Version: Abridged
Author: Carl Zimmer
Narrator: Peter Thomas
Genres: Science & Technology, Biology & Chemistry
Publisher: New Millennium Audio
Published In: September 2001
# of Units: 6 CDs
Length: 6 hours
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Darwin's The Origin of Species was defiantly radical. Yet it emerged long before paleontologists and geologists worked out the chronology of life on Earth. Not until the late twentieth century was the true scope of its power revealed.

This remarkable audio presents a rich and up-to-date view of evolution that explores the far-reaching implications of Darwin's theory and emphasizes the power, significance, and relevance of evolution to our lives today. After all, we ourselves are the product of evolution, and we can tackle many of our gravest challenges -- from the lethal resurgence of antibiotic resistant diseases to the wave of extinctions that looms before us -- with a sound understanding of evolution. It can help us see our lives in connection to everything that has come before and to every form of life on Earth today.

Evolution tells in riveting detail the story of a remarkable scientific journey from the emergence to the triumph of an idea.

Reviews (4)

Very Good

Written by Mark from Colorado Springs, CO on July 20th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 5/5

A great survey of Evolution, from Darwin's voyage to the modern synthesis.

Excellent! Excellent! Excellent!

Written by Pamela Buchheit on February 10th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I was nervous about getting this book, that it may be too dry or not written clearly. It was perfectly written and designed. It gave a history of evolution, and a strong background on Darwin, and factor's in his life that influenced him. This book helps you make connections to your own life and the world in general. It was such a great book I really enjoyed it. I plan to listen to this one over and over again. Spectacular! If you enjoy learning about science, you'll enjoy this book. You'll enjoy it even if you've previously studied evolution and Darwin. I've read a couple books before this one, and it still offered me knowledge I've previously not known. HIGHLY RECOMMEND!


Written by Wil Morphew on June 1st, 2006

  • Book Rating: 4/5

Something to think about...I had highs and lows with this one. Some (or most) of it was over my head, but I felt most was explained well enough that I could get the over-all picture.

Wide Ranging

Written by Blake from Plainfield, IL on February 8th, 2005

  • Book Rating: 5/5

As comprehensive a book on where our ideas of evolution come from as you’ll find. Zimmer has researched what appears all of the literature that exists on the topic and combines it all with fascinating results. I found myself not wanting my commute to end just so I could hear more. It did get a tad preachy near the end in regards to creationist, but I think this just underscores his passions for the subject and the mountain of evidence behind it. This is an excellent book that I will probably rent again in 6 months or so just to refill my head all the information.

Author Details

Author Details

Zimmer, Carl

Carl Zimmer's work appears regularly in "The New York Times, National Geographic, Newsweek, Discover, Natural History, " and "Science." A John S. Guggenheim Fellow, he has also received the Pan-American Health Organization Award for Excellence in International Health Reporting and the American Institute of Biological Sciences Media Award. His previous books include "Evolution: The Triumph of an Idea; Parasite Rex;" and "At the Water's Edge." He lives in Guilford, Connecticut.