Selfish gene theory explained for the novice
Dawkins covers all the end notes while Lalla Ward reads the main text. The difference works well in that it allows for Dawkin's interesting end notes without breaking the flow.
This is one of the best audiobooks I've owned. The book itself covers a complex topic well. The flow is maintained in the footnotes where Dawkins refers forward. So the classic is maintained in terms of exposition while you also get to hear how the theory was responded to and itself evolved over the decades.
If you are the sort of person who would consider this book then you will very likely be happy if you buy it.
I truly enjoyed this book. I have learned more biology in this book than all the time in school.
If I had read this book, rather than listened to it, I might not have made it through the chapters on game theory. There is so much detail about the mechanics of gene replication that I will need to listen to the book again in the near future, which I will definitely be happy to do. Both narrators do a wonderful job, I never tire of their voices.
Dr. Dawkins is a famous man with views that have been the center of controversy from various sides of the political spectrum for as long as I have been alive. Finally getting a chance to go into what I thought would be the cornerstone of his work on popular biology and evolution was great. While I do not think most of the material in here is earth shatteringly new to me, I do have to admit that I grew up in a post-Dawkins world. But that doesn't diminish the nuanced and articulate ideas expressed in this book. And by knowing the book on a first hand basis, it better prepares one to discuss the social and political aftermath of the book in a coherent manner.
This book has two narrators. Both are individually good speakers and I would have enjoyed listening to either one of them at length. However, since both speakers are interchanged it can sometimes be jarring. This is especially apt when Dr. Dawkins starts a sentence or thought and allows it to be finished by Lalla Ward. While I came to anticipate these and found them less invasive as the book continued, it was something that really did annoy me. I would have greatly preferred a single narrator for this book.
This was just incredibly hard to get into. I had a very hard time staying with the subject and finally about three quarters of the way through I started skipping through sections because it seems so repetitive the way the different colonies of birds and other animals were described. It was so incredibly tedious that I found it very very very hard to give 3 stars. But I have to just because it's Richard Dawkins and it's a famous work and most people would probably disagree with me.
I am a biologist, this may have tainted my opinion, but I must say I am happy this fellow is calling himself an ethicist these days. Biologist have enough on their plates. Good information, with such a poor delivery, amazing. Now I understand the makeup of this author's followers.
A very well written and thought provoking book. I really liked the in-depth additions made to the audiobook.
There are basically two storylines
Lalla Ward- original story
Richard Dawkins - new additions, in-depth explanations, new research, new uses
If you just want to know about the actual content, the audio version will be very lengthy. The additions are longer than the original story itself, so this is a case of preference. Personally I liked the way Richard Dawkins is reasoning with the listener.
I definitely recommend this audiobook