I rate as follows: 5-Best of the best, 4-LOVED it, 3-LIKED it, 2-Meh, 1-Didn't like it. Fav genres: sci-fi/fantasy, fiction, science
Even though I am a scientist (though not a biologist), I must admit that I had only a basic understanding of evolution before listening to this book. Not only do I now know the varied and mutually reinforcing evidence for evolution, but I have gained a much greater appreciation of the elegance and beauty of evolution. This book was an absolute joy to listen to, and I would recommend it to anyone who wants to have their mind blown by learning about the astonishing miracle of life which we largely take for granted.
My only complaint is that Richard Dawkins has such a great voice, I don't understand why there is a second narrator. It seems like sometimes they switch at points where there might be something like a sidebar in the text (just guessing), but otherwise it seems like they just alternate passages for no particular reason. Laila Ward also has a nice voice, and does a very good job, but I, for one, would have preferred to have Dawkins narrate the whole thing.
This book is a must for anyone who wants to know more about evolution. Really, it should be a required text for anyone interested in science at all. Dawkins work is extensive and every point he makes is new and fresh. The book features several examples and boatloads of real, easy to understand evidence. It will be hard for just about anyone to read this book and doubt evolution ever again. It was a fantastic and eye-opening book.
I was unpleasantly shocked to hear the statistics of my fellow humans being so ignorant to reject natural selection, in that was the largest argument that it exists. I am quite serious.
But a wonderful informative fact packed and postulating book. Thank you for sharing your thoughts and your experiences. It must be fun to just use your mind and be surrounded by many interesting thoughts. Wonderful thanks again.
Dawkins shines here on this topic and his knowledge of evolution is truly vast. These aren't just old arguments and evidence that you've heard a thousand times over. This book contains mountains of evidence, some of which was only discovered in the publication year.
Having Dawkins read his own work, in my opinion, brings a lot to this book. He knows where to place the emphases and how to make everything flow. His wit clearly comes through and it really is entertaining to listen to.
A must read/listen!
Accuracy and the subjective look at evolution and the misinformed modern arguments against it.
Laugh a bit, and I didn't expect such a strong support from clergy for the theory of evolution.
Sound was a bit tinny and washed out, but that's my only complaint.
This book taught me all the facts and evidence about evolution and provides plenty of ammunition to combat the arguments from young earth creationists.
I have read as well as listened to The God Delusion. The God Delusion puts forth evidence why God most likely doesn't exist but assumes the truth of evolution from the beginning without providing any evidence for it. The Greatest Show On Earth focuses on this and does an excellent job of it.
Spectacular! I had so many "ah ha" moments during this book as fairly difficult to understand subjects were explained to me with such eloquence and simplicity by Richard Dawkins that I could scarcely understand why my teachers in high school didn't tell me these things. This book really should be required reading for every high school student in the U.S. Loved it, absolute loved it!
I'm extremely picky about which audio books I download so they are all really good or I return them. This one stands apart. I could easily rank it in my top 5
Richard Lenski's experiment
The timbre of his voice and the refinement of the performance is "like wiping your ass with silk"
The degree of detail present in the narration was most interesting. This is one worth several listens due to the number of items worth remembering for future reference. I especially enjoyed hearing Dawkins and Ward doing the reading.
I have not heard any of their other performances, but their involvement would clearly influence me in favor of future purchases.
I wanted to hear it all at once, but it was too long for me to do so. Fortunately I finally had a long period of driving that enabled me to have more continuity. I did miss seeing the illustrations, but that is what happens with an audio book!
I am glad I added this one to my collection.
If you don't understand evolution then this explains in both great detail and at the same time simply how it works. There are so many that just deny what is in front of their eyes and replace it by various fairy stories. Remember even the Vatican accepts evolution!