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The Body

A Guide for Occupants
Auteur(s): Bill Bryson
Narrateur(s): Bill Bryson
Durée: 14 h et 4 min
4.5 out of 5 stars (39 évaluations)

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One of The Washington Post's 50 Most Notable Works of Nonfiction 2019

Bill Bryson, best-selling author of A Short History of Nearly Everything, takes us on a head-to-toe tour of the marvel that is the human body. As addictive as it is comprehensive, this is Bryson at his very best, a must-hear owner's manual for everybody.

Bill Bryson once again proves himself to be an incomparable companion as he guides us through the human body - how it functions, its remarkable ability to heal itself, and (unfortunately) the ways it can fail. Full of extraordinary facts (your body made a million red blood cells since you started reading this) and irresistible Bryson-esque anecdotes, The Body will lead you to a deeper understanding of the miracle that is life in general and you in particular. As Bill Bryson writes, "We pass our existence within this wobble of flesh and yet take it almost entirely for granted." The Body will cure that indifference with generous doses of wondrous, compulsively listenable facts and information.

©2019 Bill Bryson (P)2019 Random House Audio

Ce que les critiques en disent

"Bill Bryson is not so much a discoverer of new lands as a charismatic cartographer of existing ones, smartly mapping points of entry into territory that might otherwise remain impenetrable to curious travelers. With light footed prose, The Body winds its way through the dense terrain of anatomy, physiology, and biochemistry.... The result is an absorbing catalog of the human body in all its firmness and fatality.... The colossal roster of facts on display is dazzling.... Bryson's distinctive voice will likely delight readers eager to go sightseeing around the world they embody." (The American Scholar)

"A delightful tour guide...Bryson's stroll through human anatomy, physiology, evolution, and illness (diabetes, cancer, infections) is instructive, accessible, and entertaining." (Booklist starred review)

"[Bryson] describes the often bewildering mystery of diseases, the science of pain, and the advances made in medical treatment, all with care and concern. Bryson's tone is both informative and inviting, encouraging the reader, throughout this exemplary work, to share the sense of wonder he expresses at how the body is constituted and what it is capable of." (Publishers Weekly starred review)

"A pleasing, entertaining sojourn into the realm of what makes us tick." (Kirkus Reviews)

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A LOT of information!

So much information that I was getting brain overload!! To get around it, I decided to use the book for fun facts/ trivia. That made it easier on my poor head and I'm enjoying it a lot more.

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Excellent

Should be a read for everyone who’s alive. forthright and factual, but also easy to listen to.

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Informative

Struggled to finish, especially last two chapters, a little too morbid. A little too close to home.

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  • J.B.
  • 2019-10-16

Must Read for the Sheer Fun of It

The Body, A Guide for Occupants, written and narrated by Bill Bryson. If you are a Bill Bryson reader, you know his style and quippy manner of writing. Always a joy, no matter what his subject matter. For you, Bryson fans, just stop reading now, buy the book and add a joyful undertaking to your life. You will not be disappointed; this is a full circuit informational source of data about the body, done by analyzing each system of its makeup, organ by organ, function by function, bacterium by a bacterium and done with typical Bryson élan.

For those of you who do not know Bill Bryson; its time to learn. His writing comes with energy, style, and enthusiasm, and a smack of ironic and flip intelligence. Yet, he is always easy to understand. No high flaunting words, just good British syntax. (He is an American expat to Britain.) More important is the fact that when he covers a subject, he gets you all you need to know, and I do mean all the information you may need. As to the science of our bodies, he gives you in a manner that lets the layman know what a chief physician needs to know.

Two last points. If you are a person committed to exercising, dieting, or just an ordinary hypochondriac this is a sourcebook for truly understanding your ailment. Bill Bryson is a pretty good reader, as well.

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  • john
  • 2019-10-19

Very well done

I learned a lot. Detailed, but not boring. Bryson did his research, but kept it interesting.

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  • Lindsey Cobb
  • 2019-10-21

Bill Bryson is the best!

Lovely informative book, narrated by the author (so it has his wry sense of humor included in speech).

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  • Barbara Stanbro
  • 2019-10-28

Fascinating

A very interesting review. I learned a lot I didn’t know. Glad he’s reading his own book. I’ve found other narrators annoying, and his words in his own voice are preferable to this listener.

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  • Samantha
  • 2019-10-28

Treat your body well

"You are gone, but it was good while you lasted, isn't it?"
- Last words of the book

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  • Jack
  • 2019-10-20

Nicely detailed yet Fascinating

As a physician I am gratified to hear such a clear depiction of the history of the human body.

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  • ScratchGolfer
  • 2019-10-28

Great information

This is an outstanding listen if you want information on how the body works. I don't understand how Bill Bryson is able to gather so much information for his books. Like a couple of his prior works, I will listen to this book over and over because I learn something new with each listen. I have listened to his books At Home and A Short History of Nearly Everything numerous times. I would like to thank him for writing them.

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  • Buretto
  • 2019-10-27

Informative, but not really the best Bryson

I love Bill Bryson, but this book just doesn't have the charm or appeal of most of his other works. In my opinion, he's best in the language and travel books, where he can express his dry wit in a more personal way, speaking from experience. There is no question that he is an engaging storyteller and makes his subjects very accessible to the audience. But unlike with books by, say, Richard Feynman, Carl Sagan or Sam Harris, for example, who have presented access into specific subjects of their expertise, I was never quite able to shake the idea that Bryson is merely a conduit of recently (though very thoroughly) researched information about the body. There are some clever moments, and a few intriguing stories, but the book mostly consists of lectures on anatomy, pathology, endocrinology, etc., albeit by an amiable professor.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-11-03

Do no harm!

Simply fascinating and in depth look into the body. Easy to understand. This book will leave you with the impression that the well intentioned doctors have been wrong in many instances and serious missteps have been made along the way. We still know very little but are making progress.

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  • David
  • 2019-10-31

Wow! Could you make it sound more doomsday.

Don’t expect to feel good after listening to this book. We’re all doomed ! Makes it sound like being a human is the worst thing you can be. How more bout info on other stuff other than cancer. And heart disease, and diabetes. I would of liked more about how the body works, other than how we’re gonna die.

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