I would recommend this audiobook to a friend if that friend does not keep up with science that well but was suddenly interested in a starting point. If you watch a lot of science documentaries or read science books regularly there is a good deal of overlap that is rehashed in this book. That being said, if you like Richard Dawkins, this is a worthwhile read even if you know most of the information because you also get the myths and the book is short enough that it can be quickly eaten up like candy.
This book is almost identical to Science Matters, which is also on Audible, except it adds the Mythical stories and Science Matters is more detailed. It is also very similar to all of Richard Dawkins' other books because he tends to reuse information from book to book.
I have listened to The Selfish Gene, The God Delusion, and some of The Greatest Show On Earth and The Magic of Reality covers a much greater range of topics that touch on all the ideas presented in his previous books.
I feel so much like I am having a conversation with Mr. Dawkins and Ms. Ward. It is so wonderfull to be awestruck by the concepts he opens with logical arguments.
A personal touch. I feel as though they are explaing these things to me over a cup of coffee or most likley tea.
It made me sit back in awe at the sight of a rainbow.
A great book for a science minded teen.
I have read three of Richard Dawkins' books, so I know what to expect and those expectations are high. This book is written for young people, clearly. But I enjoyed it very much. He doesn't talk down to them, nor does he "preach." The book simply addresses many of humankind's myths that have developed over humanity's history to explain what was at one time unexplainable. Then he explains the facts as well as how and why we know what we know about those facts.
I think the book will fascinate young people who have a decent level of curiosity about science. I think it may also speak to the adult layperson if for no other reason than that it will not only tell delightful myths from across time and across the Earth, but it places them in the context of what we know now.
Dawkins and Lalla Ward did the same excellent job with narration that they did with "The Greatest Show on Earth", his adult book about the evolution of species.
Richard Dawkins never ceases to lure me in! As always, I was completely enthralled with this book. The performance is always top notch. My only warning... If you are a scientist, this may be a little elementary for you. It's a great book for people looking to know more about how the world works. The thing I found amusing was how on one hand Dawkins admits to having basically quantum knowledge; and on the next, he is making conclusions about things that require such knowledge. Conclusions, I might add, that I didn't 100% agree with. But that's Dawkins! No one can ever accuse him of not being passionate enough. This is the 4th book of his that I've read and I am in search of the next one to devour!
There are several more sophisticated attempts to bring to the lay person an understanding of how human cognition creates our perception of reality, but this is entertaining, easy to follow, and easy to understand. Dawkin's biases continue to shine through, but if you can ignore his blind spots, it is a fun listen.
This is a fun listen which makes you feel smarter - what more could one want? The book is packed with heartwarming myths and fascinating facts, beautifully presented with excellent narration. I enjoyed it very much.
What about Dinosaurs & Stars we can't eat them, smell them, hear them... wait science is natural observation, a verb and Dawkins generates a scientific definition of reality. Dawkins accent makes him sound smart, even backing up his accent with facts, concepts, illustrations of method of thought in the prism of science. Listen to this book to refresh everything you ever needed to know about everything you needed to know of everything. He may not have time to get to everything, he won't get to talk about it in this book, no one understands quantum mechanics.
bucky balls & tubes
Atom means the smallest cut, we are all made of space! Maybe we are all expanding with the universe!
SCIENCE NINJA /n/
Grandma bibliophile! Audible books make reading with an active life possible.
I like Richard Dawkins, but having a second narrator really helped break the monotony. This was good basic science, kind of repetitive, but considering what most people know about science these days - I think repetition is a good thing. This is sort of a Beginning Science book. I think I may have to buy the "book" version. These are the basic ideas pretty much, not too much depth, the origins of "creation stories" plural, etc. and basic genetics, some good stuff. Another very, very good book just on evolution -
"Why Evolution Is True" by Jerry A Coyne - one of the simplest explanations ever. Good combination to have.
Easy to follow explanations for complex science concepts. I wish more of my science classes in school had been this engaging.
The Timeline of evolution.
I finished this book in in three sittings. Given the time I could have listened to it all in one sitting.
If you are not opened minded and don't care for any viewpoint that is not creationism and miracle based this is not a book you should bother with listening to because you will be angry.
I love the way Dawkins can pull together many streams of thought to synthesize a holos at the end of the winding path. This series takes a strong existentialist look at what we take as real. The alternate male/female narrative style lends to balance and continued interest in the topic. What Dawkins teaches in this series is nothing short of looking oneself straight in the mirror without delusion interfering in the process. This is science, but it is so much more than that too.