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The Voyage of the Beagle

4.03  ·  Rating Details ·  4,579 Ratings  ·  260 Reviews thank you for your continued support and wish to present you this new edition. I have stated in the preface to the first Edition of this work, and in the -Zoology of the Voyage of the Beagle, - that it was in consequence of a wish expressed by Captain Fitz Roy, of having some scientific person on board, accompanied by an offer from him of giving up part of his ...more
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Published December 2nd 2010 by Pubone.Info (first published 1839)
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Feb 11, 2016 Robert rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Beagle was sent on a surveying mission by the Royal Navy; initially it was intended to last three years but it was extended to five and the ship circumnavigated the globe. The captain, Fitzroy, wanted a companion on the voyage and through a convoluted series of events, ended up with a youthful Darwin along, which so annoyed the official ship's Naturalist who was also the surgeon (as was common), that he resigned and left at the first port of call, part way across the Atlantic. Fortunately an ...more
This is not the correct edition. Mine is published by Recorded Books, read by John Franklin Robbins, & is just selections from the book, about 4.5 hours long, with additional material - a really good biography. It was short & to the point. It's been a long time since I last read this, but I think I liked it in audio better than in print. Darwin's prose is perfect for being read out loud.

Everyone always talks about Darwin's theories on evolution which makes it tough to remember that he w
This book is really a rare treasure. Is there anything comparable? Here we have the very man whose ideas have revolutionized completely our understanding of life, writing with charm about the very voyage which sparked and shaped his thinking on the subject. And even if this book wasn’t a window into the mind of one of history’s most influential thinkers, it would still be entertaining on its own merits; indeed, the public at the time thought so, making Darwin into a bestselling author.

I can har
Aug 01, 2014 Guido rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Per comprendere il valore di questo libro è opportuno dimenticare il Darwin barbuto e severo ritratto sui frontespizi e sulle enciclopedie: quando si imbarcò sul Beagle aveva soltanto ventidue anni. Non era autore di pubblicazioni scientifiche, non era celebre, non aveva idee rivoluzionarie; era un giovane inglese orgoglioso della sua patria e della sua cultura, fervente antischiavista, innamorato della magnificenza del Messiah di Händel (con il trasporto tipico della sua età) e dei libri di Ale ...more
Feb 18, 2009 John rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Commanders in the Royal Navy could not socialize with their crew. They ate their meals alone-- then they met with the officers on board ship. This took it's mental toll on the ship's Captain's and so they were allowed a "civil" companion-- someone from outside the Navy who would be under their command but was not part of the crew. Captain Fitz Roy (age 26), a Nobleman and a passionate Naturalist chose Charles Darwin (a wealthy, upper-class Naturalist "enthusiast") to be his companion aboard the ...more
Erik Graff
Feb 22, 2015 Erik Graff rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Erik by: Bill Ellos
Shelves: sciences
Upon matriculating into Loyola University's MA/PhD program in philosophy during the late summer of 1980, I was assigned to Bill Ellos as his teaching assistant. Bill, a deep-cover Jesuit, had come to Chicago from Washington State, having done some work there with educational film as well as being a university professor. His interests were diverse to say the least. His doctoral dissertation form the Pontifical Institute in Rome was on Wittgenstein, but the work he had me doing originally was most ...more
Gilly McGillicuddy
What I wrote in my LJ while I was reading it.

So I've started reading The Voyage of the Beagle. I've only read a chapter or so so far, but it's very enjoyable. I just kind of wish I'd paid more attention to my geology classes in school. It's a lot more relaxed and not nearly as self-conscious and defensive as TOoS was. It's all along the lines of "Hi all! We arrived on Random Island today. The trees are pretty but the people didn't even give us coffee. Can you believe it?! Anyhoo, I found a rock
Darwin was largely a paternalistic meliorist, who apparently genuinely believed that Europeans were improving people's lives through colonialism, missionaries, etc.

This book reveals odd doubts, though. Darwin expresses agnostic puzzlement about oral histories telling of terrible plagues accompanying the arrival of Europeans. He's not sure how to believe it, and yet can't (quite) dismiss it--so he recommends further study (which, I might add, has confirmed the stories of epidemics in spades).

Duffy Pratt
For a long time (too long), it looked like it was going to take me longer to read this book than it took the Beagle to sail around the world. Darwin was a brilliant man, and a fine writer. But the genre of naturalistic travel writings is just not for me. In a similar vein, I've also read some of Thoreau's travel writings, a less brilliant man but a better writer, and came away with the same feeling.

