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.
Dawkins has good genes for incredible story teller. i wish one day we educate the world based on some simple facts illustrated by any one Dawkins books , than believing in " Harry Potter " like stories for real and worshipping the characters and killing in the name of GOD AND RELIGION CAN REST IN PEACE., so this planet will be peaceful place to LIVE. HIGHLY RECOMMEND ANY ONE OF RICHARD DAWKINS BOOK..
"Compares many other theories to Darwinian cumulative natural selection showing why they fall short."
Very detailed. I enjoy listening to Richard Dawkins and Lalla Ward. In a 15 hour book, it probably helps keep it auditorily interesting to have two voices.
I have no extensive science background and didn't study biology in school so have been trying to catch up as an adult. This book has so much detail I would not recommend it as a starter volume on evolution. But if you've read a few other books first or have a background in biology, it's very good. Also good to watch his The Blind Watchmaker videos on YouTube first.
I recommend Dawkins's The Selfish Gene and Jerry Coyne's Why Evolution Is True.
Dawkins is a terrific proponent for the thrill of philosophical scientific enquiry. A romp of a good read!
Gary R. Beddingfield
Not one of my favorites by Richard Dawkins. Followed and understood almost all of the book fairly easy. To me, the book felt like I have heard it before, maybe, because of The Selfish Gene.