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Galileo | [James Reston, Jr.]

Galileo

The founder of modern science and the embodiment of the conflict between science and faith, Galileo remains the most fascinating figure of his age. In this biography, James Reston Jr. provides a lively, vivid portrait of Galileo, taking the listener to the heart of this passionate, embattled, arrogant, and brilliant man.
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The founder of modern science and the embodiment of the conflict between science and faith, Galileo remains the most fascinating figure of his age. In this biography, James Reston Jr. provides a lively, vivid portrait of Galileo, taking the listener to the heart of this passionate, embattled, arrogant, and brilliant man. In doing so, Reston paints a picture of Renaissance Italy, of its unparalleled cultural richness and political and religious intrigues. At the center of the story is Galileo's discovery of the telescope, which revolutionized astronomy and put Galileo into conflict with the Catholic church until 1633, when the Inquisition denounced him and banished him for the last 9 years of his life.

©1994 by James Reston, Jr.; (P)1995 by Blackstone Audiobooks

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    Amazon Customer 599 Spruce Street, Santa Rosa, CA 95407 09-16-03
    Amazon Customer 599 Spruce Street, Santa Rosa, CA 95407 09-16-03 Member Since 2002

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    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.

    13 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Arkansas 01-06-09
    Amazon Customer Arkansas 01-06-09 Member Since 2003
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    "Well written, narrated, badly edited"

    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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Vancouver, BC Canada 02-23-09
    Amazon Customer Vancouver, BC Canada 02-23-09 Member Since 2001

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    "Juvenile science"

    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.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Jason Wortham San Jose, CA 09-13-03
    Jason Wortham San Jose, CA 09-13-03 Member Since 2003
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    "A tedius fall into inane details."

    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.

    11 of 19 people found this review helpful
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    Helen Bolton, Ontario, Canada 03-08-05
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    "Wow I loved it"

    From beginning to end I was completely mesmerised. Get it. You won't be disappointed.

    4 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Austin, TX, USA 05-25-04
    Michael Austin, TX, USA 05-25-04
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    "Galileo rocks"

    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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    Joe Liverpool, NY, United States 03-02-03
    Joe Liverpool, NY, United States 03-02-03 Member Since 2000
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    Great story

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