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A Short History of Nearly Everything

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Bill Bryson describes himself as a reluctant traveller: but even when he stays safely in his own study at home, he can't contain his curiosity about ... Show synopsis

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  • Great reading Jul 18, 2013
    by Genie B

    Bryson tackles a big one this time - and does a creditable job of so doing.

    Interesting and educational book - worth reading.

  • The guy is brilliant Apr 14, 2011
    by jimmieD

    I've listened to this in digital, actually more times than I should have, but just love the history of science that he shares with us. Plus really cool knowledge factoids. Plus he's got this subtle sense of humor that is just a joy to read.

    Oh, and the provider sent everything as promised, a book in perfect shape. Fast delivery. Thanks so much, Jim

  • A little bit of everything Mar 17, 2011
    by Rebecca M

    What is not to love about Bill Bryson? He is informative and amusing at the same time!

  • I liked this book so well Feb 17, 2011
    by Jim H

    I not only recommended it to a friend, I sent it to him. This is not a book to read in a sitting. It's like a good lecture, you're paying attention, paying attention, paying attention, and then you hear (or read) something that takes you away for a moment. Something that resonates in your experience or recalibrates some truth you believed, or answers a question that occasionally reviisits your life. Four stars goes to a book I'll save from a fire so it's better than good. Five stars is worthy of sect creation. Bryson has wit, and the ability to pull information into coherency, rather than simply listing facts without comment or insight. If there's a fire, run back in and get it.

  • An excellent read, always! Dec 9, 2010
    by woodland417

    Bryson's narrative mastery and subtle wit come through and shape such a massive undertaking into a thoroughly enjoyable book!

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