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3.69 out of 53.69 out of 53.69 out of 53.69 out of 53.69 out of 5 3.69 (26 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Adam Gopnik Narrator: Adam Gopnik Publisher: Recorded Books Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2009 ISBN:
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Written 200 years after Charles Darwin and Abraham Lincoln shared a birthday on February 12, 1809, this insightful account sheds new light on two men who changed the way we think about the meaning of life and death.

Award-winning journalist Adam Gopnik's unique perspective, combined with previously unexplored stories and figures, reveals two men planted firmly at the roots of modern views and liberal values. Download and start listening now!

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rebecca | 2/19/2014

    " Darwin and Lincoln were born, worlds apart, on the same day. This book looks at how they both changed the worlds they lived in. The portions about Darwin were the best part of the book: those on Lincoln seemed trivial or forced. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marcia | 2/17/2014

    " Thoroughly enjoyed Gopnik's study of Lincoln and Darwin. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Iris | 2/4/2014

    " Though he was writing about 2 great men, the author himself was worth quoting on almost every page. I borrowed the book from a friend, but will be buying it to refer back to. This book would be great for US history students, or any student of biology. There was one line wherein Gopnik said "slavery no longer exists, at least not in the US or Great Britain" that I take issue with (the sex trade, unpaid and undocumented "domestic servants"), but otherwise the book was an uplifting and inspiring work on how to balance science, faith, and reason within an individual, citing two great historical figures as evidence. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 lynn | 2/4/2014

    " Gopnik really repeats himself a LOT. I was prepared to LOVE this book, and wanted to hear lots of personal details about Lincoln and Darwin's lives. The endless chapters on their speeches/writings just didn't tell me what I wanted to know. and he made rather grand assumptions about our familiarity with their writings. So it was just OK. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cheryl | 1/27/2014

    " I liked this, but I found it pretty difficult to follow in 20 minute segments on my drive to and from work. I think I'd really like it if I actually read it instead of listened to it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pat | 1/20/2014

    " Lincoln and Darwin were born on the same day. The author contemplates their lives, and how their views reflect on us today. Outstanding book. The author read the audiobook, which was not the best choice. His writing, however, is terrific. Loved this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bookmarks Magazine | 1/19/2014

    " Although Charles Darwin and Abraham Lincoln never met, Adam Gopnik forever links them in this collection of essays (some of the material first appeared in the New Yorker) that emphasizes the importance of two great men and reevaluates the role of 19th-century thinking in the modern world. Gopnik's magazine work and essays have given him a well-deserved reputation as an astute observer and chronicler of modern life, and critics generally view Gopnik's efforts in Angels and Ages as an admirable attempt to breathe new life into some dogmatic ideas. Other reviewers, however, note a familiarity and disjointedness to the pieces and wonder about the tenuous connection between Lincoln and Darwin. The book is worth reading, though, for the author's unquestioned skill as a craftsman and the light he sheds on what has become, for many, settled history.This is an excerpt from a review published in Bookmarks magazine. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Norman | 1/19/2014

    " Wonderful book I will need to comment on more. It inspired me to finish reading "Origin of Species" by Charles Darwin and want to read more about Abraham Lincoln. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kelsey | 10/8/2013

    " A short, but fact-packed read about Lincoln and Darwin. I learned that fireflies exist west of the Rockies but don't illuminate. Fascinating. Bring on the dinner party trivia! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carla | 6/10/2013

    " This book was like homework, but enjoyable. It had enough interesting pieces that I actually took some notes, a little academic though. I would recommend if you are at all interested in Lincoln or Darwin. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kevin | 5/16/2013

    " Learned quite a lot about Darwin I didn't know. I had studied Lincoln more so not as much new to me. I liked the way the author connected the 2 (compared and contracted them). Sometimes this connection was a bit strained. This is a short book but gives a good overview of both men. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura | 5/9/2013

    " Lincoln's mastery of concluding his writings with a summation that is accessible to all people continues to inspire me. Example: from speech given in Columbus, Ohio in 1859 - ". . .the real proposition at stake is that man, with body and soul, is a matter of dollars and cents." "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hannah | 4/7/2013

    " made me feel incredibly smart and unbelievably stupid all at the same time... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Do10271 | 3/22/2013

    " MAKES ME WANT TO LEARN MORE ABOUT DARWIN. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jen | 12/16/2012

    " Close to 4 stars, but I stuck with 3. I mostly enjoyed the informative middle essays -- the looser, more philosopical meanderings were less to my liking. I did like the relaxed style of Gopnik's prose. Also, I wish there was more meat to the rhetorical analysis of Lincoln and Darwin's writing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marla R. | 12/14/2012

    " These juxtapositions are always fascinating, and the prose in the book is simply breathtaking... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jack | 8/20/2011

    " An interesting comparison that provides equally intriguing speculation throughout, but the unnecessarily dense and self-satisfied prose is annoying and obfuscatory. Lots of potential for this book, but it didn't quite deliver. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jake Pinholster | 7/15/2011

    " Fantastic book about two very important (and simultaneously born) figures and how their amazing lives helped shaped our modern world. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Linda | 7/8/2011

    " I loved this book! Just happened to pick it up at the library and totally enjoyed it. Great reflection on Darwin's and Lincoln's lives and contributions. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jack | 2/2/2011

    " A beautifully whimsical essay on the importance of two often-mystified men born fitfully on the same day--February 12, 1809. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hannah | 1/18/2011

    " made me feel incredibly smart and unbelievably stupid all at the same time... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Norman | 12/11/2010

    " Wonderful book I will need to comment on more. It inspired me to finish reading "Origin of Species" by Charles Darwin and want to read more about Abraham Lincoln. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura | 8/26/2010

    " Lincoln's mastery of concluding his writings with a summation that is accessible to all people continues to inspire me. Example: from speech given in Columbus, Ohio in 1859 - ". . .the real proposition at stake is that man, with body and soul, is a matter of dollars and cents." "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Dave | 8/3/2010

    " Just couldn't get into this. Way too dense (the writing, that is, not me). "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marla | 5/4/2010

    " These juxtapositions are always fascinating, and the prose in the book is simply breathtaking... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Doug | 4/21/2010

    " I had high hopes for this book. A book a bout a Darwin and Lincoln - two people I find fascinating. Plus, written by an author that I admire...It never did it for me. I kept asking myself - "what's this book about?" "

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About the Author
Author Adam Gopnik

Adam Gopnik has been writing for the New Yorker since 1986. His work for the magazine has won the National Magazine Award for Essay and Criticism and the George Polk Award for Magazine Reporting. From 1995 to 2000, Gopnik lived in Paris, where the newspaper Le Monde praised his “witty and Voltairean picture of French life.” He now lives in New York with his wife and their children.