Bill Bryson one of the world’s bestselling writers, attempts to understand some of the biggest questions we as humans have ever pondered. If you have ever asked “I wonder how that came about?” about something in life, A Short History of Nearly Everything sums up a lot of those answers before you ever have to pose a question.
Questions dealing with everything from the big bang theory, to the size of the universe and subatomic particles, biology, botany and history. I can honestly say I never thought I would want to sit down and listen to a history or science book, but A Short History of Nearly Everything was the exception.
The only reason I initially listened to this book is that it was recommended to me by a friend. But it turns out it was quite an interesting look at everything man has done since the beginning of mankind as well as how mankind works. It was a very fun read and quickly explained things that I am sure my high school textbooks would have dedicated an entire chapter to.
From looking at how we figured out how to do the things we are able to do today to how our body figures out what we want from the inside and how the earth impacts what we are going to do, this is a very interesting look at many aspects of science and history all wrapped into one literary piece. Think of it as your refresher in all the sciences in one volume and no bell between classes.
If you’re not interested in history or science, you may want to pass on this one. But if you have some natural curiosity about who we are and where we came from, and tuned out of most of that teaching in school, this is a neat look at a number of areas of study compacted into one audio book.
Bryson spent years researching and reading as well as speaking to many of the world’s experts in their field, about subjects dealing with archaeology, mathematics and science. Bryson discusses issues about where we came from, and where we are going, but does so in a very entertaining as well as at times a funny way.
He does this not by confronting the reader with mathematical equations or complex terminology, but chooses to use familiar analogies to illustrate the explanations of scientific theory.
Many have referred to this audiobook as a must have, I agree!
Richard Matthews does a pretty good job narrating A Short History of Nearly Everything. He is able to add just the right amount of personality to the script that delivers science with a smile.