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- Listening Length: 5 hours and 16 minutes
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- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Audible Studios
- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 24 Jan. 2011
- Language: English
- ASIN: B004KMPJLO
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The History of Life: A Very Short Introduction Audiobook – Unabridged
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I was thus wondering, as I came toward the end of the book, how long it would be before the author began to chant political correctness and sure enough there it is on page 163 and indeed the author feels the need to justify himself by saying that what he is saying is not just political correctness! - well, why say that if it isn't. I don't believe a word of it and simple observation should persuade anyone that the last few pages are utterly and entirely implausible. Those few pages are not science but religion.
The chapter on the origins of life is poorly done and does not explain sufficiently the various theories. I simply cringed when I read "predicted by Euan Nisbet and Norman Sleep's model for the origin of life". The section on multicellularity wasn't particularly instructive nor helpful. Many undergraduate courses in Biology will cover the various theories of the origin of multicellularity in a number of lectures indicating the complexity and controversial nature of this area.
By the time I got to p.118 and read the section on the runaway greenhouse, my brain could take no more. I think if you are looking for a book on vertebrate palaeontology/evolution then this would be a reasonably simple introduction. But if you are interested in the origin and early development of life, go elsewhere.
As a short introduction it's reasonably good, but just a little inconsistent.