I was always a bit scheptical about the theory of evolution.
This book goes methodically through the different aspects of the theory and the different claims against it, melting one by one.
Coyne does a great job explaining evolution and brings a lot of evidence from various sciences.
The only thing it does not explain in a sufficient way is the mathematical aspect which is only touched upon lightly.
The narration is generally very good, however, the narrator treats the creationists with contemps which does not fit the empathic writing of Coyle.
All in all - a very interesting book, well written.
Say something about yourself!
I found this an interesting, thought provoking look at modern evolutionary thinking. It does do a good job of poo-pooing the right-wing "creationist" arguments as well. But the poo-pooing takes a back seat to the compelling old and new scientific arguments.
A beautiful and moving description of the wonders of evolution--probably the best description for the general reader that I have come across. It is clearly and cogently written and argued and, of course, is a great resource for anyone wanting to respond intelligently to proponents of I.D. It is much more than this, however. Anyone who wants to experience the beauty and wonder of evolution (more awe-inspiring than any "creation") will want to read this book. The lack of illustrations mentioned in the text somewhat detracts from the experience (a downloadable pdf file would solve this) but this book is good enough to have in hard copy as well audible.
I haven't finished reading it and so far so good but, why couldn't include a .pdf file for the graphics and illustrations. If you are making an audiobook wouldn't it make sense to include it???
I loved this book: it is full of evidences and they are laid out in a beautifully consistent order. I will take from it better arguments to defend something I believe: evolution theory validity. But I must say: the bits where the author tries to convince the ID believers are annoying. All of the evidences presented are overkill -- if your faith is not directed at science. So, I guess the intellectual investment would be more fruitful if directed at empowering K12 biology teachers. They have a challenge on hands and need any help scientific community could provide.
Read (or listened) to this and Dawkins' "The Greatest Show on Earth" and enjoyed them both. Though there is some overlap, they take different approaches with Coyne focusing more on data and Dawkins providing a more philosophical view. Both are scientifically solid but Coyne is, perhaps a little more rigorous with Dawkins providing more fire and wit.
Detailed, overwhelming evidence
Beautifully written, and covers many areas of research.
It won't convince many young earth creationists who are VERY creative in coming up with scientifically idiotic rebuttles - but if you are open minded & truly want to know why there is no debate about whether evolution is true in the scientific community, this is a great book.
The discoveries, in the ground, in the living, and in genes.I enjoy learning the results of research.
This book is definitely dogmatic. Thoroughly thorough.
As an audible listener I couldn't jump to different chapters, nor see referenced diagrams, etc.
The author 'trounces', (that's the right word for the details and intent), those who wish to disbelieve in evolution.
If you want facts, this book has it. I think every avenue of argument is addressed.
Nevertheless, a fascinating read.
I actually have no vested interest one way or the other Creation vs Evolution. But I have always been fascinated by the debate, its logic, what each camp assumes, what each camp ignores.
He spends far too much time ranting about how STUPID those creationist idiots are. His fawning over Darwin, and the reverence with which he utters the title of the book "Origin" might as well be referring to a prophet and a bible.
Although there are different ways to state it, most agree that there are three aspects that need to be proven separately: common descent, heritable variation that produces new forms, and natural selection. He does clearly lay out the argument and evidence for common descent and natural selection. But he is frustratingly silent about the main unproven part of Darwinian Evolution - can random variations produce novel forms.
Though I am sure he would disagree, I found several sections to be circular - "Since evolution is true it must have caused what we see in nature. We see these things in nature, therefore evolution is true."
If you not positive if the theory of evolution is true, an objective listening to this audio book will show you the evidence is overwhelming. The author clearly shows it clearly would be ignorance to think otherwise. He also gave me a greater appreciation for Darwin and how truly brilliant he was.
The book has a few blemishes.
If you are religious you will probably be offended by the authors tone. It is clear he is an atheist and appears wants to rub a religious persons nose in the evidence.
The other flaw is even though the author clearly shows the 6 thousand year age of the universe believe by many major religions is clearly wrong. There is still room for God even with evolution. Billions of years ago God to have started the whole beautiful process of evolution which would still leave room for intelligent design.
I enjoyed the book and recommend it.