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.
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.
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.
Although I found some segments oversimplified, this book provides very good explanations for those with a poor understanding of scientific concepts. unfortunately I'm not sure it will reach those who would benefit most. I did enjoy the comparisons of myth to science-based facts, very much, however a religious person would probably be infuriated by them, even though the science is explained in ways much better than I could convey to someone who doesn't understand something like evolution. I also enjoyed the dual narrators. The change in voices helps to hold attention especially while performing other tasks during which your mind might wander.
As a science degree-holder, this book was at times a bit below my "reading level", so to speak, as it explained many things which the average science enthusiast will already understand. I did still learn quite a few things, though - like how a rainbow is formed - and formed a more comprehensive understanding of still more concepts, so it was definitely an enjoyable listen.
I really think this book would be wonderful for those newly-introduced to or ill-informed on science. It does a great job deconstructing pseudoscience, mythical thinking, and general irrationality, then following up with tested and true, evidence-based explanations for everything from the Big Bang to evolution and the color spectrum. Excerpts from different cultures' myths start off most chapters, followed by the actual scientific explanation of the phenomena the myths were attempting to grasp, which makes for a unique and engaging format.
Overall, a great listen that I'd recommend to anyone old enough to understand basic science. Hearing it in Richard Dawkins' own voice was a real treat, as well.
This book is a wonderful listen. Richard and Lala are profoundly well spoken and charismatic. This book, sadly, is a short one indeed. However, It is wonderfully structured to give ancient (and on occasion recent) myths of current knowledge and to explain away the myths with rationality and science. As a university student in sciences, I found some of the chapters were boring and basic considering my prior studies In the field. Yet I must stress that to anyone not versed in advanced sciences would find this book infinitely engrossing.
Overall, I would highly recommend this piece to anyone interested in logic and science (or those needing a strong dose of either or both). Yet I would recommend one of Richards more complex writings for those already in possession of the two.
On a side note, I did thoroughly enjoy learning of these amusing myths.
Typical Richard Dawkins .... Hard core logic, entertaining, and very informative. I just wish I had half of his intellect. He is an amazing scientist and author. 5 Stars.