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4.00006445375443 out of 54.00006445375443 out of 54.00006445375443 out of 54.00006445375443 out of 54.00006445375443 out of 5 4.00 (15,515 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Richard Dawkins Narrator: Richard Dawkins, Lalla Ward Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Richard Dawkins transformed our view of God in his blockbuster, The God Delusion, which sold more than two million copies in English alone. He revolutionized the way we see natural selection in the seminal bestseller The Selfish Gene. Now he launches a fierce counterattack against proponents of “Intelligent Design” in his latest New York Times bestseller, The Greatest Show on Earth.

“Intelligent Design” is being taught in our schools; educators are being asked to “teach the controversy” behind evolutionary theory. There is no controversy. Dawkins sifts through rich layers of scientific evidence—from living examples of natural selection to clues in the fossil record; from natural clocks that mark the vast epochs wherein evolution ran its course to the intricacies of developing embryos; from plate tectonics to molecular genetics—to make the airtight case that “we find ourselves perched on one tiny twig in the midst of a blossoming and flourishing tree of life and it is no accident, but the direct consequence of evolution by non-random selection.”

His unjaded passion for the natural world turns what might have been a negative argument, exposing the absurdities of the creationist position, into a positive offering to the reader: nothing less than a master’s vision of life, in all its splendor.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “This is a magnificent book of wonderstanding: Richard Dawkins combines an artists’s wonder at the virtuosity of nature with a scientist’s understanding of how it comes to be.”

    Matt Ridley, author of Nature via Nuture

  • “It is hard not to marvel at Richard Dawkins’ luminous retelling of the story of evolution and the way that it has shaped our world. In reading Dawkins, one is left awed at the beauty of the theory and humbled by the power of science to understand some of the greatest mysteries of life.” 

    Neil Shubin, author of Your Inner Fish

  • “This important book and timely book is a must-read for Darwin Year.”

    Jerry Coyne, author of Why Evolution Is True

  • “With characteristic flair and passion, Dawkins had put on a stunning exhibition of the evidence for evolution.” 

    Dr. Alice Roberts, biological anthropologist

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Melanie Rose | 2/13/2014

    " This book was disguised as a novel, when in fact it was a scientific journal. I waded my way through stuff I already knew and found myself irritated by Richard Dawkins self assurance that evolution and a Creator could not both be true. In my own book, Down to Earth (which IS a novel)I point out by way of my characters that the Creator is beyond our comprehension as mere mortals and that science actually proves - rather than disproves - how clever our varied and wondrous world actually is. Only 2 stars I'm afraid. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Mary Frances | 2/10/2014

    " I finally ran out of steam. On cd, this book is simply too dense and slow, and without the illustrations, it lacks pizazz. May try it again in print. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Jessamyn | 2/9/2014

    " The best parts are when he makes fun of creationists. Love. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Dave Duquette | 2/7/2014

    " pretty convincing, not for creationists "

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