It took a while to finish, but it would be worth a second round of listening.
This is probably an excellent book to read, but the audiobook is spoiled by the author’s interruptions of his narrator. He interjects footnotes and often breaks in with a self-satisfied air explaining why he is correct and other scientists wrong. The rest of the time he seems to be enlarging on points made adequately in the book, doing this so frequently and tediously that the book’s coherence is lost. I lost patience with it about halfway through.
There are dozens and dozens of concepts packed into this book. I figure I assimilated maybe three of them. Dawkins' ad nauseum examples do not help my learning. I am glad I read it, as it is surely a very important book. But I spent waaaay too long at it for what I came away with. One more thing: for an audio book a good narrator is crucial. Dawkins should never narrate his own books. His voice is annoying: plaintive, defensive. He seems preoccupied with who is right and who is wrong.
The author offers concise and powerful empirical accounts of the natural world. The hint of ostentation never quite clears the air however. The author seems to have already proven a unified theory to himself, which may in itself be the bust proclaiming a unified theory. There is little hope or account of our species' unique emotional and social palettes. The Higgs field is not present in a vacuum for this guy. Could not finish it and I thought I finished reading everything.
Yes, if he or she had some patience for biology and some curiosity about genetics in detail. It rewards the careful listener, and while not a light read, it is accessible and stimulating.
The eleventh chapter on memes is exciting. Perhaps the best-known of the sections, although I am not sure Dawkins back in the mid-70s anticipated this via the Internet.
I liked discussions, embryonic given their later expansion into The God Delusion, of snippets of how religious beliefs were found erroneous or risible. Agree or not, this is memorable.
The fact that we lack any grand purpose other than to serve as vehicles for the immortal replicator. While Schopenhauer was never cited, this force that drives us to reproduce despite the consequences and drain on our resources and time is a sobering perspective.
The alternation of Dawkins' genial donnish tones and his partner Leila Ward's spry delivery is a great way to keep readers alert. They serve to discuss the material, with its updates for this 2011 presentation, and to show what has and has not changed in the subject since 1976
Even as a believer in creation, I thoroughly enjoyed this books scientific approach to explaining the behaviors of our genes and the selfish nature that often drives them.
I was afraid this book was going to get tedious and boring, but to my surprise it wasn't. I feel I have a much better understanding of how evolution really works
Perspective was insightful into the selfish aims of the immortal replicating genes. I especially liked the chapter about the prisoner's dilemma. Loved listening to the author's narration as he alternated the reading with the female narrator La La Wars.
Too much time spent on the reasoning and comparison of the previous book and the updated version. I just wanted the scientific info, but it was so boring and drawn out that I didn't want to waste my time.