"A real eye opener"
I will listen to this book over and over again because of the immense detail.
Clear and easy to understand their voices.
Very well written and read, additional notes are read at the end chapter to make the book flow nicely.
"An engaging portrait of our fundamentals!"
This updated edition of The Selfish Gene showcases much of what people love and hate about Richard Dawkins' preferences when presenting his theses. An unquestionably solid empirical approach to explaining his theory of the form, function and dissemination of genes tainted in part by a somewhat arrogant demand that you either accept his conclusions or admit that you are at best being obtuse, or at worst, a religious zealot.
Interesting examples are presented to assist the listener understand how genes move down through the generations, perhaps the most interesting are those that detail why certain genes proliferate and others fall away as they engage in a possibly hopeless mission to achieve a stable evolutionary strategy.
Undoubtedly the best explanation of gene theory I've encountered thus far.
The narration performance by Dawkins and Ward is quite good and logically implemented.
I have bought other Dawkins audiobooks, this is probably the most satisfying.
"not very well adapted to audio"
struggled to stay interested the whole way through. the voice changes are very off putting
"Still holds it's own after all these years"
I first read this book over 30 years ago (gosh) and on re-reading is as good now as it was then.
There have been a number of addenda added to the book and Richard reads these at the appropriate place on the way through which does a good job of keeping both the flow and relevance all the way through. There are a couple of points where he is suitably embarrassed about his comparisons to technology that has clearly moved on but this is only to be expected.
Lalla is excellent as the reader as well, I found her very easy to listen to and she used intonation to show she knew the topic well and to draw you into the "story".
Lalla Ward narrated her part very well, but I found this to be spoiled by Richard Dawkins reading additional material. If Richard Dawkins had interwove the amendment more and either read the book himself or left it to Lalla Ward to read ( which I personally think would have been good ) I might have liked the book more. This title I would not overly recommend. But if a friend wanted to have a longer sample I would lend them my iPad rather than tell them to buy the book.
"A must read!"
I have listened to it 5 times already and will definitely return to it. It's a deep and complex book, explaining the core ideas of biology in a simple and elegant manner.
Yes, couldn't stop listening!
This is a must read for every even semi-intelligent person. No question about it!
Well written and easy to listen too. I'm very pleased with my purchase of this audiobook!
This is one of the best audio books I've listened to so far. Dawkins and Ward read very clearly and make it easy to listen to the book forever. The arguments in this book are very elaborately explained and comprehensible to a mortal human. I also loved that Dawkins explains what he does not mean by XYZ, it made it even more comprehensible. Sometimes I thought that references were slightly confusing, but this may be due to the fact that I had a couple of days break between listening sessions, maybe if you listen more frequently you'll remember all the arguments supported by the references.
I definitely would recommend this audio book!
The book itself is incredibly informative and well written. The audio adaptation is a quality production as you might expect.
A wonderful text, a pleasure to listen to. Dawkins shows his in depth understanding of evolutionary biology and manages brilliantly to convey its wonders to the listener