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A Short History of Nearly Everything

Abridged Audiobook

Written By: Bill Bryson

Narrated By: Bill Bryson

Publisher: Random House (Audio)

Date: May 2003

Duration: 5 hours 47 minutes


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.


  • Anonymous

    absolutely amazing

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  • Anonymous

    This book is a must for all! It was great. The narrator is excellent. Both my husband and I loved the educational information.

  • Donn Edwards

    I have both the abridged and unabridged versions, although I prefer the abridged version. It provides a fascinating overview of scientific discovery, and pieces it all together in an excellent way. I have listened to this book several times, and enjoyed each time thoroughly. If you are interested in how things work, this is a must.

  • Maria

    This is a fascinating and interesting "story" of us and our world. Very entertaining and full of facts that weave a tale. I was sorry when it ended.

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