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  • Life Ascending: The Ten Great Inventions of Evolution

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Nick Lane
    • Narrated By Graeme Malcolm
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (146)
    Performance
    (66)
    Story
    (66)

    Where does DNA come from? What is consciousness? How did the eye evolve? Drawing on a treasure trove of new scientific knowledge, Nick Lane expertly reconstructs evolution's history by describing its 10 greatest inventions - from sex and warmth to death - resulting in a stunning account of nature's ingenuity.

    Joshua says: "Great and informative but with prior knowledge"
    "Fascinating and infuriating"
    Overall

    At times the book makes its points clearly and it is fascinating. but so much of the time it is unfocused, not content with describing natures greatest inventions, the author insists on giving equal weight to the history of thought surrounding each "invention". When he is focused, he can be witty and compelling, but you turn around for a moment, and he has put down his rifle and is wielding a blunderbus.
    For large periods it is like listening to an orchestra in which every instrument is being played at exactly the same volume; it kind of makes sense, but with no modulation, no shape to it.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful

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