• A Brief History of Everyone Who Ever Lived

  • The Stories in Our Genes
  • By: Adam Rutherford
  • Narrated by: Adam Rutherford
  • Length: 11 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Release date: 09-08-16
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Orion
  • 4.6 (11 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

This is a story about you. It is the history of who you are and how you came to be. It is unique to you, as it is for every one of the 100 billion modern humans who has ever drawn breath. But it is also our collective story, because in each of our genomes we carry the history of the whole of our species.
Since scientists first read the human genome in 2001, it has been subject to all sorts of claims, counterclaims and myths. Drawing together the latest discoveries in this rapidly changing area of science, Adam Rutherford shows that in fact our genomes should be read not like instruction manuals but more like epic poems. Genes determine less than we have been led to believe about us as individuals but vastly more about us as a species.
In this captivating journey through the expanding landscape of genetics, written with great clarity and wit, Adam Rutherford reveals what our genes now tell us about human history and what history tells us about our genes. From Neanderthal discoveries to microbiology, from redheads to dead royals, criminology to race relations, evolution to epigenetics, A Brief History of Everyone Who Ever Lived is a demystifying and illuminating new portrait of who we are and how we came to be.
Written and read by acclaimed science writer and broadcaster Adam Rutherford.
©2016 Adam Rutherford (P)2016 Orion Publishing Group
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By iVan on 12-04-17

compelling, exciting and myth shattering

answered many of my questions after I got my genome studied and explored other thought-provoking questions I would not have dared ask. I enjoyed it and would recommend it to anyone with some curiosity on their and everyone's path as human beings.. which I guess should all of us!

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By Lilla on 07-01-17

Better than any thriller!

A fascinating, exciting and wonderfully narrated treatise ( in a way) that reads like a novel. It's absolutely brilliant and the topic is of current interest- a book for our times!
I wish there were more of these books. The narrator could be an audible reader if he wasn't so busy investigating all these interesting genome facts. 10/10

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By John Ottaway on 09-14-16


I enjoy a lot of science, (mostly physics), and have read Adam Rutherford's previous book "Creation", which I enjoyed very much, but I think his "difficult second album", does surpass the first.

Each chapter starts with broad brush strokes, which gradually reduce to a single hair, in their detail and explanation, before opening back up to better show you the grandeur of what you've just heard

I also like that the author is reading this himself, I honestly believe you can hear the difference in an actor reading the words and someone who actually understands them

I can't recommend this enough

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16 of 18 people found this review helpful

By Weaselboy on 11-02-16

Superb, engaging, accessible

A fascinating history of genetics that delves into the genetics of history. Full of big ideas, rendered comprehensible by a gifted science communicator, and it beautifully slays so many tabloid myths about our genes. Adam Rutherford is an excellent narrator.

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By Ryan on 02-10-17

great book

lots of varied and interesting topics on genes and evolution. it's always great to have the author narrate their own book.

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By Isabelle on 11-04-16

Engaging and approachable

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Adam Rutherford has a friendly manner and manages to draw a narrative from the very complex and somewhat still mysterious subject of genetics that is engaging and thoughtful and approachable for a layperson (like me) to wrap (most of) my science avoiding head around.

What did you like best about this story?

I liked the debunking of some common misconceptions especially on the topic of race

What does Adam Rutherford bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

he has a nice voice and I didn't have to read it myself!

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