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I love listening to Richard narrate his own books. A must for all fascinated by science.
I've had a soft spot for Richard Dawkins from when I first read The Selfish Gene, but you really have to wonder where Mr Dawkins is going now. Most of the views he fights against in this book seem to me only to be held by utter cranks. He (and his wife) voice these cranky views in such hyperbolic inverted commas, that they must feel this too. At one point (theoretically addressing arch-crank, HRH The Prince of Wales) Dawkins launches into a complete rant against David Cameron and his decision to hold a referendum on Brexit. How did that get into a book on science? Dawkins is really quite offensive, saying that there is a rule about not letting imbeciles into the House of Commons, which should have been applied in Cameron's case. Anyway I digress. The point is that I cannot understand who this book is for. If you hold cranky new-age ideas you won't read a book by Mr Dawkins, if you basically love learning, rationality, enlightenment, and all that Dawkins has fought to defend all his life, you will not discover much new or interesting in this book. It mostly sets up silly ideas and then demolishes them.
Narration. Oh dear. If you heard me talk you would probably mark me up as someone a bit posh, but this ivory-tower simpering is too much even for me. The exaggerated respect for the 'ordinary person' who really should not be talked down to. Yuk. I'm sorry - this man is rich enough to pay for professional actors to read his works.
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This collection of works by the author, with some editorial pieces added in, is a masterpiece.
Richard Dawkins is about as clear a thinker as one could hope to ever meet. His entire thought process is so accessible and rational, you will find yourself drawn in inexorably.
The narration is first class both in terms of clarity and speed.
Be forewarned: this work may, as it did to me, make you weep for the loss of potential engendered in modern humanity. It will, however, bring you through this despair and into the light of possibility and wonder, the hallmark of Professor Dawkin's arguments.
Prepare to ride the rollercoaster that is scientific discovery and be amazed by all the things that you did not know. Those previously unknown subjects will have a bright torch shone upon them and leave you wondering, how you could ever have failed to see something so patently obvious before?
I cannot recommend this book highly enough, for unlike Professor Dawkins, my language fails me. Instead, be assured this book will educate you thoroughly, everyone, from child to Doctor, from the curious to the academic.
Listen to this book.
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Richard Dawkins most definitely embodies the soul of science, but I’d go further and suggest he fully embodies the soul of humanity, of being human. What a wonderful mind - this book reads like a greatest hits of that mind.
What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?
There is no Whispersync link between Audible and Kindle versions. This is a major flaw.
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