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A Short History of Nearly Everything

Written by: Bill Bryson
Narrated by: Bill Bryson
Length: 5 hrs and 48 mins
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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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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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Advanced

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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Enjoyed It.

Read this book several years ago and the second time around was just as enjoyable. Bill's writing style is ready to take in.

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niceeee

Really dank book. I mean WOW, (like really spankin' great. Ten out of ten. amazing.

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a very interesting listen

if you would like to know a little bit of a lot of things, listen to this book.

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An eye opener...

to what we know (and don't). A lot to remember, and yet I want more!

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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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  • Bloodpickle
  • 2019-01-17

This isn't the full book. Just a bridged version

I was very disappointed when I found out this was a bridged version and there another audio book on here with the same name but difrent reader that is 17 hours long

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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.

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  • Jason Proulx
  • 2017-05-30

Mr. Bryson is a master storyteller.

Highly recommended for anyone who would like to understand difficult and often dry details of some of the worlds most profound scientific discoveries. he takes on the task with wit, insight and even humor . Truly a master of the written craft .

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2017-05-01

very good and informative

I was amazed by how little we know about the world around us.Excellent narration by the author.