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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,193 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Deborah Heiligman Narrator: Rosalyn Landor Publisher: Listening Library Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Charles Darwin published The Origin of Species, his revolutionary tract on evolution and the fundamental ideas involved, in 1859. Nearly 150 years later, the theory of evolution continues to create tension between the scientific and religious communities. Challenges about teaching the theory of evolution in schools occur annually all over the country. This same debate raged within Darwin himself, and played an important part in his marriage: his wife, Emma, was quite religious, and her faith gave Charles a lot to think about as he worked on a theory that continues to spark intense debates.

Deborah Heligman's new biography of Charles Darwin is a thought-provoking account of the man behind evolutionary theory: how his personal life affected his work and vice versa. The end result is an engaging exploration of history, science, and religion for young readers. Download and start listening now!

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Nicole | 2/16/2014

    " Yeah! I really like this book! I learned a lot about evolution and a lot about Darwin I probably never would have known. And it made me really like Darwin as a person! What a romantic he was!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Garrett Nagaishi | 2/2/2014

    " This book is about Charles Darwin and his relationship with this wife, Emma. The book begins with Charles contemplating the pro's and con's of marriage, making a list on a piece of paper. He decides that while there are several good reasons to stay a bachelor his whole life, married life is preferable. While considering relatives and friends he knows, he finds Emma, a cousin with quite a different personality than his own. The book continues to illustrate the events leading to their marriage, their differences and similarities, their family and the studies and beliefs of Charles and how they affected those around him. This book is great, especially to anyone with the least bit of curiosity about Charles Darwin and his life. Even strict anti-evolutionists will enjoy learning more about Charles and discover that he may not be the same person that most people think he is. This book would especially appeal to those who enjoy romance novels (such as Jane Austen) because of the focus on Charles's and Emma's relationship. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Mary Ann | 1/20/2014

    " I liked the way this book showed the confluence between religious views and Darwin's developing scientific views. It was interesting for the focus on his relationship with his family. It left a few too many gaps in the scientific development of his ideas. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Liberality | 1/15/2014

    " This book explores how Darwin was very conscious of how the theory of evolution would be viewed by the religious citizens of his time. How sad is it that things haven't changed much? The book shows how he and his wife ran a very open mined and liberal household and how this benefited their children. "

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