Monday, July 21, 2008

On The Origin of Species - Charles Darwin (Edited and Read by Richard Dawkins)

"On The Origin of Species" (or "The Origin of the Species") is a very important work, edited and read by Richard Dawkins. This is Charles Darwin's seminal book examining evolution and the origin of species. It is rated by Melvyn Bragg and Radio 4 as one out of 12 of the world's most important and influential books ever published.

"On The Origin of Species must be high on any serious list of the most important and influential books ever written. On its first publication, in 1859, Thomas Henry Huxley exclaimed "How extremely stupid of me not to have thought of that." Charles Darwin's revolutionary idea is, indeed, an astoundingly simple one, especially when you measure it against the magnitude of what it explains—every fact that we know about life on earth.

"Listen to Origin of Species, and you immediately find yourself ushered into the presence of one of the finest minds ever to grace this planet. In this recording, which was a true labour of love, I made no attempt to act the part of Darwin, but instead worked hard, as a modern follower of Darwin, to convey the true meaning of every sentence. I even surprised myself: the exercise of reading Darwin's words aloud and identifying in every phrase the syllable that needed to be stressed, revealed to me the subtleties and depths of meaning that I had missed when reading quietly to myself. I hope listeners will be enlightened in the same way.

"Of Darwin's six editions I chose to abridge from the first. Surprisingly, and in many ways, it is the most modern. Moreover, it is of greatest historical interest, as being the one that actually hit the Victorian solar plexus and drove out the wind of centuries. In abridging the book, my priority was to cut those passages that are now known to be wrong, notably those concerned with genetics. I believe it is what Darwin himself would have wished. What takes my breath away as a modern biologist is how much Darwin got right. It has been well said that he worked a century and more ahead of his time. The year 2009 is both the bi-centenary of Darwin's birth and the 150th anniversary of On the Origin of Species and that statement is becoming harder and harder to deny." Richard Dawkins

File Size: 277 MB

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Anonymous said...


How do you join these several split mp3 files into one file so I can enjoy it on my iPod?

Anonymous said...

Turning MP3 audiobooks into iPod audiobooks

Anonymous said...

What's the password?

BlindW@cher said...

No pass!

Veovis said...

It's awesome that this is available to download at rapidshare, but does anyone know of any torrents for this audiobook? I'm on a slow dialup that shares with the regular phone line and can only download large files in bits and pieces here and there. So far, I've only found the torrent at sites that aren't allowing new registrations. If anyone feels like throwing a torrent of this up at or something, I'd be extremely grateful. Thanks :)

Anonymous said...

I hate myself for not being able to understand English perfectly. I miss too many important things... Works of art like these ought to be spread all over the world in the most important languages. Anyway, I hate my poor understanding of spoken English!

Phiber Optique said...

I've been a long-time subscriber of your blog (and a big fan of Dawkins to boot!)

All I can say is THANK YOU for sharing such a wonderful resource.

Do you do link exchanges? I run an ebook blog ( among other things.

Again a big Thanks! Keep it up mate :)

Fuzzy Duck said...

Wonderful! I really appreciate these!

Remigio said...

Hi there!

Thank you VERY much, indeed. I'm so happy, cheers!

Jupiter and Dionysus bless you! :-)


Remigio said...

Excuse me, just a question:

would you be so kind as to tell me if there is an E-BOOK (the pdf) of this abridged version read by Dawkins?

By the way sorry to repeat myself but as I have already written thank you so much, what a WONDERFUL website, so (!) many astonishing books, you probably do not know what this means for a (poor) student who has to make ends meet! :-)

I feel like I won the lottery!

Take care

Please let me know for the e-book version, thanks!


The Emil said...

Thank you so much for posting this, I believe as many people as possible should hear this. However, parts 2 and 3 do not decompress on my mac, stuffit says the archives are damaged (part 1 is perfectly ok). Do you know what's wrong?

The Emil said...

Never mind, "The Unarchiver", freeware, sees no problem with those archives. Guess I will can the StuffIt expander :) Thanks again!

Jo(b) said...

PLease aid me if you can. I downloaded the file but I don't seem to have the program to play it. Where can I find it?

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