Charles and Emma: The Darwins' Leap of Faith by Deborah Heiligman audiobook

Charles and Emma: The Darwins' Leap of Faith

By Deborah Heiligman
Read by Rosalyn Landor

Listening Library (Audio)
7.64 Hours Unabridged
Format: Digital Download (In Stock)
  • $17.50
    or 1 Credit

    ISBN: 9780739380482

    $12.99 With Membership: Learn More

Charles Darwin published The Origin of Species, his revolutionary tract on evolution and the fundamental ideas involved, in 1859. Nearly 150 years later, the theory of evolution continues to create tension between the scientific and religious communities. Challenges about teaching the theory of evolution in schools occur annually all over the country. This same debate raged within Darwin himself, and played an important part in his marriage: his wife, Emma, was quite religious, and her faith gave Charles a lot to think about as he worked on a theory that continues to spark intense debates. Deborah Heiligman's new biography of Charles Darwin is a thought-provoking account of the man behind evolutionary theory: how his personal life affected his work and vice versa. The end result is an engaging exploration of history, science, and religion for young listeners.

Learn More
Membership Details
  • Only $12.99/month gets you 1 Credit/month
  • Cancel anytime
  • Hate a book? Then we do too, and we'll exchange it.
See how it works in 15 seconds

Summary

Summary

A 2009 National Book Award Finalist for Young People's Literature

A 2009 Los Angeles Times Book Prize Finalist for Young Adult Literature

A 2009 New York Times Book Review Notable Book

A Michael L. Printz Award honor book

Winner of the YALSA Nonfiction Award for young adults

A 2009 School Library Journal Best Book

Winner of Printz Honors, 2010

Charles Darwin published The Origin of Species, his revolutionary tract on evolution and the fundamental ideas involved, in 1859. Nearly 150 years later, the theory of evolution continues to create tension between the scientific and religious communities. Challenges about teaching the theory of evolution in schools occur annually all over the country. This same debate raged within Darwin himself, and played an important part in his marriage: his wife, Emma, was quite religious, and her faith gave Charles a lot to think about as he worked on a theory that continues to spark intense debates.

Deborah Heiligman's new biography of Charles Darwin is a thought-provoking account of the man behind evolutionary theory: how his personal life affected his work and vice versa. The end result is an engaging exploration of history, science, and religion for young listeners.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“The unlikely and happy marriage of Charles Darwin and Emma Wedgewood comes to life in Heiligman’s intelligent and fast-moving book. Emma, a devout Christian but a sympathetic editor, helped make the arguments in On the Origin of Species airtight. Meanwhile readers can almost effortlessly absorb Darwin’s ideas and the culture in which they developed, along with a portrait of Victorian everyday life.” New York Times Book Review
“There’s an extraordinary sense of how persistent and vigorous Darwin’s scientific thought was, and of what an unusually loving and involved parent and husband he was.” Chicago Tribune
“Heiligman conveys the social order of the day, the comfort religion provided, and even, yes, the evolution of Darwin’s thoughts.” Washington Post Book World
“This is the ‘wow’ biography on the Darwins—meticulously researched, richly rendered, and rewarding every step of the way.” San Francisco Chronicle
“Heiligman has created a unique, flowing, and meticulously researched picture of the controversial scientist and the effect of his marriage on his life and work.” School Library Journal (starred review)
“A timely, relevant book that works on several levels: as a history of science, as a biography, and, last but not least, as a romance.” Horn Book (starred review)
“Allows readers not only to understand Darwin’s ideas, but to appreciate how Emma’s responses tempered them.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“This intersection between religion and science is where the book shines, but it is also an excellent portrait of what life was like during the Victorian era, a time when illness and death were ever present, and, in a way, a real-time example of the survival of the fittest.” Booklist (starred review)
“A unique blend of romance, scientific observations, explanations of medical practices prevalent in the early nineteenth century, and opportunities to examine scientific discoveries and religious beliefs in detail.” VOYA
“This rich, insightful portrait of Charles and Emma Darwin’s marriage explores a dimension of the naturalist’s life that has heretofore been largely ignored…Readers wanting to know more will discover two brilliant thinkers whose marital dialectic will provide rich fodder for discussions of science and faith.” Kirkus Reviews

Reviews

Reviews

Author

Author Bio: Deborah Heiligman

Author Bio: Deborah Heiligman

Deborah Heiligman is the author of over two dozen books for children and young adults, including Intentions, The Boy Who Loved Math, and the award-winning Charles and Emma: The Darwins’ Leap of Faith. A graduate of Brown University, she has also worked as a journalist, her articles appearing in publications such as the New York Times, Parents magazine, and Ladies’ Home Journal.

Titles by Author

Details

Details

Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Nonfiction
Runtime: 7.64
Audience: Children (8–12)
Language: English