Say something about yourself!
For all the creationists out there and for smart people who want a good read, this should be mandatory in high school science classes.
This book is definitely among my favorites to listen to, ever. I have listened to it at least three times through now and it delivers something new every time. It is very well written in Richard Dawkins' distinctive style - smart, humorous, thoughtful and engaging. I can imagine Dawkins to be a superb teacher who makes his students fall in love with the subject.The narration is amazing. The best out of all the books I have ever listened to. In fact all of Dawkins' books are a true pleasure to listen - he is very passionate about his subject and knows it inside and out. Sometimes i listen to one of his books (I have bought every single one of them and they are all fantastically narrated) just because it is such a pleasure to listen to him and Lalla Ward perform it.
The story comes to life when narrated by Richard Dawkins and Lalla Ward. I have read all of Dawkins' books and they are brilliant, but I definitely prefer to listen to him narrate, so I have bought and listened to all of the available audio versions as well. Ever since getting an audio version of a book i never went back to the paper version. That is probably because the books are written in a conversational style (which makes them so lovely to read) so to listen to an actual conversation is real fun.
Definitely yes, it didn't take me long to finish - and start again - it kept me up some nights
Maybe Richard Dawkins but not Richard Dawkins and Lalla Ward
The story does not flow. There is poor timing regarding the inputs from Lalla Ward. The changes between the two are abrupt. A different combination of readers may have been better. The two voices and expressions do not compliment each other. It is just not the right combination.
It is a good topic and there are good points put forward but extremely repetitive. Maybe it is for people who understand less about the topic. It comes across as the author is being condescending or making things oversimplified. It appears as though the author is belittling the readers' intelligence/intellect.
Suggestions on higher order books in this genre?
Near the top
(Not a story) A non fiction piece that was easy to listen to, and an excellent explanation of evolution,
I've listened to a few books by Dawkins and feel that this is the weakest of them so far. I particularly enjoyed the Selfish Gene, however I didn't really learn anything "new" in this book and found it to drag on. I started listening at 2x speed just to get through it. Nonetheless, there were a few points where I stopped, slowed down and listened intently and very much enjoyed those segments. There just were not enough of them for me to give the book more than a two star rating. Others may well enjoy the book, especially if they have not read any other works by Dawkins.
The basic information is fine, but the author spends at least 50% of the time on distractions, tangents, superfluous information, and digressions.
If you have read Dawkins lastest works, you might question the point of reading one of his earlier works as I did. But Dawkins is writing in a freer less self critical way,and it makes it fun.
I have a mixed feeling about this.
If you understand the subject yes. I tend to listen at 2x to 3x. This book is diffidently a 2x book.
Incredible number of analogies to explain a simple point. Dare I say arrogant attitude in the narrative. Haven't finished listening, don't know if I will return. I am a biologist, and an evolutionist and still don't understand why some people think God is an instant magician.
Did not finish the book, and may not. The book is not going to enlighten any Creationists, it may bore the h--l out of them.
Extremely dated. Unnecessarily laborious in a-b-c logic. I have read more recent books by Dawkins and thought this would prove entertaining; it wasn't. I am a university professor in a surgical field. Although I personally am an atheist who marvels at those who refer to the "theory of evolution", I make no effort to convert others to my own philosophy of life and man's rather limited and transient role in the universe. Dawkin's dawdled on details of his arguments to the point I forgot what his original argument was. He became more entertaining and mercurial in his later years, but evidently started off slowly. I thought this would give me some historical context of Dawkins but instead gave me a nap.
No further Dawkins or Hitchens. I'm comfortable with my beliefs and don't require further validation.
How could it have been worse?
Maybe a good book on membrane theory?
5 graders may learn something, but anybody older would learn nothing from the book.
The book was 5 grader level. Apparently the author just want to write something to make money.