In brief sections, I would find the book brilliant. But those brief sections would not be enough t
This book obviously shows its age as a work of science writing, but it is a magnificent travelogue. Darwin's voyage, detailed in this account, transformed his beliefs and laid the groundwork for his theories of evolution. His descriptions of the indigenous peoples he encountered, as well as the fellow expatriates and travelers he met, make for an entertaining cast of characters, set against an ever-changing, but continually marvelous background of islands and foreign lands. We meet a wide range ...more
Dec 14, 2012 Gwern rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Frequently exceedingly dry and of no interest except to naturalists, and probably not always them either: Darwin's voyage was so long ago that much of his information and speculation is simply outdated (his talk of 'miasmas' is one instance where later information makes his material of purely historical interest).

If one is reading it for background on evolution and _Origin of Species_, one will be disappointed: there are a handful of lines in the main part of the work which may be taken as prefi
Darwinit lugeda on naljakas, nii tema enda kõnepruugi kui tõlke pärast (mis on kas lihtsalt absurdne, aegunud või asjatundmatu - raske on aru saada, mis just - ma arvan, et kas a) keel on 50ndatest nii palju muutunud, eriti teadussõnavara või b) tõlkija leiutas seda käigu pealt), aga samas meeleolukas (see ju vanade raamatute juurde käibki).

Meeltheitmavõttev lühikeste ent rahulikult hirmsate (st Darwin ja tema kaasaegsed võtavad kõike otseselt ja rahulikult midagi imeks panemata) kirjelduste ja
Darwin definitely keep detailed accounts of his encounters with the indigenous population & wasn't especially cruel but continued to distinguish people as either civilized or barbaric. I loved the geographic, geological, & zoological accounts of his travel journal.
Elliott Bignell
Nov 16, 2015 Elliott Bignell rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This beautifully-written account of Darwin's formative voyage presents sides of him that will surprise many 21st-Century readers. It is probably well understood by now that Darwin did not see the finches of the Galapagos and experience a crash of evolutionary transcendence like an incoming Pterodactyl. He developed the theory patiently over the subsequent decades, and his experiences in his five years with the "Beagle" only contributed retrospectively. But the fact is that he was at this time al ...more
Katya Epstein
Jul 26, 2011 Katya Epstein rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book a lot. It was a delight for me to discover that Charles Darwin was a real geek, brimming with an enthusiasm for all things geological or entomological (or zoological) that shines through in spite of the incredibly dry and haughty reading by David Case (I was listening to the audiobook). Darwin went on an unimaginably wild five-year adventure all the way around the world, but he refers only in passing to any of the danger or drama encountered: To him the fossils and geo ...more
Mary Soderstrom
Aug 05, 2013 Mary Soderstrom rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Best Book I Ever Read on a Holiday

We're going to take a little vacation, and along with getting house-sitters lined up, I've been thinking about what to take to read. Don't know yet, but I keep coming back to the best book I ever read while on a trip.

It's Darwin's The Voyage of the Beagle. Now available as a free pdf, 35 years ago the edition I took along was a quality paperback that still is in one piece despite being consulted many times. It was just the right size to tuck in a backpack or

In the first one hundred pages of the Voyage of the Beagle Charles Darwin is writing a journal about his encounters and discoveries of visiting multiple islands and countries while satisfying his curiosity by exploring everything that would make him wonder. He filled the journal with his questions, observations, experiments, and helpful facts from either him or other people. The book also provided diagrams to help the readers visualize the things he saw. Throughout the book he describes the thin
Darwin traveled aboard the H.M.S. Beagle in the 1830's, stopping at the Galapagos Islands, Tahiti, New Zealand, Australia, and all over South America in the five year journey. This work chronicles the events of the trip itself and reads partly as a traveler's journal and partly as a detailed description of the natural surroundings by a scientist. Stopping at the Galapagos Islands resulted in the formulation of a new theory which changed the face of modern science, but the voyage was apparently f ...more
Apr 26, 2012 Maggie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
i have waited 47 years* to read this book and finally got to it ... ohmy ohmy ohmy ... highly recommended: it's a travelogue, a naturalist's journal ... it includes geology, cultural observations, ornithology, oceanography, and all manner of things on flora and fauna particular to locations visited ... all from c. darwin's perspective. wow. THE travel journal to lead and to end ALL travel journals, imo.

