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James

Franklinton, NC, USA

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  • The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Richard Dawkins
    • Narrated By Richard Dawkins, Lalla Ward
    Overall
    (1370)
    Performance
    (598)
    Story
    (588)

    The Greatest Show on Earth is a stunning counterattack on advocates of "Intelligent Design," explaining the evidence for evolution while exposing the absurdities of the creationist "argument". Dawkins sifts through rich layers of scientific evidence: from living examples of natural selection to clues in the fossil record; from natural clocks that mark the vast epochs wherein evolution ran its course to the intricacies of developing embryos; from plate tectonics to molecular genetics.

    Joseph says: "Well read, well explained, scientific."
    "Content - Brilliant! Presentation - Hated it!"
    Overall

    I was, as a biologist, generally pleased with the book However, since I have been through a Ph.D. program in Evolutionary Biology from a major university, I was familiar with the material so there was not much new that Dawkins presented. The organization was logical and the writing crisp.

    But I have to object to Dawkins and Lalla Ward reading the book. Dawkins, maybe, but Ward, NO! The team reading approach is disconcerting is this kind of presentation as the switch from one to another displaces attention from the material to the speaker. Lalla's voice isn't the best, either. I found the same arrangement to be a problem with "The God Delusion." Lalla Ward was nice as an actress in "Dr. Who" but not as a reader of science or polemics.

    My bottom line is get the book to read with your eyes OR, with luck, another narrator will do a new version. George Guidall, maybe? It's a real tragedy that we don't have Frank Muller anymore.

    6 of 17 people found this review helpful
  • Common Sense

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 41 mins)
    • By Thomas Paine
    • Narrated By Adrian Cronauer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (151)
    Performance
    (48)
    Story
    (47)

    reggie p says: "revolutionary ideas for sure"
    "Thomas Paine is God!"
    Overall

    I could never give Tom Paine less than the fullest possible complement of stars. Audible has done us all a favor for releasing this part of the Gospel. I await "The Age of Reason" and "The American Crisis" with great anticipation. In the meantime, Bob Dylan will have to do:

    As I went out one morning
    To breathe the air around Tom Paine's,
    I spied the fairest damsel
    That ever did walk in chains.
    I offer'd her my hand,
    She took me by the arm.
    I knew that very instant,
    She meant to do me harm.
    "Depart from me this moment,"
    I told her with my voice.
    Said she, "But I don't wish to,"
    Said I, "But you have no choice."
    "I beg you, sir," she pleaded
    From the corners of her mouth,
    "I will secretly accept you
    And together we'll fly south."
    Just then Tom Paine, himself,
    Came running from across the field,
    Shouting at this lovely girl
    And commanding her to yield.
    And as she was letting go her grip,
    Up Tom Paine did run,
    "I'm sorry, sir," he said to me,
    "I'm sorry for what she's done."

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful

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