Voyage of the Beagle by Charles Darwin
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
An enjoyable introduction to Darwin.
(Note, this is a review of the Recorded Books Audio version of excerpts from Voyage.)
I picked up this e-audio-book from my library and enjoyed it. Read by a distinguished English actor, Darwin here presents his tour on the Beagle and the observations of a thouroughly 19th century Englishman, hardly the bête noire anti-god iconoclast some may imagine him to be. It was delightful to hear his descriptions of Patagonia, and interesting to hear his observations on the politics of the "less civilized" world. He's not afraid to call people savages - and ends "thanking God" that he'll never again travel to a country where slavery is practiced. Though, of course, scientific in his observtions, he's also not afraid to refer to animals as "ugly" or unpleasant.
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