In The Ancestor's Tale, evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins offers a masterwork: an exhilarating reverse tour through evolution, from present-day humans back to the microbial beginnings of life four billion years ago. Throughout the journey, Dawkins spins entertaining, insightful stories and sheds light on topics such as speciation, sexual selection, and extinction. The Ancestor's Tale is at once an essential education in evolutionary theory and riveting in its telling.©2004 Richard Dawkins (P)2015 Tantor
Abridgment was conducted by chopping out entire sections of the modular storyline. One segment late in the book played twice. Why not leave a good book unabridged?
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I enjoy Dawkins's books. I love his passion for what does which makes listening very pleasurable. I like the emphasis of Lala's tag team narrative in all of Dawkins's books. This book is not my favorite of his books but does deliver a lot interesting thoughts and concepts.
I didn't understand that I was buying the abridged version of The Ancestor's Tale. I don't remember seeing that stated so clearly as it is here. I enjoyed what I did hear of the book, but realized, after referring to the print copy, that the Audible version is heavily abridged.
Yes, the book was a pleasure.
They have lovely reading voices.
Would love to have the full unabridged version available from Audible.
In my view, this ranks in the 70th percentile of my accumulated library topics.
The retrograde methodology of examining the branched tree of speciation is unique and interesting. The comparison to Chaucer's Epic created some amusing and informative learning moments.
Anyone else but the author. While I have the utmost respect for the esteemed and brilliant Richard Dawkins, his narration style was often hard to follow due to constant unusual vocal volume fades and unexpected changes in speech pace. As soon as the ear/brain finally adjusted to this choppy style over a few minutes or so, co-narrator Lalla Ward would then take the helm, necessitating yet another listening shift. Then the ball was passed back to Professor Dawkins, back and forth.I found this constant narration swap to be highly disruptive and feel that a single professional narrator would have made this a more seamless and enjoyable process.
Not at all. It was very information rich and ( for me) was best digested in many sessions.
Be wary of author narrations with an added second voice.
The book was great but I didn't like the tag team narration. I also was hoping for more detail about our human cousins but that wasn't the specific focus is the book.
a longer version would have an unwieldy amount of pictures to refer to, perhaps, but I wish the audiobook was longer.
This book is for anyone who enjoys hearing about interesting creatures through and evolutionary point of view. Dawkins, as always, expresses his ideas with superb clarity and vivid imagery. One reservation I have is that this book is more for people who already understand or are familiar with the evolutionary process. If you want Dawkins' full treatment of evolution and how it works, consult The Selfish Gene or The Blind Watchmaker.
This is an amazing book but as others have said it is severely diminished by being abridged. Please notify me when a complete version is available an I'll buy it immediately.
This is the 6th Dawkins book i've either read or listened to. I never really understood why Dawkins had a reputation as a racist until I finished "The Ancestor's Tale". At one point, Dawkins excoriates scientists for mixing their personal/political views with their scientific work then rants about affirmative action. This is definitely not his best work
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