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    Beschreibung von Audible

    "Imagine if you can -- and of course you can't..." is how Bryson opens his explanation of how a universe is born. And he has the uncanny ability to not say too much, nor too little; to use metaphors brilliantly but without cliché; and to sound like he's actually learning as he goes along. Like Stephen Hawking before him, Bryson skips from one BIG topic to the next with the curiosity of a child and the patience of a schoolteacher. It's like having a front-row seat to the history of the world.

    With his slightly bemused English accent, narrator Richard Matthews sounds completely at home in the material, chatting knowingly and with perfect dry comic timing. For managing to cover the universe and keep it lively, this experience definitely merits as an all-time favorite.

    Inhaltsangabe

    One of the world’s most beloved and best-selling 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. 

    ©2003 Bill Bryson (P)2003 Books on Tape, Inc. Published by Arrangement with Random House Audio Publishing Group, A Division of Random House, Inc.

    Kritikerstimmen

    "Not to be missed." ( AudioFile)
    "Destined to become a modern classic of science writing." ( The New York Times Book Review)

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    • Gesamt
      5 out of 5 stars

    Food for thought / Stoff zum Nachdenken

    This wonderful book, while guiding through a... well, let's say through a short history of nearly everything, provides a playful glimpse behind the scenes of what is commonly called science. It is informative, entertaining and clearly one of the best books I have ever had the luck to enjoy.
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    Während dieses wundervolle Buch durch eine... nun, durch eine kurze Geschichte von fast allem führt, gewährt es einen verschmitzten Blick hinter die Kulissen dessen, was landläufig als Wissenschaft bezeichnet wird. Es ist informativ, unterhaltsam und eindeutig eines der besten Bücher die ich je genießen durfte.

    5 Leute fanden das hilfreich

    • Gesamt
      5 out of 5 stars

    Bildung und viel Spaß

    Manchmal hört man Kritik an diesem Buch, weil es nicht wissenschaftlich genug sei. HALLO!?! Es ist ein Bill Bryson und keine Uni-Lektüre. Bryson gibt in seiner witzigen und unterhaltsamen Art einen Überblick zum menschlichen Wissensstand. Natürlich liegt der Schwerpunkt der Studien und Veröffentlichungen auf dem anglo-amerikanischen Raum. Das Buch sollte man aber nicht mit dem Ziel lesen eine rein sachliche Wissensvermittlung zu erhalten. Man erhält das, was einem versprochen wird: erstklassige Unterhaltung, und ganz nebenbei interessante Informationen zum Stand der Wissenschaft, die Lust auf mehr machen.

    2 Leute fanden das hilfreich

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    Very good, a little outdated

    The book is wonderful and very informative, however future readers should remember that some of the information presented is somewhat outdated. Would be amazing if a more updated version were available.

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    • Gesamt
      5 out of 5 stars

    Great description, information and entertainment

    Wholly recommendable audio book with information about scientific issues in a very entertaining way. I have enjoyed the book very much as well as the style in which it was written and told by the speaker. Even a subject such as chemistry which I always dreaded in school had taken my interest and awoken the desire to learn more.
    Sehr empfehlenswertes Hörbuch mit Informationen über wissenschaftliche Themen die auf sehr unterhaltsame Weise dargestellt werden. Habe das Buch sehr genossen, auch den Stil und den Sprecher. Sogar ein Thema wie Chemie, die ich in der Schule immer gehaßt hatte, wurde duch Bill Bryson interessant.

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    • Gesamt
      4 out of 5 stars

    fun to listen

    this audiobook is a really nice thing to listen. However I found that certain topics were too much in focus while others are not that exaustive addressed.

    5 Leute fanden das hilfreich

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    Great and becomes better!

    Great book overall which gives a lot of interesting insights. Becomes even better after the first few chapters!

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    Fantastic storytelling of very interesting topics

    Highly interesting topics are explained in an easy and very entertaining manner. Full with curious and sometimes even funny details and facts about a wide variety of scientific subjects

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    Good book but expected it to be different

    Very interesting book indeed. Covery a lot of things and history through time. I was a bit more excited initially in the preface/intro of the book as it was hinted to go deeper into certain questions about facts we know. Most of the boom though while interesting was more about history, the people who discovered something but didn‘t answer the questions that arise. At least not nearly enough as I hoped.

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    Wonderfully read and captivating

    Loved it. Well read, never dull and well paced. The narrator has a good voice and the book is very interesting. All chapters of it. Recommended.

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    Simply a brilliant book.

    Easily one of my favourite books. They way Bryson talks to about science in a non-science way is perfectly fitting. The stories of each scientist we meet is as enjoyable and funny as the things they discovered are important and interesting. It’s a book I’ve bought multiple times as I keep giving it out to people insisting that they read it and always losing track of where it is.