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Naxos AudioBooks launches a new introductory series 'In a Nutshell' with Darwin, marking the 200th anniversary of the birth of the English naturalist. Peter Whitfield explains how Darwin came to his revolutionary views following his voyage on the Beagle - and his initial reluctance to publish his findings.

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"Darwin's theory was conceived from observations made during his five-year voyage on the Beagle and honed for another 15 years, during which time the burden of it's shattering implications made him ill. This compact account conveys both the magnitude and excitement of Darwin's discovery." ( The Observer)

"A useful instant bicentenary guide, which gives you exactly what it says on the tin: family history, biography, succinct synopsis of what natural selection really means and what effect it had on the Victorian establishment." (The Guardian)

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  • steve
  • 05-04-11

Really good!

Overall, I thought this book was really worth listening to. I liked it and would definitely recommend it to others. Darwin was a genius and all should know about the ideas he came up with.

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  • J. T. Burman
  • 03-10-17

Should be longer

This is a nice and gentle introduction. But it should perhaps be considered a first encounter. Nothing is done in depth, although his biography is given more weight than I expected. We'll need three or four sequels at least.