Life Ascending

  • by Nick Lane
  • Narrated by Graeme Malcom
  • 13 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

'Original and awe-inspiring... an exhilarating tour of some of the most profound and important ideas in biology.' (New Scientist)
Where does DNA come from? What is consciousness? How did the eye evolve? Drawing on a treasure trove of new scientific knowledge, Nick Lane expertly reconstructs evolution's history by describing its 10 greatest inventions - from sex and warmth to death - resulting in a stunning account of natures ingenuity.


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Very poor reader

I'm sure this is a really interesting book but it is difficult to listen to as the reader seems to have no understanding of the words he is reading, or the sense of the sentences, and his portentous tone is like listening to an uninspiring preacher on an off day. It's very distracting, and very disappointing, as all my other audible books have been read very well.
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- Teddy


I was surprised by how insightful and enjoyable this book was. I liked its critical scientific tone and the wealth of evidence to back up his ideas. The topics were very important. I loved the part where he tries to describe great biochemical inventions (respiration, photosynthesis) and try to come up with plausible explanations of how they might have come about.
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- Zaid

Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-10-2010
  • Publisher: Audible Studios