Richard Dawkins, author of
The God Delusion and a life-long committed Darwinist, abridges and reads this special audio version of Charles Darwin's famous book. A literally world-changing book, Darwin put forward the anti-religious and scientific idea that humans in fact evolved over millions of generations from animals, starting with fish, all the way up through the ranks to apes, then to our current form.
Dawkin's passion for his subject and hero are clear and exciting for listeners, who, whatever their religious or scientific views, will be intrigued and captivated by this involving production of arguably one of the most important books of all time.
It sounds really modern
I have read elsewhere, in a Dawkins book actually, that Darwin was not a great writer of prose. I therefore bought this audiobook expecting to hear some familiar ideas delivered in a dusty, old fashioned manner. On listening to this book however, I was pleasantly surprised about Darwin's style which, whilst sometimes meandering, is really approachable. Darwin's many examples drawn from the natural world are often charming in their 19th century 'gentleman scientist' style (e.g. comparing tree growth at a relative's country estate) but his ideas are of course still very relevant and the whole thing sounds very 'modern'. To hear the ideas of the man himself is a fascinating experience and highly recommended. Dawkins conveys the excitement of the ideas through his superb narration.