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A Short History of Nearly Everything.

Bill Bryson. 2003. Read by Richard Matthews. 15 cds. Books on Tape. 0-7366-9320-3. $80.00. Vinyl; content notes. SA

More than an ordinary textbook, this covers everything from Anthropology to Zoology, from outer to inner space, from microbes to blue whales, from atoms to the boundless infinity of space with numerous stops in between. It includes smiles and laughs in place of footnotes.

Bryson has done an encyclopedia-load of scientific research, but he presents it with an anecdotal, light touch. What a stroke of genius to have Matthews read; with his dry British accent, often Monty Pythonian in delivery; he is absolutely perfect here. With a wink or a sly leer that comes across in his narration, Matthews is magnificent. Miles Klein. Frisco, TX

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