of civilization - how we got from there, being nothing at all, to here, being us. His challenge is to take subjects that normally bore the pants off most of us and see if there isn't some way to render them comprehensible to people who have never thought they could be interested in science.

It's not so much about what we know, as about how we know what we know. How do we know what is in the centre of the Earth, or what a black hole is, or where the continents were 600 million years ago? How did anyone ever figure these things out?

On his travels through time and space, Bill Bryson takes us with him on the ultimate eye-opening journey and reveals the world in a way most of us have never seen it before.

©2003 Bill Bryson (P)2003 Random House Audiobooks

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    Amazon Customer 25/07/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "Unputdownable"

    my 45 minute drive to work used to be a hassle but with this playing I wanted it to be a five hour drive.

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    Casey 03/04/2017
    Casey 03/04/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "A commentary on the universes history"

    Bill Bryson took me on a journey to scrape the surface of almost every field of science that has existed in our history. Their triumphs, shortcomings and peculiar stories of improbability. Would reccomend to anyone who has the desire to create a sizable, yet shallow breadth of knowledge into everything at once

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    "Get it"

    As entertaining and informative Carl Sagan/Neil Degrasse Tyson's cosmos in audio form. If i could have one person narrate the rest of my life to me, it would very much be bill.

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    Sam 09/05/2016
    Sam 09/05/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "Generalist Overview of Nearly Everything"

    The book is extremely well written and quite well narrated. Covers off on the major scientific spheres, and the current understanding of the earth, it's natural processes, and the history of the cosmos. Avoids the cultural, political and religious spheres in the main, but overall a comprehensive look in an understandable manner of the current scientific knowledge and the major leaps and bounds along the way. Thoroughly enjoyable to listen to.

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    Rohan 29/04/2015
    Rohan 29/04/2015 Member Since 2015
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    "Everyone in the world should read this book."

    If you ever get around to reading just one book from cover to cover then this should be it.

    This book touches on so many great things in not only human history but goes back to the dawn of time. Although it's getting a little old (2003) it is still very much relevant and in nearly all matters current.
    It is a brilliant piece of writing. Do yourself a favor and read it.

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    Jim 12/04/2015
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    "Amazing amalgamation of the history of science"

    Bill Bryson wonderfully creates (and narrates) an engaging recount of the history of science, including its overwhelming triumphs and also controversies and falsehoods.

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  • Carolyn
    Perth, Australia
    23/01/12
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    "If you only own one audio book, this is it!"

    This book was a little hard going as text but completely comes to life when read by Bill Bryson. I love it and have listened to it several times.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • David Steenburg
    23/07/17
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    "Abridged!"

    Nothing indicated this was abridged until the closing credits. My only disappointment. I had read this before and some of my favorite parts were missing.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • uwais
    14/08/17
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    "Great primer on the history of the world"

    Very interesting content. Primarily about how the universe, galaxies, earth was created and then moves onto some of the most important discoveries made about living things. The authors voice is a bit monotone and at times the content is packed with names of discoverers, academics, etc., which makes it a bit difficult to follow. All in all a good audiobook.

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  • heather
    8/06/17
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    "my favourite author"

    Love. if Bryson was my teacher, I would take every subject imaginable, and go to school forever.

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  • Jason Proulx
    30/05/17
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    "Mr. Bryson is a master storyteller."

    Highly recommended for anyone who would like to understand difficult and often dry details of some of the worlds most profound scientific discoveries. he takes on the task with wit, insight and even humor . Truly a master of the written craft .

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  • Amazon Customer
    1/05/17
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    "very good and informative"

    I was amazed by how little we know about the world around us.Excellent narration by the author.

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  • Amazon Customer
    5/07/16
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    "Fun Detailed and Ironic"

    Get all of time with no stone unturned, or connection missed, all time in all its contrasts, ironies, and paradigms. The facts come as surprises as a smooth narrative plays with the truth blowing in the winds of change and chance.

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  • Juan
    13/05/16
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    "Amazing vioj"

    This must be my favorite book ever I have read it 7 times and own 3 copies and now an audio version as well. Loved that it was read by the author and wished I knew Bill Bryson then I could own a signed copy as well! I recommend it to anyone who loves natural sciences combined with some fun wit and explanations.

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    20/05/15
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    "An easy understanding towards the knowing world."

