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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (10,794 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Dava Sobel Narrator: George Guidall Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Galileo Galilei was the foremost scientist of his day. Though he never left Italy, his inventions and discoveries were heralded around the world. His telescopes allowed him to reveal the heavens and enforce the astounding argument that the earth moves around the sun. For this belief, he was brought before the Holy Office of the Inquisition, accused of heresy, and forced to spend his last years under house arrest.

Galileo’s oldest child was thirteen when he placed her in a convent near him in Florence, where she took the most appropriate name of Suor Maria Celeste. Her support was her father’s greatest source of strength. Her presence, through letters which Sobel has translated from Italian and masterfully woven into the narrative, graces her father’s life now as it did then.

Galileo’s Daughter dramatically recolors the personality and accomplishment of a mythic figure whose seventeenth-century clash with Catholic doctrine continues to define the schism between science and religion. Moving between Galileo’s public life and Maria Celeste’s sequestered world, Sobel illuminates the Florence of the Medicis and the papal court in Rome during an era when humanity's perception of its place in the cosmos was overturned. With all the human drama and scientific adventure that distinguished Latitude, Galileo’s Daughter is an unforgettable story.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Sobel is a master storyteller…She brings a great scientist to life.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Innovative history and a wonderfully told tale.”


  • Winner of the 1999 Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Science and Technology
  • A 2000 Pulitzer Prize Finalist for Biography/Autobiography
  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Connie | 1/31/2014

    " This was an informative account of Galileo's life...that the author pieced together from existing documents, historical literature, and surviving letters from Galileo's devoted and servient daughter. I admire / appreicate the effort, volume of reconstruction, and time this work of non fiction entailed. However, I think I would have been more interested in the work during my high school or college years, when I was more familiar with the events and historical figure of science. The accuracy and recanting of history from 17th century Italy was just a bit too dry for me right now. But glad I read the book. A good "refresher course". However since the letter's are not the primary source of information ....I did find the title and content at odds. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Claude Bertout | 1/28/2014

    " A marvelous glimpse of Galileo's life and lifetimes. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Janet | 1/25/2014

    " A bit slow in parts - I didn't think the letters were really all that fascinating. I certainly learned a lot about Galileo and the Catholic church. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Karen | 1/19/2014

    " Not very surprisingly, the title is a gimmick.. the letters between Galileo and Mary Celeste did add a personal touch to the book, butmmmostlit is just the same biography of Galileo. I did learn some new things though, mainly about Galileo's other scientific endeavors (Other than the celestial.. those that are usually mentioned when learning about his work). "

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