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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.
©2016 Michael Ruse (P)2016 Simply Charly
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5 out of 5 stars
By Rhonda on 04-26-17

Very interesting and informative look at Darwin

Would you consider the audio edition of Simply Darwin to be better than the print version?

Didn't read the print version but listening to this was a great way to pass the time while working.

Who was your favorite character and why?

There was a lot in here about Darwin that I didn't know and much that I have forgotten. It was a nice look at his life and what was going on at the time.

Which scene was your favorite?

It was interesting getting into his life and seeing things from a different perspective. There was a lot of great information here.

Any additional comments?

I actually enjoyed this book more than I expected and was happy I got the chance to listen to it. Not only was the book good but the narration was as well. I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

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2 out of 5 stars
By Bikram Agarwal on 11-29-17

Academic style in content and narration.

I received a free copy of this audiobook from the author / narrator / publisher in exchange for an unbiased review.

To get people interested about learning science and lives of scientists, we need those content to be presented in easily digestible format / style. Present it like a text book and people will get bored and leave. From the cover art of the book, I was expecting that the book will take a informal and ELI5 approach for the subject and I will enjoy learning more about Darwin. Instead, the book feels much more like a text book / research paper for grad students. The narration makes it worse. The narrator kept reading the book line by line in a monotone voice, without showing / inducing any enthusiasm about the topic at hand. I couldn't sit through it for long and had to abandon it.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Tim Dearing on 10-29-17

A very interesting listen

This audiobook was given by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review via Audiobook Boom.

This is a very good book, it is full of interesting facts about this exceptional scientist and the effect that he had, and continues to have, on the understanding of the world we live in.

It was well read and I would be happy to listen to this narrator on a different book.

As it was so full of facts and little stories, I think that this will be a book which I will listen to again

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