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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (707 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: John Darnton Narrator: Bernadette Quigley, David Colacci, Buck Schirner Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2008 ISBN:
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In this riveting new novel, best-selling author John Darnton transports us to Victorian England and around the world to reveal the secrets of a legendary 19th-century figure. Darnton elegantly blends the power of fact and the insights of fiction to explore the many mysteries attached to the life and work of Charles Darwin.

What led Darwin to the theory of evolution? Why did he wait 22 years to write On the Origin of Species? Why was he incapacitated by mysterious illnesses and frightened of travel? Who was his secret rival? These are some of the questions driving Darnton's richly dramatic narrative, which unfolds through three vivid points of view: Darwin's own as he sails around the world aboard the Beagle; his daughter Lizzie's as she strives to understand the guilt and fear that struck her father at the height of his fame; and that of present-day anthropologist Hugh Kellem and Darwin scholar Beth Dulcimer, whose obsession with Darwin (and with each other) drives them beyond the accepted boundaries of scholarly research. What Hugh and Beth discover - Lizzie's diaries and letters lead them to a hidden chapter of Darwin's autobiography - is a maze of bitter rivalries, petty deceptions, and jealously guarded secrets, at the heart of which lies the birth of the theory of evolution.

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Marlo | 2/7/2014

    " The book didn't really captivate me until the last third. Before that the book plodded along with the character development and background. The book presented an interesting twist to what is now common knowledge. As people say, history is written by the victor... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amber Skantz | 1/31/2014

    " Really good. Caught hold and didn't let go. I find myself now eager to read Darwin's works, where I didn't have much interest before. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Peggy | 1/25/2014

    " An enjoyable read about Charles Darwin told from 3 different points of view - himself, his daughter and a present-day researcher. The author has spun a possible (or perhaps I should say alternative, not to say outlandish) view of Darwin in order to explain the twenty-year gap between the Beagle voyage and the publication of his theory of the origin of the species, and also the lifelong illnesses which affected him upon his return. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Robynne | 1/4/2014

    " A good page turner with an interesting "what if it happened like this" take on history. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer Patrick | 12/29/2013

    " An interesting take on how Darwin came to his conclusions about evolution. I liked the excerts from Lizzies diary. Now this was a story told from various points of view during different eras and it worked. Maybe it helped because I listened to this as an audio book and that had 3 seperate narrators. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pammie | 12/23/2013

    " The end was kind of a disappointment. Perhaps too many juggling balls in the air to have it all make sense in the final push. But it was a nice diversion, and the differing points of view was handled well. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sheri | 11/27/2013

    " I think this book should have gotten more hoopla it was a really good read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Becky | 10/1/2013

    " Like another book of Darnton's, Neanderthal , there was enough science to make you go "hmmmm," but enough fiction to remember its a novel. Fun read - really makes Darwin a 3-dimensional figure! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gerrie | 9/30/2013

    " This is not my favorite book, but it was interesting because I just visited the Galapagos where Darwin formed his Theory of Evolution. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christine | 7/19/2013

    " I read it via an audio book while I was driving. I learned a lot about Darwin in a painless way. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kelly | 7/12/2013

    " "You English know life less" (pp157) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tammy Due | 6/15/2013

    " An interesting historical fiction novel. A fun read for those that enjoy mystery, Charles Darwin and history. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Liz DeCoster | 1/27/2013

    " I enjoyed this book much more than expected. While it wasn't anything fantastically original, and I can't speak to the historical accuracy, the story was still compelling and it was a fun, quick read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 meg | 9/26/2012

    " an interesting mix of fact and fiction. a good tale! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jamie | 8/9/2012

    " This was enjoyable enough, but there was something missing. I can't quite put my finger on it, but it could have been better. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barbara | 7/5/2012

    " Extremely well written and engaging. I loved the history of Darwin with the additional explanation at the end about what is true and what is not. By putting the Darwin theories into fiction, the times and dates come alive in a new way. I enjoyed it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kori | 11/25/2011

    " Interesting premise, but it was really hard to get into. I had to push myself to keep reading... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Robert Rust | 9/17/2011

    " We listened to this on our 850 mile trip from Boise to Denver, kept us interested and made the 12 hour drive almost pleasant.Love historical fiction by a great researcher like NY Times journalist John Darnton. I want to read the rest of his books this summer. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jamie | 2/12/2011

    " This was enjoyable enough, but there was something missing. I can't quite put my finger on it, but it could have been better. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ashley | 12/28/2010

    " I listened to this on audio book a couple of years ago, but it is still vividly present to me. I liked the dark twists in the plot, and I'm a sucker for a conspiracy plot. Readers who like this book might also like The Nature of Monsters by Clare Clark. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 TJ | 10/27/2010

    " This is why I don't read historical fiction. I can't tell what's bullshit and what is real. I enjoyed the three different viewpoints but, unfortunately, the payday at the end of the road wasn't worth the journey. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rene | 9/10/2010

    " I thought the author did a great job of bringing to life Darwin's tortured existence and vividly illustrated his internal struggle to balance his religious training with his scientific discoveries. Loved the triple perspective and found Lizzy's narrative the most enjoyable and interesting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melanie | 8/20/2010

    " Got half-way through and skimmed the rest. Interesting, but not enough to make me want to hunker down and finish it. Kinda meanders... I keep eying the 14 other books I've got checked out... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sophiene | 4/22/2010

    " Real interesting, I now want to finally read the Darwin biography I have and his book about his travels with the Beagle. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Dara | 3/4/2010

    " Ultimately silly (verging on the ridiculous), but fast-paced readable fun. "

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About the Author
John Darnton has worked for forty years as a reporter, editor, and foreign correspondent for The New York Times. He was awarded two George Polk Awards for his coverage of Africa and Eastern Europe, and the Pulitzer Prize for his stories that were smuggled out of Poland during the period of martial law. He is a best-selling author whose previous novels include Neanderthal and The Darwin Conspiracy. He lives in New York.