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  • Origins of Life

  • By: Robert M. Hazen, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Robert M. Hazen
  • Length: 12 hrs and 23 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 310
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 270
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 269

Four billion years ago, the infant Earth was a seething cauldron of erupting volcanoes, raining meteors, and hot noxious gases, totally devoid of life. But a relatively short time later-only 100 million to 200 million years-the planet was teeming with primitive organisms.What happened? Now you can find out-in a series of 24 vibrant lectures from a leader of the NASA-supported team studying the origins of life in the universe and also one of the nation's foremost science educators.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An Excellent Lecture of Life's Origins

  • By Kevin on 07-06-15

Intersting topic but so-so presentation

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-01-18

What did you like best about Origins of Life? What did you like least?

The origins of life is inherently fascinating, unfortunately Professor Hazen's course could be condensed into 3 or 4 lectures. The course proceeds at far too slow a pace, Prof. Hazen spends too much time discussing certain experiments in over-loving detail at the expense of more discussion about the science, and he spends too much time discussing infighting in the field.

Would you recommend Origins of Life to your friends? Why or why not?

Only if one desires a very superficial discussion.

What three words best describe Professor Robert M. Hazen’s voice?

Better than most

Was Origins of Life worth the listening time?

If it wasn't worth listening to at all I would have stopped before finishing and I did listen to the whole thing!

  • The Theory of Evolution: A History of Controversy

  • By: Edward J. Larson, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Edward J. Larson
  • Length: 6 hrs and 10 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 218
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 192
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 190

Charles Darwin's theory of organic evolution-the idea that life on earth is the product of purely natural causes, not the hand of God-set off shock waves that continue to reverberate through Western society, and especially the United States. What makes evolution such a profoundly provocative concept, so convincing to most scientists, yet so socially and politically divisive? These 12 eye-opening lectures are an examination of the varied elements that so often make this science the object of strong sentiments and heated debate.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Little mistakes here and there

  • By Daniel on 06-21-16

Interesting topic but odd pronunciations are distracting

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3 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-11-18

I know the lecturer is not a scientist, however I think that he should know how to pronounce technical terms and personal names of his Storico figures.

  • Written in Stone

  • Evolution, the Fossil Record, and Our Place in Nature
  • By: Brian Switek
  • Narrated by: L. J. Ganser
  • Length: 11 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 50
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45

Spectacular fossil finds make today's headlines; new technology unlocks secrets of skeletons unearthed 100 years ago. Still, evolution is often poorly represented by the media and misunderstood by the public. A potent antidote to pseudoscience, Written in Stone is an engrossing history of evolutionary discovery for anyone who has marveled at the variety and richness of life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very informative

  • By Benji on 02-11-18

Excellent book

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-20-15

A good mix of evolutionary theory, history and fossil detective work. Very enjoyable. Worth listening to more than once.

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