©1994 by James Reston, Jr.; (P)1995 by Blackstone Audiobooks
Reading and listen to books for me is one of the keys to a happy life.
I really enjoyed this biography. Not only did it bring to light Galileo, but also the political environment in which he had to deal with. If you like science, history and religion then I feel you will enjoy this audio book.
Highly recommend to history buffs interested in the period, science, or religion. If you are catholic, the author does not treat the church kindly then or now but unless your skin is quite thin I do not think it offensive. It is a good read even if history is not your interest.
The narration is third person and is handled well by Riggenbach. The editing is problematic. Long spaces between recording sessions, inconsistent sound volumes and quality, and minor extraneous sounds combine to be a distraction in what would otherwise be an excellent listen.
The author describes Galileo's relationship to the external world, but fails to discuss the reasoning behind his support for the Copernican hypothesis. For example tides are mentioned in relation to their appearance, but there is no discussion of their relevance to the issues under discussion.
The audio delivery is simply disgraceful, with long distracting pauses. Audible should consider discontinuing this audiobook.
I learned a few interesting things about the man. You get a different perspective about how his fall came to be. You also learn some interesting things about his inventions and his life. Unfortunately it's flooded with a bunch of inane details.
It reads something like "so and so begat so and so" from the bible. Ok, maybe not that bad, but there's so many other better audiobooks out there. Maybe try the abridged version instead.
It is amazing to see a life that was so full of wisdom face so many challanges from the roman catholic church. He had such a wonderful relationship with the creator, however, he was held back by greedy and jealous men. If only he would have been able to research at full speed what might he have achieved. It is a great book, and well worth the investment
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