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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (26,592 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Charles Darwin Narrator: Robin Field Publisher: Craig Black Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2011 ISBN: 9781470803414
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The Origin of Species sold out on the first day of its publication in 1859. It is the major book of the nineteenth century and one of the most readable and accessible of the great revolutionary works of the scientific imagination. Though, in fact, little read, most people know what it says—at least they think they do.

The Origin of Species was the first mature and persuasive work to explain how species change through the process of natural selection. Upon its publication, the book began to transform attitudes about society and religion and was soon used to justify the philosophies of communists, socialists, capitalists, and even Germany’s National Socialists. But the most quoted response came from Thomas Henry Huxley, Darwin’s friend and also a renowned naturalist, who exclaimed, “How extremely stupid not to have thought of that!”

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Quotes & Awards

  • “It is clear that here is one of the most important contributions ever made to philosophic science; and it is at least behooving on scientists, in the light of the accumulation of evidence which the author has summoned in support of his theory, to reconsider the grounds on which their present doctrine of the origin of species is based.”

    New York Times

  • “Amazingly, 150 years after the publication of The Origin of Species, Darwin’s seminal work on the theory of evolution remains the authoritative tract on the subject.”

    Library Journal

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Casey | 2/14/2014

    " This isn't a book you read for entertainment. If you're actually interested in science it's well written and very organized. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tim Patrick | 2/11/2014

    " An important book of science that nonetheless is not as bold as I expected it to be. Certainly, Darwin himself is bold in his ideas, and he several times scoffs at those can't see the wisdom of his thoughts. But his studies, as he freely admits, are incomplete, and he hedges on some key points (some of which were cleared up by later science). Most surprising are his suggestions (1) that natural selection is the key, but not the only, method of species development; (2) that natural selection does not close the door on abiogenesis (life from non-life) by a creator; and (3) that his entire theory could fail if such-and-such an experiment is found to be false. Writing in the pre-DNA days, it's no surprise that there are (by our modern standards) scientific issues with the text. But surprising what he came up with with just a microscope and a whole lot of time to think while watching birds on the Galapagos Islands. The book lacks sufficient detail to be a rigorous peer-reviewed text, but sometimes drones on and one about experiments that, through exciting for a geologist or biologist, do nothing to bring the general reader along. But despite its deficiencies, it was certainly a book for the ages. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Phoebe | 2/10/2014

    " The issue I find most difficult as far as evolotionary theory by random mutation is in wondering if there really has been enought time. Darwin dealt intelligently with this issue, however I still have reservations as in fact does increasingly, the scientific community (epigenetics etc.) I could never understand why people felt Darwin and Lamarck are opposed and if you read this book you will find they personally were not (at least not Darwin to Lamarck) Darwin writes extremely well and proves himself to be a scientist of the first calibre. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Morgan Storey | 2/5/2014

    " Can be tough going, but some of it is written so elloquently it is a piece of art, other parts seem to labour on. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Correen | 1/26/2014

    " Much to my embarrassment, I have never read this volume from beginning to end. I have only read excerpts or portions as related to a specific set of information. Now that I have completed the entire volume, I am even more disappointed in myself as it is utterly amazing. I have long been in awe of Darwin, but how one person could have covered the enormous amount of information he did and have derived the vast number of conclusions and postulations is mind blowing. His response to criticism is noteworthy. He took each comment separately and either clearly explained his position or noted that the answer was not complete but stated how it would be solved. He stated he was less writing for the scientists of his age as he did not expect to change their thinking but for future generations would not only accept his thinking but fill in the many gaps. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lindsey | 1/23/2014

    " Interesting. Repetitive. Not for freshmen. Didn't finish. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Martin Kirby | 1/18/2014

    " I read this more than a decade ago and aim to re-read it, if I can find it. An extraordinary piece of enlightenment. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Luiz Apolinario | 1/16/2014

    " When man sees a horizon that goes beyond the obvious view that evolution is the only explanation, and with it new questions, because the evolutionary process is continuous. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Saji Maruthurkkara | 1/9/2014

    " It's the stuff I learnt at school, but reading the book I understand the implications. Starting to explain natural selection by man in domesticated animals is a work of genius. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jpdsm | 1/4/2014

    " i don't know, something about pigeons "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lou | 12/26/2013

    " What is amazing is that most of what he wrote then is still relevant in biology today and that this book can still teach to a modern public two or three things about evolution. Easy and amazing to read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Zachariah | 12/23/2013

    " I'm pretty familiar with the theory of evolution, so to be honest I did a lot of skimming. But I still really enjoyed the book. There's a lot of fascinating biological information bits discussed about this and that animal, etc. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Llyr Griffiths | 12/17/2013

    " Far too heavy going! Had to put it down...! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kenneth | 11/13/2013

    " Brilliant. Earth-shaking. Genius. One of THE MOST important books ever published. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 ThunderPhunk TheGreat | 10/31/2013

    " Completely destroyed religion...And I love it...Amen!...blessings "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Josh | 10/26/2013

    " Interesting picture of Upperclass Victorian England. I was surprised how accessable most of the text was and how well the concepts were illustrated, I guess that is why it has lasted so long. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Emlyn Splinter | 8/22/2013

    " Tough to read, but so valuable to understand. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Blades | 6/27/2013

    " A fantastic book. Darwin's voice is all his own and so were his ideas. This was quite an achievement at the time and it is still important today. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Ethan | 4/5/2013

    " Well, I have started it. I'm keeping a notebook handy, for the first to pages of the introduction I have already written a whole page of notes. It is going to be a while before I finish this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mason Posner | 10/23/2012

    " It is amazing to discover how timeless Darwin's writing was. While much has changed of our understanding of evolution after 150 more years of research, a reading of The Origin will remind you how prescient Darwin was in the 1850's. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rashmi | 10/1/2012

    " This book is must read for any one interested in life science .this book is the basis for many new researches .i read the e-book and missed few photographs to support the contents. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tenzin | 7/31/2012

    " whole thing about the theory of evolution from a great zoologist point of view "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dan Benesh | 6/17/2012

    " The introduction by Ray is completely whackjob religious dogma. Keep your Christ-saviour-pandering out of a book that actually has scientific merit, please and thanks! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mjwarner5 | 5/5/2012

    " Everyone should read through this at least once in their lives. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Lisa | 4/25/2012

    " Read this for my senior seminar class in college. I've never seen a book with more run-on sentences in my life. I hate to not finish a book, but I would not have finished this one except that I had to for my class. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jess Tait | 4/11/2012

    " Fascinating read, glad it's over. ;) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hannah | 2/21/2012

    " Lengthy book that deserves to be read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jael Sprinkle | 12/23/2011

    " For most people born in the last or this century, it will be passe, but this book changed my life. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jim | 11/4/2011

    " Can I give it six stars? Amazing insights on every page, it is incredible reading the mind of a genius. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Edmund | 9/24/2011

    " A very deep read. I think I need to read it a few more times to fully grasp everything. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Russ | 9/21/2011

    " One of the most important books ever written. I wish I'd read it 30 years sooner. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ivan | 9/1/2011

    " The book is a breathtaking work of science. Its beautiful, no-nonsense, large structure is simple: example, example, example ... synthesis! Repeat that formula as necessary to complete the book. I just LOVED this book and came away feeling so much smarter because I read it. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Malinda | 8/21/2011

    " I had to read this for a class, and blah! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Brett | 8/13/2011

    " I found it very, very dense and difficult to read. "

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