The Origin of Species

The Origin of Species

Audiobook CD - 2008
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On the Origin of the Species ranks as one of the most important and influential books ever written, and one that remains as controversial today as upon its initial publication 150 years ago. Here, eminent biologist and staunch Darwinist Richard Dawkins narrates his own expertly abridged version of Darwin's groundbreaking book. In cutting passages that are now proven to be wrong, mostly those dealing with genetics, Dawkins streamlines the book for modern tastes while preserving its sound scientific underpinnings. What's truly remarkable, Dawkins notes, is how much Darwin got right. Remarkable, too, is the clarity of Darwin's prose, which, while necessarily technical in nature, makes the scientific basis for his theory of natural selection accessible to laypeople. For those wavering between creationism and evolution, or for anyone who wants a better understanding of Darwinism, Dawkins' brilliant reading is the perfect entry into a book that truly changed the world.
Publisher: [London] : CSA Telltapes, pc2008.
ISBN: 9781934997000
Branch Call Number: CD 576.82/DARWIN
Characteristics: 5 sound discs (6 hrs.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.


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Nov 21, 2016

Although less than a quarter of the book was included, the selections were judicious. The narrator, Dawkins, was excellent; he could have a second career as an audiobook reader if he wanted to.

Jan 24, 2011 interesting as this topic was, I found myself nearly falling asleep while listening to it on my commute. I'm not sure if it's Richard Dawkins' mellow voice or the fact that the text is a little dull, with out dated language that takes what seems like forever to get around to a point, but either way I found it best to take this audiobook in small doses...err...small listens(?) Overall, I'm happy having tackled this title, but I'm even happier that's it's over!


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