This is a excellent explanation of the evidence for natural selection. It is geared at the level accessible for everyone, but only just, perhaps, and the audio book does suffer from the loss of figures as well as a couple odd pronunciations. But beyond that, this is an excellent work worth listening to filled with many examples.
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.