Very interesting read; the writer attempt (as he states in the preface) to reach the professional, the student and the layman, makes this book a bit difficult to digest (I am a member of the third group...).
The added commentary and Dawkins' need to answer his critics is more then tedious and irritating at times - unnecessary additions to my taste.
I would recommend to come supplied with good deal of patience for this read - if you do, it is facinating ...
That gave the 70's it's moniker The Me Generation. And when read incorrectly it certainly makes a great case for that. But read as the genius scientific treatise that it is, we're convinced again by Dawkin's magic wit that the replicator, the proto-bearer of all individual life forms - which are really just handy bags for ferrying about the masters of replication, the almighty and neigh on immortal genes - that these replicators are the force behind the populations of the universe and that their replication is, in the Darwinian time scale, what keeps us all living, laughing, loving and most importantly, replicating.
This book is mind-blowing. It changed my understanding of biologic life, evolution and behavior. Read it, if only to play with thoughts
The audiobook edition, however, is not very good. First, half the book is narrated in the uninspiring neutral tone of Lalla Ward (the other half, told by Richard Dawkins himself, is much more engaging), and then there's the added notes.
The audio is plagued with inserted notes that were at the back of the original edition. They appear frequently, and are sometimes misplaced in relation to the context they interrupt, even quoting phrases that haven't been said yet. Worse still, while some of them are updates to the theory and mentions to more recent work, most take the form of Richard Dawkins patronizing, subtly demeaning or outright insulting his colleagues and critics
This book was fascinating and very detailed, drawing from a diverse range of research and examples. The topics covered were accurately conveyed, however at times I felt that Dawkins was placing too much emphasis on challenging his contemporaries. Otherwise really interesting.
I had hoped to hear an interesting explanation of Dawkins' thesis that evolution is the result of the selfish gene, but instead got about got an equal amount of his political views and the beginnings of what appeared to be a condemnation of anyone who disagreed with him. I have better ways to spend my time and removed the book from my player.
He could have stuck to his subject, an interesting one
It may have, but I couldn't get that far.
This book is all you need to know about the meaning of life. Much easier to listen to than the Origins of Life by Darwin and great as a listening sequel to it.
Read by the author and a lady which narration is perfect for this book, seminal work
Excellent book for the casual nerd to the university student.
I like that Dawkins came in and added updated content in 2011.