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A Short History of Nearly Everything: Special Illustrated Edition
A Short History of Nearly Everything: Special Illustrated Edition | Bill Bryson
One of the worlds most beloved writers and bestselling author of One Summer takes his ultimate journeyinto the most intriguing and intractable questions that science seeks to answer.In A Walk in the Woods, Bill Bryson trekked the Appalachian Trailwell, most of it. In A Sunburned Country, he confronted some of the most lethal wildlife Australia has to offer. Now, in his biggest book, he confronts his greatest challenge: to understandand, if possible, answerthe oldest, biggest questions we have posed about the universe and ourselves. Taking as territory everything from the Big Bang to the rise of civilization, Bryson seeks to understand how we got from there being nothing at all to there being us. To that end, he has attached himself to a host of the worlds most advanced (and often obsessed) archaeologists, anthropologists, and mathematicians, travelling to their offices, laboratories, and field camps. He has read (or tried to read) their books, pestered them with questions, apprenticed himself to their powerful minds. A Short History of Nearly Everything is the record of this quest, and it is a sometimes profound, sometimes funny, and always supremely clear and entertaining adventure in the realms of human knowledge, as only Bill Bryson can render it. Science has never been more involving or entertaining.
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Becker
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So much fascinating information. I‘ll be happy if I retain 5% of it. 🌎

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JCPaulk
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One of the best general pop sci texts I've read. Bryson is always a good choice.

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Curiouser_and_curiouser
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Running around looking for pieces to create a costume for my 10 yr old for book week & I just can't walk past the bookshelves..
Today's book haul & I'm mighty happy @$1ea, especially with Tandia as I'm currently reading The Power of One!
My daughter squealed when she saw Eragon
I'm also very excited about Kim by R.Kipling, an author I've wondered about for 40yrs, ever since I recieved a book from my Grandpa with 2 of his stories in it when I was 7

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keepingupwiththepenguins
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A Short History Of Nearly Everything does exactly what it says on the label. It serves as a crash-course in most areas of scientific inquiry, covering off everything from the Big Bang to evolution to quantum mechanics. It sounds like it'll be a snooze-fest, but it‘s written in a folksy, conversational style that most readers will find accessible. Full review: http://keepingupwiththepenguins.com/a-short-history-of-nearly-everything-bill-br...

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Seshat
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I found THIS at Goodwill, too! Stunning and in great condition. I have a well-worn paperback this is replacing.

Lcsmcat Love when that happens! 4mo
Seshat @Lcsmcat Absolutely! 4mo
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Mcteacher
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I rarely re-read books, but I could probably re read Bryson's condensed history of the scientifically understood world sixteen times and still crave another go. As in all of his books, he splices together information, fascinating (and horrifying) anecdotes, eye opening statistics and his witty commentary on it all. I can't say enough about how much I adore this book.

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gerry_mander
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Thoroughly interesting read. I didnt think this book could ever be this interesting, and way surpassed my expectations. Bryston's witty take on personalities and past discoveries is a real joy.

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LiterRohde
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“Your pillow alone may be home to 40 million bed mites. (To them your head is just one large oily bon-bon). Indeed, if your pillow is six years old - which is apparently about the average age for a pillow - it has been estimated that one-tenth of its weight will be made up of sloughed skin, living mites, dead mites and mite dung.”

#AnglophileApril | 21: #AnotherOneBitesTheDust

📷: Made with Typorama

Graywacke I‘m replacing my pillow... 8mo
LiterRohde @Graywacke I was thinking of burning everything. 8mo
Mdargusch Well, I will be having nightmares tonight! 🦟🦟🦟 8mo
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jillrhudy Match please 🔥 8mo
Laura317 Oh dear Lawd! Gimme a flamethrower! 8mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I didn‘t need to know this!!! 🤣🤣🤣 8mo
Reviewsbylola That is horrifying. 😱 8mo
Reviewsbylola Also, two of my pillows are probably 20 years old. 😆 I‘ve never been able to find pillows like the ones @mdargusch had. They could be 100% bed mites and their dung and I still wouldn‘t let them go. 😆😆 (edited) 8mo
Reagan Ewwwwww ☹️ 8mo
Cinfhen Oh God! I don‘t think I wanted to know that 😳😳😳 8mo
emilyhaldi I'm glad I read that after waking up and showering and not as I was laying in bed 😆 8mo
Curiouser_and_curiouser @emilyhaldi aaaaaarrrrrgggghhhh, I'm laying in my bed! 4mo
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LiterRohde
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“You may not feel outstandingly robust, but if you are an average-sized adult you will contain within your modest frame no less than 7 X 10^18 joules of potential energy - enough to explode with the force of thirty very large hydrogen bombs, assuming you knew how to liberate it and really wished to make a point.”

