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  • A Short History of Nearly Everything | Bill Bryson

    A Short History of Nearly Everything

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Bill Bryson
    • Narrated By William Roberts
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    A Short History of Nearly Everything is Bill Bryson's fascinating and humorous quest to understand everything that has happened from the Big Bang to the rise of civilization. He takes subjects that normally bore the pants off most of us, like geology, chemistry, and particle physics, and aims to render them comprehensible to people who have never thought they could be interested in science. In the company of some extraordinary scientists, Bill Bryson reveals the world in a way most of us have never seen it before.

    Roy says: "A short Review of Nearly Everything"
  • Neither Here nor There | Bill Bryson

    Neither Here nor There

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Bill Bryson
    • Narrated By William Roberts
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    In Neither Here nor There Bill Bryson brings his unique brand of humour to bear on Europe as he shoulders his backpack, keeps a tight hold on his wallet, and journeys from Hammerfest, the northernmost town on the continent, to Istanbul on the cusp of Asia.

    Sara says: "Very enjoyable."
  • The Road to Little Dribbling: More Notes From a Small Island | Bill Bryson

    The Road to Little Dribbling: More Notes From a Small Island

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Bill Bryson
    • Narrated By Nathan Osgood
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    Twenty years ago Bill Bryson went on a trip around Britain to celebrate the green and kindly island that had become his adopted country. The hilarious book that resulted, Notes from a Small Island, was taken to the nation's heart and became the best-selling travel book ever and was voted in a BBC poll the book that best represents Britain. Now, to mark the 20th anniversary of that modern classic, Bryson makes a brand-new journey around Britain to see what has changed.

    The Reluctant Hermit says: "I think Bill would rather have stayed at home."
  • Notes From a Small Island | Bill Bryson

    Notes From a Small Island

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Bill Bryson
    • Narrated By William Roberts
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    After nearly two decades in Britain, Bill Bryson, the acclaimed author of such best sellers as The Mother Tongue and Made in America, decided it was time to move back to the United States for a while. This was partly to let his wife and kids experience life in Bryson's homeland, and partly because he had read that 3.7 million Americans believed that they had been abducted by aliens at one time or another. It was thus clear to him that his people needed him.

    Jo says: "A Note From A Small Islander"
  • At Home: A Short History of Private Life | Bill Bryson

    At Home: A Short History of Private Life

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Bill Bryson
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    Bill Bryson was struck one day by the thought that we devote more time to studying the battles and wars of history than to considering what history really consists of: centuries of people quietly going about their daily business. This inspired him to start a journey around his own house, an old rectory in Norfolk, considering how the ordinary things in life came to be.

    Stewart Webb says: "More Fact Pact Bryson"
  • Made in America | Bill Bryson

    Made in America

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Bill Bryson
    • Narrated By William Roberts
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    In Made in America, Bryson de-mythologizes his native land, explaining how a dusty hamlet with neither woods nor holly became Hollywood, how the Wild West wasn't won, why Americans say 'lootenant' and 'Toosday', how Americans were eating junk food long before the word itself was cooked up, as well as exposing the true origins of the G-string, the original $64,000 question, and Dr Kellogg of cornflakes fame.

    Tom says: "A history of America through its language"
  • A Walk in the Woods | Bill Bryson

    A Walk in the Woods

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Bill Bryson
    • Narrated By William Roberts
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    The Appalachian Trail covers 14 states and over 2,000 miles, snaking through some of the most spectacular landscapes in America. Reluctant adventurer Bryson recounts his gruelling hike along the longest continuous footpath in the world.

    joan wright says: "A walk in the woods"
  • One Summer: America 1927 | Bill Bryson

    One Summer: America 1927

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Bill Bryson
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    One Summer: America, 1927, is the new book by Britain's favourite writer of narrative nonfiction, Bill Bryson. Narrated by the man himself, One Summer takes you to the summer when America came of age, took centre stage, and changed the world forever. In the summer of 1927, America had a booming stock market, a president who worked just four hours a day, a semi-crazed sculptor with a plan to carve four giant heads into a mountain called Rushmore, a devastating flood of the Mississippi, a sensational murder trial, and a youthful aviator named Charles Lindbergh who started the summer wholly unknown, and finished it as the most famous man on Earth.

    Colin says: "Bryson hits another Home Run"
  • Down Under | Bill Bryson

    Down Under

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Bill Bryson
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    Australia has more things that can kill you than anywhere else. Nevertheless, Bill Bryson journeyed to the country and promptly fell in love with it. The people are cheerful, their cities are clean, the beer is cold, and the sun nearly always shines.

    Lynette Morris says: "Hilarious"
  • Notes From a Big Country | Bill Bryson

    Notes From a Big Country

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Bill Bryson
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    After moving back to the States, Bryson started to write a column for The Mail on Sunday Night and Day magazine. This is a collection of these column entries. Bryson writes about everything from everyday chores, to suing people, the beach, TV, movies, air conditioners, college, Americana, injury dangers, wasting resources, and holiday seasons.

