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richard

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  • The Magic of Reality

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Richard Dawkins, Lalla Ward
    • Narrated By Richard Dawkins, Lalla Ward
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (42)
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    (40)

    What are things made of? What is the sun? Why is there night and day, winter and summer? Why do bad things happen? Are we alone? Throughout history people all over the world have invented stories to answer profound questions such as these. Have you heard the tale of how the sun hatched out of an emu’s egg? Or what about the great catfish that carries the world on its back? Has anyone ever told you that earthquakes are caused by a sneezing giant?

    richard says: "Another wonderful book from Richard Dawkins"
    "Another wonderful book from Richard Dawkins"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would whole heartedly recommend this book and especially this audio version narrated by Richard and his wife, Lala.
    I am a biomedical scientist by profession so I thought the content, aimed as it is at 12 yr. olds and up, would be a bit basic. I was, however, pleasantly surprised at how much I learnt. Richard's beautiful prose style makes any book written by him a pleasure to read, but this book is especially charming and it keeps your attention eagerly fixed, as Richard and Lala demystify topic after topic with a sweeping coverage of the basics of science.
    Having listened now to several audio books I can honestly say that the effortless way that Richard and Lala read to you is a welcome exception to the rule, and leaves you wishing that they would read aloud all of the books in your audio library.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    The alternating voices of Richard and Lala worked very well and enabled me to listen for much longer in one session than I would normally.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I thought that the way that Dawkins introduced each myth with its corollary explanation in several major religious texts, will do a lot to dispel the notion in children's heads that the Christian myths are in any way special or unique.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The insistence on following evidence to where it leads whether you like the result or not I thought was a truly important message for our children in these times of conspiracy theories and religious obscurantism.


    Any additional comments?

    Read it and then get your children to read it and maybe there will a future for us all.

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