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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.

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©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 Fort Collins, Colorado 05-22-16
    Amazon Customer Fort Collins, Colorado 05-22-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Awe inspiring."

    In the words of Christopher Hitchens, "if you want to be awe inspired"...read this book. Contrary to what we were taught in Sunday School, evolution is "the greatest story ever told".

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    Amazon Customer TONASKET, WA, US 05-14-16
    Amazon Customer TONASKET, WA, US 05-14-16 Member Since 2015
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    "another Dawkins triumph."

    A wonderful presentation of the overwhelming evidence of Evolution by Natural Selection. I just worry that in the US, we are so overwhelmed by the evangelical chrisrians that his arguments and the evidence he presents will be either ignored or blindly denied by the largest segments of our population. Including the education establishment.

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    Kenny 05-06-16
    Kenny 05-06-16 Member Since 2015
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    "I mean it's Dawkins"

    This book made me understand many of the things I was taught in developmental biology and evolution. I highly recommend this book, especially to anyone majoring in Biology. The entire book is evidence for evolution, it is a huge asset to be able to see evolution at every level. It's also read by the man himself, so it is properly emotive!

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    1vand1ng0 05-02-16
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    "great explanations in very clear english. "

    accessible even for people who speak english as a second language.
    great science explanations in simple english about evolution and the reasons why it is a fact

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    "Interesting content, boring narration"
    Would you be willing to try another one of Richard Dawkins and Lalla Ward ’s performances?

    No. Narration too boring, monotone, hard not to fall asleep; even with the switching between the narrators.


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    "Great supplement or introduction to evolution!"

    Whether you're well versed in the science and facts and facts about evolution and want to supplement you're understanding of the subject or you are new to the topic and would like a thorough introduction to understanding the theory, this book is a must read. Dawkins has a way of putting things that make complex topics accessible and easy to understand without making you feel patronized or dumb. He tells a fantastic story of the experimental and historical evidence that shows the theory of evolution to be an undeniable fact and paints a picture that makes the denial evolution tantamount to saying the earth is flat or that we dont revolve around the sun. He tells the story of evolution in a way that, while at times is dark and grim, is both humorous and fascinatingly rich in detail while also having the ability at certain moments to move you very deeply. With each new page I found I learned something new and amazing about the way life works and developed on earth and found myself telling friends about the amazing tidbits I had learned that day while reading the book. Dawkins passion for this subject shines through the pages as he defends one of his true heroes in life through describing what Darwin went through to pass this astonishing and amazing knowledge down to further generations. This is an amazing journey into the theory of one of the more controversial but well established and TRUE facets of the modern scientific world. If you want to understand the theory or just want a refreshing and honest take on it from a seasoned voice in the field then you will love this book.

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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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    "MUST LISTEN"

    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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    "Best book "

    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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    "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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