Richard Dawkins' brilliant reformulation of the theory of natural selection has the rare distinction of having provoked as much excitement and interest outside the scientific community as within it. His theories have helped change the whole nature of the study of social biology, and have forced thousands to rethink their beliefs about life.
In his internationally best-selling, now classic, volume, The Selfish Gene, Dawkins explains how the selfish gene can also be a subtle gene. The world of the selfish gene revolves around savage competition, ruthless exploitation, and deceit, and yet, Dawkins argues, acts of apparent altruism do exist in nature. Bees, for example, will commit suicide when they sting to protect the hive, and birds will risk their lives to warn the flock of an approaching hawk.
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"Dawkins first book, The Selfish Gene, was a smash hit.... Best of all, Dawkins laid out this biology - some of it truly subtle - in stunningly lucid prose. (It is, in my view, the best work of popular science ever written.)" (H. Allen Orr, Professor of Biology, University of Rochester, in The New York Review of Books)
Truly mind altering
None other. It stands alone in any field related to this subject matter. Other books may well be compared to it, however...
This narration is excellent. The use of alternating narrators is very helpful when switching from primary text, to footnotes, to updated revision notes, etc.
This was my first Dawkins book. I have since begun to search out and listen to others. His clear thinking and deep insight make any topic, even one with which I am modestly familiar, even more interesting.
"The Selfish Gene" is by far the best written and performed popular science book I have ever listened too.
I loved Richard Dawkins and Lalla Ward's performance!
For me, as a great fan of Richard Dawkins, it was a genuine privilege to listen to him tell his story with his own voice and "spice" (for I think it was a story more that a collection of facts).
Open yourself up for a whole new way of seeing yourself and the world around you.
The footnotes are read into the text in such a way as to destroy the continuity of the book. I would recommend the original edtion without so many inane footnotes.
I tried to listen on a few different occasions and it was to tedious. I did not like this book at all.
Have to agree with all the 1 & 2 star ratings – Had hoped to come away with a deluge of thought provoking concepts, ideals and “makes perfect sense” theories – instead I had to “force” myself to finish the book and grateful to be done.
Practically, drivel. Old information, presented in a sanctimonious and patronizing manner. Dawkins recent, public rants enforces my view that he's got a God complex of epic proportion...oh, yes, he doesn't believe in God. Don't waste your money as I did...does Audible have a return policy?
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