#QuotsyMar19 | 11: #Caffeine

📷: Made with Typorama

CaliforniaCay 😲 9mo
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colemaurer
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Bill Bryson has made the perfect introduction to non-fiction. This book is informative and entertaining. Would recommend to readers of all genres.

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Rambo_Reads
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I love a good popular science book and this is one of my favourites. Looking forward to Bill Bryson's new release this year 😍

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VinceReads
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First time reading Bryson, but definitely won‘t be the last. A detailed review of lots of scientific discoveries and advances.

4.5/5

LeeRHarry I loved this one - I laughed so much! 11mo
Kaye If you like this one , give this one a try. It‘s very entertaining and filled with neat information 11mo
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Villo
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Interesting and quite surprising. #2016

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MyBookSwapClub
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I just love this book, specially #Audiobook. This evening, at the trail, walk and listen!

RaimeyGallant Did you see the new swap that's happening? Go to @chelleo's page for #blitsyhistorymonth swap details. 12mo
MyBookSwapClub @RaimeyGallant hey no! Thanks for tag - I'm joining :) 12mo
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Mr.Hodin
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Takes time

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Leniverse
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#NonFictionNovember

I'm a bit disappointed that it isn't read by the author, but I'm sure I'll get used to it. Maybe.

MaleficentBookDragon I really like William Roberts' narrations. I have the version of A Walk in the Woods that he narrates. I prefer it to the author's version. Go figure. 🙍 13mo
Chrissyreadit I have it on audio but have not listened yet. I look forward to hearing your opinion. 13mo
Leniverse @MaleficentBookDragon @Chrissyreadit I‘ve reached ch. 5 and I have gotten used to the narrator. He does a good job. I think that after I‘ve listened to the whole thing I might have to get a paper copy. Audio is great for a first run through and for all the funny anecdotes, but not so great for flipping back to remind yourself who this or that scientist was again, and all the little details. 13mo
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BookArt
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Mehso-so

Wow that took a long time to get through. This book is just packed with tons of information and I'm sure I wasn't able to soak it all up but I did learn a few new things. However, I would not tell anyone to take this on lightly. Good luck! #educational

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science_of_success
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"There are three stages in scientific discovery. First, people deny that it is true, then they deny that it is important; finally they credit the wrong person."
- Bill Bryson, A Short History of Nearly Everything

#nonfiction #science #history #popularscience #billbryson #quote

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StephMC82
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I am taking this on ... this is happening. I have my highlighter and Google search ready. #science #sundayreading

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BookAddict4
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Bill Bryson wrote my favorite passage ever.

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pompey
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Finally put you down, but not for long.

RuthyBux One of my all time favourites 😀 2y
DebbieGrillo Welcome to Litsy! #LitsyWelcomeWagon 2y
RaimeyGallant Welcome to Litsy! #LitsyWelcomeWagon And here's a compilation of Litsy tips that some of us put together:
https://raimeygallant.com/2017/10/31/litsytips/
2y
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her-my-oh-nee

#RandomRants

So, I picked up the audio book version for A Short History of Nearly Everything narrated by William Roberts. I'd heard a lot of praise about this one, but I don't feel it. It's been over a month since I started it and I'm still barely 15% done. I guess audio books are not my thing. But I'm the kind of person who finishes a book no matter what, so I guess I'm stuck.

BarbaraTheBibliophage Welcome to Litsy! Have you tried speeding up the audiobook? Most players will let you go at speeds over 1.0. Sometimes that helps make the narration better, believe it or not. And at the very least, it‘ll help you finish sooner. One thing I‘ve learned from people here, though, is it‘s okay to bail on a book! 2y
her-my-oh-nee @BarbaraTheBibliophage will try speeding it up. Thanks for the tip. 2y
jfalkens Welcome to Litsy and happy reading 😊🎉📖🎊📚 2y
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Cinfhen Hi welcome to Litsy! Sometimes with audio it has a lot to do with the narrator ! I find for me memoirs "told" by the author work best! Hands down the best audio I listened too was 2y
her-my-oh-nee @Cinfhen Thanks for the tip and the book suggestion. I will definitely try it out. 2y
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RiaWritten
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JoeStalksBeck Love this book! 2y
RiaWritten @JoeStalksBeck I've only started today and I'm already in love. 2y
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Readerann
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I read this several months ago, but just noticed it was still showing as 'currently reading'. Anyway, I enjoyed it very much, as I do most anything by Bryson

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Centique
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#rocktober #yououghtaknow

