Yes. It's a great introduction to evolution through natural selection. I feel it spends too much time explicitly debunking Creationism, but that's probably what a lot of adults just discovering "Darwinism" need.
He reads all quotes from Darwin in a terrible English accent.
Since the auidobook necessarily excludes charts and figures, it should have excluded in test references to them as well.
This was a fascinating study of what historical and contemporary societies consider profane, taboo, sacred, and holy.
The narration is the biggest downside. The narrator reads so slowly that I had to listen at 1.25 speed, which creates issues with clarity when listening in the car when traffic is loud. The author is a woman, so some her autobiographical anecdotes (such as her understanding of urinal etiquette only via hearsay) was somewhat jarring.
I’ve been a fan of the Thursday Next series since reading The Eyre Affair on my honeymoon 8 years ago. When I heard about the new one, I debated whether to use my monthly Audible credit or check it out from the library.
The reviews convinced me to buy it. Particularly, the reviews complaining that this book, and I quote, “isn’t about the REAL Thursday, it’s about the WRITTEN Thursday.” These reviews are so perfect that I almost suspect that Jasper Fforde himself wrote them, except that the reviewers seem unaware of how clever their reviews are, while Fforde is ever aware of how clever he is. And since smugly self-aware cleverness is my medium of choice, I snapped up the book. I was not disappointed.
Emily Gray is a decent narrator, but some of her characterizations are off, especially on the male characters. But the book itself is a delightfully clever addition to the Thursday Next saga.
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