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on 20 March 2016
(Note: This review is for the audiobook version)

This book is required reading for my degree at university. As someone who rarely reads and struggles to keep up concentration on a book, I decided (on the recommendation of a lecturer) to buy this audiobook version. I was not at all disappointed. it is read by Dawkins himself and this enables a greater understanding of the text than you could ever get from just reading the book. You can easily tell which elements of his argument make him passionate, and which he felt simply had to be included. Another advantage of this is the placement of footnotes. Having been in discussions with friends about this book, I noted that some found arguments hard to follow because so much of what Dawkins says that is important is contained in footnotes and endnotes. In the audiobook, these are slotted into the text in logical places, preceded by Dawkins saying loudly 'endnote/footnote'.

The only issues with this are it does take a long time (it's well over 16 hours) so you may want to have a good place to sit to listen to it. If you're a heavy commuter this will be perfect for you. The other issue is (for me at least) this cannot be played in a CD player, it has to be played on a computer or other device (e.g. an MP3 player).

In terms of the book and its contents, again, I heartily recommend the selfish gene. Whether an undergraduate, expert in the topic or simply curious about the natural world, this book will be a thrill from start to finish.
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on 19 September 2015
This book has added so much light to my view of the world. It has helped build a better picture of the truth about humanity and nature. You will likely find yourself reflecting on the past and becoming more aware in the present and future situations. Really this is a book that builds on the Darwinian theory of evolution. The title most certainly does not fully reflect the content and this is well explained by Richard Dawkins in the book.

While the book as a whole is very interesting and the way which Richard Dawkins writes, the simple and complex logic is beautiful. One of the brilliant examples is when he explains evolutionary stable strategy (ESS) in the human context. Saying that there are 3 kinda of people, the fool, the cheater and the grudger. Really thought provoking and a book worth reading not just once.

If this is the standard Richard Dawkins has I will surely read all of his books.
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on 9 November 2017
One of the best science books ever written. Gives an in-depth explanation of the innate human selfishness, a book that everyone should read!
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on 4 June 2011
Richard Dawkins demonstrates that the aesthetic appeal of the natural world is not diminished by actually understanding it. So, the rainbow is a delight to behold, as is the physics that explains it.

Purveyors of mysticism, astrology and similar pseudo-science receive their inevitable approbrium. This isn't over-emphasised, although personally, I find that thinking about such nonsense to be somewhat of a trial.

The chapters are largely independent, and can be read in any order. Many fields of science are covered, with a bias towards his own field. Short extracts from poetry are introduced at regular intervals - he's obviously a devotee - which many will enjoy.
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on 22 August 2017
A great work from Richard Dawkins. He brings a careful and concise approach to what could be a very hard subject to grasp.
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on 26 September 2017
Written with great clarity and logic, this is a wonderful book. Apart from its sound explanation of gene behaviour, it provides a sparkling example of how to communicate complex ideas in a straightforward manner. No jargon or long winded here.
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on 4 January 2018
I can see why this book is so influential, its a real eye-opener!
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on 21 January 2018
The only book you need to really understand life at a fundamental level. It has changed the way I see the world, and myself.
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on 25 August 2017
It's Richard Dawkins. Should be on the national ciriculum....... In English and Science!
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on 8 December 2017
very happy with the product and quick delivery as well
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