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On the Origin of Species Audiobook

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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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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    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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    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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    wiley reid 06-08-15
    wiley reid 06-08-15 Member Since 2015
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    "timeless classic"

    beautifully narrated and the knowledge within the book was WAYYY ahead of its time. thought provoking and an easy 5 stars

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    Neuron Sweden 05-16-15
    Neuron Sweden 05-16-15 Member Since 2015

    Family father, neuroscientist, and non-fiction addict.

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    "Of historical interest"

    Darwin's theory of evolution through natural selection is, despite its simplicity, one of the most important and consequential scientific theories ever to be formulated. The origin of species is the book in which the concept of natural selection was first introduced. Contrary to popular beliefs, people in Darwin's time (unlike some creationists) did recognize that evolution, that is gradual changes of organisms, did occur. However, no one understood the mechanism responsible for this evolution, and this is where Darwin offered a solution i.e. natural selection.

    The book starts out by discussing the role of human selection in the molding of domesticated animals. People had realized that if you want a good milk cow, or a dog that will help you hunt wild animals, then you select parents that possess the traits you desire in the offspring. If you repeat this a few times the traits become more and more pronounced until you have an animal that is specialized for whatever skill you selected for. On his voyage on the HMS Beagle, Darwin realized that such selection is not only done by humans, but also by nature itself. Because there are limited resources in the world and limited number of opportunities to mate with a member of the opposite sex, those individuals that manage to overcome acquire food and mates will become the parents of the next generation and hence their traits will become more pronounced in the population. Selected traits can be anything from aggression, co-operation, large beaks, small beaks, more color, less color etc etc.

    The reasoning in this book is straightforward and I don’t understand how any sane person can disagree with the basic argument. However, for the reader who wants to understand evolution I would recommend reading Richard Dawkin’s Selfish Gene rather than the origin of species because it gives you a more complete story and it is also more well written.

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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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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!

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    Augusto Belo Horizonte, Brazil 03-20-13
    Augusto Belo Horizonte, Brazil 03-20-13 Member Since 2016
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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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