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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,103 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Charles Darwin Narrator: Frederick Davidson Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2008 ISBN: 9781400178964
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In 1831 Darwin embarked on the HMS Beagle for his second expedition surveying the world’s remarkable biological diversity. Not only would the expedition last five years and take the biologist to the farthest reaches of the globe, it would also inspire Darwin’s celebrated theory of evolution by natural selection. The Voyage of the Beagle details and catalogs Darwin’s incredible observations and theories and affords the reader the unique opportunity to witness the natural world unfold through his eyes.

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vanessa | 2/11/2014

    " Google Images is a necessary companion to this book. I was shocked by how many things I had to look up. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Chris Grover | 2/9/2014

    " Just skimmed the book. Very difficult read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Brett Hilton | 2/2/2014

    " I keep getting Darwin books for Christmas (which reflects basically everything my extended family thinks of me). Don't buy or read this book unless you're extremely interested in what happened to Darwin during his trip on the BMS Beagle "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kaeru | 2/1/2014

    " Wonderful, wonderful, real life adventure. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mike | 2/1/2014

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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bakul | 1/27/2014

    " I tried to read the original, but gave up. This abridged and illustrated book edited by Millicent Selsam was just the thing to read as I was gtting ready fro my trip to Patagonia. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barry | 1/25/2014

    " Full of curious and singular facts, and the presence of a great observational mind. It really was a remarkable journey for Darwin, and through him, for the world and for history. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Doug Thayer | 1/22/2014

    " 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 Ubaid Dhiyan | 1/9/2014

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

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rika | 1/7/2014

    " Okay, I didn't completely finish it.... yet... but it's really quite fascinating! His perspective on race relations in South America was particularly illuminating. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Bláithín | 12/29/2013

    " Got about 50 pages in each time. My God its just a catalogue really. Must give it another go. Probably readable if you skip the lists. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Juan | 12/4/2013

    " Darwin as a young man takes a 5 year trip around the world, much of the time spent in South America, notably the Galapagos Island in Ecuador. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sara | 9/18/2013

    " a window in time, his humility as a fellow person is shown here. I love his non judgement and description of the natives, especially the one of watching native mother nurse her infant while snow fell on them both and neither noticed. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amanda | 7/18/2013

    " I read this in college and am still thinking about it 10+ years later. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Murray Stokely | 5/17/2013

    " A really great travel and scientific journal of South America. Recommended reading for anyone planning a trip to Brazil, Patagonia, Ecuador, etc. The historical context and zoological and geological descriptions are interesting to this day. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Brooks Milam | 4/27/2013

    " I know the information/theories presented within changed the world, but man! Darwin's writing is dry and the Sahara! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shannan Mortimer | 11/15/2012

    " I read this book roughly following his route around South America, except for Brasil. It really added value to the trip. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marta | 5/10/2012

    " This was aMAZing! The descriptions and details of Darwin's travels made me wish I could have been there. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kev | 4/21/2012

    " A colleague I consider to be one the smartest guys I know recommended this to me & I just heeded his advice. I'm so happy I did. Classic. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steve Shilstone | 5/17/2011

    " 22 year old guy sails off for 5 years as naturalist on the Beagle. His many adventures help him turn out to be Charles Darwin. "

  • 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

Frederick Davidson (1932–2005), also known as David Case, was one of the most prolific readers in the audiobook industry, recording more than eight hundred audiobooks in his lifetime, including over two hundred for Blackstone Audio. Born in London, he trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and performed for many years in radio plays for the British Broadcasting Company before coming to America in 1976. He received AudioFile’s Golden Voice Award and numerous Earphones Awards and was nominated for a Grammy for his readings.