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  • On the Origin of Species | Charles Darwin

    On the Origin of Species

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Charles Darwin
    • Narrated By Richard Dawkins
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    Richard Dawkins, author of The God Delusion and a life-long committed Darwinist, abridges and reads this special audio version of Charles Darwin's famous book. A literally world-changing book, Darwin put forward the anti-religious and scientific idea that humans in fact evolved over millions of generations from animals, starting with fish, all the way up through the ranks to apes, then to our current form.

    M says: "A Perfect Abridgement"
  • The Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection: or, The Preservation of Favored Races in the Struggle for Life | Charles Darwin

    The Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection: or, The Preservation of Favored Races in the Struggle for Life

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Charles Darwin
    • Narrated By Robin Field
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    The Origin of Species sold out on the first day of its publication in 1859. It is the major book of the 19th century and one of the most readable and accessible of the great revolutionary works of the scientific imagination. Though, in fact, little read, most people know what it says—at least they think they do. The Origin of Species was the first mature and persuasive work to explain how species change through the process of natural selection. Upon its publication, the book began to transform attitudes about society and religion.

    Riegholt says: "Best way to read the classic!"
  • On the Origin of Species | Charles Darwin

    On the Origin of Species

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Charles Darwin
    • Narrated By Bill DeWees
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    This scientific writing, which was considered to be the groundwork of evolutionary biology, presented the theory that species developed over a line of originations through a method of natural selection. It imparted evidence that the variety of life resulted from a common descent via a branching model of evolution.

    Barry L. Wolfe says: "This is the 1859 British edition."
  • The Origin of Species | Charles Darwin

    The Origin of Species

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Charles Darwin
    • Narrated By David Case
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    One of the most famous and influential books of its (or any) time, The Origin of Species is, surprisingly, little read. True enough, most people know what it says, or think they do, at any rate. The first comprehensive statement of the theory of natural selection, it does, indeed, provide the basic argument and demonstration of what we think of as Darwinism.

    billfish says: "I loved it"
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    Darwin's "On the Origin of Species": A Modern Rendition

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Daniel Duzdevich
    • Narrated By James Romick
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    For an era in which Darwin is more talked about than read, Daniel Duzdevich offers a clear, modern English rendering of Darwin's first edition. Neither an abridgement nor a summary, this version might best be described as a "translation" for contemporary English listeners. A monument to reasoned insight, the Origin illustrates the value of extensive reflection, carefully gathered evidence, and sound scientific reasoning.

  • Remarkable Creatures: Epic Adventures in the Search for the Origins of Species | Sean B. Carroll

    Remarkable Creatures: Epic Adventures in the Search for the Origins of Species

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Sean B. Carroll
    • Narrated By Jim Bond
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    Just 150 years ago, most of our world was an unexplored wilderness. Our sense of its age was vastly off the mark. And what we believed to be the history of our own species consisted of fantastic myths and fairy tales; fossils, known for millennia, were seen as the bones of dragons and other imagined creatures. How did we learn so much so quickly? Remarkable Creatures celebrates the pioneers who replaced our fancies with the even more remarkable real story of how our world evolved.

    Connie says: "A Remarkable Journey"
  • Darwin's Origin of Species: A Biography: Books That Changed the World | Janet Browne

    Darwin's Origin of Species: A Biography: Books That Changed the World

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Janet Browne
    • Narrated By Josephine Bailey
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    Charles Darwin's foremost biographer, Janet Browne, delivers a vivid and accessible introduction to the book that permanently altered our understanding of what it is to be human. A sensation on its publication in 1859, The Origin of the Species profoundly shocked Victorian readers by calling into question the belief in a Creator with its description of evolution through natural selection. And Darwin's seminal work is nearly as controversial today.

    Clifford says: "Darwin in History"
  • Charles Darwin: The Scientists and Inventors Series (Dramatized) | Kenneth Allen

    Charles Darwin: The Scientists and Inventors Series (Dramatized)

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 1 min)
    • By Kenneth Allen
    • Narrated By Paul Eddington, Full Cast
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    The man responsible for the near religion of "Darwinism" and the theory of evolution was a quiet, patient, and gentle man, suffering for most of his life from chronic ill-health. He rarely attended banquets given in his honor or even meetings of the Royal Society to which he was elected a Fellow before his 30th birthday. His most famous book, The Origin of Species, is considered to be the most important book of the 18th century and had an overwhelming reception.

  • The Voyage of the Beagle | Charles Darwin

    The Voyage of the Beagle

    • ABRIDGED (4 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Charles Darwin
    • Narrated By John Franklyn-Robbins
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    Charles Darwin was appointed naturalist aboard the H.M.S. Beagle, which left England in 1831 to map the coast of South America and then circumnavigate the globe. As Darwin explored, he came to dispute the idea that catastrophic upheaval created mountains and shaped the earth - and if geological change came slowly, could not living species also evolve the same way?

    Stephen says: "Good version ruined by poor quality audio"
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