The Greatest Show on Earth

  • by Richard Dawkins
  • Narrated by Richard Dawkins, Lalla Ward
  • 7 hrs and 45 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

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.


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Highly Recommended

This is a very informative book and the narration by Richard Dawkins and Lalla Ward is very clear. Richard lays out the facts of our understanding of evolution in a clear and precise way, and at just the right pace so that you don't need to be a biologist to follow the reasoning.

This book is packed with interesting and relevant facts that will delight and amaze believers and non-believers alike (believers in evolution, that is). If you are a creationist, you won't be by the end of this book.

Highly recommended.
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- John Bates

Brilliant and rivetting account of Evolution

Dawkins and Ward bring to life the complexities of Evolution in powerful and moving layman's terms. Together, they take aim at and destroy, arguements for creationism and intellegent design. While they are doing this they show that science does not reduce nature to boring facts but makes it all the more astonishing and beautiful
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- matt

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-09-2009
  • Publisher: Random House AudioBooks