This is one of those books that gets you saying to everyone “Did you know ...?” It‘s chock full of interesting facts #yououghtaknow Great for anyone who is interested in science, particularly earth sciences and astronomy but only wants to hear the juicy bits. (Well juicy IMO - I love this stuff!) I also love Bill Bryson as you can see 🙌

TheKidUpstairs I love Bill Bryson too! Those are great covers 👍 2y
seebiscan I love those covers! I think I own all of his books—he‘s so great! 2y
Centique @TheKidUpstairs @seebiscan yay, more fans! When I bought these, all the covers in the stores here were like this. My next purchases aren‘t going to match unfortunately! 2y
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sisilia What's your no. 1 favorite of Bill Bryson? 2y
Centique @sisilia I think it‘s this one just because I learnt so much. But his travelling ones are funny and I like that humour too. 👍 2y
Cinfhen Brilliant 👍🏻 2y
Cathythoughts This is great. I think I may get it for my husband for xmas. He would like this. 👍 2y
Centique @Cathythoughts oh cool! I will be so excited if he likes it. I can‘t get mine to read anything apart from finance or boat building 😩 2y
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TheKidUpstairs
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#TheFly
When it comes to scientists experimenting on themselves, there is one part of the tagged book that I just can't get out of my head (no matter how hard I try). It involves Isaac Newton and his eyeball. Now if you'll excuse me, I have to go throw up...

#MonsterMadness2017 @LibrarianRyan

rabbitprincess Urgh yes I know that story 😖 2y
LibrarianRyan 👍🏻🤓👻 2y
Ms_T Think I‘ll give that book a miss 🤢 2y
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howjessreads
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I also finished this one today! I liked it more than I thought I would, since I'm not a science person. I possibly enjoyed the stories about the historical scientist's lives more than the actual science, but hey. ;) It was engaging and I learned a lot!

BookNAround I really enjoyed this one too. My daughter got to use it as her science book in high school and I was thoroughly jealous of that idea although she claimed it was a boring book. Maybe it's wasted on teenagers with zero life experience! 2y
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howjessreads
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Listening to this while I clean out all the pockets of all my purses and totes. So far: approximately 14 pens, 900 receipts, and 1 billion bobby pins.

Natasha.C.Barnes Audiobooks should get some sort of prize for how much they make commutes, cleaning, and backpacking so much better. ❤️ 2y
Centique 😂😂 2y
Johanna414 The last time I did this I found $120 cash in one. I suspect it was from a bar tending job I had a few summers ago... not sure how I didn't miss it though! 2y
Avanders Lol that escalated quickly.... 😂😂 2y
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And so, from nothing, our universe begins.

After finishing my dissertation, I needed something completely different and Bill Bryson never disappoints!
#backontrack #tbr #stack

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TheKidUpstairs
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Cinfhen I was going to post this one too #GreatMinds 💕💕 2y
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lennearb
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Finally finished this book. I have been reading it off and on for a while. The length of time is mostly a reflection that it's really long. Some aspects are a little dated, but overall it was informative. My biggest complaint was that Bryson didn't read the audiobook himself.

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erzascarletbookgasm
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Happy #EarthDay2017 ! An appropriate day to post a book with a pic of the planet earth on its cover! 😅 Let's join in our community to do our part, from growing our own food, go paperless, to supporting critical conservation efforts. Not forgetting to sing or play an #earthsong. 😁🌍💙🎼
#lyricalapril

Simona I adore this book❣️ 3y
Cinfhen Great advice and gorgeous cover💙💚💙 3y
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Readasaurus_rex
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"Perhaps the most arresting of quantum improbabilities is the idea...that certain pairs of subatomic particles, even when separated by the most considerable distances, can each instantly 'know' what the other is doing. Particles have a quality known as spin and...the moment you determine the spin of one particle, its sister particle, no matter how distant...will immediately begin spinning in the opposite direction and at the same rate." What the?

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kerry
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Over at Shelf Awareness today, I'm talking about my favorite science books (as someone who always struggled to "get it" in science classes). This is a pretty fascinating world we live in, guys. #nonfiction http://www.shelf-awareness.com/readers/2017-03-24/science_books_for_non-scientis...

StephanieY Love this premise! 3y
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Abby-J
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Audio aided #litsomnia tonight. I usually find Matthews's narration of this great book soothes me to sleep, but tonight, or, more accurately, this morning, I am finding myself rapt by descriptions of the Bone Wars. Tomorrow is going to be a rough work day.

tpixie Good luck. This week was rough with the time change 3y
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Readasaurus_rex
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Such are the distances, in fact, that it isn't possible...to draw the solar system to scale. Even if you added lots of fold-out pages...you wouldn't come close. On a diagram of the solar system to scale, with the Earth reduced to about the diameter of a pea, Jupiter would be over 300 meters away and Pluto would be two and a half kilometers distant (and about the size of a bacterium, so you wouldn't be able to see it anyway).

