At Home

At Home

A Short History of Private Life

Audiobook CD - 2010
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Surprised by how little he knew of the things that made his home life so comfortable, author Bill Bryson decided study each room in his house and discover how they came to be. Here, with trademark humor and wit, Bryson chronicles the history of domesticity.
Publisher: [New York] : Random House Audio ; Holland, OH. : Distributed by Midwest Tape, 2010
Edition: Unabridged ed
ISBN: 9780739315262
0739315269
Branch Call Number: CDB 643.1 B848A 2010
CDB 643.1 B848A 2010
Characteristics: 13 sound discs (16 hr.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in
Alternative Title: Short history of private life

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AL_LESLEY Nov 10, 2016

Bill Bryson is awesome. I was a bit dubious at first with the Dewey classification being in the home section but this is really a history book within which Bryson uses the home to navigate between topics. There are so many quirky and fascinating tidbits of information in this book told in Bryson's clever and uniquely entertaining voice, I would recommend this to anyone.

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TheIronPaw
Mar 16, 2013

Bryson takes us on a tour of his house stopping in each room to discuss history in a very disjointed but fascinating manner. In his typically light hearted style he discusses things from the building of the Eiffel Tower, to London's cholera epidemic, to Victorian table settings, to the building of Jefferson's Montebello House, to Britain's aristocracy marrying American heiresses to pay their bills. I note some reviews are critical of Bryson's approach as being too much a Britishphile and being too critical of the USA. I found neither of these to be the case, he equally praises and criticizes both. This is a thoroughly enjoyable read.l

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LibrarianGeek
Feb 11, 2013

This was a great book to listen to. Bryson weaves together facets of British and world history and uses them to discuss how they have influenced the ways we construct our homes and furnish them. I learned more reading this book than in all my years of high school and college history, particularly the flow of events and their impact on daily life for people in Europe and the North America. My next listen will be A Short History of Nearly Everything!

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IV27HUjg
Dec 24, 2012

If I were to select one book for a deserted island this is it. Love it. Endless enjoyment for me as are all his books.

Maggie_Rose520 Oct 10, 2012

I was disappointed with the audio book. I had thought that since it was narrated by the author that we, the listeners, would hear more humor or dry wit. However, by then of the first disk I was so distracted by what I could only imagine being a piece of hard-candy in Bryson’s mouth that I couldn’t bear to listen any more. I guess this is one of the titles best narrated by professionals or read in the print form.

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johnspin67
Jul 07, 2012

I've never enjoy all my jr. high, high school or college history classes half as much as I enjoyed this book. Would that other history classes showed you the effect that even ancient history still has on our lives.

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cairnfern
Jan 20, 2012

Bryson's knack for statistics and going off on tangents are what makes "At Home" so endlessly fascinating and an enjoyable listen. His essays are interspersed with plenty of humour. I chortled and guffawed through all 18 chapters.

bgentes Feb 13, 2011

Hypnotic, very enjoyable

Nwagner Nov 24, 2010

Bryson seems to take his subject a bit too seriously. The reader gets bogged down in the rolling out of endless facts and figures, and all this without Bryson's trademark humor.

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