    J-H2O says: "Bitter or Sweet ? I'm not sure !"
  • The Lost Continent: Travels In Small Town America | Bill Bryson

    The Lost Continent: Travels In Small Town America

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Bill Bryson
    • Narrated By William Roberts
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    Hardly anyone ever leaves Des Moines, Iowa. But Bill Bryson did, and after 10 years in England he decided to go home, to a foreign country. In an ageing Chevrolet Chevette, he drove nearly 14,000 miles through 38 states to compile this hilarious and perceptive state-of-the-nation report on small-town America.

    Miss says: "The road trip you're dying to take"
  • A Short History of Nearly Everything | Bill Bryson

    A Short History of Nearly Everything

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Bill Bryson
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    A Short History of Nearly Everything is Bill Bryson's quest to find out everything that has happened from the Big Bang to the rise of civilization - how we got from there, being nothing at all, to here, being us. His challenge is to take subjects that normally bore the pants off most of us and see if there isn't some way to render them comprehensible to people who have never thought they could be interested in science. It's not so much about what we know, as about how we know what we know.

    Matt says: "I love it"
  • FREE CHAPTER: One Summer: America 1927 | Bill Bryson

    FREE CHAPTER: One Summer: America 1927

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    • By Bill Bryson
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    Audible is proud to present an exclusive preview of the new book by Britain's favourite writer of narrative non-fiction, Bill Bryson. Narrated by the man himself, One Summer takes you to the summer when America came of age, took centre stage, and changed the world forever. Here, in chapter 4, Bryson takes a closer look at the birth of flappers, the call for skyscrapers able to accommodate the docking of giant dirigibles, and the double peril of illegal saloons and 'hot movies'.

    P. Bowman says: "Got me hooked..."
  • Notes from a Small Island | Bill Bryson

    Notes from a Small Island

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Bill Bryson
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    After nearly two decades in Britain, Bill Bryson took the decision to move back to the States for a while but before leaving his much-loved home in North Yorkshire, Bryson insisted on taking one last trip around Britain. His aim was to take stock of the nation's public face and private parts (as it were), and to analyse what precisely it was he loved so much about a country that had produced Marmite, a military hero whose dying wish was to be kissed by a fellow named Hardy....

    DR says: "Wonderful!"
  • The Life & Times of the Thunderbolt Kid | Bill Bryson

    The Life & Times of the Thunderbolt Kid

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Bill Bryson
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    Bill Bryson's hilarious memoir of growing up in middle America in the Fifties, complete, unabridged and read by the author. Born in 1951 in the middle of the United States, Des Moines, Iowa, Bill Bryson is perfectly positioned to mine his memories of a totally all-American childhood for 24 carat memoir gold.

    chris says: "Stupid grin on my face"
  • A Walk in the Woods | Bill Bryson

    A Walk in the Woods

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Bill Bryson
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    The Appalachian Trail covers 14 states, and over 2,000 miles. It stretches along the East Coast of the United States, from Maine in the north to Georgia in the south. It is famous for being the longest continuous footpath in the world. (Compare this with the Pennine Way, which is a mere 250 miles long.) It snakes through some of the wildest and most spectacular landscapes in America, as well as through some of its most poverty-stricken and primitive backwoods areas.

    John Bates says: "Author Narration"
  • Shakespeare: The World as a Stage | Bill Bryson

    Shakespeare: The World as a Stage

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Bill Bryson
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    Shakespeare's life, despite the scrutiny of generations of biographers and scholars, is still a thicket of myths and traditions, some preposterous, some conflicting, arranged around the few scant facts known about the Bard: from his birth in Stratford to the bequest of his second best bed to his wife when he died.

    Emily says: "cuts through the rubbish"
  • Journeys in English | Bill Bryson

    Journeys in English

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Bill Bryson
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    This highly entertaining BBC Radio 4 series is written and presented by Bill Bryson and based on his best-selling book, Mother Tongue. In it, he romps through the history of Britain to reveal how English became such an infuriatingly complex - but ultimately world-beating - language.

    David says: "A quick few lessons in our other tongue"
  • At Home: A Short History of Private Life | Bill Bryson

    At Home: A Short History of Private Life

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Bill Bryson
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    In At Home, Bill Bryson applies the same irrepressible curiosity, irresistible wit, stylish prose and masterful storytelling that made A Short History of Nearly Everything one of the most lauded books of the last decade, and delivers one of the most entertaining and illuminating books ever written about the history of the way we live. Bill Bryson was struck one day by the thought that we devote a lot more time to studying the battles and wars of history than to considering what history really consists of: centuries of people quietly going about their daily business - eating, sleeping and merely endeavouring to get more comfortable.

  • Neither Here Nor There | Bill Bryson

    Neither Here Nor There

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Bill Bryson
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    Bill Bryson's first travel book, The Lost Continent, was unanimously acclaimed as one of the funniest books in years. In Neither Here Nor There he brings his unique brand of humour to bear on Europe as he shoulders his backpack, keeps a tight hold on his wallet, and journeys from Hammerfest, the northernmost town on the continent, to Istanbul on the cusp of Asia.

    Amazon Customer says: "love it!!!"
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