• by James Reston, Jr.
  • Narrated by Jeff Riggenbach
  • 12 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The founder of modern science and the embodiment of the conflict between science and faith, Galileo remains the most fascinating figure of his age. In this biography, James Reston Jr. provides a lively, vivid portrait of Galileo, taking the listener to the heart of this passionate, embattled, arrogant, and brilliant man. In doing so, Reston paints a picture of Renaissance Italy, of its unparalleled cultural richness and political and religious intrigues. At the center of the story is Galileo's discovery of the telescope, which revolutionized astronomy and put Galileo into conflict with the Catholic church until 1633, when the Inquisition denounced him and banished him for the last 9 years of his life.


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I really enjoyed this biography. Not only did it bring to light Galileo, but also the political environment in which he had to deal with. If you like science, history and religion then I feel you will enjoy this audio book.
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- Lifesavr "Reading and listen to books for me is one of the keys to a happy life."

A tedius fall into inane details.

I learned a few interesting things about the man. You get a different perspective about how his fall came to be. You also learn some interesting things about his inventions and his life. Unfortunately it's flooded with a bunch of inane details.

It reads something like "so and so begat so and so" from the bible. Ok, maybe not that bad, but there's so many other better audiobooks out there. Maybe try the abridged version instead.
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- Jason Wortham

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-16-1999
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.