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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (667 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: David Quammen Narrator: Grover Gardner Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Great Discoveries Series Release Date:
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In September 1838, a young Englishman named Charles Darwin hit upon the idea that natural selection among competing individuals would lead to wondrous adaptations and species diversity. Twenty-one years passed between that epiphany and publication of On the Origin of Species. The human drama and scientific basis of that time constitute a fascinating, tangled tale that illuminates this cautious naturalist who sparked an intellectual revolution. Drawing from Darwin’s secret notebooks and personal letters, David Quammen has sketched a vivid life portrait of the man whose work remains controversial today.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Quammen reveals Darwin’s story as sad and heroic by turns.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Quammen brilliantly and powerfully recreates the nineteenth century naturalist’s intellectual and spiritual journey.”

    Los Angeles Times Book Review

  • “This short, highly readable book is as valuable as it is timely.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Grover Gardner’s reading pulses with the excitement of Quammen’s quest…Gardner is perfectly alert to the author’s subtle irony and humor, which Quammen could hardly avoid.”

    AudioFile

  • “Quammen proves an informative, often wry guide to Darwin’s life and continuing influence.”

    Booklist

  • “A concise, tightly focused, engaging, and informative biography that...provides a satisfying portrait of this controversial man.”

    Library Journal

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Leslie | 2/12/2014

    " It's a bit slow and rough in the middle but the beginning and end are great and enjoyable. It's interesting to know the story of Darwin's life and how he developed his theories and eventually came to publish them. It's definitely not the story you think you know! An enjoyable and informative read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Mary | 2/9/2014

    " A lovely companion to the film, "Creation". "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Ann | 1/30/2014

    " Lively and engaging biography of Darwin, focusing on his time after the Beagle voyage while he was coming to terms with the details and implications of natural selection as the mechanism for "transmutation of species". The writing is clear and direct, and Quammen gives a very good description of Darwin's thinking and writing process. I had never realized how many years passed between the time Darwin came to the conclusion that natural selection HAD to be the primary engine of evolution, and when he wrote Origin of Species. It's also so remarkable that he mad ethat intellectual leap without really knowing anything about genetic mutation and Mendelian inheritance. I highly recommend this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jonathan | 1/23/2014

    " Nice review of Darwin's life and work. "

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