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by | Read by Bill Bryson

Contemporary Culture • 6 hrs. • Abridged • © 2003

In his first major work in three years, Bryson takes on, well, everything. From the components of the atom to the size of the universe to the age of the Earth, Bryson describes the history behind scientific discovery. Sometimes mystified, often admiring, Bryson regales listeners with the follies and feats in science. It's amazing how much we know and how we found it out. It's astounding, however, how much we have yet to learn. Listeners may have to work a bit harder in this departure from Bryson's usual travel writing. His easy pace and sincere delivery, however, make names, dates, and concepts digestible. It's a pleasure to hear Bryson's voice, like that of an old friend, remind us how incredible existence is. Not to be missed. J.M.P. (c) AudioFile 2003, Portland, Maine [Published: AUG/SEP 03]



Retail pak • Random House Audio • 2003

CS ISBN 0739303104 $25.95 • Four cassettes

CD ISBN 0739302949 $29.95 • Five CDs

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