• Bill Bryson's Appliance of Science

  • An Audible Original
  • By: Bill Bryson
  • Narrated by: Bill Bryson
  • Length: 2 hrs and 4 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Release date: 10-12-17
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Audible Studios
  • 3.7 (23 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

In the brand-new Audible Original Premium Podcast, Sunday Times best-selling author of A Short History of Nearly Everything, Bill Bryson, teams up with The Science Museum to celebrate the ideas and inventions of the incurably curious. Across this five episode series, Bill Bryson, with the help of The Science Museum's curators, takes us object by object through some of the museum's lesser known inventions and discoveries - and the human stories behind them.
Discover how a teenage inventor, a pig's head, a lump of plywood and a famous British record label made medical history or how some inventions simply happen by accident. This 'museum for your ears' looks at how experimentation, competition, hard work and a desire to change our lives for the better have contributed to the progress of mankind.
Accompanying this scientific adventure is an exclusive Audible Sessions interview with Bill, in which he delves into the making of this project, revisits his past works, and explains why it's a good thing that no-one could ever read all the books out there.
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By Allen H. Kelson on 10-19-17

A poorly contrived idea with potential

Had I realized when buying this it was largely half a dozen podcasts with nearly identical lead-ins, I, a Bryson and science aficionado, wouldn’t have felt it a bad deal.

The subject matter—what little there was of it, was interesting. It needed more, much more, and editing into a single work.

Bryson and cast were good, but they merely grazed over random subjects. It isn’t a coherent whole, merely snacks for short attention spans.

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By Tom Craven on 01-03-18

Deeply confusing; this is a podcast, not an audiobook

I absolutely loved the content, but I was deeply confused by the packaging. This is a podcast by any other name. It should be sold as such, and not for the same price as a magnum opus like A Short History of Nearly Everything. I would love to subscribe to it as a series, either for a couple bucks and episode or for a feed with ads.

It should also have a skip-ahead function so that you don’t hear the same outro/intro six times in the middle.

Love to see Audible producing more Bryson audio content, but this is not the right way to package/price/monetize it.

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By 4ndy on 10-15-17

It appears "everything" means eight things

I love Bill Bryson, so was excited when this become available for preorder without the length specified. Turns out be four episodes of some vague series, totalling barely two hours.

What there was was interesting, but I had hoped for another BB epic.

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16 of 16 people found this review helpful


By Björn on 10-17-17

This is not a book

I Pre-ordered this book having been catched by the introduction of it, thinking it could be a neat distraction. But to call this a book is laughable, its 1 hour of intessting curiosities and an hour with the author... and not even that its probably 20 mins of music as introduction to every story... This is actually the first time im considering getting my money back from audible

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