- Audible Audio Edition
- Listening Length: 12 hours and 24 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Original recording
- Publisher: HarperAudio
- Audible.com Release Date: January 18, 2011
- Language: English
- ASIN: B004JNNTT8
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Genome: The Autobiography of a Species in 23 Chapters Audiobook – Original recording
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Not a keeper
For the most part, an entertaining book written in a generally engaging manner. As mentioned elsewhere, it is a bit uneven. Sometimes Mr. Ridley had to really reach to come up with a gene that he could write about, or enough to say about it to pad the article out to chapter length. Somewhere around chromosome 17 or 18, I don't know if he started running out of steam or I did. Don't try to read the whole thing continuously; take a few days off between chapters, you'll find it easier to maintain enthusiasm.
However, having said that, Matt Ridley is an outstanding writer. He makes dry topics sound interesting, stimulating and geniuinely exciting - all of which makes the book a page turner. He does a very good, albeit not flawless, job of explaining biological/genetic concepts for the laymen. However, I would recommend, especially for the laymen, to read slower in order to really understand what the author is saying. It's easy to understand the big picture, but to truly understand the topics/concepts the author discusses occasionally requires re-reading some passages and paying attention to details.
The only complaint, is that despite Ridley's otherwise excellent explanations, it seems that at times he is in a hurry and glosses over some concepts, leaving the reader on his/her own to grasp the concepts. However, this does not happen too frequently in the book, and either way someone else may have a different interpretation from me.
None of the above, I should note, should be taken as though Ridley's writing is difficult and/or technical. It absolutely is not. It is written in an easy prose, with very little technical jargon, which even when present, is explained fully. The occasional difficulty noted above, lies not with linguistics, but with biological/genetic concepts.
Otherwise, I highly recommend for anyone!
My one complaint is the sheer amount of typo's in the Kindle version; some are so severe as to distort the meaning of entire sentences.