An excellent introductory text to evolution and the copious amounts of evidence that supports it. Coyne doesn't get into the nitty-gritty of genetics which makes my eyes glaze over (that's a subject I need to read up on and learn!) so it is very easily accessible to a layperson. Coyne concentrates on the science and doesn't veer onto a soapbox with regard to creationism. There are some comments, but it is not hammered at relentlessly. His final chapter about the evolution of man (and all its mysteries and questions) was fascinating. As with Dawkins' The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution
, the wonderful result of reading about evolution is walking around looking at the world with a new pair of glasses and seeing everything in a different light. I listened to this while hiking, and what better place to learn this stuff than when surrounded by wildlife? Every horny toad, lizard, bird and insect became more fascinating and scrutinized more closely.