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The founder of modern science and the embodiment of the conflict between science and faith, Galileo remains the most fascinating figure of his age. In this biography, James Reston Jr. provides a lively, vivid portrait of Galileo, taking the listener to the heart of this passionate, embattled, arrogant, and brilliant man. In doing so, Reston paints a picture of Renaissance Italy, of its unparalleled cultural richness and political and religious intrigues. At the center of the story is Galileo's discovery of the telescope, which revolutionized astronomy and put Galileo into conflict with the Catholic church until 1633, when the Inquisition denounced him and banished him for the last 9 years of his life.
©1994 by James Reston, Jr. (P)1995 by Blackstone Audiobooks

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  • Leigh A
  • 06-01-2009

Well written, narrated, badly edited

Highly recommend to history buffs interested in the period, science, or religion. If you are catholic, the author does not treat the church kindly then or now but unless your skin is quite thin I do not think it offensive. It is a good read even if history is not your interest.

The narration is third person and is handled well by Riggenbach. The editing is problematic. Long spaces between recording sessions, inconsistent sound volumes and quality, and minor extraneous sounds combine to be a distraction in what would otherwise be an excellent listen.

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  • Lifesavr
  • 16-09-2003

Lifesavr

I really enjoyed this biography. Not only did it bring to light Galileo, but also the political environment in which he had to deal with. If you like science, history and religion then I feel you will enjoy this audio book.

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  • Douglas Christian
  • 28-11-2020

Narrator mispronounced so many words

The narrator mispronounced so many words it was beyond annoying. Witness ‘marquise’: the narrator pronounced that word ‘markez’. Seriously?? And there are so many other mispronounced and mangled words. Too painful to list. Not only was the narrator lazy mispronouncing words, but no editor listened to the sloppy performance to correct for his many glaring errors. Overall the book was well written, but it’s hard to get beyond the bad performance.

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  • LiveMind
  • 23-02-2009

Juvenile science

The author describes Galileo's relationship to the external world, but fails to discuss the reasoning behind his support for the Copernican hypothesis. For example tides are mentioned in relation to their appearance, but there is no discussion of their relevance to the issues under discussion.
The audio delivery is simply disgraceful, with long distracting pauses. Audible should consider discontinuing this audiobook.

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  • Jason Wortham
  • 13-09-2003

A tedius fall into inane details.

I learned a few interesting things about the man. You get a different perspective about how his fall came to be. You also learn some interesting things about his inventions and his life. Unfortunately it's flooded with a bunch of inane details.

It reads something like "so and so begat so and so" from the bible. Ok, maybe not that bad, but there's so many other better audiobooks out there. Maybe try the abridged version instead.

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  • Yas
  • 02-01-2021

Time heals

One major lesson in the story of Galileo is; 'Time Truly Heals' all wounds. If you're right today, tomorrow will always tell.

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  • brooke stanton
  • 22-10-2020

Bad audio quality, poorly written book.

Poorly written. Horrible pronunciation (joust, banal, & several other regular English words mangled). Multiple audio production errors: whole sections skipped or sentences repeated.

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  • Michael
  • 25-05-2004

Galileo rocks

It is amazing to see a life that was so full of wisdom face so many challanges from the roman catholic church. He had such a wonderful relationship with the creator, however, he was held back by greedy and jealous men. If only he would have been able to research at full speed what might he have achieved. It is a great book, and well worth the investment

4 people found this helpful

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    4 out of 5 stars
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  • Helen
  • 08-03-2005

Wow I loved it

From beginning to end I was completely mesmerised. Get it. You won't be disappointed.

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  • Joe
  • 02-03-2003

Galileo

Great story

3 people found this helpful

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