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On the Origin of Species Audiobook

On the Origin of Species

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Publisher's Summary

Richard Dawkins, author of The God Delusion and a life-long committed Darwinist, abridges and reads this special audio version of Charles Darwin's famous book. A literally world-changing book, Darwin put forward the anti-religious and scientific idea that humans in fact evolved over millions of generations from animals, starting with fish, all the way up through the ranks to apes, then to our current form.

Dawkin's passion for his subject and hero are clear and exciting for listeners, who, whatever their religious or scientific views, will be intrigued and captivated by this involving production of arguably one of the most important books of all time.

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    Heath Moscow, ID United States 02-17-13
    Heath Moscow, ID United States 02-17-13
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    "Simple, Elegant and Enlightening"
    What did you love best about On the Origin of Species?

    The simple elegance, and the numerous examples of what he was talking about. You didn't need to trust him, because he provided examples of everything.


    What other book might you compare On the Origin of Species to and why?

    Richard Dawkins "The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution". It covers the sam esubject but with more modern research and examples.


    Which character – as performed by Richard Dawkins – was your favorite?

    There is only one- Mr. Darwin.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The discussion of the Slave ants. Intriguing.


    Any additional comments?

    I highly recommend this book. It answered so many questions I had. Now mind, it is a bit outdated now. While all the general ground rules remain the same there is a plethora of new research that you will find covered in more detail in Mr. Dawkins "The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution".

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    John C. California 04-25-12
    John C. California 04-25-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Dawkins Perfectly Narrates This Home Run Text"
    Would you consider the audio edition of On the Origin of Species to be better than the print version?

    YES. If you're a non science student, it can be difficult to plow through a large science text like this. Now that Dawkins reads it so well to you, anyone can just sit back and SOAK IN Darwin's ground breaking revelation.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of On the Origin of Species?

    A person can actually keep pace with Darwin's realizations that the other naturalist of his time were flat WRONG.


    What does Richard Dawkins bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Richard Dawkins obviously feels strongly about Darwin's work, he brings energy and clairity.


    Any additional comments?

    For me, it would have been a tough time reading a tome like this. It would have sat half read for months or even years. Having it narrated by Dawkins was a treat and the book was consumed in 3 days.

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    Roberto Zecchinelli 05-30-17
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    "Wonderful"

    The most important book of all times, of course.
    It's also beautifully written.
    Richard Dawkins's reading is great, 100% worth it

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    Jesse 05-28-17
    Jesse 05-28-17 Member Since 2017
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    "So much better with Dawkins reading"

    My first introduction to On the Origin of Species was with LibriVox, a free community of people who will read an individual chapter of a book and then parcelled together so people can read these older books. Well unfortunately a lot of the narrator's didn't have the quality recording equipment or maybe had issues otherwise that made it very hard to follow the book.

    Dawkins rendition of this book was marvelous and I learned things I had not learned previously and I'm very grateful for this edition. I highly recommend it to anyone wanting to understand how evolution became the powerhouse theory it is today, it surely has stood the test of time. The extent and pains of which Darwin went through to ensure the science was sound was huge because he knew the criticism was going to be harsh and he even proposes in the book many of the questions that theologians today still offer up as holes in evolution.

    Darwin acknowledged that there would be things that would be very difficult if not impossible to "prove" and that right there to me is the sign of a true scientist, someone who can pick a part their own hypotheses and try to get to the right answers, because accuracy is all that matters.

    Thank you to the author and thank you to the narrator, without these books I unfortunately would never be able to read.

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    Isis4211 11-29-16
    Isis4211 11-29-16

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    "Great choice"

    It felt like I was back in time (with future tidbits) listening to Darwin himself

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    Frank 11-29-16
    Frank 11-29-16 Member Since 2016

    I love books, and cannot wait to get my PhD in Philosophy!

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    "Classic that should be appreciated!"

    This was a great book read by one who knows the subject well! I would highly recommend it! :)

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    William H. 11-08-16
    William H. 11-08-16 Member Since 2017
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    "classic book with minimal and short updates"

    Great classic story and Dawkins managed to only cut in minimally but meaningfully, a good listen if youre interested in where it all began

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    Nestor A Bonilla 10-28-16
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    "Amazing!"

    Mr. Darwing really grasped the idea of evolution. Amazing intellect. Richard's reading of it is a bonus. He reads as if he wrote it. get it now!

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    "The origin of a whole new branch of science"

    I didn't know just how incredibly thorough Darwin was with his insights. He was very very careful not to jump to conclusions and his introduction of a whole new way of thinking about the origin of life couldn't have been more honestly executed. This book is just as relevant today because his explanation is not just well reasoned, but meticulously supported with a mountain of evidence and observation. There couldn't have been a more objective, honest, and patient person to bring the scientific fact of evolution to the world.

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    momotwo Fox River Grove, IL 07-12-16
    momotwo Fox River Grove, IL 07-12-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Easier to read that I had expected."

    For years I have heard and been taught the basics of Darwin. I have always been reluctant to read such a book as this due the my own fear of understanding. This is such an easy and understandable book that I have already recommended it to many friends. Hope you enjoy the read as much as I did.

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