• A Brief History of Everyone Who Ever Lived

  • The Stories in Our Genes
  • By: Adam Rutherford
  • Narrated by: Adam Rutherford
  • Length: 12 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 08-09-16
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Orion
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars 4.7 (346 ratings)

Summary

This is a story about you. It is the history of who you are and how you came to be. It is unique to you, as it is for every one of the 100 billion modern humans who has ever drawn breath. But it is also our collective story, because in each of our genomes we carry the history of the whole of our species. 
Since scientists first read the human genome in 2001, it has been subject to all sorts of claims, counterclaims and myths. Drawing together the latest discoveries in this rapidly changing area of science, Adam Rutherford shows that in fact our genomes should be read not like instruction manuals but more like epic poems. Genes determine less than we have been led to believe about us as individuals but vastly more about us as a species. 
In this captivating journey through the expanding landscape of genetics, written with great clarity and wit, Adam Rutherford reveals what our genes now tell us about human history and what history tells us about our genes. From Neanderthal discoveries to microbiology, from redheads to dead royals, criminology to race relations, evolution to epigenetics, A Brief History of Everyone Who Ever Lived is a demystifying and illuminating new portrait of who we are and how we came to be. 
Written and read by acclaimed science writer and broadcaster Adam Rutherford. 
PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio. 
©2016 Adam Rutherford (P)2016 Orion Publishing Group
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5 out of 5 stars
By John Ottaway on 14-09-16

Brilliant

I enjoy a lot of science, (mostly physics), and have read Adam Rutherford's previous book "Creation", which I enjoyed very much, but I think his "difficult second album", does surpass the first.

Each chapter starts with broad brush strokes, which gradually reduce to a single hair, in their detail and explanation, before opening back up to better show you the grandeur of what you've just heard

I also like that the author is reading this himself, I honestly believe you can hear the difference in an actor reading the words and someone who actually understands them

I can't recommend this enough

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18 of 20 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Weaselboy on 02-11-16

Superb, engaging, accessible

A fascinating history of genetics that delves into the genetics of history. Full of big ideas, rendered comprehensible by a gifted science communicator, and it beautifully slays so many tabloid myths about our genes. Adam Rutherford is an excellent narrator.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Mark on 21-03-18

Superb

I’m always looking for good popular science books, and this one certainly fits the bill.

It tells the story of the human genome starting with early humans (e.g. homo erectus, Neanderthals, Denisovans and us, Homo sapiens) and then moves on to look at a whole suite of topics relevant to genetics. Examples of this would be: genes for red hair, blue eyes and the ability to smell certain substances; a close look at the genetics of different races; the effects of inbreeding; the evolution in some human populations of the ability to drink milk into adulthood; the human genome project; epigenetics, and the future evolution of humanity.

This book was so good that I didn’t want to miss a thing, and so I slowed it down to 0.8 narration speed – and even then I rewound the tape a few times to re-listen to some sections if I’d been a bit distracted first time around.

Needless to say: Recommended!

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4 out of 5 stars
By siri on 10-07-18

Entertaining

But may be a little bit too shallow? I would have preferred an even deeper dive into the ongoing science in this field.

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