Written in Stone

Evolution, the Fossil Record, and Our Place in Nature
Narrated by: L. J. Ganser
Length: 11 hrs and 29 mins
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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.

©2010 Brian Switek (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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Very informative

It reads like a text book. But listening to it on audible was a much better platform. The reading is able to draw you into the history and the record and the evolution of many many species including our own

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Excellent book

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

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four stars - worth a second read
five stars - life-changing - my top 50 of all time

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Very good but has some weaknesses

I enjoyed 95% of this book. A captivating recounting of the story of the key fossils in our current understanding evolution. However the author strays into metaphysical speculation that lacks nuance and sophistication. He wines about religion like a 15 year old atheist, not realizing his opposition itself is freighted with terms that imply some pre-rational valuation. Yes biological evolution is a fact, but it’s ultimate meaning like it or not takes the shape of a faith. Glass houses and all that

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Narrator mispronounces a lot of words

He also reads fairly flatly. If it doesn’t bother you that he obviously didn’t Google any of the words beforehand, then you’ll probably love it.

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Excellent

Title says it all. Informative, interesting and well presented. Information that so many in this country needs to understand.

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Good overview

This is a good overview of the impact of paleontology on the development of our understanding of evolution. Slightly disjointed though. Performance was OK, with a couple of odd pronunciations.