- Audio CD
- Publisher: BBC Audiobooks Ltd; Unabridged edition (27 May 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1408427621
- ISBN-13: 978-1408427620
- Product Dimensions: 14.8 x 7.5 x 12.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (452 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 524,674 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
At Home: A Short History of Private Life: Complete and Unabridged (BBC Audio) Audio CD – Audiobook, Unabridged
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"A work of constant delight and discovery...His great skill is to make daily life simultaneously strange and familiar, and in so doing, help us to recognise ourselves. A treasure: don't leave home without it" (Judith Flanders Sunday Telegraph)
"Enchanting... Bryson tackled science in his brilliant A Short History of Nearly Everything. This new book could as easily be categorised as 'a short history of nearly everything else'... extraordinarily entertaining" (Antonia Senior The Times)
"Not just hugely readable but a genuine pageturner... None of these things, needless to say, are as easy as Bryson in his ever-genial way makes them seem" (James Walton Daily Telegraph)
"Entertaining, fact-packed... He is a cheery, idiosyncratic guide, eclectic rather than scholarly, a true populariser. At Home will have every reader eyeing home rather differently" (Financial Times)
"The much-loved writer takes the attention to detail that made A Short History of Nearly Everything such a fantastic guide to all things science, and applies it to our homes. Written in his laid-back style, this is a wonderful celebration of what makes a house a home" (News of the World) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
The brand new Bryson for 2010. Will do for social history what A Short History of Nearly Everything did for science. --This text refers to an alternate Audio CD edition.See all Product Description
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So once again I read this through with great enjoyment and picked up lots of little nuggets of the odd and the interesting. Having said that, however, I did find that I had a sense of deja vu about this book; many of the anecdotes it contains seem to have been recycled from some of his other books (I think that I can recognise quite a lot of them from "Made in America" for example, where they were hung about a framework of American language, rather than around the structure of his wanderings from room to room of his house in Norfolk).Read more ›
In the chapter headed `The Study', such a reader might reasonably have expected to find discussions of such things as the evolution of books in the home, or the history of cabinets of curiosities and other study furniture. Not a bit of it. In the Bryson rectory the room called the study is what most of us would call a junk room and for some reason is the only room where mouse traps do their job. This is the `excuse' for a review, that is the whole chapter, of rodents and creepy crawlies in the house, including a long discussion of the important role of bats in the ecosystem and brief history of man's attempts to eradicate them! This is an extreme example, but all the other chapters are full of digressions.
Does this mean that this book is therefore a failure? Not at all. As in `A Short History of Nearly Everything', the chapters are crammed full of interesting facts and amusing anecdotes written in Bryson's relaxed witty style that he has honed to perfection in his popular travel books.Read more ›
On the plus side, it was all very interesting and Bryson's writing is lively and entertaining. His digressions often left me wanting to read up more on a particular subject or individual. That being said, on finishing you are left with the feeling that you have been slightly conned into reading a completely different book to the one you were expecting.
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Mr Bryson has the ability of enthusing what might be considered the most mundane of topics with humour wit and wisdom. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Crystal Mouse
Another brilliant book from Bill Bryson. I don't think he could write a bad book if he tried! Couldn't put it down.Published 6 days ago by Susan Sheppard
This book almost defies description. On one level it’s a history of each room in the house, but on the way it takes in hundreds of other facts and curiosities: kerosene, scurvy,... Read morePublished 23 days ago by E Evans
At home is packed with amazing facts and takes the reader back in time in way that only Bill Bryson can. Its funny and informative. It is a joy to tead.Published 29 days ago by Danny Dunne
A fascinating history of English life at home brought to life by Bryson from his own home here in England. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Gadget Lover
Bought as a Christmas present the recipient love it. Well written and well thought out, Bill Bryson also narrates well (in fact all is "well").Published 1 month ago by IJS
Entertaining at times but it does go on and sometimes repeats. Needs a better editor, but I am learning a lot with this book.Published 1 month ago by mypenname