This history of DNA offers listeners a tour of the massive DNA record of three billion years of evolution to see how the fittest are made. This work clinches the case for evolution as it examines immortal genes, fossil genes, and genes that bear the scars of past battles with horrible diseases. Unabridged. 1 MP3 CD.
Carroll is an adept and wide-ranging writer. His narrative hopscotches from the Antarctic Ocean to Yellowstone National Park to the Great Barrier Reef of Australia to the Costa Rican rain forest. Even when he tells a well-known story in evolutionary biology, such as the linking of sickle cell anemia to malaria, Carroll finds a new way to tell it. One chapter begins, "It is rumored that the most common last words humans utter are, 'Hey, hold my beer and watch this!' " Reading The Making of the Fittest is like spending a few hours with an extremely knowledgeable and enthusiastic dinner companion.