    Easy to understand... anekdotes...insight of the world of exploration and research. A very lovely book tot discover. I loved it!

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  • Macarios
    27/04/15
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    "True to the title"

    Very informative and geeky yet really easy to follow, there's a subtle sense of humour throughout the book that makes it all the more enjoyable. If you're into sciencey/historic books but can't stand the booooring tone of most educational books, this one will keep you hooked.

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  • Matt
    Stoke On TrentUnited Kingdom
    15/12/10
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    "I love it"

    I have had this audiobook for several months and have listened to it many times. I personally do not understand the criticism some people have made of the book being boring etc. I have read the physical book also and think this is a very interesting work throughout...but then maybe that is just me and my love of trivia.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • William
    Burgess Hill, United Kingdom
    27/04/10
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    "Superb"

    Bill Brysons enthusiasm and wit permeate every page of this book. The awards and paudits it has received are well deserved. The audio book races along at a good pace and the narrator captures the dryness of Brysons humour.
    The book seeks to explain, in an accessible way, how science got to where it is today, some of the false trails that were followed and what is still unknown. Bill Bryson starts from the standpoint of his own youthful wonder at how scientists could possibly know what they did. His book is a personal voyage of discovery - the viewpoint of an enthusiastic layperson.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Chris
    United Kingdom
    22/09/10
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    "Lighter work that the paper version"

    I tried reading this book, but frankly, struggled somewhat.

    As for the audiobook, Bill Bryson?s (own) enthusiastic voice and light-hearted approach to unveiling a short history of scientific discoveries, held me entertained for many hours during my long commute to and from work.

    What?s brilliant about the audiobook is that if you miss something or don?t quite grasp something first time around, then it?s easy to just skip back a little and listen again. I found Bryson?s language and style to be pitched just right ? neither too highbrow nor the opposite, such that I have already listened through twice.

    One final note, being first published in 2003, there are aspects of the book that are already beginning to date ? or rather, there?s a noticeable absence of more up to date references here and there. For example, in his overview of particle physics, as a listener you?re dying to hear a witty Bryson quip about the Large Hadron Collider at CERN (which of course wasn?t around when he wrote the book). I?m left hoping that Bryson will update this history, but don?t be put off ? it?s still an excellent, mind blowing short history of nearly everything (scientific).

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • J C Perrett
    7/06/15
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    "If you have to only read one book ... this is it! "

    This book was a great listen and aptly named. I will retread. Doesn't lecture at you or condescend, just lays out information in a palatable manner. Highly recommended.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Toby
    Southampton, United Kingdom
    13/04/13
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    "Great book"

    Awesome book to listen to, I look forward to listening to others in the short history series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Maeve
    manchester, United Kingdom
    31/05/12
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    "Enjoyed this more than I thought I would"

    I choose this audio book after my brother recommended. I wasnt convinced - but I gave it ago and got into it after a while. I was sorry in the end that I had chosen the abridged version - as its all the same when you have a credit - and its the kind of book you can do in chunks.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Linda
    Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, United Kingdom
    15/11/10
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    "Even I understood this!!"


    I have this book in hardback and it was one of the ones I was 'going to read' - having read the first 5 or so pages I thought I was going to enjoy it but never got around to reading it. After suffering sleepless nights, to stop myself getting up and wondering around the house I downloaded this as my first book. I have tried to read Marcus Chown and Stephen Hawking - so far to no avail. I found Bill Bryson easy on the ear and very listenable. I enjoyed it immensely - and I could understand it - all of it - even the bits about atoms!! It's true Quantum Mechanics cannot hurt you and it hurts you even less if you start with an introduction from Bill Bryson. He is down to earth and humerous and I could listen to his voice all night (and have done!).

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Russell
    18/07/17
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    "The book that transformed my life!"

    Amazing collection of facts and leading edge thinking. Every religious person should read this book! Thank you Bill.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Graham
    27/01/17
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    "Nice, Bill Bryson does it again."

    I loved this book. If you like history and factual lectures, try this book. Awesome!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Will
    4/11/16
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    "Gotta love a bit of Bill."

    The story of everything, what's not to love?

    If you don't take life too seriously but also enjoy learning about life's mysteries, then I would happily recommend this, or indeed any of Bill Bryson's work.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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