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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 (217 évaluations)

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An instant New York Times best seller

Named a best book of the year by The Washington Post 

Longlisted for the Pen E.O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award

"Glorious...You will marvel at the brilliance and vast weirdness of your design." (The Washington Post)

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-listen 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)

 Amusingly informative." (Forbes)

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Required reading for the self-aware

We share as humans the fact that we all have the same basic working parts, and just like with machines and objects these parts wear down, get sick and ultimately fail us. This very long but fascinating work will introduce you in detail to every part making up the human body. The last chapters on disease and how we die are awesome and have led me to think a lot more about the miracle of the human body and how it still hides countless mysteries from us.

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Great stories just like Brysons other books

If you like Bryson, you'll like this.
The book seems to endlessly cover just about everything related to the human body. It is at times whimsical, other times quite gory and cringe-worthy, but in a good way. The book kept me captivated and I found so many different interesting topics that made me want to check out in more detail later.
On top of the stories within the book, I find Brysons voice very soothing.

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very interesting

so many great nuggets of information. I love the story lines that go off on s tangent.

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Great book, excellent narration

I really enjoy Bill Bryson’s writing and I was sceptical to see his name as the narrator, but wow he does an excellent work of it. I’ve listened to this one twice and really enjoyed it. A couple of sections are not fully explored, but overall it is excellent and I highly recommend it. I’m a stickler for detail and when I’ve checked some of his facts he was mostly right on.

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  • Jmh
  • 2020-01-07

Bryson Takes on the Human Body

An excellent study of the history of the human body broken up into thematic sections. He does an excellent job of exploring the limitations of what we know, as well as how much there is still to do in medicine (his section on how the female body has been represented in medicine is excellent). His performance is pure Bryson, and I learned so much. Highly recommended.

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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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Compelling and Required Listening!

I will confess my bias up front. I am a huge fan of everything Bill Bryson writes and even more so when he also reads it.

This book was one of my favourites of his, perhaps because it is so well researched and laid out, and perhaps because I happen to have a body and knowing about it is pretty important. From top to bottom and beginning to end – literally in both cases – he provides his trademark mix of crucial insights and useless - but delightful - trivia. As always, it is written with humour and compassion.

As disappointed as I was for it to come to an end, I am heartened by the fact that I will be listening to it again soon.

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Well written, up to date, high yield info, and fun

The book is very well written, easy to listen to in audio format, and overall a fun experience. It is full of high yield, up to date, and relevant information for all those interested in the human body - regardless of previous knowledge or exposure to science subjects. There is also many fun and interesting stories within the book about different patients, physicians, and scientists who contributed to our understanding of the body. I recommend the book to anyone, including lay people interested in understanding the body, scientists, and healthcare professionals of all kind.

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wow! worth listening too many times

fascinating and dense with information. Will be relistening for sure. Some topics covered are a bit heavy so I listened to some sections in shorter sessions.

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Interesting and engagingly written<br />

Enjoyed it very much - it seems an excellent guide to how your body works, and it's filled with interesting anecdotes about the scientists, doctors and patients who've pushed scientific and medical knowledge forward. It also contains warnings about current and future perils including North Americans' high risk lifestyles and our overuse of antibiotics. Some of his detailed descriptions of medical procedures past and present can be a bit cringe- inducing for those of us with good imaginations. All in all, though this is one of the best Audible investments I've made.

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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 ex-pat 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Meddlesome
  • 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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  • 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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  • Newme
  • 2020-02-09

Dear Bill Bryson,

Please PLEASE stop reading your own books. Your enunciation is terrible, cringeworthy! I have to keep rewinding to understand what you’re saying. For the love of god, set your ego aside and let a pro do the reading for you. Do it for your readers. Or soon-to-be-ex-readers, if these narrations don’t improve.

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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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  • 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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