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Bill Bryson's Appliance of Science

Length: 1 hr and 40 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (96 ratings)

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Summary

Sunday Times best-selling author of A Short History of Nearly Everything, Bill Bryson, teams up with The Science Museum to celebrate the ideas and inventions of the incurably curious. 

Across this five-episode series, Bill Bryson, with the help of The Science Museum's curators, takes us object-by-object through some of the museum's lesser known inventions and discoveries - and the human stories behind them. 

Discover how a teenage inventor, a pig's head, a lump of plywood and a famous British record label made medical history or how some inventions simply happen by accident. This 'museum for your ears' looks at how experimentation, competition, hard work and a desire to change our lives for the better have contributed to the progress of mankind. 

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Critic reviews

"Quirky, humorous and mercifully free of jargon." (Financial Times)

"The excitement of the Science Museum's curators is infectious as they share their expertise, bringing the ideas and inventions of the incurably curious to life." (The Guardian)

"Perfect for a weekend train journey." (Buzzfeed)

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Good exploration of objects in the Science museum.

Similar in style to Neil MacGregor's History of the world in 100 objects, which examined artefacts in the British museum, this is equally entertaining. Led by the ever listenable Bill Bryson, these examine and explain objects in the Science museum. Shame there are currently only five episodes - more please audible!!

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Great series

Really enjoyed it hopefully we will get more in the future fingers crossed for that

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Enjoyable nuggets of science discovery

I'm enjoying the human stories and nuggets of information about scientific discoveries curated by the science museum in London and Bill Bryson, delivered by Bill Bryson in his unmistakable and brilliant story telling style!

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excellent , enjoyable and informative episodes.

really enjoyable series, well informed participants given the opportunity to discuss their particular favourite items.

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I'd research anything said here before repeating

Clearly has a pocket full of the Queens shillings , do your research silly Bill .

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  • Emily Lewis
  • 02-03-19

Great narration

Interesting stories but would be better with pictures. Sometimes it is hard to imagine what is being described. But the storyteller keeps your interest.

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  • Ben
  • 05-02-19

Almost great

Very informative, engaging. But ruined by abysmal editing. This “audio tour” touches on unique history on pop medical solutions.

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  • STACEY
  • 09-12-18

Interesting

I liked this and found it interesting and entertaining. I liked Bill as narrator. Great listen.

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  • R. MCRACKAN
  • 02-07-18

Mixed bag

Fascinating facts with unexpectedly dull presentation. Which pains me to say because I love Bryson.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 26-06-19

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simple short to the point. I wanted to see the London museum of science after hearing this.

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  • B. Ratskoff
  • 01-05-19

Bill Bryson, his views, the priceless voice.

awesome! favorite author of mine is continuing to enlighten us with science and technogy. Bill should also narrate a full book or extrapolate on some Isasc Asimov topics.

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  • RC
  • 28-04-19

Good subjects but hate the editing style

Great subjects but the style of presentation is distracting. The odd editing style was distracting.

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  • Susan
  • 03-12-18

Interesting!

I really enjoyed this series and had no trouble picturing and understanding what they were talking about.