This captures a lot of what I have always felt. People see magic behind the beauty and intricacy of everything around us. I just see the beauty of science as it helps us appreciate the existence of the universe and everything within it. Putting magic behind it can't possibly give people the same sense of appreciation as when you force the brain to think and have it come to strunning realizations. It's like living inside the matrix, which is just a smoke screen. But unlike the matrix, the world outside is much more amazing than inside. Come join me outside of the matrix :)
This is a book that adults and even early teenagers can really get into. It gives a great biology background and also delves into other sciences (although Dawkins discloses that biology is his real expertise). Instead of magical, you realize that the existence of the universe and everything within it is amazing and consistent with known sciences (without a need to resort to magic or pseudo-sciences).
This book is perfect for any young adult looking to understand why they are here.
No. There is nothing new in this book, it is very basic and simplistic. It is clearly intended for children, although I'm not sure how the patronizing narration would go over even by children. Maybe especially by children.
Didn't finish it.
A more adult style, even if the book is intended for children.
Perhaps a version for adults. I like the concept, but the material was just too simplistic.
I'm a great fan of Richard Dawkins. I think he's done some great stuff over the years. But this one is a miss.
This book gave clear explanations of a lot of things in science that I already knew about, but it was nice to have this refresher that explains things very clearly and shows the interconnectedness of everything. The myths that begin each chapter are great. It occurred to me that I'd like to get the printed (or Kindle) version of this and read it to my granddaughter some day when she's a little older. I didn't give it 5 stars because it is a bit on the simplistic side and didn't reveal anything that really amazed me. But I really enjoyed the listen (especially with Dawkins himself doing the reading along with his wife) so it's a solid 4 stars.
I didn't like the narration; a little too much lecture/professor. The ideas are interesting to consider. I am a believer unlike the author and therefore don't think that everything he said is fact. However, I enjoyed the explanations of scientific fact and his order of explanation was great.
I like to listen to books for the convience. I think this book would be equally good in print
The way he images things is very intriguing and enlightning
Both are very balanced and I enjoyed both equally
I found it simple enough for a younger person to understand and complex enough to be enjoyable to even the most advanced in their fields.
Dawkins is fearless and untethered to any of his or the civilization's myths. He is a great example of evolution at its best.
If you are a truly religious person you will find much to be critical of in this wonderful book. It breaks evolution down into truly basic information that can be understood by anyone, even a child. I am neither religious or scientific by nature and I have pondered many of the subjects Richard Dawkins covers, but without the education in any of the disciplines that cover this information I could not be satisfied with any kind of reasonable answer. Dawkins really makes his subject understandable and he is a very good reader. Both he and Lalla Ward are easy to listen to and they kept my interest to the very end. He starts each chapter with a simple question such as "Who was the first man?" and then tells you clearly and in interesting detail exactly the answer to that question. It is one of the best science books that I've listened to.
Perhaps doing something other than belaboring the obvious...
I would actively avoid ever choosing another title from this bore who must
love the sound of his own hideous voice and Lalla Ward is a perfect match
for this blowhard.
I would rather stick needles in my eyes.
If the pretentious elocution of these two holdovers from the nineteenth
century doesn't make you throw up in your mouth, playing editor is something
these two boobs have somehow avoided in their careers; this material is
far from magic, it's utter crap; but that's just my opinion.
Hopefully, the aforementioned is enough.