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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (26,672 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Charles Darwin Narrator: Richard Dawkins Publisher: CSA Word Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2007 ISBN:
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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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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Partricks | 2/19/2014

    " If you really want to know what Darwinism is about, read this. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kirk | 2/14/2014

    " Five stars for its importance to modern science, not necessarily because it is a book that will keep you up late at night reading. Highly recommended to both proponents and opponents of evolution to see what Darwin actually theorized and why. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 ThunderPhunk TheGreat | 2/12/2014

    " Completely destroyed religion...And I love it...Amen!...blessings "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Selena | 1/26/2014

    " I was told to read this book in high school by my Biology teacher and when I picked up the book and started reading through it I realized why it was never mandatory reading. The book drones on with what feels like endless chapters on the different types of pigeons. Yet once you get to the portion of his life on The Beagle you find out how easy it is to follow the variety of finches. A good read if you are into science or if you just want to learn about evolution, caution though on reading if you believe in Creationism I wouldn't recommend considering there is no mention. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Diana | 1/25/2014

    " definitely a text book in fashion... it is history and a good book to thumb through. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Megan Neeley | 1/17/2014

    " I had to read it for a class and I loved it. Yes, it was long and there were seemingly endless pages of random evidence, but I loved it. I've kind of developed a crush on Charles Darwin. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tabers | 1/4/2014

    " I set my mind to read this as I thought that it would be a good read for my university course as well as thinking that it would be interesting. It raises many points and to think that many of them are still thought as truth now is pretty amazing. In parts however my attention did waver. It's definatly not a book to read just before you go to sleep and I think I would have enjoyed it more if I had read it more in the middle of the day rather than just before I go to sleep. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Genevieve | 1/3/2014

    " Too long! Also, I already knew most of it...I should read when I've forgotten everything. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 James Selby | 11/21/2013

    " I am currently re-reading this and am astounded by the wealth of evidence Dawrwin amassed in what was amuch reduced book than the one he wanted to write to reveal his theory of Evolution by Natural Selection. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Morgan Storey | 11/9/2013

    " Can be tough going, but some of it is written so elloquently it is a piece of art, other parts seem to labour on. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Saji Maruthurkkara | 11/9/2013

    " It's the stuff I learnt at school, but reading the book I understand the implications. Starting to explain natural selection by man in domesticated animals is a work of genius. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laurie | 11/4/2013

    " Wow. . .Darwin figured out a lot of things! An excellent book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 John Crooks | 6/24/2013

    " This was one of the more difficult reads i have had but it was extremely rewarding. I'm sure it will come in handy somewhere down my biology/ecology career. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Calvin Johnson | 5/31/2013

    " Great book, often misunderstood. Take home is ideas of speciation and what a species really is. Great book available as free audiobook from Librevox.org "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joyce Ibanez | 10/27/2012

    " Boring and obviously hard to read but I find it interesting. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Melanie | 8/14/2012

    " A VERY challenging read, I actually didn't finish it all the way through, I could only make it though about half. But I was glad I read some of it before we visited the Galapagos Islands. It made the trip a little more meaningful. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tom Lichtenberg | 8/10/2012

    " including one of my favorite quotes: "pigeons do not perch, or willingly roost, on trees" "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah Jowett | 6/24/2012

    " Amazing book and fascinating, but hard to read. I wish someone would update it and "translate" it to standard English rather than science-ese. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer Mcbain | 4/29/2012

    " This is such bloody hard work, this book.... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 arg/machine | 4/24/2012

    " This seminal classic is in the public domain, and a free electronic copy is available here. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Darrick | 2/10/2012

    " Darwin's theory was much more far reaching that I had originally thought. Awesome stuff but a bit boring the the plant section. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sprockadiddle | 11/24/2011

    " A Discovery show about Darwins 5 year exploration made me want to read the Origin which is derived from the observations on the journey and years of studying the specimens he brought home. The material can be kinda tedious, but the insights that he got from it all is mind geboggeling. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bobbi | 10/22/2011

    " Read this back in college at BYU in evolution class. Although I don't agree with a lot of it, I think that every educated person should have some knowledge of Darwin. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jake | 8/14/2011

    " Even considering the audience it was written for it can be rather dry, but still interesting especially considering the large amounts of evidence we have accumulated since then. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gregor | 6/6/2011

    " I give credit to Darwin for giving us the insight to evolution of the species of course in a different way Lamarck did 50 years before. In my opinion both of them are equally important in understanding how life evolved. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marcus | 5/31/2011

    " This is not only a milestone of science, I think it's also a genuinely great read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Taylor | 4/23/2011

    " Certainly one of the most influential works of recent history, Darwin is most engaging here as a scientist, most questionable as a philosopher. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Matthew | 4/6/2011

    " Took me forever to read, but I feel a better person for it. As expected, it appealed to every scientific cell in my body. It makes sense through logic and evidence. "

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About the Author
Author Charles Darwin

Charles Darwin (1809–1882) was an English naturalist and the first evolutionary biologist, best known for his controversial and groundbreaking The Origin of Species. He introduced the concept of natural selection, marking a new epoch in the scientific world. The importance of his work was well recognized by his contemporaries; he was elected to the Royal Society and the French Academy of Sciences and was also honored by burial in Westminster Abbey after he died.

About the Narrator

Richard Dawkins, an acclaimed biologist, is a fellow of the Royal Society and was the inaugural holder of the Charles Simonyi Chair of Public Understanding of Science at Oxford University. He is the author of numerous books, including The Selfish Gene, Climbing Mount Improbable, Unweaving the Rainbow, The Ancestor’s Tale, The God Delusion, and The Greatest Show on Earth. He has received a number of honorary doctorates from colleges and universities around the world and has received many awards and honors throughout his career, most notably a Finlay Innovation Award, the Michael Faraday Award, the Nakayama Prize, the Kistler Prize, and the Nierenberg Prize for Science in the Public Interest.