Human Evolution

  • by Bernard Wood
  • Narrated by Gayle Hendrix
  • 3 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The recent discovery of the diminutive Homo floresiensis (nicknamed "the Hobbit") in Indonesia has sparked new interest in the study of human evolution. In this Very Short Introduction, renowned evolutionary scholar Bernard Wood traces the history of paleoanthropology from its beginnings in the 18th century to today's latest fossil finds. Along the way we are introduced to the lively cast of characters, past and present, involved in evolutionary research.Although concentrating on the fossil evidence for human evolution, the book also covers the latest genetic evidence about regional variations in the modern human genome that relate to our evolutionary history. Wood draws on over 30 years of experience to provide an insiders view of the field, and demonstrates that our understanding of human evolution is critically dependent on advances in related sciences, such as paleoclimatology, geochronology, systematics, genetics and developmental biology. This is an ideal introduction for anyone interested in the origins and development of man.


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loved the content - but somewhat odd narration

very very interesting content. I enjoyed this book greatly. a previous review commented on the strange narration. i found myself wondering if it was done by one of the text to speech software programs - the odd word flow and spacing sounded very much like computer generated speech earlier in the book. but i either got used to it or it is narrated by a real person and she warmed up as the book went on as i found it less distracting as the book progressed. having said that I am pleased i bought the book and have listed to it a few times now and have become fond of the robotic narration.
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- melanie

Choppy narration. Worst narration of the series.

Sorry, but this narrator.... has no clue of..... when to stop and start sentences some sentences....... are run-on sentences but.... most are chopped short. It's like listening to a computer-read book. A really good computer voice, but no rhythm or feeling at all.
Obviously, this is annoying and makes for a bad listen.

Also, some of the vocabulary is a little over her head it seems - she had a couple of mispronunciations and awkward phrasings....
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- Paul

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-04-2009
  • Publisher: Audible Studios