Charles Darwin did not deliberately set out to be the destroyer of mythical beliefs,” some of which, in his early days as a young Christian, he had previously espoused. He was a modest man who liked to avoid controversy of any kind, yet paradoxically, he was to be the cause of the greatest controversy in the history of science and religion.
When Darwin embarked on the HMS Beagle in late December 1831, bound for the southern hemisphere, he could not have imagined that the experience would lead him to formulate a theory that would totally revolutionize the way in which we viewed the natural world. He did not come to his conclusions about the origin and evolution of all life on Earth quickly, though, for just as the living organisms to which his theory applied had evolved over millions of years, so his thinking evolved as his own life progressed.How did this thoughtful, methodical scientist come to have such an impact on his timeand on ours? These questions and more are what Andrew Norman seeks to answer in this biography of the author of The Origin of Species.
©2014 Andrew Norman (P)2014 Audible, Inc.
I really enjoyed this book. The narrator was so good that I'm now looking for other books he's done. He used vocal techniques that constantly kept my attention without feeling annoying after lengthy listens. I really liked how this book moved from each section and idea of his life even throwing in other information about relevant topics to better understand the science and story. Great book!
There were sections that just didn't seem relevant and full of speculation. I would drop these and add more factual information.
I thought the narration was fine. Thought he did a nice job of conveying the book.
I knew a simplified version of Darwin's life. I did like gaining a more well rounded view of him, his work and the others who developed similar theories.
Despite a fascinating subject the mediocre writing style had me looking forward to the end of the book. For example, why did the author include a five minute long list of the various forms of "the water cure?" Three stars because I did get an overview of Darwin for a very low sale price. If I had paid full price I would have asked for a refund.
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