*in the spring of 1965 for a biology class at lsu, i attended a lecture by an enthusiastic pr
Jun 02, 2012 Michael rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Darwin's ability to observe the natural world during his circumvention of the southern hemisphere on the H.M.S. Beagle is surpassed only by his ability to recollect and synthesize his observations into theories which then seem self-evident. With only an occasional tangent into analysis, he spends the majority of the book ruminating on the geological forces exerting slow but inexorable changes on the plains of Brazil, the mountains of Chile, and the archipelagos of the Pacific, and describing the ...more
Sue Tincher
The Voyage of the Beagle gave me some insight into the 5-year journey Charles Darwin took which gave rise to the theory of evolution. I didn't like the fact that it was mostly a travelogue and catalog of natural history. But the parts where he expresses thoughts that would later be incorporated into evolution were interesting, as when he is wondering at the different species of finches on the different Galapagos Islands, or noting the very unusual fauna of Australia. This edition also has an ess ...more
Mar 16, 2010 James rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: podcast podcast. This is a wonderful natural history diary of Charles Darwin's nearly five year tour around the world. He was an incredibly intelligent and insightful man. I read a very short Darwin biography that stated he was "the discoverer of natural selection..." No, he postulated the theory and presented evidence to back up his theory. He was not the only one to see the relationships between time and the differences in earth forms, and the differences in families and species of plants ...more
Albaraa Najjar
ممتع و لكن فائدته لا تتجاوز المعرفة التاريخية للحياة في تلك المناطق قبل ما يقارب عام و التحول الهائل الذي حصل منذ ذلك الوقت بالإضافة الى ملاحظة ملاحظات داروين الذكية لتصرفات الحيوانات و أجسامها و التي تختلف من مكان الى آخر و تراها جميعها تصقل رويداً رويداً اكتشافه العظيم. كالكثير من الكتب الأخرى يستحق ثلاثة نجوم و نصف. ...more
As a young man, Charles Darwin lacked sharp direction. His father wanted him to become a doctor, but he hated the sight of blood. His passion was natural philosophy, the observation and study of the natural world, and he briefly considered becoming a country parson so that he would have the time to pursue that passion. A chance opportunity to join the crew of the HMS Beagle, assigned to survey the extreme southern end of South America, gave him more occasion to practice natural observation than ...more
Feb 10, 2014 Lee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was a bit of a bore at times and difficult to understand. But he expressed ideas that he would later shape into his magnum opus, "The Origin of Species". It is good to read this before you read "The Origin of Species" or if you are looking for a travel journal from a naturalist. Darwin has a very good ability to understandably describe what he sees, although some of his remarks might be offensive in this day and age. During his travels he saw places that nowadays are changed beyond recognitio ...more
Mar 03, 2014 Filjan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What I actually read was a Project Gutenberg edition which lacked the illustrations which was a pity.

Enjoyed the book very much especially since I'd just read Lyell's Principles of Geology.

Fascinating account of the countries he travelled in, but for some reason he says nothing about the time they spent in South Africa. Which I had been looking forward to. Is there an edition which does recount that part of the story? Only a few weeks but he must have seen something of interest there.
Shiwei Qumu
Apr 05, 2015 Shiwei Qumu rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It is a fascinating book which does not only document Darwin's keen observation of the wildlife in Pacific archipelago, but also shows how the scientists work. For instance, when Darwin alludes to a coconut crab, he learns the crab's monstrous size and strong,heavy pincers which can tear the coconut husks effortlessly. He also mentioned the crabs' posterior and narrower pincers, which was used, after the crab's body was turned,to extract the albuminous substance from the coconut. Darwin conclude ...more
William Schram
Charles Darwin wrote this diary/journal while on board the HMS Beagle as the naturalist of the ship. It's an interesting account of his journey around the world. Most of his descriptions of the inhabitants aren't very flattering, except when it came to Tahiti. Everywhere else in these places people inhabited hovels and had bad manners and all sorts of really terrible things to say. He knows a lot about plants and animals, and recites the genus and family names of pretty much everything he finds. ...more
Gillian Trommeshauser
I found it very interesting. It is definately good for a geologist, biologist, ecologist and many other ologists, but not necassarily the most riveting read for the non-ologists of the world. I enjoyed the descriptions of the different parts of the different countries and found myself looking up species of animals i have never heard of and did not recognize. However, I sometimes found myself glazing over the incredible descriptions of the terrain and plant life. I enjoyed the observations he had ...more
Nov 01, 2015 Stephen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Darwin's notes from his trip on the Beagle are stunning. If you want to know what it was like to be a naturalist in the 1800s, as told by a brilliant mind, this is a book to read.

He relates his day-to-day observations and little human stories of his journey. The naturalist observations shed light into what it was like to study nature at that time but also give insight into the mind that arrived at the Theory of Evolution. The notes show no bias in his mind to the theory--he is just looking at t
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