It was like listening to a lecture. Very interesting, entertaining and curiously appeared to have few dotted line reference to Hindu philosophy. Makes one wonder whether the ancient name of genes was Soul?
I'm new to audio books and don't know what an average length is but this felt very long. The Evolutionary Stable Systems early on though was fascinating and the game theory at the end was great.
It's an interesting topic of how our genes evolved. Very smart and academic. Great book, if you can follow.
She reads the original published book; he reads all the updates made since the publication of the original book. It's hard to keep up with all the tangents. By the time we come back to the female narrator we've forgotten what she was talking about. I wish they could release this book as the original. Tough book to follow.
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.