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mariejoechahine
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This one is my first non-fiction read as an audiobook. It's a very interesting book that gives you general knowledge about, well, nearly everything 😜
I am discovering that i like non-fiction better to read rather than as audio since it helps me retain more information, but then again i finish audiobooks way faster (It took me a few months to read Guns Germs and Steel, but a few days to listen to this one...)

jpmcwisemorgan I enjoy Bill Bryson. Have you tried any of his other books? 3y
mabell I love his travel audiobooks, but I'm listening to - and it's a little tough. The narrator does and awesome job, but seeing the words on the page would be preferable. 3y
mariejoechahine @jpmcwisemorgan Nope it's my first by Bill Bryson. Any other you recommend? 3y
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mariejoechahine @mabell Yeah i agree such books are better to read, especially sometimes i lose concentration while listening. I'll check out his travel books 3y
mabell @mariejoechahine Yep I definitely lost concentration! Just naming a couple, I highly recommend A Walk in the Woods and 3y
mrsthilkey I did ASHoNE on audio, too. Loved it!! 3y
jpmcwisemorgan I really enjoyed A Walk in the Woods because it's a little bit travel and a little bit about nature, but his others are good too. 3y
Zelma I love the travel books as well. Neither Here Nor There is a favorite. 3y
Gina If you liked this one I would suggest my favorite Bryson book which is his memoir of growing up in the 50s. I laughed out loud reading it. 3y
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mrsthilkey
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January was a great reading month! I finished 6 books, and all of them were 4 or 5-star reads for me! Here are the 5-star books.

#readjanuary #bestofjanuary

Josie Ove 😍😍😍 3y
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OrangeMooseReads
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Loved it! Right up my history and science nerd alley. I don't think I could have read it the audio was the way to go.

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OrangeMooseReads
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Only 3 and a half hours left 😀
It is interesting.

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OrangeMooseReads
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#audioeverything today.
Man Cub got me this coloring booking for Christmas.

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OrangeMooseReads
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Did some #audiobaking until the horrible loud voice shouted in my ear that my wireless headphones were low on battery I continued without headphones.
I am absolutely loving this book.

britt_brooke Yum!! 3y
OrangeMooseReads @britt_brooke they are. I have to be incredibly conscious of eating them or I will eat all of them. 3y
Cinfhen #audiobaking win~win 😋😋😋 3y
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jdtchicago

It is natural human impulse to think of evolution as a long chain of improvements, of a never-ending advance towards largeness and complexity — in a word, towards us. We flatter ourselves. Most of the real diversity in evolution has been small-scale. We large things are just flukes — an interesting side branch.

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Beccas
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I'm loving the way things are explained in this book.

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OrangeMooseReads
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So glad I'm doing the audio for this I would NEVER be able to read it as it is I feel like my brain tunes out some times with some of the technical explanations.

howlinglibraries I've picked up the print version of this book probably half a dozen times since I bought it a few years ago and have never made it more than 50 pages because I have such a hard time focusing. 😞 3y
OrangeMooseReads @howling_libraries I would never be able to get through the print version. I can only listen for so long before I have to stop and digest. It is really interesting and good, but SO MUCH information. 3y
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OrangeMooseReads
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#audiocoloring because Man Cub has a snow day and is playing a video game. He did bring down a book to read so we will see if he does that.

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OrangeMooseReads
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I'm digging this 👍🏼
#audio-ing

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OrangeMooseReads
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I'm forced to adult this afternoon by going to the grocery store, thankfully only for a few things and I have to get my #cupidgoespostal stuff. New audiobook though to keep me company. #audioshopping can we make that a new hashtag?

JoeStalksBeck Love this book! 3y
OrangeMooseReads @Book_Addict I'm excited for it because history nerd and I love Bill Bryson 3y
JoeStalksBeck I do too! He's great! I have this book in 2 hardbacks and one paperback lol 3y
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Suzze This is one of Bryson's books that I haven't read yet. Need to get it on my list. 3y
ValerieAndBooks I have this in my TBR, thanks for the reminder that I need to start it soon! 3y
BookHermit Audioshopping is the key to surviving my monthly trip to Costco 😖 3y
OrangeMooseReads @BookHermit I can't handle the local grocery shop-all store I don't think I could ever survive Costco 3y
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Meglet
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Finally wrapped up this one. I think it took me so long just because it's a ton of information to take in. I could only read small bits at a time and then needed a break to process. Some of the author's phrasing and styling got old, but what he's done with this ambitious overview of science is overall highly successful. Be prepared though, lovers of science: you'll learn we know nothing.

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