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Bill Bryson's Appliance of Science Radio/TV Program

Bill Bryson's Appliance of Science: An Audible Original

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In the brand-new Audible Original Premium Podcast, 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.

Accompanying this scientific adventure is an exclusive Audible Sessions interview with Bill, in which he delves into the making of this project, revisits his past works, and explains why it's a good thing that no-one could ever read all the books out there.

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    4ndy 15/10/2017
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    "It appears "everything" means eight things"

    I love Bill Bryson, so was excited when this become available for preorder without the length specified. Turns out be four episodes of some vague series, totalling barely two hours.

    What there was was interesting, but I had hoped for another BB epic.

    16 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    Björn 17/10/2017
    Björn 17/10/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "This is not a book"

    I Pre-ordered this book having been catched by the introduction of it, thinking it could be a neat distraction. But to call this a book is laughable, its 1 hour of intessting curiosities and an hour with the author... and not even that its probably 20 mins of music as introduction to every story... This is actually the first time im considering getting my money back from audible

    15 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    Chris Hodgson 12/10/2017
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    "Interesting content but ruined by editing"

    This is disappointing as I am a huge Bryson fan. The content is OK, but the constant editing back and forth between Bryson and others ruins it: Bryson is clearly recorded in a studio, yet is forced to pretend to be talking live to others who are not in the same room (echo and different mic), the people talking also cut over one another in the same sentence which is distracting and I cannot fathom the point of.

    If you don't already have it, get "A Short History of Nearly Everything" instead, you'll enjoy it and learn far more.

    25 of 28 people found this review helpful
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    Nathan Walsh 13/11/2017
    Nathan Walsh 13/11/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "Podcast"

    I love Bill Bryson but this was a waste of my credit. There’s far better science podcasts out there that are free and have MUCH better production. I’d give this a miss and go listen to Radiolab for free.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Sara Black 30/10/2017
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    "bizarre editing of quotes"

    The information in this book is as interesting as you would expect from Bryson but the Audible version is destroyed by the bizarre editing that has Bryson constantly interrupting the experts mid quote - maybe he revels in interrupting experts, maybe their recordings were so bad that he has to fill in the unintelligible bits, or maybe they didn't say what he wanted them to say so he replaces the bits he didn't like with his own preferred phrasing. Whatever the reason, it sucks!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Tim 25/11/2017
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    "Ruined by odd editing."

    Having enjoyed all of Bryson's other books, I was surprised how irritating this one was. I returned it unfinished.

    Not really an audiobook, but rather a collection of interview fragments, narration, music and sound effects.

    These have been cobbled together in a most jarring and distracting way, detracting from what could otherwise be interesting content.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Anonymous 26/11/2017
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    "Had potential, but"

    Interesting information, but the constant switching of narrators mid sentence was very off putting and spoiled the experience. A Short History of Nearly Everything is much better value for money.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Alan Valentine 17/10/2017
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    "As an engineer, I loved it!"

    I really enjoyed this short book. very easy to listen to and brings some great inventions to life. makes me want to visit the science museum to find them.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    "Very disappointed"

    Bill Bryson is usually fantastic.
    There is sooo much repetition un this audio book .
    Disappointed

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    emma 01/02/2018
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    "Entertaining but too short"

    The series felt rather skimpy, containing only a handful of very short episodes - like it only just got going, then it was over. However, the episodes that there were, were interesting and entertaining.

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  • Allen H. Kelson
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    "A poorly contrived idea with potential"

    Had I realized when buying this it was largely half a dozen podcasts with nearly identical lead-ins, I, a Bryson and science aficionado, wouldn’t have felt it a bad deal.

    The subject matter—what little there was of it, was interesting. It needed more, much more, and editing into a single work.

    Bryson and cast were good, but they merely grazed over random subjects. It isn’t a coherent whole, merely snacks for short attention spans.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Tom Craven
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    "Deeply confusing; this is a podcast, not an audiobook"

    I absolutely loved the content, but I was deeply confused by the packaging. This is a podcast by any other name. It should be sold as such, and not for the same price as a magnum opus like A Short History of Nearly Everything. I would love to subscribe to it as a series, either for a couple bucks and episode or for a feed with ads.

    It should also have a skip-ahead function so that you don’t hear the same outro/intro six times in the middle.

    Love to see Audible producing more Bryson audio content, but this is not the right way to package/price/monetize it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • warrendbell
    02/11/17
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    "waste of money"

    I am a huge Bill Bryson fan, but this is wildly overpriced. it's really a collection of podcasts, followed by an interview with Bryson. The podcasts are vaguely interesting at best, like going to a boring museum.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    05/11/17
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    "1st bad Bryson book-pathetic copycat of Mary Roach"

    1st bad Bryson book-pathetic copycat of Mary Roach he should stick to cultural anthropologist of America as accidental tourists

    2 of 6 people found this review helpful

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