• 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

Well written, narrated, badly edited

Highly recommend to history buffs interested in the period, science, or religion. If you are catholic, the author does not treat the church kindly then or now but unless your skin is quite thin I do not think it offensive. It is a good read even if history is not your interest.

The narration is third person and is handled well by Riggenbach. The editing is problematic. Long spaces between recording sessions, inconsistent sound volumes and quality, and minor extraneous sounds combine to be a distraction in what would otherwise be an excellent listen.
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- Leigh A

Book Details

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