Saturday, July 19, 2008

Richard Dawkins - The Ancestor's Tale: A Pilgrimage to the Dawn of Life (Audiobook + E-book)

The Ancestor's Tale is a pilgrimage back through time; a journey on which we meet up with fellow pilgrims as we and they converge on our common ancestors. Chimpanzees join us at about 6 million years in the past, orang utans at 14 million years, as we stride on together, a growing band. The journey provides the setting for a collection of some 40 tales. Each explores an aspect of evolutionary biology through the stories of characters met along the way. The tales are interspersed with prologues detailing the journey, route maps showing joining lineages, and life-like reconstructions of our common ancestors. The Ancestor's Tale represents a pilgrimage on an unimaginable scale: our goal is four billion years away, and the number of pilgrims joining us grows vast - ultimately encompassing all living creatures. At the end of the journey lies something remarkable in its simplicity and transformative power: the first, humble, replicating molecules.

Just as we trace our personal family trees from parents to grandparents and so on back in time, so in The Ancestor's Tale Richard Dawkins traces the ancestry of life. As he is at pains to point out, this is very much our human tale, our ancestry. Surprisingly, it is one that many otherwise literate people are largely unaware of. Hopefully Dawkins's name and well deserved reputation as a best selling writer will introduce them to this wonderful saga.

The Ancestor's Tale takes us from our immediate human ancestors back through what he calls concestors, those shared with the apes, monkeys and other mammals and other vertebrates and beyond to the dim and distant microbial beginnings of life some 4 billion years ago. It is a remarkable story which is still very much in the process of being uncovered. And, of course from a scientist of Dawkins stature and reputation we get an insider's knowledge of the most up-to-date science and many of those involved in the research. And, as we have come to expect of Dawkins, it is told with a passionate commitment to scientific veracity and a nose for a good story. Dawkins's knowledge of the vast and wonderful sweep of life's diversity is admirable. Not only does it encompass the most interesting living representatives of so many groups of organisms but also the important and informative fossil ones, many of which have only been found in recent years. Richard Wentk, Focus Magazine

[Audiobook - 407 MB]

[E-book - pdf/epub/mobi - 21 MB]

[Buy the book]


Anonymous said...

Thanks a lot man, audiobooks are the main reason I visit this site, and I would love to see more of them.

Great work.

markii said...

i can't get it to work- it says to enter the cd. :(

Fuzzy Duck said...

I'm listening to this right now. Good stuff! Thank you so much!

Fuzzy Duck said...

My only issue was how this audio book was segmented. When listening to these sections on my iPod (sometimes over an hour long each), and I temporarily paused my iPod, I would lose track of where I had left off. It would skip to another part of the chapter, or simply jump to the next one. Were the audio book tracks cut like this in the original? It was very bothersome to try to find my place over and over.

Anonymous said...

then use iriver t60 it as a set of functions specially for audio books - so you can easily search long duration files and remember position of current interest (it is called study mode)

Indy said...

Alternative links - free: Dawkins - The Ancestor's Tale.part1.rar Dawkins - The Ancestor's Tale.part2.rar Dawkins - The Ancestor's Tale.part3.rar Dawkins - The Ancestor's Tale.part4.rar Dawkins - The Ancestor's Tale.part5.rar

Anonymous said...

hmmm, unfortunately this is the abridged version of this book, which I already have, I've been looking for the unabridged one for ages. Still if you've already read the book then this is a nice addition to it.
By the way many thanks for all your effort on this wonderful site, my trail to it is worn deep from constant visits.
Keep up the excellent work

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