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Darwin's Odyssey: The Voyage of the Beagle (Kindle Single) [Kindle Edition]

Kevin Jackson
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The young Charles Darwin was like a young Indiana Jones. For five years in his mid-twenties, he sailed on the BEAGLE around the world, exploring jungles, climbing mountains, trekking across deserts. With every new landfall, he had new adventures: he rode through bandit country, was thrown into jail by revolutionaries, took part in an armed raid with marines, survived two earthquakes, hunted and fished. He suffered the terrible cold and rain of Tierra del Fuego, the merciless heat of the Australian outback and the inner pangs of heartbreak. He also made the discoveries that finally led him to formulate his theory of Natural Selection as the driving force of evolution. The five-year voyage of the BEAGLE was the basis for all Darwin's later work; but it also turned him from a friendly idler into the greatest scientist of his century.

Kevin Jackson is a writer, broadcaster and film-maker. His most recent book is Constellation of Genius: 1922 and All That Jazz (Farrar Strauss Giroux, 2013). He lives in Cambridge, England.


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  • Print Length: 104 pages
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00FZ2DDRU
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Darwin And Other Animals 8 Nov. 2013
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I am loving this book. Not quite finished it yet, but it's a very well written, fascinating narrative history and a rollicking adventure rolled into one. Darwin's early years are so well painted - he is very similar to many young men I know now in his sudden enthusiasms, dilettantism and passions. Kevin Jackson depicts him as a very appealing, likeable character and the Beagle trip comes across a bit like a gap year adventure. Darwin was plainly a sensitive young man, cut from a different cloth from many of those around him. What this book has done is made me want to read more about - and by - Darwin. A thoroughly satisfying read and I will be recommending it to my friends.
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2.0 out of 5 stars An extracted Diary 16 Nov. 2013
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I was hoping for more depth and insites into Darwin's journey, but this was more an extraction of dates places and general overview of time spent at various places. Still for a background to the trip and a quick easy read then it's fine.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good but feels incomplete 28 Nov. 2013
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Very enjoyable read; told me many things I had not previously heard about this voyage and about Darwin. Set me off to find a fuller and more comprehensive analysis of Darwin's story
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Fascinating Journey 24 Nov. 2013
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I hadn't appreciated just how far and for how long was the Voyage of the Beagle; this is a fascinating story well told. The character of Darwin and his fellow travelers came to life in the pages of this book. Highly recommended.
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4.0 out of 5 stars synapse of a journey 3 Feb. 2014
By karenb
This is s great introduction to Darwin's voyage on the Beagle. It doesn't go into any depth but it is well written and has left me wanting to know more. I would recommend as a quick read for someone short on time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars fascinating 28 Jan. 2014
By J Gozzi
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As a zoologist, I can't believe how long it's taken me to read about the voyage of the Beagle and Darwin's subsequent conjectures, realisations and theories in the context of contemporary scientific and religious beliefs. Wholeheartedly recommended.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good for the price 19 Jan. 2014
By C. Hill
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I bought this at a 'budget' rate to learn about the voyage of the 'Beagle' and Darwin's life. Obviously a little old fashioned in the writing style,but if you want to learn about Darwin and his travels you will enjoy it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars I enjoyed this thoroughly 22 Aug. 2014
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An interesting description of the voyage of the Beagle with Charles Darwin on board and the difficulties in getting specimens but virtually everywhere the ship went was new territory for Darwin and he remained enthusiastic no doubt stimulated by his search for knowledge with respect to his developing theories of evolution. I enjoyed this thoroughly..
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5.0 out of 5 stars things were pretty tough on ships in Darwins day
Hi,
Very interesting read, having spent many years at see, things were pretty tough on ships in Darwins day.
Published 2 months ago by J. V. Appleton
4.0 out of 5 stars interesting read
For those interested in Charles Darwin and his views an interesting insight into his voyage on H.M.S. Beagle. Well written
Published 4 months ago by sarah kelly
4.0 out of 5 stars Readable and recommended
As in his book on the Mayflower, Kevin Jackson has created a short, readable and entertaining story. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Sharpener
5.0 out of 5 stars Intresting reading
i always new that his biology would make his discoveries a useful, if not desirable escape from the old world
Published 10 months ago by Radio Ham
4.0 out of 5 stars Review of Darwin's Odyssey
This gives a good summary of Darwin's journeys without being too long-winded. This would be a very suitable book for those who want to learn more about the emergence of genetics. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Mr Michael J Potter
4.0 out of 5 stars A Dairy of the Voyage and explanations.
This CONCISE but readable dairy of Darwin's voyage on the Beagle is formative and interesting and providing the reader with the kernels of both the lengthy Darwin's own Voyage... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Desmond O'Brien
4.0 out of 5 stars A bit of history
I never knew the whole tale so it was quite an adventure reading it. Those guys were real explorers in a tiny ocean going wind powered ship with rudimentary navigation facilities... Read more
Published 15 months ago by I. Tattersall
4.0 out of 5 stars Good introduction to Darwin
An easy read, that gives good insight into Darwin, his life and in particular the voyage on the Beagle. Such a great adventure.
Published 15 months ago by P. Blewett
4.0 out of 5 stars A good read and give a good insight into life on the voyage
I was in the Beagle Channel today so got a real sense of what conditions were like and I was in a cosy ship light years away from Darwin's time. It was cold and wet!
Published 16 months ago by John Fuller
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