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A Short History of Nearly Everything

Written by: Bill Bryson
Narrated by: Bill Bryson
Length: 5 hrs and 48 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (234 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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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Abridged

Wish there was a non-abridged version available on audible Canada. Missing a lot of content.

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A very abbreviated and American version of history

Writing the readers digest version of history would be a daunting task and I question whether its possible. The book is quick to accept a single and simplistic view of many events.

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Mankind’s greatest achievements & foibles

With delightful dry humour, Bryson’s meticulously researched work tells us how we know, what we know, how we came to know it (often in spite of ourselves), and how we still have a lot to learn.

Mandatory reading.

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I listen to audio books to fall asleep

This is an excellently read by the author book. I am 55 years old and have been interested in history since I was a child. I had no idea about so many things that the books talks about. A really good book to help fill in the Cracks of your Knowledge.

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Excellent book

A great book for someone looking to learn about the basics of our origin as a species and how we got to where we are.

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If you have good headphones, and a quiet place... go for it

I didn't have a good experience with Bill Bryson narrating the book, the way the author speak is a little bit hard to understand.
but, the book is a rich content and really covers important topics.

I'm considering buy the kindle book, so I can get more of it.

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One of the most interesting books I’ve read lately

This is an easy to listen and at the same time attention grabbing book. It describes clearly the most important milestones in the existence of our universe, our planet and our race. As the author mentioned, we’re lucky to be here and that’s a great responsibility.

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As good as it gets

I read this book years ago. It was just as good listening to it. I can't recommend it higher than I do.

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lots of packed knowledge

learnt a lot of neat facts that are not taught in schools. very easy to follow as it is very well explained. I found it very addicting and hard to stop listening to.

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Very hard for me to understand this book. I only recommend reading this is you have a good background knowledge in science.

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  • David Steenburg
  • 2017-07-23

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.

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  • Carolyn
  • 2012-01-23

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.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019-04-12

Engaging read

absurd amount of knowledge. condensed without losing any of the interesing bits. communicating in an easy way to understand.

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  • Louis-Philippe
  • 2019-03-20

disapointing

i was expecting a lot more of out this book. not that interesting hor entertaining.

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  • Bloodpickle
  • 2019-01-17

Do not buy this is a short version, not full

Was really disappointed when I realized how much of the actual book was cut from this sham of an audio book

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-01-02

Interesting but really tough to follow

Listened to this on my 1hr commutes. Lots of details with many names and dates, long sentences with above average vocabulary..i.e. words that the average person doesn't understand. Gave up after 2 chapters

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  • Mouchizz
  • 2018-08-03

Best books i ever heard

loved it! best science book ive read in a long time. taught me a lot.

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  • vishnu
  • 2018-04-22

Overall good captivating subject and presentation

some what expected from title it's a general overview for people to these subject , good flow and captivating .

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  • uwais
  • 2017-08-14

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
  • 2017-06-08

my favourite author

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