Simply Darwin

  • by Michael Ruse
  • Narrated by Hugh Holman
  • 3 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Simply Darwin tells the story of Charles Robert Darwin (1809 - 1882) and his theory of evolution through natural selection. On one level, the book portrays a dedicated scientist who, through careful observation and brilliant insight, became convinced that organisms were the end product of a long, slow, and natural process of development. On another level, it is an account of a cataclysmic change in our ideas about ourselves - a conceptual upheaval that continues to generate aftershocks - and heated debates - to this day.
In Simply Darwin, author Michael Ruse puts Darwin and his ideas in their proper context, clearly showing that, while the father of evolutionary biology was a true trailblazer, he was no rebel. He was simply following an evidentiary trail that led to an inevitable conclusion about the origin of species and natural selection. Eventually, as Darwin and his fellow scientists began to apply his ideas to humans, long-held notions about the nature and origins of religion, morality, race, sexuality, and much more, were called into question. Then, as now, some of us embraced these provocative ideas, while others reacted with horror and disbelief.


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The Foundation for a Journey into Darwin

What made the experience of listening to Simply Darwin the most enjoyable?

Having attending Christian schools for most of my education, I was never taught Darwin. Unbelievably and inexplicably, this scientist was just a small blurb in my science books. This book however is a fundamental read for anyone who wants to learn about the real Darwin and his accomplishments in science. This is a necessary read, especially for anyone interested in science. There are so many misconceptions of Darwin, when taught in a religious education, but this book dispels any anti-religious myths.

Which character – as performed by Hugh Holman – was your favorite?

Hugh Holman is a delightful narrator with a great British accent. I really enjoyed his narration. It was upbeat and I was able to easily follow the details of the book.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

While this is a brief audiobook that can be listened to in one to two sittings, no details remain outstanding from Darwin’s scientific theories and his personal life.

Any additional comments?

I was provided a free copy of this audiobook in exchange for my unbiased review

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- L. Pino

Good summary of Darwin and his Theories

Would you try another book from Michael Ruse and/or Hugh Holman?


If you’ve listened to books by Michael Ruse before, how does this one compare?

This is my first one. I found the general "story" of this book interesting but did find myself drifting off after a while. I like science but this is too detailed for me. I did enjoy the tid bits about Darwin and his personal life.
Good book, I'm typically a non-fiction kind of reader. This one was short and concise.

What about Hugh Holman’s performance did you like?

I enjoyed his accent, English or British. Even though I'm American it was still easy to understand him.

Could you see Simply Darwin being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

Maybe a documentary on a science channel. Not mainstream TV or cinema.

Any additional comments?

I received this audiobook for free in exchange for an honest review.

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- TexasBookworm

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-31-2016
  • Publisher: Simply Charly