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3.77 out of 53.77 out of 53.77 out of 53.77 out of 53.77 out of 5 3.77 (26 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Dava Sobel Narrator: Fritz Weaver Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2005 ISBN: 9780739322925
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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.”

    Newsweek

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

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joanna Jacobs | 2/20/2014

    " Couldn't put the book down. The battle between science and the Catholic religion during the Counter-Reformation is positively engrossing on so many levels in this story. The treatment of women, particularly Galileo's two illegitimate daughters, was absolutely frightening. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Everton Patterson | 2/14/2014

    " Biography of Galileo with emphasis on communications between himself and his eldest daughter, a nun. Touching ending. Good thing people wrote so many letters in those days. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Aimee Alderman | 2/12/2014

    " History, science, social structure, and family relationships all bundled up in an enjoyable read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brent | 2/8/2014

    " a really interesting view of this side of Galileo. Sobel always does a good job. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carl Marcus | 2/3/2014

    " This is an excellent which adds depth to the common portrayal of Galileo. It shows a more complex character than that commonly portrayed. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael Ben Zehabe | 2/2/2014

    " A pleasant, and light read, with very interesting history thrown in. Learn while you browse. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jenny | 1/17/2014

    " This book was good, but I'm not really into biographies. I did enjoy the third of the book I read, but I didn't finish. (Sorry to my book club!) It was just too long and full of too much history. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carrie | 1/16/2014

    " It was well written, but it didn't grab me the way that I had hoped. The whole explanation of Galileo's trial was a bit rushed as was the last few years of his life. It was almost as though the author got bored. Overall, Longitude by Sobel was a much better and much more enjoyable read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lily | 1/11/2014

    " 2424 Good story. Based on their correspondence. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Therk | 1/11/2014

    " I liked this book a lot and would recommend it to most people. A very enjoyable biography with a unique perspective, and really well written. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andie | 1/3/2014

    " Like Wild Swans, I spent a lot of time being grateful for my life in the 20th century. A good reminder that scientists and the brilliant have lives and hearts and souls.... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 September | 1/3/2014

    " Interesting background on Galileo....but of course I didn't finish it before it was due back to the library! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alisha G | 12/28/2013

    " Dava Sobel is such a pleasure to read, I didn't mind that the book suffered a bit from a lack of action. It's probably 3.5 stars for me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Haikaa Yamamoto | 12/27/2013

    " I will just say that I was in tears when Galileo died as if I didn't know he was going to. Beautifully written. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Denise | 12/12/2013

    " Excellent book. Sad book, so it was hard to read quickly. The last page brought tears to my eyes. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michael | 12/9/2013

    " This was a marvelous book based on the letters between Galileo and his daughter in a convent. Unfortunately his letters were destroyed by the convent, but the author does a great job of recreating the communication between the two - and describing galelop's difficulties with the Holy Sea "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bobbi | 7/14/2013

    " A memoir of Galileo as seen through the eyes of his daughter who lived most of her life in a convent. They exchange letters for years and she tries to help him through his persecution by the Church for his heretic views. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alex Bigney | 6/20/2013

    " very fun read with lots of background info on the time period in italy and the influence of the church. i would read it again. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Gerolyn thatcher | 4/10/2013

    " Some people were put on this earth to push and push and push through the unknown and find truth. It is exhausting for me to think of the struggles and pains that these thinkers go through. I'm grateful for them. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elena | 2/22/2013

    " I only got through half of the book before I had to return it to the library. It was very good and I hope to pick it back up someday and continue where I left off. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Margie | 12/30/2012

    " Really enjoyed this book, although reading the daughters letters in the old language kind of slowed me down. Learned a lot about Galileo. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Claude Bertout | 12/27/2012

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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shaun Moon | 12/26/2012

    " Started slow but picked up for me when Galileo goes before the Court of the Inquisition "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Alex | 11/29/2012

    " Had to put it down. Maybe later, during retirement. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jessa | 8/5/2012

    " I got about half way through this book and just couldn't finish it. There were some interesting parts but then it would get so detailed in the history that my eyes would start to glaze over. I kept trying and finally decided not to torture myself any longer and didn't finish the book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elizabeth Ham | 7/25/2012

    " I really enjoy learning history in this fashion. I loved the way the author intertwined the history of the time in the story of this famous man and his family. "

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About the Author
Author Dava SobelDAVA SOBEL is the author of five books, including the New York Times bestsellers Longitude, Galileo’s Daughter, The Planets, and The Glass Universe. A former New York Times science reporter and longtime contributor to The New Yorker, AudubonDiscover, and Harvard Magazine, she is the recipient of the National Science Board’s Individual Public Service Award and the Boston Museum of Science’s Bradford Washburn Award, among others.