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A Brief History of Everyone Who Ever Lived Audiobook

A Brief History of Everyone Who Ever Lived: The Stories in Our Genes

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Publisher's Summary

This is a story about you. It is the history of who you are and how you came to be. It is unique to you, as it is for every one of the 100 billion modern humans who has ever drawn breath. But it is also our collective story, because in each of our genomes we carry the history of the whole of our species.

Since scientists first read the human genome in 2001, it has been subject to all sorts of claims, counterclaims and myths. Drawing together the latest discoveries in this rapidly changing area of science, Adam Rutherford shows that in fact our genomes should be read not like instruction manuals but more like epic poems. Genes determine less than we have been led to believe about us as individuals but vastly more about us as a species.

In this captivating journey through the expanding landscape of genetics, written with great clarity and wit, Adam Rutherford reveals what our genes now tell us about human history and what history tells us about our genes. From Neanderthal discoveries to microbiology, from redheads to dead royals, criminology to race relations, evolution to epigenetics, A Brief History of Everyone Who Ever Lived is a demystifying and illuminating new portrait of who we are and how we came to be.

Written and read by acclaimed science writer and broadcaster Adam Rutherford.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©2016 Adam Rutherford (P)2016 Orion Publishing Group

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    Wyn Ap Hefin Ynys Prydain :-) 30/10/2016
    Wyn Ap Hefin Ynys Prydain :-) 30/10/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "The Exquisite story, of us."

    The human story is a truly fascinating one, and, as the evidence of our biological past continues to be revealed by the advances of science, peppered with the occasional 'lucky' find that are themselves a product of a plethora of painstaking investigation and research by a multitude of people. In this book, Adam Rutherford brings these facts together into a coherent, well written, well presented narrative that explains our biological story, in a field of study that changes our understanding rapidly, often unexpectedly, such is the intensity of the ongoing research in this field. I'm not normally a fan of audio books, but for me, Adam Rutherford's wonderful voice takes this masterpiece, to another level.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    John Ottaway 14/09/2016
    John Ottaway 14/09/2016 Member Since 2012
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    "Brilliant"

    I enjoy a lot of science, (mostly physics), and have read Adam Rutherford's previous book "Creation", which I enjoyed very much, but I think his "difficult second album", does surpass the first.

    Each chapter starts with broad brush strokes, which gradually reduce to a single hair, in their detail and explanation, before opening back up to better show you the grandeur of what you've just heard

    I also like that the author is reading this himself, I honestly believe you can hear the difference in an actor reading the words and someone who actually understands them

    I can't recommend this enough

    13 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    Weaselboy 02/11/2016
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    "Superb, engaging, accessible"

    A fascinating history of genetics that delves into the genetics of history. Full of big ideas, rendered comprehensible by a gifted science communicator, and it beautifully slays so many tabloid myths about our genes. Adam Rutherford is an excellent narrator.

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    Andrew Whitehead-Binch 26/10/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "In depth science that is enjoyable, and sometime mind blowing 👍"

    This is now one of my favourite audiobooks . Everything from early man to the black death, Richard the 3rd project and The dangers of inbreeding big chinned royalty, literally there's something about everything ! The Narration is spot on and the content is interesting, sometime very funny ( in the right ways) and really does get you thinking . Adam talks hard science like you would talk about odd things with your friends down the pub or like you favourite teacher might . Some intense subjects, but because they are so well written and read it's always fun and never overbearing . A person could enjoy this without Having to be genius . A very very good job.
    You now have a painter and decorator that has a fairly good grasp on genetics. What a fantastic world we have !

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    emma 23/03/2017
    emma 23/03/2017 Member Since 2014
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    "good science"

    fully inclusive summary of science told from an objective point of view. illuminating stories, metaphors and examples. excellent.

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    calebfire 12/01/2017
    calebfire 12/01/2017 Member Since 2015
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    "Worth listening to"

    Excellently narrated

    Full of up to date science, with a bit of history in there too! that was easy to understand. Pretty awesome book all round . I would I commended for friends and family . In fact I bought the hardcover version for my book shelf , it was that good

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    Craig Worsley, United Kingdom 07/12/2016
    Craig Worsley, United Kingdom 07/12/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "Fabulous!"

    Just about as perfect an audiobook as any thinking human being (and by definition that excludes creationists) could hope to read / listen to.
    Excellent narration too.

    Can't recommend highly enough!

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    sydney reader 02/12/2016
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    "a much more entertaining book than I expected "

    loved it. Had some great factoids, entertaining stories related to genes, history, Darwin etc.

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    Ms. H. Ross leeds 13/10/2016
    Ms. H. Ross leeds 13/10/2016 Member Since 2016

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    "Entertainingly sciencey"

    This is such a great book. I have a science degree but genetics isn't my strong suit and I found this book to be pleasantly easy to follow and learnt a great deal. Recommended it to everyone I know!

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    Catherine Tayport, United Kingdom 01/05/2017
    Catherine Tayport, United Kingdom 01/05/2017 Member Since 2008

    I'm a dog enthusiast, interested in science and the world around me, I like to listen to audiobooks when I'm working around the house.

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    "Utterly superb, totally enthralling."

    This was one of the best books I've read in years - I was wishing it would go on for longer!

    Clear, thoughtful, beautifully written and full of humour, I have learned a huge amount from it and enjoyed every second.

    Adam reads brilliantly and is always enjoyable to listen to anyway, I can't recommend this enough.

    I hope that some of his previous book is made available on Audible, and that he records it.

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