I thought I had a working understanding of genetics and it's affect on the world around us. Prof. Dawkins took me on a ride that opened my eyes not just to the effects but the beautiful simplicity of the systems that caused us to be.
As all of Dr Dawkins books are, this book is outstanding. It explains why genetics works as it does. Very clear.
Really makes you look at life in a totally different light. If you're thinking about getting this book, I highly recommend it, and the performance was really great as well.
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.