For non-fiction audiobooks I've listened to I would have to rank this one toward the top. I truly enjoyed it and never really found a spot where I became bored or just forced my way through listening to it. A minor thing that bothered me was that there were at least a dozen times where a topic would be mentioned only for the narrator to say something along the lines of "we will get to that in a later chapter." For some reason it just seemed like he brought it up so many times that it got annoying. This was just a minor thing and entirely tolerable since the main content of the book was fun and engaging.
I can't pick a particular moment, but I enjoyed how most chapters started out
I am always a fan when the author of a book narrates it to me. I thought both performed well although I thought when Lalla Ward would kind of just step in and start talking it would throw me off a little bit. I would have preferred to just have Richard Dawkins narrate everything.
Real Science for Magic Secrets
I've never read or listened to book by Richard Dawkins but it seems like this one was a great book to get a taste of what he is about. I will likely be trying out some of his other books.
Say something about yourself!
The authors tell an interesting story from a scientific point of view after each myth they bring as an explanation of our world and the most interesting questions of our times.
Dawkins is a clear and deep thinker.
Every aspect of his writing is elegantly thought out for the reader's optimal absorption and thoroughly explained in precise detail, just like all of Dawkins' writing.
With this book, the microscope is dialed back so the reader can get a GENERAL introduction to all important scientific concepts and a primer in critical thought.
As usual, Dawkins and his wife deliver a smooth and enjoyable listening experience, with emphasis on words that only the author can deliver. The well planned division between the male and female voices make sections distinct and more memorable.
This is a must listen for everyone as is Fabric of the Cosmos, and The Selfish Gene. Magic of Reality first then the other two, in that order.
Dawkins does a wonderful job walking the reader through the basics of science. Even if you're familiar with all the concepts it's still fun to review.
However, Dawkins seems to have a need to bully any religious faith. That position subtracted from the enjoyment of the book.
Dont be fooled by other reviews. This book is most definitely for adult listeners. While I liked this book for its science theories and evolutionary views I also noticed a great deal of mockery and sarcasim towards biblical stories and other close held befliefs of the Christian world. Many children wont be able to distinguish the two views and how both God and science can be true if they read this book.
I enjoyed the unique angles and perspectives on some of natures "magic". I enjoy complex phenomenon that is presented in bite size, easily digestible nuggets.
The chapter on stellar evolution was very well presented. The exobiology was a little too short, I would have enjoyed a longer more speculative chapter.
The chapter on evolution was well presented with imagery that was easy to grasp considering it covered millions of years.
Watch me pull a natural phenomena out of my hat.
I wish the book was longer and more expansive.
Dawkins took a pretty dry subject and made it very enjoyable. Asked some compelling questions and took me though some very mind expanding thought experiments. :)
This is a very informative explanation of basic scientific principles and some theory. The examples and explanations are memorable. I can't wait to explain why we will never find the base of a rainbow.
If you are committed to a religious interpretation of nature you will likely bristle at the author's insistence that all myths and legends be regarded equally. This is a even-handed analysis of supernatural explanations for reality and those who cling to the miraculous will probably have difficulty with it.
The science class I should have had in school.
The passion and knowledge of the subject.