The Ancestor's Tale

  • by Richard Dawkins
  • Narrated by Richard Dawkins, Lalla Ward
  • 9 hrs and 1 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In The Ancestor's Tale, evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins offers a masterwork: an exhilarating reverse tour through evolution, from present-day humans back to the microbial beginnings of life four billion years ago. Throughout the journey, Dawkins spins entertaining, insightful stories and sheds light on topics such as speciation, sexual selection, and extinction. The Ancestor's Tale is at once an essential education in evolutionary theory and riveting in its telling.


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Customer Reviews

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Good book, poorly abridged for audio

Abridgment was conducted by chopping out entire sections of the modular storyline. One segment late in the book played twice. Why not leave a good book unabridged?
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- J. Colombe

Heavily Abridged

Is there anything you would change about this book?

I didn't understand that I was buying the abridged version of The Ancestor's Tale. I don't remember seeing that stated so clearly as it is here. I enjoyed what I did hear of the book, but realized, after referring to the print copy, that the Audible version is heavily abridged.

Were the concepts of this book easy to follow, or were they too technical?

Yes, the book was a pleasure.

What does Richard Dawkins and Lalla Ward bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

They have lovely reading voices.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?


Any additional comments?

Would love to have the full unabridged version available from Audible.

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- gomi

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-24-2015
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio