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Richard Dawkins and his wife, actor Lalla Ward, give a highly entertaining read of Dawkins's 1986 critique of creationism, The Blind Watchmaker: Why the Evidence of Evolution Reveals a Universe Without Design. The audiobook follows an updated edition of the book from 2006 and provides intricate explanations, by way of witty examples, of why random, infinitesimal gene changes over millions of years have produced us and the world we live in. Dawkins's writing contains a self-deprecating, dry sense of humor that comes to life as he reads his best-selling book. Alternating voices between Dawkins and Lalla Ward provides nice listening contrast while also setting apart examples, clarifications, and segments of greater detail. Dawkins and his wife live in a world that is perhaps more scientific on a daily basis than ours so the book takes great care to vary the delivery of information for greater emphasis and easy understanding.

Dawkins's goal in The Blind Watchmaker is to "remove by explaining" any doubt that anything but scientific fact is behind the origin of the universe. Just because something — like human beings or the universe — is complex does not mean that it cannot be explained. Dawkins works hard to help listeners understand the smaller-than-microscopic changes that evolved through staggering amounts of time, changes humans have a hard time intuitively comprehending. To paraphrase the author, do not draw conclusions from your own inability to understand something. The truth of Darwinism comes in its acceptance of physics, probability, and the unending march of time. Dawkins helps listeners out by using examples that are easier to grasp: for example, the evolution from wolves to domesticated dogs. Or how echo location in bats clearly shows the evolution of a trait necessary for survival of a species.

The Blind Watchmaker, read by the author and by Lalla Ward, is an example of an audiobook best listened to while not driving or operating anything requiring devoted attention. Dawkins calls upon us to think about complex concepts that are not necessarily part of daily life. Led by the author, The Blind Watchmkaer is a lively, humorous explanation of the seemingly mystical yet ultimately understandable maze of evolution that is our world. Along the way it is nice to know that a scientist such as Dawkins can, like us, forget to save information on his computer. Re-creation of his data simply leads to another example of probability and complexity that makes, as Dawkins reiterates, the circumstances of any of us being here surprisingly unique, but scientifically not unusual. —Carole Chouinard

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The Blind Watchmaker, knowledgably narrated by author Richard Dawkins, is as prescient and timely a book as ever. The watchmaker belongs to the 18th-century theologian William Paley, who argued that just as a watch is too complicated and functional to have sprung into existence by accident, so too must all living things, with their far greater complexity, be purposefully designed. Charles Darwin's brilliant discovery challenged the creationist arguments; but only Richard Dawkins could have written this elegant riposte. Natural selection - the unconscious, automatic, blind, yet essentially nonrandom process Darwin discovered - is the blind watchmaker in nature.

©1986, 1987, 1996 Richard Dawkins (P)2011 Audible, Inc.

Kritikerstimmen

"As readable and vigorous a defense of Darwinism as has been published since 1859. ( The Economist)
"The best general account of evolution I have read in recent years." (E. O. Wilson, Professor in Entomology, Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, Harvard University)
“Dawkins’s explanation of the evolutionary process continues to be timely and revelatory…This dual reading is an interesting model for a scientific text. It helps to clarify and emphasize points… this is a commendable production, and an excellent primer on how evolution works.” ( AudoFile)

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Informative but not really balanced

Well written and logically presented, but I get the impression that Dawkins sets up the arguments of how 'rivals' too sound a little bit ridiculous. Of course the book still contains interesting stories and ideas but also some repetition. All in all I liked 'The selfish Gene' much more.

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Nichts für zwischendurch

Ich bin ein großer Fan von Richard Dawkins und habe alle seine Bücher sowohl in englischer als auch in deutscher Sprache gelesen, 'The blind Watchmaker' ist mein erstes Hörbuch.
Dawkins und Lalla Ward sind großartig in Tempo und Betonung - die Aussprache ist so klar, dass auch ein Nicht-Muttersprachler keine (großen) Schwierigkeiten hat.
Da ich nicht über viel mehr Wissen zum Thema Biologie verfüge, als das, welches in 13 Jahren Schule vermittelt wird, war es stellenweise etwas anstrengend, dem Inhalt zu folgen.
Man sollte sich also Zeit nehmen.

Aber: Es lohnt sich!

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AS little disapointing

Haben Sie die Zeit genossen, in der Sie dieses Hörbuch gehört haben? Warum oder warum nicht?

The book was partly very focused on creationaism, which gave me a hard time. The same explanaition over and over again...

Würden Sie The Blind Watchmaker Ihren Freunden empfehlen? Warum oder warum nicht?

Yes, in the end there is some realy nice discussion of evolution

Wenn dieses Hörbuch ein Film wäre, würden Sie ihn sich ansehen wollen?

no

Was wäre für andere Hörer sonst noch hilfreich zu wissen, um das Hörbuch richtig einschätzen zu können?

Please stand by with the first chapters. It is exaustingly repetitive. But the last chapters will explain a lot of the mysterys of life, evolution and the universe.

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  • Josef
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  • 05.07.2011

Wow

Die gesamte Geschichte und vor allem die Auflösung wirken auf mich teilweise etwas bemüht und am Ende dachte ich: "Was? Das soll der Grund für all das vorangegangene Hin- und Her gewesen sein?". Spannend ist dieses Hörbuch durchaus, nur für mich nicht wirklich "stimmig" und schlüssig. Es gibt bessere und glaubhaftere Geschichten, die leichter rüberkommen.

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