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One of the most famous and influential books of its (or any) time, The Origin of Species is, surprisingly, little read. True enough, most people know what it says, or think they do, at any rate. The first comprehensive statement of the theory of natural selection, it does, indeed, provide the basic argument and demonstration of what we think of as Darwinism.Not quite offering the misleading tautological Spencerian claim of "survival of the fittest", or the claim that man descends from monkeys (a typical perversion of the understanding of natural selection), the book did turn much of the world and how man thinks about it upside down. It is, well more than a century after its first publication, still a powerful and fascinating read.
©1992 Phoenix Recordings; (P)2006 Tantor Media, Inc.
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By billfish on 06-10-10

I loved it

We've heard it's work of genius, and listening to it shows that that's true.

I really liked the narrator. He's British, the book is British, he obviously cared a lot about what he was doing and practiced before he recorded. Very clear, easy to understand, properly inflected.

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By Gary Putinsky on 03-26-10

Don't knock it till you have read it

A book of scientific observation and research, cannot understand all the fuss. I believe most who comdemn haven't read it.

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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