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The Greatest Show on Earth

The Evidence for Evolution
Narrated by: Richard Dawkins, Lalla Ward
Length: 14 hrs and 35 mins
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Publisher's Summary

Charles Darwin's masterpiece, On the Origin of Species, shook society to its core on publication in 1859. Darwin was only too aware of the storm his theory of evolution would provoke but he would surely have raised an incredulous eyebrow at the controversy still raging a century and a half later. Evolution is accepted as scientific fact by all reputable scientists and indeed theologians, yet millions of people continue to question its veracity.

In The Greatest Show on Earth, Richard Dawkins takes on creationists, including followers of 'Intelligent Design' and all those who question the fact of evolution through natural selection.

Like a detective arriving on the scene of a crime, he sifts through fascinating layers of scientific facts and disciplines to build a cast-iron case: from the living examples of natural selection in birds and insects; the 'time clocks' of trees and radioactive dating that calibrate a timescale for evolution; the fossil record and the traces of our earliest ancestors; to confirmation from molecular biology and genetics. All of this, and much more, bears witness to the truth of evolution.

The Greatest Show on Earth comes at a critical time: systematic opposition to the fact of evolution is now flourishing as never before, especially in America. In Britain and elsewhere in the world, teachers witness insidious attempts to undermine the status of science in their classrooms. Richard Dawkins provides unequivocal evidence that boldly and comprehensively rebuts such nonsense. At the same time he shares with us his palpable love of the natural world and the essential role that science plays in its interpretation. Written with elegance, wit and passion, it is hard-hitting, absorbing and totally convincing.

©2009 Richard Dawkins (P)2009 Random House Audiobooks

Critic Reviews

"If Charles Darwin walked into a 21st-century bookstore and wanted to know how his theory had fared, this is the book he should pick up. Dawkins remains a superb translator of complex scientific concepts....he has a way of making the drollest details feel like a revelation." ( Publishers Weekly)

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  • Brenda
  • Lawnton, Australia
  • 02-02-2016

Brilliant and gripping.

This has been one of the few Non-fiction books that I have listened to/read that has actually had me wanting to listen to for entertainment. Richard Dawkins can paint pictures with his words in such a way, that I could imagine every part of the book. I recommend this to anyone who wants to know more about the evidence for the FACT of evolution.

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  • Michael
  • Canberra, Australia
  • 24-04-2015

Brilliant!

Every child should be taught this from an early age to evolve humans past the religious ideal that humans are the centre of everything.

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enjoyable enough

Enjoyable to listen to and had plenty of great information but at times was difficult to get into.

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Buying the Book

Such a great resource for any forward thinking person. It's just too bad Dawkins' felt it necessary to write to back his previous work. Still glad he did though. Getting myself a physical copy.

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Utterly Excellent

This is a wonderful exposition of the story of life in its brilliant glory. An intellectual masterpiece.

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  • Dale
  • United States
  • 23-10-2016

Excellent

Brilliant. Dawkins explains the complex, simply. Reality is magnificent. Spread the word, humanity desperately needs educating..

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Great!

I really loved this book. Very interesting and not to hard for me the layperson to understand.

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Outstanding and entertaining

The best book I've read, insightfully written and witty ad always, Richard Dawkins takes you on a wonderful journey through the world of natural selection and evolution with many laughs along the way.

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  • Matt Hemmings
  • 23-12-2012

Simple and elegantly written

Really enjoyed the listen - not the best for passing a commute if you are prone to get distracted (needs decent level of attention). Well written and a great book o give anyone who disputes the 'theorum' of evolution.

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  • John
  • 22-07-2011

Great Book, well read but no diagrams!

This is a detailed account of evolution, presenting the evidence to support the reality that evolution is a fact not a 'theory', and presented in Richard Dawkins' usual passionate style. In the foreword, a set of diagrams that should be downloaded to accompany the audio and referred to, is mentioned but these are nowhere to be found! The book would have been five stars but the audio is only three because such a detailed account depends on having diagrams to refer to. Therefore buy the printed book if you want the complete information.

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  • Latch
  • 25-11-2016

ROLL UP ROLL UP... the Greatest show on earth is in town

In a quest to try and understand exactly why I feel so strongly about evolution, I have just finished listening to this phenomenal book.

Wow.

Simply breathtaking journey through the evidence for Evolution - like a world class defence lawyer Dawkins dissects the evidence and presents it in a totally absorbing way..

...And leaves you in NO DOUBT as to where the truth about an alleged creator sits.

Some of the language is above my vocabulary but I've learned some amazing new words...!but in the most part an absolutely absorbing listen.

I respect anyone who has faith - but if it came to a choice between a certain famous book and this journey of wonderment there is only one book I could ever believe in, and sleep better for knowing it.

SUPERB.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-10-2016

Brilliant as always

Another good book by Mr Dawkins, a great and educational listen. Highly recommended, especially as a night time listen as I used it for.

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  • Redge
  • 05-07-2015

I wish everyone would read this

A great book that is very good at getting the point across. I just which everyone could be aware of its content and message.

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  • AgentMulderUK
  • 07-10-2012

Joy to listen to

Superb narration from Richard and Lalla.

Here is a book from an author that knows his stuff.

I found a second listening was needed to clear up some points I didn't quite understand first time around.

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  • David Milne
  • 18-01-2018

a complete breakdown of evolution

if you want to understand evolution from the ground up, explained from a multitude of angles, then I HIGHLY recommend this book!!!

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  • R. Younis
  • 24-11-2017

Fascinating and educational.

Excellent content delivered articulately by Richard Dawkins and Lalla Ward. I will listen to this book again and I'm certain I'll continue to learn from it.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 20-11-2017

Well communicated

Clearly shows the evidence... Entertaining. Could of been written a little kinder for "nonbelievers" in evolution.

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  • Anthony
  • 01-11-2017

Richard Dawkins is far better than any god

Amazing, I learnt so much. I want to know more, I want to know everything.