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The Greatest Show on Earth Audiobook
The Greatest Show on Earth
Written by: 
Richard Dawkins
Narrated by: 
Richard Dawkins, Lalla Ward
The Greatest Show on Earth Audiobook

The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution

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Publisher's Summary

In 2008, a Gallup poll showed that 44 percent of Americans believed God had created man in his present form within the last 10,000 years. In a Pew Forum poll in the same year, 42 percent believed that all life on earth has existed in its present form since the beginning of time.

In 1859 Charles Darwin's masterpiece, On the Origin of Species, shook society to its core. Darwin was only too aware of the storm his theory of evolution would provoke. But he surely would have raised an incredulous eyebrow at the controversy still raging a century and a half later.

Evolution is accepted as scientific fact by all reputable scientists and indeed theologians, yet millions of people continue to question its veracity. Now the author of the iconic work The God Delusion takes them to task.

The Greatest Show on Earth is a stunning counterattack on advocates of "Intelligent Design", explaining the evidence for evolution while exposing the absurdities of the creationist "argument". Dawkins sifts through rich layers of scientific evidence: from living examples of natural selection to clues in the fossil record; from plate tectonics to molecular genetics. Combining these elements and many more, he makes the airtight case that "we find ourselves perched on one tiny twig in the midst of a blossoming and flourishing tree of life and it is no accident, but the direct consequence of evolution by non-random selection."

The Greatest Show on Earth comes at a critical time: systematic opposition to the fact of evolution is menacing as never before. In American schools, and in schools around the world, insidious attempts are made to undermine the status of science in the classroom. Dawkins wields a devastating argument against this ignorance, but his unjaded passion for the natural world turns what might have been a negative argument into a positive offering to the reader: nothing less than a master's vision of life, in all its splendor.

Download the accompanying reference guide.

©2009 Richard Dawkins; (P)2009 Simon & Schuster

What the Critics Say

"If Charles Darwin walked into a 21st-century bookstore and wanted to know how his theory had fared, this is the book he should pick up. Dawkins remains a superb translator of complex scientific concepts....he has a way of making the drollest details feel like a revelation." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Amazon Customer cambridge, ma, US 04-07-16
    Amazon Customer cambridge, ma, US 04-07-16 Member Since 2016

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    finished listening in for the second time what a wonderful book Thank You mr. Dawkins for sharing your knowledge and educating the world when we continue to do stupid things in the name of God and religion a crime to humanity

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    Christian 03-11-16
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    One of the best books I have ever read. i would recommend it to anyone

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    Eli Washington, DC 02-12-16
    Eli Washington, DC 02-12-16

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    "Outstanding scholarly and scientific resource"

    A must read for anyone with an open mind ready to learn scientific knowledge. This book should be a must resource in college! Ignorance and superstition have no room in a well educated and advance society.

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    Fernando Martinez 01-05-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Simply a magnum opus"
    Where does The Greatest Show on Earth rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Definitely among the top 5.


    What other book might you compare The Greatest Show on Earth to and why?

    I don't know because Richard Dawkins is an expert on life evolution, and master uniquely all evolution fields (anatomy, genomics, etc.).


    Have you listened to any of Richard Dawkins and Lalla Ward ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes, to me this book is superior to "the ancestor's tale"


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    The same title of the book would be the most appropriate for that.


    Any additional comments?

    Being Dawkins a confessed atheist, and putting away God from all the evolution process, I think Dawkins forget that there are many christians, like me, and possible from other religions, that believe in God and at the same time on the evolution. He seems to think that you are either a creationist or a "civilised" evolution person. Dawkins does not leave any open avenue for making compatible these two beliefs and he doesn't mention the figures of Theillard de Chardin, Denis Edwards, etc.

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    David Q. 12-11-15
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    "Full of evidence"

    I'm amazed at how much evidence Dawkins provided for the proof of evolution. It is hard to believe that even in the 21st century about 40% of the citizens of the most industrialized Nation still believe the earth is 6,000 years old. Universities/schools aught to stay strong and teach the facts and evidence despite the push from fact deniers around the world. It is a long book but very interesting read. One of my favorites.

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    Ramzey othman 12-08-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Devout Muslim"

    I enjoyed this book. personal note: There must be a better way to reach the Muslim community, then to criticize. Thank you much respect for Richard Dawkins

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    "Phenomenal and is as good as the earlier works"

    Dawson is a great author and writes about what seems like a simple subject, but is complex and and from point of view that when he wrote it was controversial even without the ignorance so widespread about the reality of Darwin's observation of reality.

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    Micheal 08-31-15
    Micheal 08-31-15 Member Since 2015
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    "A wealth of usable knowledge in every day life"

    I am very glad to hear Richard Dawkins and Lalla Ward clarify the issue of evolution in a clear understandable way.

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    Preston MOORE, OK, United States 08-02-15
    Preston MOORE, OK, United States 08-02-15 Member Since 2013

    Audiobooks are like games for readers.

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    "Excellent writing, excellent truth, excellent narration."

    I'm so glad Dawkins narrated his book. It really gives so much more character and power to his writings.

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    What made the experience of listening to The Greatest Show on Earth the most enjoyable?

    So much information. This book provides so many examples of and evidence for evolution from so many different perspectives. At times it can drag on a bit but that's why I love audible, I can get through a book in a week rather than 3 months.


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