The Darwin Conspiracy

The Darwin Conspiracy

Audiobook CD - 2005 | Unabridged
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In this riveting new novel, bestselling author John Darnton transports us to Victorian England and around the world to reveal the secrets of a legendary nineteenth-century figure. Darnton elegantly blends the power of fact and the insights of fiction to explore the many mysteries attached to the life and work of Charles Darwin.

What led Darwin to the theory of evolution? Why did he wait twenty-two years to write "On the Origin of Species"? Why was he incapacitated by mysterious illnesses and frightened of travel? Who was his secret rival?

These are some of the questions driving Darnton s richly dramatic narrative, which unfolds through three vivid points of view: Darwin s own as he sails around the world aboard the Beagle; his daughter Lizzie s as she strives to understand the guilt and fear that struck her father at the height of his fame; and that of present-day anthropologist Hugh Kellem and Darwin scholar Beth Dulcimer, whose obsession with Darwin (and with each other) drives them beyond the accepted boundaries of scholarly research.

What Hugh and Beth discover Lizzie s diaries and letters lead them to a hidden chapter of Darwin s autobiography is a maze of bitter rivalries, petty deceptions, and jealously guarded secrets, at the heart of which lies the birth of the theory of evolution.


Publisher: Grand Haven, MI : Brilliance Audio, c2005
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9781423306122
Branch Call Number: DAR
Characteristics: 10 compact discs (ca. 12 hrs.)


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Jul 17, 2012

A lot of nonsense. Absurd, chaotic plot. Contradicts history. Malicious attributions. Corny and silly. (Does have one good satiric scene: Victorians explain Biblical wonders to worldly Indian chief.)

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