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A Short History of Nearly Everything

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Bill Bryson

5 Hours 47 Minutes

Random House (Audio)

May 2003

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One of the world’s most beloved and bestselling writers takes his ultimate journey -- into the most intriguing and intractable questions that science seeks to answer.

In A Walk in the Woods, Bill Bryson trekked the Appalachian Trail -- well, most of it. In In A Sunburned Country, he confronted some of the most lethal wildlife Australia has to offer. Now, in his biggest book, he confronts his greatest challenge: to understand -- and, if possible, answer -- the oldest, biggest questions we have posed about the universe and ourselves. Taking as territory everything from the Big Bang to the rise of civilization, Bryson seeks to understand how we got from there being nothing at all to there being us. To that end, he has attached himself to a host of the world’s most advanced (and often obsessed) archaeologists, anthropologists, and mathematicians, travelling to their offices, laboratories, and field camps. He has read (or tried to read) their books, pestered them with questions, apprenticed himself to their powerful minds. A Short History of Nearly Everything is the record of this quest, and it is a sometimes profound, sometimes funny, and always supremely clear and entertaining adventure in the realms of human knowledge, as only Bill Bryson can render it. Science has never been more involving or entertaining.

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  • Manasi Kashyap

    What an incredibly informative book!! My list of things to read up on is now a staggering size. This (along with Radio Lab) is going to be compulsory listening for my children - I don't believe a classroom education comes close! Also, a British narrator is a big plus :) Than you Bill!

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  • Melissa Porchia

    Loved every minute. There is so much intreguing info I could listen to it again!

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  • Anonymous

    I wish Dr. Bryson would update this work. I have read it several times and it is always fascinating, full of facts and the "behind the scenes" stories mostly lost to history. A fun and informative read.

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  • Dietmar B.

    Very very good!

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  • Héctor M.

    The narrator does an excellent job and the book is fill with amazing stories.

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  • Patricia G.

    This book was great! I feel like I would be a great trivia partner with all the facts I just learned :) loved it!

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  • P S.

    I’ve listened to this book a few times and learn something new every time.

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  • Anonymous

    absolutely amazing

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  • Lee W

    Sadly, I have yet to hear another reader use the same intonation and other vocal effects that Bill Bryson does. The book is wonderful.

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