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Darwin's Dangerous Idea

Evolution and the Meanings of Life
Narrated by: Kevin Stillwell
Length: 27 hrs and 4 mins
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In a book that is both groundbreaking and accessible, Daniel C. Dennett, whom Chet Raymo of The Boston Globe calls "one of the most provocative thinkers on the planet", focuses his unerringly logical mind on the theory of natural selection, showing how Darwin's great idea transforms and illuminates our traditional view of humanity's place in the universe. Dennett vividly describes the theory itself and then extends Darwin's vision with impeccable arguments to their often surprising conclusions, challenging the views of some of the most famous scientists of our day.

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One of the best books on evolution I've ever read, it will likely transform the way you see the world forever. The chapter on Gould alone is worth getting this book for; it is an amazingly devastating critique of some of the most infamous and popular attempts made to contain the universal acid.

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an incredible book. really rewarding

this book is mind blowing. totally worth listening to although hard to follow at times

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CHAPTERS OUT OF ORDER

The chapters are all jumbled. Will be refunding until this is rectified. Given Dennetts other work, I'm sure it's great, when read in order.

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  • Colin Jaquiery
  • 15-04-2015

Coherent and engaging

Dennett's dialogue remains coherent and engaging when spoken, thanks to excellent structure and generous inclusion of allegory. Stillwell's narrative tone is spot on.

Occasional technical details might be difficult to follow if the listener is not familiar with the vocabulary of biology, but this should not prevent fluent comprehension of the work. The commentary on Gould is a dreary incongruity in an otherwise delightful exposition of Neo-Darwinism.

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  • Marek
  • 07-06-2017

incredible

hard work but only there is so much incredible content. dennett has hit the nail on the head

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  • MR J C WESSON
  • 01-04-2017

Educational

I now have a much better understanding of Darwinism. I found it quite technical and hard to absorb in places. Glad I persevered with it as I now feel less ignorant on the subject of Darwinian thinking.

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  • dtheherring
  • 13-03-2017

Numersous quotations make for confusing listening!

Is there anything you would change about this book?

A problem listening to this book is the frequency of lengthy quotations Dennett uses to bolster his argument, both at start of sections and within the text. It is often difficult to tell when it is Dennett you are listening to or Dennett lengthily quoting someone else... frustrating!!Also - though a pdf file is available for the figures/diagrams referred to this is not helpful while listening on the move...Still - a classic text and stimulating in parts...

Would you listen to another book narrated by Kevin Stillwell?

I had to listen in at 1.25 speed cos he gets a tad monotonous real-time...

Was Darwin's Dangerous Idea worth the listening time?

I'd already read the book - so was testing out Audible more than Dennett.The former's bang on for me, the latter's sounding a little dated!!

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  • D.
  • 15-05-2016

Big fan, BUT.

I'm a little gutted this disappoints me.
Yes, I've heard it all before. Richard Dawkins dose it with ease
Was bored all the way through, even though I did make it all the way through.
Best past of the book was the last hour, making a good statement in is own particular style.

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  • Eliel Cohen
  • 23-04-2016

A brilliant analysis

It is no surprise that Richard Dawkins refers to Dennett as an intellectual uncle. Dennett makes philosophy as relevant as it has ever been.

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  • kamal
  • 08-02-2016

Dennett is a master, the vocal work was good too.

Daniel Dennett has done it again he never fails to fill his books with thousands of meaningful and thoughtful examples.

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