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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Customer Reviews

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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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- Rhonda

Really interesting

I found the combination of information about Darwin and his life and the more recent information about what's happened with evolutionary science really interesting.

The information is well set out and the writing makes to easy to understand even if you know little about Darwin or his work.

The narration is well done although I would have preferred more of a difference in the voice used when the book was quoting someone or changing POV.

I received a free copy of this book from the author and/or narrator and/or publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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- Claire

Book Details

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