A Short History of Nearly Everything

A Short History of Nearly Everything

Audiobook CD - 2003
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One of the world's most beloved and bestselling writers takes his ultimate journey -- into the most intriguing and intractable questions that science seeks to answer.

In A Walk in the Woods , Bill Bryson trekked the Appalachian Trail -- well, most of it. In In A Sunburned Country , he confronted some of the most lethal wildlife Australia has to offer. Now, in his biggest book, he confronts his greatest challenge: to understand -- and, if possible, answer -- the oldest, biggest questions we have posed about the universe and ourselves. Taking as territory everything from the Big Bang to the rise of civilization, Bryson seeks to understand how we got from there being nothing at all to there being us. To that end, he has attached himself to a host of the world's most advanced (and often obsessed) archaeologists, anthropologists, and mathematicians, travelling to their offices, laboratories, and field camps. He has read (or tried to read) their books, pestered them with questions, apprenticed himself to their powerful minds. A Short History of Nearly Everything is the record of this quest, and it is a sometimes profound, sometimes funny, and always supremely clear and entertaining adventure in the realms of human knowledge, as only Bill Bryson can render it. Science has never been more involving or entertaining.

From the Hardcover edition.
Publisher: New York : Random House Audio, c2003.
Edition: Abridged.
ISBN: 9780739302941
Characteristics: 5 compact discs :,digital ;,12 cm.


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Feb 06, 2017

It was a very entertaining listen. Bill Bryson is captivating. If only my high school science teaches could have been as engaging. Like a Walk in the Woods and the Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid, this audio book should be well worth your time.

Apr 15, 2011

Bryson does a great job of narrating his own works. The audiobook is very good.

AnneDromeda Jan 25, 2011

I haven’t read or listened to much of Bill Bryson’s work, but what I have gotten around to taking in I’ve liked enormously. A couple years ago I listened to the audiobook version of *A Walk in the Woods*, and found it so funny I had to pull over while driving a couple times because I was laughing too hard to see where I was going. *A Short History of Nearly Everything* may not be quite as funny (although it did have me giggling a fair amount, especially at our noble scientific forefathers), but it more than makes up for this by being so full of wonder. This isn’t to say that *A Short History of Nearly Everything* is by any means starry-eyed or overly cutesy-optimistic. Bryson’s notoriously dry humour keeps that from becoming an issue. His quick wit and excellent base of general knowledge break down the history of the universe and our little blue dot into small, crystalline chunks that even a Lit major like me can handle (an alternate title might have been *Existential Awe and Wonder for Dummies* - there are some very big concepts here that are made understandable by virtue of Bryson’s light touch). I’d recommend this book to anyone without a hard science degree who needs a little dose of old-school, humbling awe to spice up their day.

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