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  • The Selfish Gene | Richard Dawkins

    The Selfish Gene

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Richard Dawkins
    • Narrated By Richard Dawkins, Lalla Ward
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    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.

    Neuron says: "A Masterpiece"
  • The God Delusion | Richard Dawkins

    The God Delusion

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Richard Dawkins
    • Narrated By Richard Dawkins, Lalla Ward
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    Discover magazine recently called Richard Dawkins "Darwin's Rottweiler" for his fierce and effective defense of evolution. Prospect magazine voted him among the top three public intellectuals in the world (along with Umberto Eco and Noam Chomsky). Now Dawkins turns his considerable intellect on religion, denouncing its faulty logic and the suffering it causes.

    Rick Just says: "Dangerous Religion"
  • The Blind Watchmaker: Why the Evidence of Evolution Reveals a Universe Without Design | Richard Dawkins

    The Blind Watchmaker: Why the Evidence of Evolution Reveals a Universe Without Design

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Richard Dawkins
    • Narrated By Richard Dawkins, Lalla Ward
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    The Blind Watchmaker, knowledgably narrated by author Richard Dawkins, is as prescient and timely a book as ever. The watchmaker belongs to the 18th-century theologian William Paley, who argued that just as a watch is too complicated and functional to have sprung into existence by accident, so too must all living things, with their far greater complexity, be purposefully designed. Charles Darwin's brilliant discovery challenged the creationist arguments; but only Richard Dawkins could have written this elegant riposte.

    Eric says: "Challenging textbook more than an enjoyable listen"
  • The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution | Richard Dawkins

    The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Richard Dawkins
    • Narrated By Richard Dawkins, Lalla Ward
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    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 natural clocks that mark the vast epochs wherein evolution ran its course to the intricacies of developing embryos; from plate tectonics to molecular genetics.

    Joseph says: "Well read, well explained, scientific."
  • The Magic of Reality: How We Know What's Really True | Richard Dawkins

    The Magic of Reality: How We Know What's Really True

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Richard Dawkins
    • Narrated By Richard Dawkins, Lalla Ward
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    Richard Dawkins, the world’s most famous evolutionary biologist, presents a gorgeously lucid, science book examining some of the nature’s most fundamental questions both from a mythical and scientific perspective. Science is our most precise and powerful tool for making sense of the world. Before we developed the scientific method, we created rich mythologies to explain the unknown. The pressing questions that primitive men and women asked are the same ones we ask as children. Who was the first person? What is the sun? Why is there night and day?

    Michael Dowd says: "Audio version is superb for us grown-ups"
  • Godless: How an Evangelical Preacher Became One of America's Leading Atheists | Dan Barker,Richard Dawkins - foreword

    Godless: How an Evangelical Preacher Became One of America's Leading Atheists

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Dan Barker, Richard Dawkins - foreword
    • Narrated By Richard Dawkins, Dan Barker
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    Part 1 of Godless, "Rejecting God", tells the story of how I moved from devout preacher to atheist and beyond. Part 2, "Why I Am an Atheist", presents my philosophical reasons for unbelief. Part 3, "What's Wrong with Christianity", critiques the bible (its reliability as well as its morality) and the historical evidence for Jesus. Part 4, "Life Is Good!", comes back to my personal story, taking a case to the United States Supreme Court, dealing with personal trauma, and experiencing the excitement of Adventures in Atheism.

    Amazon Customer says: "In-depth yet personal"
  • The Ancestor's Tale: A Pilgrimage to the Dawn of Evolution | Richard Dawkins

    The Ancestor's Tale: A Pilgrimage to the Dawn of Evolution

    • ABRIDGED (9 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Richard Dawkins
    • Narrated By Richard Dawkins, Lalla Ward
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    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.

    J. Colombe says: "Good book, poorly abridged for audio"
  • An Appetite for Wonder: The Making of a Scientist | Richard Dawkins

    An Appetite for Wonder: The Making of a Scientist

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Richard Dawkins
    • Narrated By Richard Dawkins, Lalla Ward
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    In his first memoir, Richard Dawkins shares a rare view into his early life, his intellectual awakening at Oxford, and his path to writing The Selfish Gene. This is an intimate memoir of the childhood and intellectual development of the evolutionary biologist and world-famous atheist and how he came to write what is widely held to be one of the most important books of the 20th century.

    C. Beaton says: "Only for Dawkins' Fans"
  • Brief Candle in the Dark: My Life in Science | Richard Dawkins

    Brief Candle in the Dark: My Life in Science

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Richard Dawkins
    • Narrated By Richard Dawkins
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    In this hugely entertaining sequel to the New York Times best-selling memoir An Appetite for Wonder, Richard Dawkins delves deeply into his intellectual life spent kick-starting new conversations about science, culture, and religion and writing yet another of the most audacious and widely read books of the 20th century - The God Delusion.

    Anne says: "I'm a Dawkins Groupie but..."
  • The God Delusion | Richard Dawkins

    The God Delusion

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Richard Dawkins
    • Narrated By Richard Dawkins, Lalla Ward
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    As the author of many classic works on science and philosophy, Richard Dawkins has always asserted the irrationality of belief in God and the grievous harm it has inflicted on society. He now focuses his fierce intellect exclusively on this subject, denouncing its faulty logic and the suffering it causes.

    NicholasTod says: "A Fantastic Read"
  • River out of Eden: A Darwinian View of Life | Richard Dawkins

    River out of Eden: A Darwinian View of Life

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Richard Dawkins
    • Narrated By Richard Dawkins, Lalla Ward
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    The number-one Sunday Times best seller. A fascinating explanation of how evolution works from best-selling author of The God Delusion, Richard Dawkins. Complete and unabridged and read by Richard Dawkins and Lalla Ward. The river of Dawkins' title is a river of DNA, flowing through time from the beginning of life on Earth to the present and onwards.

