I'm a devoted fan of non-fiction (both audiobooks and paper editions). This is a classic that is beautifully-written and full of interesting stories, keen and insightful observations, vivid and excellent descriptions. The narrator, Barnaby Edwards, is especially commendable. Unlike many other narrators who read non-fiction like boring newsreaders, Barnaby narrates the The Voyage of the Beagle exactly the way it should be narrated! Listening to his narration, you feel he is not reading but rather telling you the story face-to-face. I think he will do an equally great job if he reads (he really should!) The Origin of Species and other classics by the same author. Thank you, Barnaby, for having done such a great job!
I was wrong to assume that this book would be partitioned in a way that each chapter isolated each scientist. The general themes of angst, committment, genius and hardship shone throughout the whole book and I was pleasantly surprised to read about the various impacts and influences between each of the scientists on each other. A thoroughly enjoyable narrative that can reccommend.