"Too irritating to finish"
Have you ever had a meeting with a salesman who is on a day out with his manager and every few minutes the manager chips in with corrections and comments? After about 30 minutes you're ready to throw them both out of your office. That's what its like listening to this book. Dawkins' wife reads the original text which is interpolated by Dawkins himself with commentary and end notes.
The interruptions to the narrative are infuriating and I found myself grinding my teeth in anticipation of the next one. It doesn't help that Dawkins himself comes over as smug, superior and self-important.
I already shared Dawkins point of view before I started the book but found myself wishing that I didn't.
If you are going to add so much to your original work then you should re-write it.
One that may be better read than listened to.
"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.
"Spoiled by argumentative author's pedantry"
too much self justifying response to decades old arguments by the author- and do we really need a lecture in the pronunciation of 'algae', I think not..
"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.
"Each to his own format...."
I think this is a tremendously important book, and everyone should own it. But I'm just not sure that it is suited to the audiobook format. Some of the concepts can be quite complicated and I prefer to have a book in my hand when I feel the need to re-read something a couple of times... You are perfectly entitled to disagree and if you think you can digest a reasonably complex layman's book on science via audio then go for it.
However, I'm also not a fan of Lalla Ward's contributions. I find her more of a hindrance to understanding than a help (especially in 'The God Delusion' where a second voice was meant to clarify the narrative).
My advice to people is to actually buy the book physically, or as an eBook... sorry audible ;p
"A must read for any biologist."
Dawkins has a phenomenal use of the English language. Not only a scientist and a keen observer, he is a natural writer, using beautiful metaphors and analogies. (some of which he mentions have worked against him among an audience too skeptical to humor the witty title "selfish gene")
Had I the time, I would have happily listened to this in one sitting.
Richard Dawkins has lead an interesting life. He is full of anecdotes, and has a clearly superior grasp on the topic in discussion. Compared to other evolutionary scientists he can appear somewhat more aggressive with his distaste to creationism. If you are a disbeliever in evolution or a believer in a deity, the written copy of the book, or a viable alternative, may be an easier pursuit.
This is one of those books that everyone should read at least once. It makes you realise that we are just vessels for immortal replicators that use us as a 'survival machine'.
Only criticism is that I would have preferred it if the book had been presented by someone else. Richard Dawkins and his wife's voices and delivery do not lend themselves to an audiobook.
I also found in parts that this book couldn't decide whether it was a popular science book or a textbook - flitting between the two.
Overall excellent though and would recommend
The fact that the author himself rewards this, just adds to its value. I will have to listen again.
"Struggled to finish"
Struggled to finish this book. The author's end notes broke up the flow too much. The end notes also annoyed me because they varied between defensive and self-important.
"Richard Dawkins' voice."
Richard Dawkins' voice is not suited for this, unless he was going for the meme hiss he talked about towards the end of the book.