'Original and awe-inspiring... an exhilarating tour of some of the most profound and important ideas in biology.' (New Scientist)
Where does DNA come from? What is consciousness? How did the eye evolve? Drawing on a treasure trove of new scientific knowledge, Nick Lane expertly reconstructs evolution's history by describing its 10 greatest inventions - from sex and warmth to death - resulting in a stunning account of natures ingenuity.
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"Very poor reader"
I'm sure this is a really interesting book but it is difficult to listen to as the reader seems to have no understanding of the words he is reading, or the sense of the sentences, and his portentous tone is like listening to an uninspiring preacher on an off day. It's very distracting, and very disappointing, as all my other audible books have been read very well.
I'm sure this book is really interesting, but the reader sounds like a vicar delivering a sermon of which he has no understanding. It's really difficult to follow. I have to continually remind myself to listen and not to let my attention wander.
I was surprised by how insightful and enjoyable this book was. I liked its critical scientific tone and the wealth of evidence to back up his ideas. The topics were very important. I loved the part where he tries to describe great biochemical inventions (respiration, photosynthesis) and try to come up with plausible explanations of how they might have come about.
Nick Lane tells the strange and complex story of how life evolved and how we came to understand it. There is a vast amount of fascinating information, some of it highly specialised, but the author makes it understandable to an interested reader.
The narrator does an excellent job.
A lot happened in the last 3 billion years, I really enjoyed this overview
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