The simple elegance, and the numerous examples of what he was talking about. You didn't need to trust him, because he provided examples of everything.
Richard Dawkins "The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution". It covers the sam esubject but with more modern research and examples.
There is only one- Mr. Darwin.
The discussion of the Slave ants. Intriguing.
I highly recommend this book. It answered so many questions I had. Now mind, it is a bit outdated now. While all the general ground rules remain the same there is a plethora of new research that you will find covered in more detail in Mr. Dawkins "The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution".
YES. If you're a non science student, it can be difficult to plow through a large science text like this. Now that Dawkins reads it so well to you, anyone can just sit back and SOAK IN Darwin's ground breaking revelation.
A person can actually keep pace with Darwin's realizations that the other naturalist of his time were flat WRONG.
Richard Dawkins obviously feels strongly about Darwin's work, he brings energy and clairity.
For me, it would have been a tough time reading a tome like this. It would have sat half read for months or even years. Having it narrated by Dawkins was a treat and the book was consumed in 3 days.
For years I have heard and been taught the basics of Darwin. I have always been reluctant to read such a book as this due the my own fear of understanding. This is such an easy and understandable book that I have already recommended it to many friends. Hope you enjoy the read as much as I did.
They cut out all the bits that were hard to listen to (such as the long descriptions of charts you don't get to see with this format) and stuck to the most relevant parts of the book. I really appreciated the editor's notes, because it gives some context for this 157-year-old text (he mentions Lamark quite a bit, or references Lamarkian theories. Nobody without a biology BS will remember who that guy is).
As always, Dawkins is a superb voice actor. He makes it so clear and easy to understand even the most archaic turns of phrase. I started out trying to listen to the (much cheaper) unabridged copy of this audiobook narrated by Bill DeWees. While DeWees spoke clearly, and each word was enunciated clearly, the guy read like he was listing side effects off the back of a laxative box. I made it 2 hours in and had to stop.
Dawkins and this abridged copy held my interest to the very end (not that it's that much longer than 2 hours, but I have a 45 minute commute. That's a long time to listen to someone talk in a sitting.) it kept me awake through my drive, and even had me listening on my headphone in lab.
All in all, I am very pleased.
After 150+ years, astoundingly, there are very few editors notes added to update the content of this book , that's amazing. Charles Darwin was way ahead of his time. Nice job narrating from Richard Dawkins.
Dawkins narration is so powerful because you can hear the conviction of those words, and that he shares the awe Darwin must have had for the natural world. The work itself is imaginative, vivid, audacious and a masterclass in composition. From such spare data, Darwin inferred the conditions of the primordial sea, and set a new research programme for biology in one stroke - all the while predicting criticisms and answering them promptly.
how could you not love a reading of this book by Richard Dawkins?! Plus I wasn't aware there is a movie, as well. I urge you to give both a chance, you will not be disappointed.