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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.

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.

©1989 Richard Dawkins (P)2011 Audible, Inc.

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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)

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excellent material. Not for everyone.

Excellent book, but some details went over my head. It has material that everyone can benefit from. Just be prepared for a textbook-like experience.

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Dated material? Maybe. Dawkins' insights, timeless

Maybe one of the greatest science communicators ever gives you a clear and intuitive picture of the importance of the myriad permutations of life to the survival of the true driver of that biologic diversity, the gene that seeks to find ever more clever and successful ways to carry itself further and further into the future. His methods of explanation and his use of intuitive understanding in describing complex topics makes this one of the greatest source books ever written.

To boot, the extended and updated footnotes are included as they occur in the text and are read by Dawkins himself. Listening to those book I read 20 years ago was truly a pleasure.

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Extremely enlightening and entertaining

Great book to learn about evolution that uses a huge set of examples that helps clarify each concept in a simple but effective way.

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The last two chapters blew my mind

Being a biology and evolution 'fan' (since I'm not a biologist myself) I was familiar with most of the content of this book. Some of the ideas feel almost outdated not because they were wrong, but because they have been improved over the years. I'm happy I was able to listen to the original stuff because the arguments are very well developed. The last two chapters came as a surprise to me. Now I want to read "the extended phenotype".
It is even more precious that the author himself narrates the book.

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Intellectually stimulating theory of our evolution

The book does a great job in being logically explaining how Gene "selfishly" ended up creating out entire living world. The author tries to address all sides of any argument or theory. The author also seems to have the best of the "selfish" genes that "ruthlessly" and convincingly criticizes all the competitive thoughts and scientists. He seems to have inherited the right pair of "selfish Genes and Mimes". Highly recommended as a text book even for people interested in evolution through the lens of a Gene.

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  • Jacob
  • Redmond, WA, United States
  • 08-17-17

Engaging, brilliant, life changing.

This was a terrifically written explanation of the basics of evolution. It rebuilt my understanding of evolutionary biology. Fantastic read!

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wonderfully informative

Loved this book. Very straight forward explanation of complicated genomics. Definitely recomend reading it to everyo e

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meeting with an old friend

it was 30 years ago I last read this important book, it has not aged!

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  • Jodi
  • SEATTLE, WA, United States
  • 08-06-17

Finally, explained as it should be

I have taken so many biology classes and never had such a clear and applicable explanation of Darwinian evolution. Wonderfully read by both readers.

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Fascinating book

Survival machines, evolutionary stable strategies, memes, extended fenotype. Amazingly interesting topics. Narration by Richard Dawkins and Lala Ward is flawless.