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Charles Darwin was appointed naturalist aboard the H.M.S. Beagle, which left England in 1831 to map the coast of South America and then circumnavigate the globe. As Darwin explored, he came to dispute the idea that catastrophic upheaval created mountains and shaped the earth - and if geological change came slowly, could not living species also evolve the same way? As his journey continued to the Galapagos Islands, New Zealand, and Australia, his theories crystallized. Returning to England in 1836, he published his journal. It became an immediate best seller and a classic of natural history. 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 by Kristin | 2/15/2014

    " In the first one hundred pages of the Voyage of the Beagle Charles Darwin is writing a journal about his encounters and discoveries of visiting multiple islands and countries while satisfying his curiosity by exploring everything that would make him wonder. He filled the journal with his questions, observations, experiments, and helpful facts from either him or other people. The book also provided diagrams to help the readers visualize the things he saw. Throughout the book he describes the thing he see with incredible detail, and for all the places he visits he observes everything from the smallest insects to the most intriguing cuttlefish. Although this book is very interesting I feel that Charles Darwin likes to add an excessive amount of detail. To describe my favorite part, when he was exploring the diodon, he almost wrote two pages to describe it's actions and colors. For the diodon he got into so much detail I felt like I had seen it myself. Not only does Charles Darwin examine animals he also looks at the different lifestyles between each region. Charles Darwin seemed to enjoy comparing and contrasting the ways of different regions compared to him. The most commonly mentioned things when it comes to people are what they eat, what is considered proper manners, they're prior knowledge, and how they hunt. Even though Charles Darwin is a journalist he adds a hint of humor by mentioning how he fell off his horse while just mindlessly twirling a different kind of lasso in the air. Not only does he talk about living things he also tells us of the siliceous tube that lightening makes when it strikes loose sand. He also mentions the shape of the land and refers to the Rio Negro as a very broad river, and says the soil around it is gravelly and infertile. For the last portion of the last few pages he continues mentioning the quadrupeds of south Africa and continues describing the way birds work to raise their young such as the cuckoo bird laying eggs in other bird's nests to cocks who have about twenty to thirty eggs in each nest. Through these one hundred pages I learned everything Charles Darwin had learned too. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Alyson | 2/13/2014

    " 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Ubaid Dhiyan | 2/10/2014

    " An absolutely delightful work that provides insight into the powerful mind of one of history's greatest scientists/naturalists. Highly recommended. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Mike | 2/9/2014

    " 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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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.