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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Charles Darwin Narrator: Richard Dawkins Publisher: CSA Word Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2009 ISBN:
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The Voyage of the Beagle - or, to give it its full title, Journal of researches into the Natural History and Geology of the Countries visited during the Voyage round the World of H.M.S. Beagle under command of Captain FitzRoy, R.N. - is much more than merely an account of Darwin's scientific observations in his 1831 - 36 travels across the globe: it is fine travel writing in its own right.

Voyage of the Beagle foreshadows Darwin's world-changing On The Origin of Species (also a CSA Word audiobook read by Richard Dawkins), in its constant intellectual quest. Darwin - still only in his early 20s - never just accepts what he sees, but wants to understand it; he shares his thinking in clear, entertaining, witty, even lyrical writing.

Professor Richard Dawkins, renowned evolutionist and author of ten books including The Selfish Gene, The God Delusion, and The Greatest Show on Earth, reads a carefully considered selection of extracts which makes Darwin's observational and logical genius accessible to a whole new audience. Download and start listening now!

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 David | 3/9/2011

    " Very Interesting and erudite!
    I am glad I finally got around to reading it.
    What an amazing circumnavigation of the globe. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jetreno | 2/5/2011

    " I loved this book. It made science so easy. And Darwin was amazing to be able to find all
    of the information and classify it, etc. Sometimes a bit wordy but worth every word. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Doug | 1/10/2011

    " What an interesting read. It is a travelogue, history book, science journal and an adventure story in one. If you like Josh Sloacum, you will love this book. Darwin was such an inquisitive and keenly observant person. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alyson | 12/22/2010

    " There is a reason I love Darwin about as much as life itself...monumental scientific and philosophical achievements aside, his journals have an electrifying undercurrent of wonder and humor that make me proud to be a scientist, a naturalist, and a writer. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dayna | 12/8/2010

    " It was interesting to read just how intelligent Darwin was. Besides being a biologist and studying the effects of natural selection on finches in the Galapagos, he studied geology, paleontology, and botany. While his written is the easiest to read, it is fascinating. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jessica | 11/1/2010

    " Okay... truthfully... it was really boring. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Colleen | 7/28/2010

    " it is one of The Great Writers Library, and is my reading for the month, in our local book club. It is a privately owned collection and each member has selected one to read for the month. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Colin | 7/8/2010

    " That although this isbn come up as a hardcover, it is a paperback. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mike | 2/24/2010

    " Incredibly easy to read (surprising to me). Although I'm actually listening to it on CD on the 15 min commute! "

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About the Author
Author Charles Darwin

Charles Darwin (1809–1882) was an English naturalist and the first evolutionary biologist, best known for his controversial and groundbreaking The Origin of Species. He introduced the concept of natural selection, marking a new epoch in the scientific world. The importance of his work was well recognized by his contemporaries; he was elected to the Royal Society and the French Academy of Sciences and was also honored by burial in Westminster Abbey after he died.

About the Narrator

Richard Dawkins was first catapulted to fame with his iconic work The Selfish Gene, which he followed with a string of bestselling books. Part one of his autobiography, An Appetite for Wonder, was published in 2013.

Dawkins is a Fellow of both the Royal Society and the Royal Society of Literature. He is the recipient of numerous honours and awards, including the Royal Society of Literature Award (1987), the Michael Faraday Award of the Royal Society (1990), the International Cosmos Prize for Achievement in Human Science (1997), the Kistler Prize (2001), the Shakespeare Prize (2005), the Lewis Thomas Prize for Writing about Science (2006), the Galaxy British Book Awards Author of the Year Award (2007), the Deschner Prize (2007) and the Nierenberg Prize for Science in the Public Interest (2009). He retired from his position as Charles Simonyi Professor for the Public Understanding of Science at Oxford University in 2008 and remains a Fellow of New College.

In 2012, scientists studying fish in Sri Lanka created Dawkinsia as a new genus name, in recognition of his contribution to the public understanding of evolutionary science. In the same year, Richard Dawkins appeared in the BBC Four television series Beautiful Minds, revealing how he came to write The Selfish Gene and speaking about some of the events covered in this autobiography.

In 2013, Dawkins was voted the world's top thinker in Prospect magazine's poll of over 10,000 readers from over 100 countries.