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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If you were ever curious to read this book because of it's astounding fame but never got around to buying the heavy, dense paperback version then this is just for you. This abridged but comprehensive version of On the Origin of the Species is enough to make you feel like you can cross it off your list while knowing the time you spent listening to it was worth it. This book is truly an impressive piece of work with one of the most important ideas mankind has ever had and it is expressed in artful language and backed up with fascinating evidence.
Richard Dawkins does a good job reading this baby. He's a little cold in his narration and even robotic at times but the text stands up for itself.
You won't regret it.
2. Eye Opening
Wow... Strangely the inter story section on ants.
Yes! He British accent and poison for the subject mater.
I was just thinking we could move mankind one step forward if everyone would read this book.
This was Great!
A masterpiece!! Worth reading.
Its interesting how current are the concepts and how easyble they are to be followed.
Simple a must have Reading...
The book was extremely well argued without being too technical. Not at all what I expected.
Well paced and well articulated.
How we got here.
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.
Weak Evolution Foundation
When Darwin admits his evidence could just as easily be used to disprove his theory.
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.
Superfluous to say
Everything in it.
Non-fiction - no characters.
Will be hard to make a film out of it.
The reader is excellent. The content ... May be it was very exciting during its time. The discussion had many good points, mainly about inheritance and co-adaptation as well as struggle for life. Nevertheless it makes some major errors in moving on to re-assert the negation of creation. It didn't explain, as it intended. One cannot say one has explained the existence of number "2" by saying that there was existence of number "1". The book failed in convincing that creationism is wrong. However, it was worthwhile reading for me.
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