I love Dawkins in general but this is pretty much just a rehashing of previous work.
Great for a "first Dawkins book" reader.
This one is ok, presented well, and I liked the presentation and the author, and narration of the team. Breaks it up from having one speaker the entire book. Appreciated the effort of gathering the knowledge presented, and when to say "I don't understand."
Now this tells you about the DNA, Universe, religion, myths.... type thing. Giving the science side of the house. All valid stuff and good. So if you've never listened to one of these "everything about everything" volumes then I recommend it, and learned a few more things. The slight bias is to describe how the science point of view is correct, and once you get past the stories, myths, and non-logic of the other beliefs, the science presented is "what's really true." But that is what their theme is, so its on path with the sub-title. So, between the vast amount of science info, intermixed with the stated bias, its a lot of info and an interesting listen. I follow the science side of the house myself, but I also know that, 'what you believe is what's true for you and how you perceive the universe,' so... there's that. Enjoy, I recommend it.
The sub-head "How we know what's really true" led me to believe the book would be about how to refute and rebut arguments from the religious right on the validity of the Bible, etc.
Instead it's a rather dull science textbook written for pre-teenagers.
And unfortunately the woman's voice and intonation makes it seem that she is speaking to someone who doesn't understand English.
I like Hawkins, but not this.
a great look at how thing work and how they fits together and there is a true magic to it all that is real
I'll disclaim that I only read about half the book, giving it a solid try because I've liked other books by Dawkins. But this just had nothing that interesting or new for someone with a even cursory science education.
the book explains facts like darwin theroy
the book skips like a broken record
the book skips like a broken record
If you have read or studied physics, astronomy, etc. much beyond the high school level, you'll quickly become bored and soon put it down. If not you may find it an easy read on those topics. The book starts in early on the Bible and religion as if Wikipedia has been around since 1 A.D.and everyone should know better. The "Myths and Superstitions" it debunks...well, to be nice, not news to most people with any science background.
All of it was awesome!!
The way they took turns reading was really cool & the fact that it's their book!!
The fact that Richard Dawkins & Lalla Ward both read it.
This book was excellent but not what I expected after "The God Delusion"; it was more of a precursor to "The God Delusion" which is a knockover book that EVERYONE MUST READ, (*Listen too)!!"The Magic of Reality" seemed like an advanced 8th grade to college 101 level biology, physics, quantum physics, chemistry & other sciences,( mostly biology), set to a colorful & whimsical tone - It's truly BEAUTIFULLY written & the fact that Richard Dawkins & Lalla Ward both read it taking turns made it even a greater experience ->Loved it!!
I gave the hardcover to my son along with The God Delusion for his birthday and my 2 other sons got copies for Christmas - It mades an awesome gift & it's physically gorgeous too & beautifully illustrated.
**Super impressive does not touch it!!**
This is an easy recommendation to even the "believer" bc of the title. If the dumbass doesn't know who the author is than it's a slam-dunk....what's not to be captivated by?
Birder, GIS Specialist, and all-round great guy.
Probably not for a well-educated adult scientist but definitely a great listen for a young person interested in science. I consider myself the former but I still enjoyed it a lot and I'm sure I learned a few things (about science and mythology) and got a good review of a few things I already knew. Not really deep but just a great broad overview of science and the process we must go through to determine what is real and what is not. The author provides a number of examples of commonly accepted ideas that have been proven wrong through science and opens the reader's mind to the vast possibilities of potential new discoveries in the future.