A Short History of Nearly Everything

  • by Bill Bryson
  • Narrated by Bill Bryson
  • 5 hrs and 39 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In A Short History of Nearly Everything, Bill Bryson takes his ultimate journey - into the most intriguing and consequential questions that science seeks to answer. It's a dazzling quest, as this insatiably curious writer attempts to understand everything that has transpired from the Big Bang to the rise of civilization.To that end, Bill Bryson apprenticed himself to a host of the world's most profound scientific minds, living and dead. His challenge is to take subjects like geology, chemistry, paleontology, astronomy, and particle physics and see if there isn't some way to render them comprehensible to people, like himself, made bored (or scared) stiff of science by school.On his travels through space and time, Bill Bryson encounters a splendid gallery of the most fascinating personalities ever to ask a hard question. In their company, he undertakes a sometimes profound, sometimes funny, and always supremely clear and entertaining adventure in the realms of human knowledge. Science has never been more involving, and the world we inhabit has never been more full of wonder and delight.

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Audible Editor Reviews

Why we think it's Essential: An ambitious title to say the least. But Bryson, arguably the best author-narrator around, gives us all an entertaining history lesson delivered in that voice-of-an-old-friend that has made all Bryson's work so enjoyable. This is no travelogue, as we are used to from Bryson, but it is more about life than any other "history" you'll hear. —Chris Doheny

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What the Critics Say

"Destined to become a modern classic of science writing." (The New York Times Book Review)

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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Entertaining, educational, and fun

What more can you ask for? From atoms to cosmology, we learn not only of why people think what they do, but also some of the characters who initially thought that way. I had no idea that Issac Newton was such an oddball; it certainly lets you know that nerds are not a new phenomena.
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- Jody R. Nathan

One of the best

In short, simply fabulous. If this book in anyway piques your interest, then you definitely should select it. Never have I enjoyed a book on such weighty matters - it is concise, informative, thought provoking, while at all times witty!
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- Steve

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-09-2003
  • Publisher: Random House Audio