The Making of the Fittest

  • by Sean B. Carroll
  • Narrated by Patrick Lawlor
  • 8 hrs and 1 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

DNA evidence not only solves crimes; in Sean Carroll's hands, it will now end the Evolution Wars. DNA is the genetic material that defines us as individuals. Over the last two decades, it has emerged as a powerful tool for solving crimes and determining guilt and innocence. But, very recently, an important new aspect of DNA has been revealed: it contains a detailed record of evolution. That is, DNA is a living chronicle of how the marvelous creatures that inhabit our planet have adapted to its many environments, from the freezing waters of the Antarctic to the lush canopy of the rain forest.
In this fascinating narrative, Sean Carroll guides listeners on a tour of the massive DNA record of three billion years of evolution to see how the fittest are made. And what an eye-opening tour it is - one featuring immortal genes, fossil genes, and genes that bear the scars of past battles with horrible diseases. This book clinches the case for evolution, beyond any reasonable doubt.

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What the Critics Say

"Carroll offers some provocative and convincing evidence." (Publishers Weekly)
"Here is evolution clearly explained and stoutly defended." (Booklist)

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Customer Reviews

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Unlike "Survival of the Sickest", which lays out a premise and provides some great background, this book is so ovbiously an argument for evolution that it gets old. Now, I believe in evolution so I didn't need this book to convince me. In fact, I was interested in hearing more about the science - the problem for me was that I didn't need all the convincing. But, this author keeps deriding those "non believers" so often that I felt like much of the books time was wasted. Also, I would expect that a book aimed at an intelligent, thinking audience could just say once (at the beginning) that graphs and charts could be found on the publisher's website. Why repeat it every 5-10 minutes? Why??
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- Ross Taylor

THE MAKING OF THE FITTEST

EXCELLENT. THE MOST FACTUAL AND CONVINCING BOOK ON THE SUBJECT OF EVOLUTION AND UNDERSTANDING WHO WE ARE. FROM THE PAST, PRESENT AND POSSIBILITIES IN THE FUTURE.SOME OF THE FACTS AND EXAMPLES ARE TRULY AMAZING. STANLEY
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- Stanley

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-19-2007
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio