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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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.
A person can actually keep pace with Darwin's realizations that the other naturalist of his time were flat WRONG.
Richard Dawkins obviously feels strongly about Darwin's work, he brings energy and clairity.
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.
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.
Family father, neuroscientist, and non-fiction addict.
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.
Colorado Speed Climber
Dawkins reads well and adds some commentary. Makes me want to listen to the original but recommend for those wanting an introduction.
This classic is accurately abridged and eloquently performed.
I read several Dawkins book and will sure make room for some more.
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.
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