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Adapted from A Short History of Nearly Everything, this stunning book from the extraordinary Bill Bryson takes us from the big bang to the dawn of science and everything in between.

Perfect for ages eight and up.

Ever wondered how we got from nothing to something?

Or thought about how we can weigh the earth?

Or wanted to reach the edge of the universe?

Uncover the mysteries of time, space and life on earth in this extraordinary book - a journey from the centre of the planet to the dawn of the dinosaurs and everything in between.

And discover our own incredible journey, from single cell to civilisation, including the brilliant (and sometimes very bizarre) scientists who helped us find out the how and why.

©2020 Bill Bryson (P)2020 Penguin Audio

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  • MR J HARVEY
  • 23-11-20

Interesting but not well delivered

The story is a good introduction to many cool topics but I can't help but feel the narrator sounds like a robot. The pace seems off and the tone whilst occasionally really nice is often emotionless. Shame really, of course it's personal opinion but if this was my book and I heard this narration it would be a big no thanks

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  • Declan O'Brien
  • 13-05-21

Ruined by narration

Had to give up on this version due to the narration. Every line is delivered with exactly the same monotonous cadance.
My kids loved listening to the original adult version but soon lost interest with this iteration.

All of the authors humour, sense of wonder and personality are absent in this robotic performance.

Its a real shame as the book itself is fantastic.

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  • James Cooney
  • 18-06-21

One of the best books I’ve ever read

I loved the way that the book is pretty detailed but there was so many subjects that are written in the very short history of nearly everything. Recommend this book to anyone