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On the Origin of Species | [Charles Darwin]

On the Origin of Species

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.
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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.

© and (P)2006 CSA Telltapes Ltd.

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    Heather COEUR D ALENE, IDAHO, United States 02-17-13
    Heather COEUR D ALENE, IDAHO, United States 02-17-13
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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 Now mind, it is a bit outdated now.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".

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    William Wright Superior, CO USA 03-10-15
    William Wright Superior, CO USA 03-10-15 Member Since 2008

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    "Nice abridgment"

    Dawkins reads well and adds some commentary. Makes me want to listen to the original but recommend for those wanting an introduction.

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    Isaac Martinez 01-26-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Should be a must read for all educators"

    Great book and simple to read... informative and thought provoking for anyone with an inquisitive way about them.

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    hili r. 01-26-15
    hili r. 01-26-15 Member Since 2014
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    "A perfect treat"
    What did you love best about On the Origin of Species?

    This classic is accurately abridged and eloquently performed.


    Have you listened to any of Richard Dawkins’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I read several Dawkins book and will sure make room for some more.


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    RLA3 07-08-13
    RLA3 07-08-13
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    "Understanding the World Around Me! Loved it!"
    If you could sum up On the Origin of Species in three words, what would they be?

    1. Dense
    2. Eye Opening
    3. Genius


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

    Wow... Strangely the inter story section on ants.


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

    Yes! He British accent and poison for the subject mater.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I was just thinking we could move mankind one step forward if everyone would read this book.


    Any additional comments?

    This was Great!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Augusto Belo Horizonte, Brazil 03-20-13
    Augusto Belo Horizonte, Brazil 03-20-13 Member Since 2013
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    "A Classic worth reading"
    Would you listen to On the Origin of Species again? Why?

    A masterpiece!! Worth reading.
    Its interesting how current are the concepts and how easyble they are to be followed.
    Simple a must have Reading...


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    Raymond G. Harder Brea, CA 02-04-13
    Raymond G. Harder Brea, CA 02-04-13 Member Since 2013

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    "Very readable story of how we got here."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    The book was extremely well argued without being too technical. Not at all what I expected.


    What about Richard Dawkins’s performance did you like?

    Well paced and well articulated.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    How we got here.


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    Walter H. Widmer 12-25-09 Listener Since 2006
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    "One of the Greatest."

    Darwin has contributed so much to our learning. The problem is most people see him as a religious figure and he truly is a giant in SCIENCE.

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    Ashutosh MADISON, WI, United States 07-02-12
    Ashutosh MADISON, WI, United States 07-02-12
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    "Excellent reading"
    What made the experience of listening to On the Origin of Species the most enjoyable?

    Superfluous to say


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

    Everything in it.


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

    Non-fiction - no characters.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Will be hard to make a film out of it.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    James Macomb, MI, United States 01-17-13
    James Macomb, MI, United States 01-17-13
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    "Misleading Title"
    If you could sum up On the Origin of Species in three words, what would they be?

    Weak Evolution Foundation


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

    Nothing.


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

    When Darwin admits his evidence could just as easily be used to disprove his theory.


    Any additional comments?

    I bought this book after finding myself in the awkward position of disparaging Darwin in an online forum without having read the book. I based my position on having read an article citing a forward by Darwin in an early edition, which has since been removed (to me, a telling action) linking natural selection to uniformitarianism. It was also my personal opinion that heterosexual reproduction could not evolve via natural selection and if it did it would be a disadvantage in the short run.

    So I got the abridged version and from my biased viewpoint believe it is mis-titled. There is no real examination of the origin of species or how one species could beget another, merely implication. Within the scope of natural selection Darwin points out examples in nature that doubters might use to discredit his theory and explains why he believes these instances actually fit his theory. I go with the doubters.

    It is an interesting book, however, and didn't bore me. Some of his examples were fascinating. Actually, I think everybody that has been taught evolution as fact should read the work it was based upon. Might be a surprise.

    0 of 4 people found this review helpful
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