Although concentrating on the fossil evidence for human evolution, the book also covers the latest genetic evidence about regional variations in the modern human genome that relate to our evolutionary history. Wood draws on over 30 years of experience to provide an insiders view of the field, and demonstrates that our understanding of human evolution is critically dependent on advances in related sciences, such as paleoclimatology, geochronology, systematics, genetics and developmental biology. This is an ideal introduction for anyone interested in the origins and development of man.
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This is, unfortunately, one of those audiobooks which sounds like it is being narrated by a computer program. The narrator has sucked the life out of the book, and turned it into a colourless and burdensome listen. It is read unbelievably slowly and with no kind of enthusiasm for the subject matter, and I had the impression this was deliberate, a way of letting those stupid audiobook listeners keep up. Prepare not to be gripped by a fascinating subject!
Super introduction at just the right technical level with well chosen examples which illustrated concepts encompassing differing views.
"loved the content - but somewhat odd narration"
very very interesting content. I enjoyed this book greatly. a previous review commented on the strange narration. i found myself wondering if it was done by one of the text to speech software programs - the odd word flow and spacing sounded very much like computer generated speech earlier in the book. but i either got used to it or it is narrated by a real person and she warmed up as the book went on as i found it less distracting as the book progressed. having said that I am pleased i bought the book and have listed to it a few times now and have become fond of the robotic narration.
"Choppy narration. Worst narration of the series."
Sorry, but this narrator.... has no clue of..... when to stop and start sentences some sentences....... are run-on sentences but.... most are chopped short. It's like listening to a computer-read book. A really good computer voice, but no rhythm or feeling at all.
Obviously, this is annoying and makes for a bad listen.
Also, some of the vocabulary is a little over her head it seems - she had a couple of mispronunciations and awkward phrasings....
The information and perspective of this audiobook was great but the narrator sounds like a robot.
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