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Thomas

Abingdon, United Kingdom | Member Since 2010

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  • The Selfish Gene

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Richard Dawkins
    • Narrated By Richard Dawkins, Lalla Ward
    Overall
    (1335)
    Performance
    (964)
    Story
    (946)

    Richard Dawkins' brilliant reformulation of the theory of natural selection has the rare distinction of having provoked as much excitement and interest outside the scientific community as within it. His theories have helped change the whole nature of the study of social biology, and have forced thousands to rethink their beliefs about life.

    J. D. May says: "Better than print!"
    "A must-read"
    Overall

    30 years on, and this book may well still be the definitive popular book on gene-centric evolutionary biology. This 3rd edition has new chapters and endnotes giving us Dawkins' reflection on his original ideas with the benefit of a good-deal of hindsight. An absolute must read for anyone wanting to claim modern scientific literacy!

    17 of 23 people found this review helpful
  • Natural Selections: Selfish Altruists, Honest Liars, and Other Realities of Evolution

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By David P. Barash
    • Narrated By L. J. Ganser
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    If we are, in part, a product of our genes, can free will exist? Incisive and engaging, this indispensable tour of evolutionary biology runs the gamut of contemporary debates, from science and religion to our place in the universe.

    Thomas says: "Great!"
    "Great!"
    Overall

    What a great listen. David Barash skillfully combines aspects of science, philosophy and the arts into a beautifully accessible and listenable book. The narration is also first-rate.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cro-Magnon: How the Ice Age Gave Birth to the First Modern Humans

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Brian Fagan
    • Narrated By James Langton
    Overall
    (370)
    Performance
    (108)
    Story
    (111)

    Best-selling author Brian Fagan brings early humans out of the deep freeze with his trademark mix of erudition, cutting-edge science, and vivid storytelling. Cro-Magnon reveals human society in its infancy, facing enormous environmental challenges - including a rival species of humans, the Neanderthals. For ten millennia, Cro-Magnons lived side by side with Neanderthals, an encounter that Fagan fills with drama.

    Paul says: "Fact and fiction"
    "Interesting but speculative and repetitive"
    Overall

    For the most part I enjoyed listening to this book. I was unfamiliar with the topic and thought I would give it a listen, and I feel I've learnt a fair amount about mans pre-history. However, I found great chunks of the book to be highly speculative with long story-like fantasies from the author about how he thinks daily life of the cro-magnon may have been. In other words, I think the book sacrifices some objective integrity in order to make it more easily accessible/readable.. (a mistake in my mind).

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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