No B.S. reviews. I'll never soft-pedal bad writing or inept narration.
Pretty basic stuff if you are a science buff. However, pass this one along to one of those adults who really didn't pay attention in school, or to an adolescent that you care about. A great superstition-buster.
Letting the rest of the world go by
I enjoyed this book, but in comparison to his other books this one is only okay. It's similar but not as good as "The History of Nearly Everything" or "Science Matters". Each of those books cover similar topics but in more depth and better expositions.
It's unfair of me to rank this book in comparison to the author's other works. If I had not listened to all of his other books I might have rated the book a 4, but I loved his other books so much I had higher expectations for this one.
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.
Both narrators were excellent in their presentation and knowledge on all subjects on which they spoke. I am back to the library for more Professor Dawkins.
...and have the opportunity to read this as a child. The kind of book you wish your kid would read. Magical.
I admire Dawkins for his wisdom, talent for writing and excellent narration abilities. Lalla ward delivers and equally excellent narration.
I enjoyed it and learned from it despite of not being a kid since long ago.
46, father of two, son of two continents. A skeptic in Rome. That's me bathing, next time please knock...
Essential Easy Interesting
Dawkins and Ward are good readers and they work very well as a team. Dawkins's writings are all stimulating and you can always find food for thought, even in basic just above high school knowledge as the one that is in this book. I recommend it to young listeners or to curious people who are not familiar with science.
One of my favorites. Dawkins has a knack for explaining things that you did not know that you did not understand!
I always come away from a Dawkins book with increased knowledge.
Richard Dawkins creates a sense of awe and wonder of the universe that we live in, while dispelling the many myths and fairytales that have crept up over the history of humanity. The true story is far more exciting than the false myths that are perpetuated throughout societies.
The narration is outstanding and is among the most professional that I have heard. Richard and Lalla are an excellent team and a true joy to listen to.
This book covers a range of subjects such as evolution, what a rainbow is, how we know the distance to different stars and more. Several myths are examined as well, but there is no actual "magic" here. Rather, Dawkins masterfully shows how everything has a natural and rational explanation behind it.
I absolutely enjoyed this audiobook and recommend it listeners of all ages.