Maybe. If my friend was having trouble understanding or accepting the theory of evolution, I would recommend the book.
It was anticlimactic. The book is nonfiction and isn't really a "story" so it doesn't have that sort of climax like a novel would have.
By having the two of them narrate, they are able to do things like have one person explain something and the other person can quote others to make a point. That part worked well. Other than that, it was essentially the two of them trading off the narration. The other part that was fun for me is their accents and pronunciation.
For me, it was way too long. There were a few points they made along the way that were somewhat of an "ah-hah!" moment for me. But since I already had a pretty solid understanding of evolution by natural selection, the discussions got dragged out far longer than my attention span.
The book was written 30 years ago, and while the theory of evolution hasn't fundamentally changed in that time, some of the examples used in the book could use an update.
like all books by Richard Dawkins, this one is very interesting and explains the subject in easy to understand terms. no way i would have finished the paper version, so i'm glad this title is available on Audible
Amazing explanation on how a complex life form have evolved from simple form... loved it..
Though his examples are somewhat dated in the sense that newer discoveries have allowed for fresher examples, they are none the less still revealing and accesible helping to flesh out the explanation of not only how Darwinism makes sense of biological data but is so far the only method man has thought of that can explain the emergence of complexity.
Good Grief! I am a chemist and know what evolution is and accept it thoroughly as it applies to all living beings. Nevertheless, I could not listen past chapter five of this rambling sanctimonious miserable book, fearing that I may stop accepting evolution all together.
To add insult to injury, Dawkins gives us the gift of his "eloquence" by droning on and on and on in his attempt to channel Charles Darwin, but succeeding only to bore the living daylights out of us.
With friends of evolution like Dawkins on our side, who needs the creationist nuts. If you have a background in science or are an open-minded objective person, you already accept Evolutionary approach and do not need this book. If, on the other hand, you are not familiar with Darwin's work and would like to know about Evolution, then definitely avoid this book.
I would recommend it to those with an interest in evolution, but with reservations. It is 80% good, but sometimes comes across as peevish and pedantic, in particular the chapter on punctuated equilibrium.
I actually preferred Prof. Dawkins' narration of the "Origin of Species".
I am sure Prof. Dawkins enjoyed doing a project with his wife, and justified this on the basis of her being a classically trained actor. However the switching between one voice and another became annoying, and sometimes confusing, when it was done in the middle of a passage expressing a single idea.