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Darwin's Origin of Species: Books That Changed the World Paperback – February 18, 2008
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"Clear and artful. It reads like a compelling mystery; indeed it draws us into the compelling mystery of speculation that captivated Darwin."
"Browne shows great respect for the purity of Darwin's intellectual, moral, and spiritual endeavors. She believes in, and conveys, the lasting power of his legacy--to science and to human culture."
"Browne takes a straightforward approach to the life and times of this famous tome. . . . This excellent introduction is highly recommended for all readers who want to better understand the heated debates that this book still causes today."
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Janet Browne is the author of Charles Darwin: Voyaging and Charles Darwin: The Power of Place, a landmark two-volume biography of Charles Darwin. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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This book is a blend of biography, history of the times in relationship to evolutionary theory and its competing theories, how Darwin's theory came about, a history of Darwin's writing and their development over time (not just Origin of Species), what the legacy of Darwin's theory has been and what recent developments have been impacting the theory of evolution (i.e., the impact of genetic theory of evolution). The book does a very good job at touching at all these topics in its relatively short length. Very good for the lay reader who is looking for a decent combination of all of the above. For a reader looking for an-depth discussion of any of the above however, this would not be the book to read. It is only intended as a survey of the above topics and in that it succeeds.
The CD is very beautifully read and quite eloquent. Unquestionably one of the best audiobooks this reviewer has had the pleasure to listen to (and this reviewer listens to many). The reader is always enthusiastic, never monotone and the accent captures well both the times and the author. Very good for long trips as well as listening to on one's daily commute to and from work (when one is most tired). The audio portion of the book is a five star while the content itself is a four star.