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    • 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 1,681
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,510
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,503

    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

    Non-member price: $32.77

    • Bill Bryson's Appliance of Science

    • By: Bill Bryson
    • Length: 1 hr and 40 mins
    • Original Recording
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      5 out of 5 stars 10
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    Sunday Times best-selling author of A Short History of Nearly Everything, Bill Bryson, teams up with The Science Museum to celebrate the ideas and inventions of the incurably curious. Across this five-episode series, Bill Bryson, with the help of The Science Museum's curators, takes us object-by-object through some of the museum's lesser known inventions and discoveries - and the human stories behind them.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Interesting.

    • By DJMarksman on 05-04-2019

    Non-member price: $20.28

    • Down Under

    • By: Bill Bryson
    • Narrated by: William Roberts
    • Length: 12 hrs and 8 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 305
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 283
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 284

    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

    Non-member price: $30.74

    • 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 262
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 234
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 233

    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

    Non-member price: $32.77

    • A Short History of Nearly Everything

    • By: Bill Bryson
    • Narrated by: Bill Bryson
    • Length: 5 hrs and 48 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 135
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 119
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 118

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • An aptly titled book.

    • By Anonymous User on 23-12-2018

    Non-member price: $28.11

    • The Lost Continent

    • Travels In Small Town America
    • By: Bill Bryson
    • Narrated by: William Roberts
    • Length: 10 hrs and 12 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 70
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 66
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      4 out of 5 stars 66

    Hardly anyone ever leaves Des Moines, Iowa. But Bill Bryson did, and after 10 years in England he decided to go home, to a foreign country. In an ageing Chevrolet Chevette, he drove nearly 14,000 miles through 38 states to compile this hilarious and perceptive state-of-the-nation report on small-town America.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Half glass empty.

    • By G. Harvey on 21-08-2017

    Non-member price: $30.74

    • 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 111
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 102
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 101

    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

    Non-member price: $30.74

    • Made in America

    • By: Bill Bryson
    • Narrated by: William Roberts
    • Length: 18 hrs and 10 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 61
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 56
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 56

    In Made in America, Bryson de-mythologizes his native land, explaining how a dusty hamlet with neither woods nor holly became Hollywood, how the Wild West wasn't won, why Americans say 'lootenant' and 'Toosday', how Americans were eating junk food long before the word itself was cooked up, as well as exposing the true origins of the G-string, the original $64,000 question, and Dr Kellogg of cornflakes fame.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Very entertaining account of American vocabulary

    • By Aileen on 03-07-2015

    Non-member price: $32.77

    • Shakespeare

    • The World as a Stage
    • By: Bill Bryson
    • Narrated by: Bill Bryson
    • Length: 5 hrs and 27 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 41
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 38
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 37

    Shakespeare's life, despite the scrutiny of generations of biographers and scholars, is still a thicket of myths and traditions, some preposterous, some conflicting, arranged around the few scant facts known about the Bard: from his birth in Stratford to the bequest of his second best bed to his wife when he died.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Enjoyable, fun, & informative

    • By Ballina Beach on 11-04-2016

    Non-member price: $13.26

    • The Road to Little Dribbling

    • More Notes From a Small Island
    • By: Bill Bryson
    • Narrated by: Nathan Osgood
    • Length: 13 hrs and 56 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 137
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 131
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 130

    Twenty years ago Bill Bryson went on a trip around Britain to celebrate the green and kindly island that had become his adopted country. The hilarious book that resulted, Notes from a Small Island, was taken to the nation’s heart and became the best-selling travel book ever and was voted in a BBC poll the book that best represents Britain. Now, to mark the 20th anniversary of that modern classic, Bryson makes a brand-new journey around Britain to see what has changed.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Typical Bryson

    • By Jan on 22-10-2015

    Non-member price: $43.70

    • A Walk in the Woods

    • By: Bill Bryson
    • Narrated by: Bill Bryson
    • Length: 5 hrs and 58 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 85
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 80
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 79

    The Appalachian Trail covers 14 states, and over 2,000 miles. It stretches along the East Coast of the United States, from Maine in the north to Georgia in the south. It is famous for being the longest continuous footpath in the world. (Compare this with the Pennine Way, which is a mere 250 miles long.) It snakes through some of the wildest and most spectacular landscapes in America, as well as through some of its most poverty-stricken and primitive backwoods areas.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Wonderful

    • By josh on 01-07-2018

    Non-member price: $31.21

    • Neither Here nor There

    • By: Bill Bryson
    • Narrated by: William Roberts
    • Length: 9 hrs and 10 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 46
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 41
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 43

    In Neither Here nor There Bill Bryson brings his unique brand of humour to bear on Europe as he shoulders his backpack, keeps a tight hold on his wallet, and journeys from Hammerfest, the northernmost town on the continent, to Istanbul on the cusp of Asia.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Too Too Droll

    • By Amazon Customer on 24-08-2017

    Non-member price: $28.87

    • The Body

    • A Guide for Occupants
    • By: Bill Bryson
    • Narrated by: Bill Bryson
    • Length: Not Yet Known
    • Unabridged
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    In the best-selling, prize-winning A Short History of Nearly Everything Bill Bryson achieved the seemingly impossible by making the science of our world both understandable and entertaining to millions of people around the globe. Now he turns his attention inwards to explore the human body, how it functions and its remarkable ability to heal itself. Full of extraordinary facts and astonishing stories The Body: A Guide for Occupants is a brilliant, often very funny attempt to understand the miracle of our physical and neurological make up.

