yes, very good basic explanations for exactly what the title says.
the bible, because it destroys the book of genesis.
I've read many, many different explanations and proofs of biological evolution. Jerry Coyne is the most lucid and easy to understand so far. He doesn't presuppose the superiority of the scientific method that Dawkins does in The Greatest Show On Earth. Coyne takes time to explain why these methods are sound, and how science arrived at its current understanding.
Coyne is able to make his arguments in clear and concise language that is understandable to the non-scientist. Other scientists tend to be verbose when discussing their area of expertise. As a scientist myself, I usually edit science books in my head as I read them. I wouldn't change a word of this.
If you have an elementary (basic) grasp of evolution, this book will go into detail about the process -- citing scientific facts, fossil discoveries, etc.
My one criticism of the book is not in the content but in some of the creative choices made in the reading of the book -- in particular the narrator's choice to do an English accent when reading quotes by Charles Darwin. Most of the passages quoted are long and the narrator tends to slip in and out of some kind of English accent. It would have been preferable for the narrator to keep reading consistently in his native accent.
If you can bear the occasional jolt of the narrator's less-than-convincing English accent, you just might learn a lot from this book.
An excellent comprehensive dissertation on Evolution, and a brilliant systematic destruction of the ridiculous religious notion of creationism. Jerry Coyne progresses logically but with a passionate conviction born of scientific materialism, through the past wealth of accumulated knowledge garnered by mankind over a fleetingly brief period of our evolutionary history is the one species capable of figuring a lot of the stuff out, rather than relying on the fears and superstitions of the ancients.
This is an excellent overview of evolution and some of the documentation for the interested non scientist interested in learning about the subject matter. The only (understandable) downside is the lack of illustrations.
The narration isn't a distraction which is the biggest issue with most audio books. This narrator does a solid B+ job. I'd give him an A but self read books sometimes have a little something that professional narrators don't alway bring.
The topic and content of the book are written very well. I do not subscribe to the theory of evolution and I do feel like there are holes in Coyne's description but he has more than anyone laid out a great explanation. Any problems if have with the material are not a lack of the quality and care of the evidence he brings but instead my own questions that were unanswered. Still I'd say this is a must read for anyone that does not believe in Evolution.