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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (10,802 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:
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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 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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by Brent | 2/8/2014

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

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