    Non-member price: $28.87

    • Notes From a Small Island

    • By: Bill Bryson
    • Narrated by: William Roberts
    • Length: 10 hrs and 29 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 63
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 59
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 59

    After nearly two decades in Britain, Bill Bryson, the acclaimed author of such best sellers as The Mother Tongue and Made in America, decided it was time to move back to the United States for a while. This was partly to let his wife and kids experience life in Bryson's homeland, and partly because he had read that 3.7 million Americans believed that they had been abducted by aliens at one time or another. It was thus clear to him that his people needed him.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Laugh out loud

    • By Jennifer A Garley on 22-11-2018

    Non-member price: $30.74

    • At Home

    • A Short History of Private Life
    • By: Bill Bryson
    • Narrated by: Bill Bryson
    • Length: 6 hrs and 22 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 10
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 8

    In At Home, Bill 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, and delivers one of the most entertaining and illuminating books ever written about the history of the way we live. Bill Bryson was struck one day by the thought that we devote a lot 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 – eating, sleeping and merely endeavouring to get more comfortable.

    • A Short History of Private Life
    • By: Bill Bryson
    • Narrated by: Bill Bryson
    • Length: 6 hrs and 22 mins
    • Release date: 27-05-2010
    • 5 out of 5 stars 10 ratings

    Non-member price: $29.97

    • Notes From a Big Country

    • By: Bill Bryson
    • Narrated by: William Roberts
    • Length: 9 hrs and 19 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 22
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 19
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      5 out of 5 stars 18

    After moving back to the States, Bryson started to write a column for The Mail on Sunday Night and Day magazine. This is a collection of these column entries. Bryson writes about everything from everyday chores, to suing people, the beach, TV, movies, air conditioners, college, Americana, injury dangers, wasting resources, and holiday seasons.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • as good as expected

    • By Kindle Customer on 11-09-2017

    Non-member price: $28.87

    • One Summer

    • America 1927
    • By: Bill Bryson
    • Narrated by: Bill Bryson
    • Length: 17 hrs and 3 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 115
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 109
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 107

    One Summer: America, 1927, is the new book by Britain’s favourite writer of narrative nonfiction, Bill Bryson. Narrated by the man himself, One Summer takes you to the summer when America came of age, took centre stage, and changed the world forever. In the summer of 1927, America had a booming stock market, a president who worked just four hours a day, a semi-crazed sculptor with a plan to carve four giant heads into a mountain called Rushmore, a devastating flood of the Mississippi, a sensational murder trial, and a youthful aviator named Charles Lindbergh who started the summer wholly unknown, and finished it as the most famous man on Earth.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • A Summer more or less

    • By Cainsy on 17-05-2015

    Non-member price: $34.94

    • Neither Here Nor There

    • Travels in Europe
    • By: Bill Bryson
    • Narrated by: Bill Bryson
    • Length: 5 hrs and 38 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 5
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      5 out of 5 stars 5

    You'll stop at Europe's most diverting and historic locales and view the Old World through Bryson's tourist eye view in this affectionate, blisteringly insightful, and riotously funny pilgrimage from the frozen wastes of Scandinavia to the chaotic tumult of Istanbul.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Travel with Humour

    • By P on 06-02-2015

    Non-member price: $31.15

    • Eine kurze Geschichte von fast allem

    • By: Bill Bryson
    • Narrated by: Oliver Rohrbeck
    • Length: 21 hrs and 20 mins
    • Unabridged
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      5 out of 5 stars 4
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      5 out of 5 stars 4

    Wie groß ist eigentlich das Universum? Was wiegt unsere Erde? Und wie ist das überhaupt möglich - die Erde zu wiegen? In seinem großen Hörbuch nimmt uns Bestsellerautor Bill Bryson mit auf eine atemberaubende Reise durch Raum und Zeit: Er erklärt uns den Himmel und die Erde, die Sterne und die Meere, und nicht zuletzt die Entstehungsgeschichte des Menschen.

    Non-member price: $38.90

    • The Life & Times of the Thunderbolt Kid

    • By: Bill Bryson
    • Narrated by: Bill Bryson
    • Length: 7 hrs and 27 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 51
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 47
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 47

    Bill Bryson's hilarious memoir of growing up in middle America in the Fifties, complete, unabridged and read by the author. Born in 1951 in the middle of the United States, Des Moines, Iowa, Bill Bryson is perfectly positioned to mine his memories of a totally all-American childhood for 24 carat memoir gold.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Thoroughly enjoyable

    • By Jeff on 02-01-2017

    Non-member price: $23.87

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