  • The Atheist's Guide to Christmas | Ariane Sherine (editor),Richard Dawkins,Simon Le Bon

    The Atheist's Guide to Christmas

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Ariane Sherine (editor), Richard Dawkins, Simon Le Bon
    • Narrated By Richard Dawkins, Simon Le Bon
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    Here is a fantastic listen that works brilliantly alongside the massively popular The Atheist's Guide to Christmas. This Guide was edited by Ariane Sherine, who has managed to compile a wonderful concoction of the world's most entertaining writers, scientists, comedians, and philosophers to read, perform, and narrate pieces that they had all written for the print book version.

    James says: "Can’t duplicate Brit humor"
  • The Magic of Reality | Richard Dawkins,Lalla Ward

    The Magic of Reality

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Richard Dawkins, Lalla Ward
    • Narrated By Richard Dawkins, Lalla Ward
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    What are things made of? What is the sun? Why is there night and day, winter and summer? Why do bad things happen? Are we alone? Throughout history people all over the world have invented stories to answer profound questions such as these. Have you heard the tale of how the sun hatched out of an emu’s egg? Or what about the great catfish that carries the world on its back? Has anyone ever told you that earthquakes are caused by a sneezing giant?

    richard says: "Another wonderful book from Richard Dawkins"
  • The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution | Richard Dawkins

    The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Richard Dawkins
    • Narrated By Richard Dawkins, Lalla Ward
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    In The Greatest Show on Earth, Richard Dawkins takes on creationists, including followers of 'Intelligent Design' and all those who question the fact of evolution through natural selection. Like a detective arriving on the scene of a crime, he sifts through fascinating layers of scientific facts and disciplines to build a cast-iron case: from the living examples of natural selection in birds and insects.

    Theo Tsourdalakis says: "DAWKINS: SCIENTIST OR SALESMAN/CONMAN?"
  • The Ancestor's Tale | Richard Dawkins

    The Ancestor's Tale

    • ABRIDGED (8 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Richard Dawkins
    • Narrated By Richard Dawkins, Lalla Ward
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    The Ancestor's Tale is a pilgrimage back through time - a journey on which we meet up with fellow pilgrims as we and they converge on our common ancestors. Chimpanzees join us at about six million years in the past, gorillas at seven million years, orangutans at 14 million years, as we stride on together, a growing band. The journey provides the setting for a collection of some 40 tales.

    C. says: "Very abridged, but fascinating anyway"
  • Richard Dawkins: The Greatest Show on Earth | Richard Dawkins

    Richard Dawkins: The Greatest Show on Earth

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 19 mins)
    • By Richard Dawkins
    • Narrated By Richard Dawkins
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    Richard Dawkins' The God Delusion created a storm of controversy over the question of God's existence. Now, in The Greatest Show on Earth, Dawkins presents a stunning counterattack against advocates of "Intelligent Design" that explains the evidence for evolution while keeping an eye trained on the absurdities of the creationist argument.

  • Candidate Without a Prayer: An Autobiography of a Jewish Atheist in the Bible Belt | Herb Silverman,Richard Dawkins (foreword)

    Candidate Without a Prayer: An Autobiography of a Jewish Atheist in the Bible Belt

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Herb Silverman, Richard Dawkins (foreword)
    • Narrated By Herb Silverman, Richard Dawkins
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    In this deeply revealing and engaging autobiography, Herb Silverman tells his iconoclastic life story. He takes the listener from his childhood as an Orthodox Jew in Philadelphia, where he stopped fasting on Yom Kippur to test God's existence, to his adult life in the heart of the Bible Belt, where he became a legendary figure within America's secular activist community and remains one of its most beloved leaders. Never one to shy from controversy, Silverman relates many of his high-profile battles with the Religious Right.

    Valerie says: "Quirky"
  • The New Yorker Festival - Richard Dawkins: Disciple of Darwin | Richard Dawkins

    The New Yorker Festival - Richard Dawkins: Disciple of Darwin

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 22 mins)
    • By Richard Dawkins
    • Narrated By Henry Finder
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    Richard Dawkins holds the Charles Simonyi Chair of the Public Understanding of Science at Oxford. His books include the best-selling The Selfish Gene, The Blind Watchmaker, Climbing Mount Improbable, The Ancestor's Tale, and A Devil's Chaplain, a collection of essays. He has received the International Cosmos Prize and the Kistler Prize.

    Brad says: "Excellent!"
  • Brief Candle in the Dark: My Life in Science | Richard Dawkins

    Brief Candle in the Dark: My Life in Science

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Richard Dawkins
    • Narrated By Richard Dawkins
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    In An Appetite for Wonder Richard Dawkins brought us his engaging memoir of the first 35 years of his life from early childhood in Africa to publication of The Selfish Gene in 1976, when he shot to fame as one of the most exciting new scientists of his generation. In Brief Candle in the Dark he continues his autobiography, following the threads that have run through the second half of his life so far and homing in on the key individuals, institutions and ideas that inspired and motivated him.

  • An Appetite for Wonder | Richard Dawkins

    An Appetite for Wonder

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Richard Dawkins
    • Narrated By Richard Dawkins, Lalla Ward
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    Born to parents who were enthusiastic naturalists, and linked through his wider family to a clutch of accomplished scientists, Richard Dawkins was bound to have biology in his genes. But what were the influences that shaped his life and intellectual development? And who inspired him to become the pioneering scientist and public thinker now famous (and infamous to some) around the world?

    Jim Sheils says: "A Great Listen!"
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