Audiobook Review: On the Origin of Species by Charles Darwin, read by Richard Dawkins
By TIMES ONLINE
Added: Mon, 09 Feb 2009 00:00:00 UTC
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Richard Dawkins, the leading atheist scientist of our age, edited Darwin's revolutionary writings - now 150 years old - for this audio production. He excised the out-of-date, disproved and irrelevant bits (while being amazed at âhow much Darwin got right') to produce a lively version of the great work that gave us the term âevolution'. You have to concentrate pretty hard sometimes, but close attention reveals a dazzling talent for the observation and analysis that formed the theories. Darwin's marvellous descriptions cover the gamut of living species that, be they pigeons, spiders or flowers, are engaged in âthe universal struggle for life'. âNatural selection is a power incessantly ready for action' in this continuing process. Dawkins reads engagingly, and the whole effect is like David Attenborough without the pictures.
On the Origin of Species
CSA Â£18.59, 6 hours abridged
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