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After starting out the book with high hopes for some enlightening science learning as a layman I got fed up with the minutiae and relentless exposition of very fine details that did little to increase my understanding of the topic nor advance the authors thesis.
If you are a specialist in historical genetics or similar specialty field you may find this book endlessly fascinating.
If like me you are a broad stroke science oriented layman and want to get a basic understanding of a topic or thesis you will find this book relentlessly plodding.
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Was The Accidental Species worth the listening time?
After listening to several excellent books on evolutionary biology, and several specifically on human evolution, I found this the most frustrating of all I have read. The author unnecessarily belabours every single point, taking a paragraph to make a point worth only a sentence or two, and tries a little hard to interject humour and personal anecdotes. It all just feels a little strained, and the good points he is trying to make are often lost in the strained writing style. I could not finish it and am returning it to use my hard-earned credit on something else.
The narrator didn't help this sense of poor writing style; his job seems very tiring work to him, as he took every comma as an opportunity to pause for a beat or two and take a rest! Overall this felt a rambling book that took all detours possible to stretch out the telling of every single point, made only more ponderous a listen by the lumpy narration style. Very disappointed.
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