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On the Origin of Species Audiobook

On the Origin of Species

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Publisher's Summary

Richard Dawkins, author of The God Delusion and a life-long committed Darwinist, abridges and reads this special audio version of Charles Darwin's famous book. A literally world-changing book, Darwin put forward the anti-religious and scientific idea that humans in fact evolved over millions of generations from animals, starting with fish, all the way up through the ranks to apes, then to our current form.

Dawkin's passion for his subject and hero are clear and exciting for listeners, who, whatever their religious or scientific views, will be intrigued and captivated by this involving production of arguably one of the most important books of all time.

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    Heather COEUR D ALENE, IDAHO, United States 02-17-13
    Heather COEUR D ALENE, IDAHO, United States 02-17-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Simple, Elegant and Enlightening"
    What did you love best about On the Origin of Species?

    The simple elegance, and the numerous examples of what he was talking about. You didn't need to trust him, because he provided examples of everything.


    What other book might you compare On the Origin of Species to and why?

    Richard Dawkins "The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution". It covers the sam esubject but with more modern research and examples.


    Which character – as performed by Richard Dawkins – was your favorite?

    There is only one- Mr. Darwin.


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

    The discussion of the Slave ants. Intriguing.


    Any additional comments?

    I highly recommend this book. It answered so many questions I had. Now mind, it is a bit outdated now. While all the general ground rules remain the same there is a plethora of new research that you will find covered in more detail in Mr. Dawkins "The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution".

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    John C. California 04-25-12
    John C. California 04-25-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Dawkins Perfectly Narrates This Home Run Text"
    Would you consider the audio edition of On the Origin of Species to be better than the print version?

    YES. If you're a non science student, it can be difficult to plow through a large science text like this. Now that Dawkins reads it so well to you, anyone can just sit back and SOAK IN Darwin's ground breaking revelation.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of On the Origin of Species?

    A person can actually keep pace with Darwin's realizations that the other naturalist of his time were flat WRONG.


    What does Richard Dawkins bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Richard Dawkins obviously feels strongly about Darwin's work, he brings energy and clairity.


    Any additional comments?

    For me, it would have been a tough time reading a tome like this. It would have sat half read for months or even years. Having it narrated by Dawkins was a treat and the book was consumed in 3 days.

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    "The origin of a whole new branch of science"

    I didn't know just how incredibly thorough Darwin was with his insights. He was very very careful not to jump to conclusions and his introduction of a whole new way of thinking about the origin of life couldn't have been more honestly executed. This book is just as relevant today because his explanation is not just well reasoned, but meticulously supported with a mountain of evidence and observation. There couldn't have been a more objective, honest, and patient person to bring the scientific fact of evolution to the world.

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    momotwo Fox River Grove, IL 07-12-16
    momotwo Fox River Grove, IL 07-12-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Easier to read that I had expected."

    For years I have heard and been taught the basics of Darwin. I have always been reluctant to read such a book as this due the my own fear of understanding. This is such an easy and understandable book that I have already recommended it to many friends. Hope you enjoy the read as much as I did.

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    Steve Usrey 06-21-16
    Steve Usrey 06-21-16 Member Since 2016
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    "A wonderfully narrated classic work of science."

    I loved listening to this book that is as relevant today as when first written.

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    Luna Fortuna 05-11-16 Member Since 2014

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    "Don't bother with Unabridged"

    They cut out all the bits that were hard to listen to (such as the long descriptions of charts you don't get to see with this format) and stuck to the most relevant parts of the book. I really appreciated the editor's notes, because it gives some context for this 157-year-old text (he mentions Lamark quite a bit, or references Lamarkian theories. Nobody without a biology BS will remember who that guy is).

    As always, Dawkins is a superb voice actor. He makes it so clear and easy to understand even the most archaic turns of phrase. I started out trying to listen to the (much cheaper) unabridged copy of this audiobook narrated by Bill DeWees. While DeWees spoke clearly, and each word was enunciated clearly, the guy read like he was listing side effects off the back of a laxative box. I made it 2 hours in and had to stop.

    Dawkins and this abridged copy held my interest to the very end (not that it's that much longer than 2 hours, but I have a 45 minute commute. That's a long time to listen to someone talk in a sitting.) it kept me awake through my drive, and even had me listening on my headphone in lab.

    All in all, I am very pleased.

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    James 05-09-16
    James 05-09-16 Member Since 2016
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    "150+ years later"

    After 150+ years, astoundingly, there are very few editors notes added to update the content of this book , that's amazing. Charles Darwin was way ahead of his time. Nice job narrating from Richard Dawkins.

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    Emil Danielsen 04-28-16
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    "A perfect narration of a beautiful book."

    Dawkins narration is so powerful because you can hear the conviction of those words, and that he shares the awe Darwin must have had for the natural world. The work itself is imaginative, vivid, audacious and a masterclass in composition. From such spare data, Darwin inferred the conditions of the primordial sea, and set a new research programme for biology in one stroke - all the while predicting criticisms and answering them promptly.

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    Brian 04-12-16
    Brian 04-12-16 Member Since 2016
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    "You need to know.
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    Everyone should have a basic understanding of where we come from. This book will provide you with that knowledge.

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    Ronnie 08-23-15
    Ronnie 08-23-15 Member Since 2015
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    "best of both worlds!"

    how could you not love a reading of this book by Richard Dawkins?! Plus I wasn't aware there is a movie, as well. I urge you to give both a chance, you will not be disappointed.

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